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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
+1 931-372-0246
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (24 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Food average or below. Bland, for Mexican food. Won't be back. Service was decent, the only saving grace.

Thank JustUsTwo0814
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We have been going to El Tap for over 10 years and it never gets old! My fiancé and I eat there once a week (at least). Skip the traditional ground beef and grilled chicken and go for their shredded chicken/beef - so much tastier!...More

Thank Shelbey A
Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food then keep driving to Knoxville or Nashville. However, if you are looking for Americanized Mexican food with great service, quick deliver and free chips and salsa then this is the place. The entire staff is Hispanic and...More

Thank J Y
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel staff where we were staying. It is very good and has great service!! The food is delicious! Nice pleasant staff and we were seated immediately ! They were busy but handled it with speed!! Really good food and...More

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We always ask for Alex and just love him but they're all wonderful. Ask for the fried jalapeños when you get your chips they're awesome!

Thank dj12478
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Staying in Best Western across parking lot. Friendly, attentive staff. Food was good. Taco salad was sent back to get more lettuce. It was December so lettuce was probably the most expensive ingredient. Other dishes were great. Will eat here again.

Thank Jimmy B
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great service, good food, reasonable prices. Best Mexican food in Cookeville! My favorite is the shredded beef chimichanga!

Thank Amy K
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I read reviews about this place on TA about it being just like the Mexican restaurant in your own hometown..... well it's better!! My husband and I shared a large portion fajita and had drinks. It was a huge amount of delicious, hot and wonderful...More

2  Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Been to the Mexican restaurant in your hometown? Yes? Then you'll know just what this one is like. El Tapatio is clean, the wait staff are friendly and accommodating, and the food is average. Cleanest bathrooms we've ever seen in a Mexican restaurant. We've had...More

Thank Laura K
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Nice atmosphere, very familiar, good service. Prices are very reasonable. It is place that I will go back.

Thank Fenicio
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6 October 2017|
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Response from travelers3or4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they serve alcohol. But the isn't a patio. Only inside dining.
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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