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El Tapatio Mexican

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3514 Rainbow Dr, Rainbow City, AL 35906-6312
+1 256-442-2288
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very good Mexican option in Rainbow City. The decor is nice, the staff is friendly and the food is good.

Thank starry943
Fairhope, Alabama
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Service was good and food was OK. I am not a big fan of Mexican food so take my comments with a grain of cilantro.

Thank John M
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I love this place even though it desperately needs to be renovated. I've heard about the kitchen being nasty. The servers aren't super nice, but they do their job.The food is usually really good and the chips and salsa are delicious. I order the flaming cheese with chicken, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. There have been a few visits where the... More 

Thank Jessa C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The food is tasty and consistent. They haven't changed anything about the restaurant in ten years. Price is decent. Good flaming cheese. Very quick service and familiar servers.

Thank Jessie B
Rainbow City, Alabama
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

In the mood for some Mexican fare? We head to El Tap every time!! Food is not too expensive, we never have to wait in line to be seated, and the food is really good and cooked fresh to order. Comes to the table steaming hot!

Thank barron670
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The service is good. The variety of food offered is good. The prices are very average, but the food just isn't that good. I'd much rather go across town to Mi Casita. It's not very clean. It's very pleasant, but I would much rather go somewhere else.

Thank jfdavis63
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Food is wonderful! I highly recommend it. Great family atmosphere with a beautiful view of the river.

Thank Rene G
Rainbow City, Alabama
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Good food great service. This place has been around for years for a reason. The staff knows what the customer wants

Thank genesismom05
Rainbow City, Alabama United States
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140 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Chicken tacos are great, but the best dish on the menu is their 3 Flaming Cheese concoctions. It's like fajitas but with lots of cheese, plus onions and peppers (we always have them skip the peppers) and oh boy is it good! Your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp -- or get the "Texas" version which includes all three. Portions... More 

1 Thank Maureen S
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

I love Mexican food. This restaurant is a strong average. Service is hit and miss. Food is ok. Their salsa is the best thing they do.

1 Thank Berkjack

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3514 Rainbow Dr, Rainbow City, AL 35906-6312
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Rainbow City
  • Phone Number: +1 256-442-2288

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