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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
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pigeon forge, tn
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is usually a family gathering place when we visit, The food is awesome and the staff is very friendly and a lil sassy when it is called for. Quickly served even when there is a large group

Thank dahost
Cleveland, Tennessee
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate at El Tap on a Saturday with the family. Those at our table had beef quesadillas, bean burrito, enchilada, chicken and rice, beef burrito, and a beef taco. All of our food was delicious and served fast. We've never been disappointed at El Tap which is why we will keep coming back for more each time we are... More 

Thank xlr8or
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Normal menu for a texmex restaurant. Food was brought out fast and tasted great. I have the fajita Taco salad and it was very good. We are not from cookeville but would go there again.

Thank Daniel W
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, so it's a Mexican restaurant in the middle of Tennessee, not in Dallas or Denver. That said, although the food was a bit mild, everything we had was good. Not great -- we make better guacamole and margaritas -- but worth the visit. The flan was good and the sopapilla w fried ice cream and whipped cream was excellent.

Thank Ed T
Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited El Tapatio last year while visiting Cookeville. We came back again this year, and once again it did not disappoint. I had the chimichanga with rice, beans, chips & salsa, my mother hummed through her garlic shrimp. I'm convinced everything is fresh & delicious. People entered the restaurant non stop while we were there. Friendly happy staff I... More 

Thank Susan O
Sarasota, Florida
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170 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service is excellent, the food is delicious and plentiful and what a great deal price wise, as most dinners fall under $8.... And of course plenty of inexpensive good cold beer... This is not fine dining, just simply great food. If you like Mexican, this is a must. The servers work tag team, so everyone was pitching in to... More 

Thank kahoru w
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to El Tap last week and I have to say that it's my favorite restaurant! The service was great and the food was amazing!

Thank Skylar M
Kingsport, Tennessee
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The portions, price, and environment are all impressive! Would definitely go back for lunch or dinner if I'm ever back in the area!

Thank ksanders90
Bellevue, Michigan
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

The food was great the service was excellent They have vegetarian options Very nice and clean and friendly It is right next door to a Best Western Thunderbird hotel, so don't miss the drive to the restaurant. They do not have MSG in their food!! Excellent quick service

Thank degroot2916
New Port Richey, FL
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344 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

traveling thru Cookeville and found restaurant on Trip Advisor. is right next to a hotel w/smaller parking lot but we got right in on a Saturday evening. salsa was very thin, kindof bland,chips yellow corn, tasted ok. kids got quesadillas and one didn't like..cheese very thick and creamy. I had carnitas...were good, another in our group had steak that he... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: 9313720246

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?