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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
+1 931-372-0246
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was very good 😊 Fresh, hot and nice full portions. Server Carolina was very professional & attentive. They have hot sauces on request. If you like spicy 🌶 ask for them!

Thank Theresa P
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best Mexican restaurants period!!! I have since moved from the Cookeville area but try to visit when I am in town, I compare everyone else to them I miss them so much. The Burrito Grande or the Chimichanga, you can't go wrong with either one!!

Thank Patrick S
Jackson, Tennessee
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Food average or below. Bland, for Mexican food. Won't be back. Service was decent, the only saving grace.

Thank JustUsTwo0814
Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

We have been going to El Tap for over 10 years and it never gets old! My fiancé and I eat there once a week (at least). Skip the traditional ground beef and grilled chicken and go for their shredded chicken/beef - so much tastier! The fajitas are also wonderful. We always ask for a side order of fried onions... More 

Thank Shelbey A
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food then keep driving to Knoxville or Nashville. However, if you are looking for Americanized Mexican food with great service, quick deliver and free chips and salsa then this is the place. The entire staff is Hispanic and extremely hard working and friendly. The food is not overly spiced and some dishes are... More 

Thank J Y
Cottontown, Tennessee, United States
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel staff where we were staying. It is very good and has great service!! The food is delicious! Nice pleasant staff and we were seated immediately ! They were busy but handled it with speed!! Really good food and good prices too!

Thank Patricia F
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We always ask for Alex and just love him but they're all wonderful. Ask for the fried jalapeños when you get your chips they're awesome!

Thank dj12478
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Staying in Best Western across parking lot. Friendly, attentive staff. Food was good. Taco salad was sent back to get more lettuce. It was December so lettuce was probably the most expensive ingredient. Other dishes were great. Will eat here again.

Thank Jimmy B
Sparta, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Great service, good food, reasonable prices. Best Mexican food in Cookeville! My favorite is the shredded beef chimichanga!

Thank Amy K
Crossville tn
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

I read reviews about this place on TA about it being just like the Mexican restaurant in your own hometown..... well it's better!! My husband and I shared a large portion fajita and had drinks. It was a huge amount of delicious, hot and wonderful food. The drinks were great and our waiter was nice and very good. We very... More 

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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
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: +1 931-372-0246

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