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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
+1 931-372-0246
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:30
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Crossville tn
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Tim R
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been to the Mexican restaurant in your hometown? Yes? Then you'll know just what this one is like. El Tapatio is clean, the wait staff are friendly and accommodating, and the food is average. Cleanest bathrooms we've ever seen in a Mexican restaurant. We've had better food, and we've had worse. Thus, the 3/5.

Thank Laura K
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Nice atmosphere, very familiar, good service. Prices are very reasonable. It is place that I will go back.

Thank Fenicio
Henderson, Colorado
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87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Typically, my wife and I only expect adequate food from any restaurant sharing grounds with a major chain hotel. We were pleasantly surprised at the food, and service, at El Tapatio. We are from Colorado, and both grew up eating Mexican food. Our standards are high, and we were amazed by the quality of the Jalisco Fajitas we shared. We... More 

Thank Dannyandcindy
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Fast food, good food, clean environment. Prices are mid range. If you get a mixed drink and get a large expect a fishbowl! Family atmosphere.

Thank mommysbored
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 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 9 October 2016 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 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 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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1,201 reviews
754 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 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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340 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

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

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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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
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?