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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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70 Highlands Walk, Highlands, NC 28741-8375
+1 828-526-2244
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Highlands, North Carolina
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125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We have been here several times. It's never been bad but has been very good at times and ok other times. Tonight it was ok. I had the Shrimp Diablo which I've had before. It was ok. Not sure I would get it again. Service is good and prices fair.

1 Thank James R
Lakeland, Florida
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174 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We are both vegetarians and have had a lot of mexican food. This place was absolutely amazing. For once the vegetarian burrito wasn't only bean and cheese but had a lot more to it with veggies and cream. Everything was delicious, including the complimentary chips and salsa. We'd come to this place anytime. The waiter was very nice.

Thank PieCity
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The food here is outstanding. I'm a seasoned lover of Mexican and IT IS GOOD. However, the service was poor and we didn't get many of our drinks and dishes. We arrived and it wasn't busy, but we had a new server going solo. Four adults and three kids. Our server was in over her head and as the restaurant... More 

1 Thank hecasi
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you like Mexican food, this is the place to go in Highlands. The food is excellent, especially their mole sauce, the salsa and chips are great -- their salsa is different than the run of the mill type -- and delicious. The service is very good and the atmosphere very pleasant. Excellent margaritas! You won't be disappointed.

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Husband & I went for dinner last Wed night, 1st-their salsa dip tasted like "cold " Campbell's veg beef soup(gross) 2nd-they were running a special on Margaritas which only tasted like sweet n sour mix, so $6 for a glass of sweet n sour mix with salt 3rd their food was the WORST Mexican food I had ever tasted, my... More 

1 Thank Kelly G
Highlands, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Party of 4 went and everyone loved their food. Service was great. Have very large margaritas and some good Mexican beer. Had burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, beef. Large portions, and everyone finished everything. Served with chips and salsa. They have a very good salsa verde. Recommended if your looking for Mexican. Cost with tax, tip, and one drink each was $25/person.

Thank 86944t
Boca Raton
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I went there with my kids tonight. They sat us in the front half of the restaurant which is more for like families. The back half of the restaurant is more like a bar and has tables for older parties. I have the Mole enchiladas which were excellent. Great chips and salsa and a very decent margarita. We also ordered... More 

1 Thank Mercy C
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Just an awful experience! It was unclear who was waiting on us..ends up really no one was. The people beside us arrived after us, ordered, got their beer, waters and food before us. Our "server" came out as they were about to leave asking us to confirm our order??? There were just two of us? We never got water, they... More 

1 Thank 234annec
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121 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We ate here with our friends last night with our friends. We started with top shelf margaritas. They were very good served in large goblets. We then had the pork quesadilla and the shredded pork plate. All was excellent with great service. Also prices were very reasonable. I would recommend it for a casual dinner.

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

I give this fine restaurant ☆☆☆☆☆! Be sure to try their signature salsa! Fresh and delicious food every time. Highlands hidden gem!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 Highlands Walk, Highlands, NC 28741-8375
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-2244

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?