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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 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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40 reviews
29 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
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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
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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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100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We skipped work a bit early and had a great "team building" outing for Cinco De Mayo. Yes, we completely realize that we're celebrating a minor Mexican holiday - however, with a number of May birthdays in our team, this was a great way to connect both. The drink specials, free beers from and more made it worthwhile. I will... More 

Thank Brandon L
Clarksville, Maryland
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This place is a great restaurant to stop in for some delicious food. I personally love the chicken fajitas! So good. Service is always good and the servers are friendly and fast. This place can get busy because the location is not very big. But it is worth the wait.

Thank Cathy S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Have never had a meal from El Azteca that wasn't delicious. This applies to both take out and eat-in.

Thank mimipac

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