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El Tapatio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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134 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA 93257-4830
+1 559-781-2115
09:00 - 21:00
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I'm a huge Mexican food fan! I'm always looking for little whole in the wall restaurants that have great food. This Mexican restaurant didn't disappoint. I had the combination with 3 enchiladas, you could choose beef, chicken, or barbacoa. I had one of each. The chicken was moist, the beef was nicely seasoned, and the barbacoa was perfect! The rice... More 

Thank Farron D
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered the biggest burrito and enchiladas with my friend. We also ate it the next day because it was huge. Would have paid More for this amount of actually tasty food. Beef tasted great. Nice Service, they will sing for you on your birthday. Go there when around 👌

Thank Moritzlo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I have two favorites from Wednesday is caldo de pollo translated it is chicken soup. It tastes just like my husband's mom homemade chicken soup. They also have nachos supreme de asada (steak). This place is also one of the limited place in town to have drinks with friends. With that said it get packed on weekends.

Thank Marisol S
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We call days before and booked a party room at El Tapatio Restaurant. When we got there they gave our party room to some other group. They try to give us same tables out side the party room, when some of our group stated to sit down another group came and said that they booked those tables. We had no... More 

Thank 258rubenq
Lumberton, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Delicious salsa. Very large portions. I had two beef tacos and one cheese enchilada. The rancho sauce is different and kind of sweet. It was yummy. The rice and beans were also excellent. The beef in the tacos was like pot roast, very tender. My hubby had a chicken fajita burrito and it was terrific with large white meat chicken... More 

Thank jthudson
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This place is a porterville institution. It has been there for 20 years. Fantastic food, family run, great service with a cafeteria style atmostphere. The carne asada is fantastic. The shrimp cocktail is awesome. Their Mole sauce is famous in the area with a slightly sweet taste.

Thank Michael F
Norco, California
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40 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

As a customer you would expect to have the wait staff trying to speak English to you, however; I have seen that almost every time I ate at El Tapatio on Orange Ave in Porterville more often than not the wait staff could barely speak English. The cost of the food was compatible to the quantity of food but the... More 

Thank drmitchell4461
Alameda, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Went here on the advice of a friend who said "this is where the locals go for Mexican food." It was a trip! There are two dining rooms - we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table, and were seated in the secondary one, which consists of some booths and a bunch of picnic tables. It was packed... More 

Thank BowlderMan
Marin County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We asked at our hotel what the best Mexican restaurant was and they told us "El Tapatio". It was easy to get to and there was a ton of parking. Great family style seating set up plus a wonderful patio. The chips and salsa were amazing. Then we got the food! I had a chicken taco and cheese enchilada --... More 

Thank Stacey P
Porterville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This place is family run and where the locals go, where everyone goes. There homemade salsa is the best. Service is quick. It can be quite loud with party groups and lots of tables. Carne asada is popular. I like their tostada compuesta with quacamole and sour cream. Barbacoa is salty but tender. I've seen margaritas but I think they... More 

Thank Linda P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA 93257-4830
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Porterville
  • Phone Number: +1 559-781-2115

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