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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a lot of mexican restaurants in this area and the food here is by far the most bland of any. This is merely just the "cool" place to go eat, if you want real mexican that tastes good go to El Mag in Algood!

Thank Redwings-suck
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love coming here for a late lunch with my boyfriend. We visit here at least three times a month. It's never too crowded and they are fast to seat people. It's always clean and the waitresses and waiter are always pleasant and quick.

Thank Loren L
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taco salad was more like a big taco, hardly any lettuce. Wait staff never offered to refill my drink. Most of the wait staff congregated together or was watching football on tv. Not impressed. Would never go back.

Thank cclappnc
Franklin, Tennessee
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1,153 reviews
710 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The El Tapatio Mexican restaurant on Jefferson is very good with excellent steak fajitas, salsa, chips, and guacamole.

Thank Houston N
Huron, Ohio
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327 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my meal, although when I asked for a table from where I could watch TV, the hostess seemed put off by my request and then put me at a table where a hockey game was on that no one was watching and no one asked if we'd like to see something different. My meal was good and the... More 

Thank MessNmagic
Woodbridge, Virginia
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

The service was phenomenal and quick. Prices are very good as well. I wanted to try a smattering of food so I selected a combination meal with a poblano pepper, shredded beef burrito, and a chicken enchilada. The pepper was very tasty but a little soggy. I expected it to be a little crispier. The shredded beef was very tasty.... More 

Thank Bill D
Annapolis, il
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Went for lunch and had a great Chimi. The salsa wasn't real hot but it was very good and a little chunky. Had my brand of beer on tap.

Thank Ava L
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

It had been a long time. Because of stomach troubles I've not been able to eat Mexican fare. But, I couldn't resist and it was so good. Took my stomach pills before I stopped in and there was no problem. El Tap, been missing you too long.

Thank Dale W
pigeon forge, tn
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, 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?