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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:30
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

The service was phenomenal and quick. Prices are very good as well. I wanted to try a smattering of food so I selected a combination meal with a poblano pepper, shredded beef burrito, and a chicken enchilada. The pepper was very tasty but a little soggy. I expected it to be a little crispier. The shredded beef was very tasty.... More 

Thank Bill D
Annapolis, il
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Went for lunch and had a great Chimi. The salsa wasn't real hot but it was very good and a little chunky. Had my brand of beer on tap.

Thank Ava L
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

It had been a long time. Because of stomach troubles I've not been able to eat Mexican fare. But, I couldn't resist and it was so good. Took my stomach pills before I stopped in and there was no problem. El Tap, been missing you too long.

Thank Dale W
pigeon forge, tn
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is usually a family gathering place when we visit, The food is awesome and the staff is very friendly and a lil sassy when it is called for. Quickly served even when there is a large group

Thank dahost
Cleveland, Tennessee
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We ate at El Tap on a Saturday with the family. Those at our table had beef quesadillas, bean burrito, enchilada, chicken and rice, beef burrito, and a beef taco. All of our food was delicious and served fast. We've never been disappointed at El Tap which is why we will keep coming back for more each time we are... More 

Thank xlr8or
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Normal menu for a texmex restaurant. Food was brought out fast and tasted great. I have the fajita Taco salad and it was very good. We are not from cookeville but would go there again.

Thank Daniel W
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Okay, so it's a Mexican restaurant in the middle of Tennessee, not in Dallas or Denver. That said, although the food was a bit mild, everything we had was good. Not great -- we make better guacamole and margaritas -- but worth the visit. The flan was good and the sopapilla w fried ice cream and whipped cream was excellent.

Thank Ed T
Knoxville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I visited El Tapatio last year while visiting Cookeville. We came back again this year, and once again it did not disappoint. I had the chimichanga with rice, beans, chips & salsa, my mother hummed through her garlic shrimp. I'm convinced everything is fresh & delicious. People entered the restaurant non stop while we were there. Friendly happy staff I... More 

Thank Susan O
Sarasota, Florida
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179 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

The service is excellent, the food is delicious and plentiful and what a great deal price wise, as most dinners fall under $8.... And of course plenty of inexpensive good cold beer... This is not fine dining, just simply great food. If you like Mexican, this is a must. The servers work tag team, so everyone was pitching in to... More 

Thank kahoru w
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I went to El Tap last week and I have to say that it's my favorite restaurant! The service was great and the food was amazing!

Thank Skylar M

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?