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“Great food. Service friendly but a bit clipped”

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 32 Restaurants in Fruita
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The food here was really good. I ordered the tacos de gusto with carne asada. Delish! My kids split the molcajete and it was perfect size for two teens. I loved the pico de gallo with lettuce they serve with the chips.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Food was delicious, most like typical Mexican than Tex-Mex. We shared the Chicken Fajita and it was plenty for the both of us

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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We went here after a long day on the trail. There was a boxing match on the tv in the bar and it was packed full of people shouting over the extremely loud tv's. we were seated in the restaurant and it was still incredibly loud. Our waitress seemed more interested in being in the bar than waiting on us. We got in our order. I had a very yummy gold margarita and our food arrived. We never saw our waitress again. She didn't come by to see if the food was ok, to refill water ( which we got up and brought the pitcher from the wait stand to our table) or to bring our bill. We flagged down another waitress who brought over our check and cashed us out. Food was great, margaritas were great, but prepare to be assertive to get service.

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Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

After a long day of traveling we stopped in Fruita, CO for the night (just outside Grand Junction). El Tapatio was next to our hotel and we were not expecting anything special. Huge menu. Hubby had the carne asada, which was tender and moist. I had the Tapatio plate, which was a combination of steak, chicken, bacon wrapped shrimp and sauteed mushrooms. Yummy.

The plates were the same size as a 12" pizza pan and both of our plates were completely filled. Guacamole, rice and beans come with the meal along with tortillas and sausa. Hubby raved about the salsa.

It's your basic Mexican restaurant atmosphere and very clean. Many of the other people had drinks from the bar - the menu had an extensive tequila list. The staff is friendly and attentive. Prices seem high until you see the amount of food provided.

The menu notes this is one of a chain of three in the Grand Junction area. By all means, stop here for a meal if you are in the area.

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Thank TXMamaLiz
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Don't be misled by the fact that this place adjoins a small corner strip mall. Inside you will find a very, very colorful restaurant...bright colors everywhere (that's a good thing for me). The booths are cozy and he atmosphere is fun. Food is great with plenty of cheese. I really liked their Cadillac margaritas...delicious!

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Thank Rogerdob
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