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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)
“cheese dip” (7 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 yesterday via mobile

A friend of mine said I needed to try this restaurant and I am so glad I did! The food, was excellent! And the price was very fair to the portion size. The wait staff was friendly. It is walking distance from the hotel I...More

Thank Angela L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Traditional and authentic Mexican food... huge 32 oz mugs of ice cold beers... great salsa too.. decently priced... right next to the Best Western Lobby.

Thank Randa P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered Chili Colorado. The red sauce was thin, watery, and without much flavor. The meat had an unfamiliar flavor for which I did not care. On the other side of the table, my wife had a Chicken Chimichanga that she found delicious. Our sever...More

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good but not wonderful, ok on the friendly service. My husband how ever likes the restaurant ok.

Thank 638joycer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El Tap has great food at a very reasonable price. Fried jalapenos are perfect. El Tap does not nickel and dime you to death, when you want it your way. I have been to other Mexican restaurants in Cookeville that charge you for everything even...More

Thank a1cellman
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Not a particular fan of Mexican food; however, the gang wanted to go. First time to eat at this restaurant and was anticipating a tasty meal as there were lots of cars in the parking lot (usually a good indication). Was promptly seated. Ordered fajitas...More

Thank T M
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, friendly waiters, fast service and good food. Right next door to the Best Western so you don't have to travel for a good meal.

Thank Tammy R
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Happened to be in Cookeville for the eclipse, and never expected to find a good Mexican restaurant here. But gave it a try, and the food was excellent. I had a cheese enchilada combination with a beef taco and was totally pleased -- even the...More

Thank obp483
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Service is lacking, drink menus not existent or wasn't offered. Fresh tasting guacamole ranchero. Nice option to sub jalapenos for bell peppers.

Thank chefstefwithanF
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

WOW! We loved our dinners! What a terrific menu! The wait staff is superb! The decor is wonderful & everything is so clean! Highly recommend if you want delicious Mexican cuisine!

Thank Dogziggidy
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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, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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