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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
10:30 am - 10:30 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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Kingsport, Tennessee
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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342 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank travelfamily9
Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the awesome hotel attached to this place. After reading reviews we thought it would be awesome. The chips we not fresh (they were thick pre-made ones, not thin crispy fried-on-site ones) & the salsa was bland. The cheese dip was pretty good though. I have never waited so long for Mexican food (17 minutes) and it was... More 

Thank Richard V
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great find on our way home. The place is easy to find just a hop skip and jump off interstate 40. My wife said the pico was the best she had ever ate. Our food was wonderful.

Thank Atkinstravelers
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9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant because it was next to our hotel and it had good reviews. We were not disappointed. The food and margaritas were good.

Thank Frances B
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is always hot, delivered quickly and the menu and options are broad enough for everyone. The chance of finding more authentic Mexican food less than a minute from the interstate, in Tennessee, is simply none.

Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My work crew and I go to el tap once a week for lunch and my family loves to go for dinner. It's also fun to take visiting friends. The food is great. The price is right. The service is quick and friendly. You gotta go!

Thank amyjoc645
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family has been going to El Tapatio for a long time now. That is my testament, we return over and over for years. I personally prefer Cali-Mex, but good.

Thank Wake511
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Ate here on a Friday night while staying at the motel next door. We were seated quickly, though the restaurant was full. The service was friendly and fast and the food was delicious! I would definitely eat here again.

Thank Ajmommy2722

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
  • 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?