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el tapatio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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300 Newburyport Tpke, route 1, Rowley, MA 01969-2012
+1 978-432-1336
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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147 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had to get to a class so Lexie's not being open on Wednesdays we opted for El Tapatio. On-line menu and information easily facilitated a telephoned-in take-out order. Kit ordered Fish Tacos and I ordered a shredded beef Burrito. The entrees were served along with beans and rice, which is a nice touch. However, the entrees alone are quite... More 

Thank Richard H
Georgetown, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I can't understand the negative reviews. I LOVE this place. The staff is awesome. The food is great. It is a clean and friendly place to visit. They are always kind and accomodating of our 3 year old. I lived in CA for 5 years. There is no mexican food on this coast close to what you can get in... More 

Thank Holly D
Boston, Ma
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We got some takeout here. The tortilla chips were a bit stale and cardboard-like. The salsa was watery and tasteless. We got two combo meals. The portions were large but the food was not great. The enchiladas, burritos and chimichangas basically all tasted the same! Weird. The food felt like it was bought at Costco, microwaved and served. The price... More 

Thank Triplover31
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139 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Our 13 year old grandson chose Mexican for his last dinner before heading home He chose the loaded nachos while my wife had cheese quesadillas and I chose the chicken quesadillas. Service was great Restaurant was clean and not too crowded - a Monday night Food was ok - your typical chain Mexican food

Thank Fred S
Rowley, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

we've been there twice and it was OK. Nothing special but the food is OK. The wait staff are really nice and that's probably why we went back. I can't recommend anything because it 's all averagely Ok food.

Thank DTD715
Danvers, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Food was terrible. Beef tacos were very greasy. Ordered chicken fajitas casadilla but received a completely dish. Salsa was too salty. House margaritas were good but not worth the tab. Will not return.

Thank BigGuy01923
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

I must admit I rank most Mexican restaurants on their chips & salsa and their Mole sauce. This place delivered on both! Plus the staff is very friendly and has a warm atmosphere.

Thank Tracy K
boston, ma
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

The margarita's were really great! Great tortilla chips! The service is very attentive! The food is served on very large "oven hot plates." I like hot food to, but this was not necessary. My fish tacos were white flour tortilla,very little fish, and NO vegetable toppings on top, just fish and sauce. I expected 3 tacos in a stand as... More 

Thank sq89
Boston, Massachusetts
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236 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

This was our first visit but won't be our last. Quick and attentive service. Chimichanga, burritos both delicious and fresh tasting. The the beef and chicken were great in quality and flavor. Refried beans were hot and delicous. the rice was just ok. Definately get the top shelf Margarita. I had the Sangria which was not good at all and... More 

Thank NuclearMamma
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

El Tapatio is a regular stop for us. The quality of the food is very good and the service always keeps up. It's a great option for kids as well, with their kids menu and willingness to make up whatever you'd like. If you like Mexican food, you should give them a try!

Thank Jeff P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Newburyport Tpke, route 1, Rowley, MA 01969-2012
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: +1 978-432-1336
new restaurant serving very good mexican cuisine at reasonable prices

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