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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
+1 931-372-0246
10:30 - 22:30
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 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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86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 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 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 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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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 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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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 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
Reviewed 4 January 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
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 December 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
Reviewed 19 December 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
Reviewed 4 December 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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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
  • 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?