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El Tenampa Mexican Restaurant

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655 Route 72 W, Manahawkin, NJ 08050-2845
+1 609-597-0938
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 16:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Forked River, New Jersey
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Came here for dinner with the hubby. We brought our own beer so no beverages were needed. The food was good but overpriced. We wanted a second basket of chips and salsa and they charged us extra which they didn't let us know. We got our meals and mine was quite spicy so I needed some water. I brought a... More 

Thank Barbara B
Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
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137 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Arrived for lunch to be greeted by a grumpy old man. No welcome, no smile, no thank you - NADA! Food is average, prices are reasonable. Owner needs a Dale Carnegie Course in "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Definitely not worth a return trip.

Thank Jim R
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

The food is very Mexican. There are a lot of things to order off the menu and it isn't that expensive. Great place to go for a last minute dinner.

Thank Ruthi G
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12 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped by the Tom's River location on our way back to Port Republic. What an amazing lunch. My husband loved his chicken burrito with the red sauce (more of an Italian flavor) and I had the chicken enchilada's with the avacado sauce. Suburb!! Could praise it enough, the salsa was excellent too. If your in the... More 

Thank Jolene Y
Manahawkin, NJ
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116 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Great tri-color enchiladas. The salsa is great! Went for lunch around 3. Burritos was delicious and the quesadillas! Great meal.

Thank qtdesignz
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I've never been disappointed and just about everyone I know loves it here. Small, local, BYO place. Absolutely delicious.

Thank Christopher S
Waretown, New Jersey
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

The food and wine club where I live hosted a Cinco de Mayo dinner and it blew away all 54 people. Tenampa is a family owned restaurant that is in a strip mall on a busy road, you can zoom right by and that would be a mistake. Stop, come in and you are transported to real authentic Mexican food.... More 

1 Thank LTG1938
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Well, I am from Arizona, the land of excellent Mexican food. For south NJ, this place is about as good as it gets. I love chicken enchiladas, and Tensmpa has them and they are decent, but the first time I ordered them they asked what kind of sauce I wanted. Well, enchilada sauce of course, which is a red chili... More 

1 Thank TravelingMac7
Hamilton, New Jersey
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

Have had dinner here four times now with another couple that enjoys Mexican food as much as we do and all agree this is the best in the area. Large menu with black board specials, both times I have gotten fajita's they were excellent, nice balance of meat and onions/peppers with salsa Verde. Its BYOB which we like, pleasant very... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

We had a very nice dinner the 5 of us but the place was crowded and I think the food was better about a year ago Not sure what happened -also is a little pricey for ok food Thanks

1 Thank J0e1005

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Route 72 W, Manahawkin, NJ 08050-2845
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Manahawkin
  • Phone Number: +1 609-597-0938

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