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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029-1267
+1 410-531-3001
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

El Azteca has consistently great food, good service, and delicious margaritas. The bar is small and super busy and it is difficult to get the attention of the busy staff. The dining room often has a wait on weekends, but it's worth it. You are immediately served chips and salsa to munch on. You can order in Spanish or English... More 

Thank KimberlyCymru
South Florida, Florida
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Menu offers lots of selections. Good service. Nice atmosphere, where you feel comfortable eating at the bar, watching a game on TV.

Thank lqdassets
Clarksville, Maryland
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a great place and the food is fantastic, my wife and I go there often just to hang out at the bar. They make the best Margareta's, my wife just loves them. The food is simply fantastic, I love the Fajitas, but we have never had anything there that was anything but wonderful. I have taken clients... More 

Thank Kevin M
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I am puzzled to how they just got awarded best Mexican restaurant in Howard County. We live in Columbia Md and decided to make the almost 25 minute drive to check them out even though we have wonderful Mexican restaurants close by. The food and service was average at best. The decor was not anything special and hard to tell... More 

Thank DaveThornbury
Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

It's been a bit since I visited this restaurant. I love Mexican food and this place is my favorite. The Stuffed Jalapenos cannot be matched. If you enjoy a meal made fresh and delivered in a timely fashion, you are onto something. It is worth the trip to Clarksville. Enjoy.

Thank David J
Columbia MD
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Fours of us had three different meals and all thought the food was excellent. The waitress had a good sense of humor and had the owner agree to a special request of one person. The place was very busy but surprisingly the noise level was acceptable.

Thank Sal D
Columbia, United States
Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

In our 16 years of living in the area, our search for authentic Mexican food like we could get back in San Diego just keeps bringing us back to El Azteca. This is no secret - if you arrive during peak hours, you might wait quite a while before a table opens for you. But hang in there - its... More 

Thank Les J
Columbia, Maryland
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I reviewed this months ago. Had lunch there today, nothing changed, still the most tasteful authentic Mexican I have tasted. Eat anything, fajitas are a weakness for me. Yes, in my opinion it is worth traveling for the food. Enjoy

Thank David J
Clarksville, Maryland
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

The food is good and the service is good. Not exceptional, but good. A little pricey, though. In this part of the county, it is the best around.

Thank MarkM1016
Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Service was pretty quick. It is a little smaller than other restaurants, but we didn't have to wait long. Steak was good, I also really like the shrimp cocktail. Great place if you want a non-chain restaurant!

Thank jbeaches2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029-1267
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Clarksville
  • Phone Number: +1 410-531-3001

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