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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
+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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15 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food with a friendly atmosphere would recommend it if you like Mexican food at a good price and plenty of it

Thank Steven B
Erie, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We seen their ad in the magazine from the Holiday Inn, had to try it! Food was good, they definitely don't skimp on the beans or Mexican rice. Everything was very tasty.

Thank kittyeightpaws
Cookeville, Tennessee
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you leave Cookeville without eating at El Tap, then you're definitely missing out. The locals love this restaurant!

Thank Jenniferleigh95
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177 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best Mexican food in Cookeville, the chips are warm and salsa is fantastic, the service is great, the portions are large and the prices are low, hands down the best in Cookeville.

Thank Chicago2772
Cookeville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok folks. This is the best place in Cookeville, TN to actually get Mexican Food. The food is great, the shredded chicken chimichanga is fantastic. Also make sure you ask them for some verde salsa, and some hot salsa when the waiter/waitress comes by first thing (they will bring it out to you, and the verde is good, but the... More 

Thank Wouldyaliketoknow
Montgomery, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The friendliest Mexican restaurant ever. the food it to die for and the service is second to none. I Enjoy this place.

Thank tsficosa
Cookeville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Always good. Combination beef and chicken chimichanga was excellent as was the rice and beans. Always have a great meal here and very reasonably priced.

Thank Richard D
Morristown, Tennessee
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Generous portions, excellent margaritas, and fabulous service make this the best Mexican restaurant in town!

Thank AltoAmy88
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I was not impressed with the food. The salsa was so plain! It barely tasted like it had more seasoning than tomato sauce w/ a little spice. The staff was very helpful and diligent.

Thank Kim B
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I've only eaten here a couple of time... By intent. This is not the best Mexican food around, on fact it's not even good Mexican food. Bland fair, poor atmosphere, and we'll drinks hinder any hope of a good dining experience.

Thank Tim K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?