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El Cantarito

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191 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6723
+1 865-482-0090
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Well plated and we'll seasoned ,fresh and delicious. Not "watered down" or "Americanized" but not overly spicy, either. Good balance and reasonably priced.

Thank James B
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite go to places to eat. VERY reasonably priced and very tasty. Maybe not the most authentic food, but I have eaten a dozen different things off of their menu and enjoyed everything I've tried. My two favorites are the pollo primavera and the child verde. Service is fast and generally very friendly. If you've never eaten... More 

Thank toddebaker
Knoxville, TN
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156 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

This is the best place to eat Mexican in Oak Ridge. Don't even shop around. Just stop in and eat. It's nothing fancy. Just classic, cheap Mexican food.

Thank ChildeRoland
Lake City, TN
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Our first time visit. Will not be our last. Huge selections to pick from. Very good food.We had tacos and burritos that filled the plate. You get your money's worth.

Thank wrblodgett
1 review
Reviewed 21 October 2016

I've lived in Oak ridge for many years and as new restaurants appear I always try the new ones. El Cantarito has never been surpassed by any other Mexican restaurant. Its food tastes very good and the prices are so low for what you get it is hard to believe.

Thank Patricia P
Knoxville, Tennessee
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365 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'm doing Weight Watchers now, so I was delighted to find the pork carnitas without sauce plus guacamole salad and refried beans was within my point allotment for supper and I loved every bite! The salsa is free and made a great salad dressing.

Thank TravelDiva001
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We visit quite often. The God is quite tasty and very affordable. They serve awesome margaritas at the best price in town! Victor is my favorite server!

Thank Twiggyb1
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Our Friday night tradition is to go to El Cantarito for dinner. It is conveniently located next to the movie theater. The beer is cold and the traditional Mexican food is the best of any other Mexican cuisine in town. The staff always makes us feel welcome.

Thank TLWGray
Powell, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2016

You have to get the Fajita Nachos, they are to die for!!!!!!!!! everything is always great at this establishment!

Thank mandah3236
Harriman, Tennessee
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Being from Texas....I'm particular about my Mexican eats....This is not Texas but it is the closest you will get here.....Major note...Most Mexican restuarants are over priced in the Knoxville area...this is not!!

Thank Lucy G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 191 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6723
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Oak Ridge
  • Phone Number: +1 865-482-0090

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