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El Tapatio

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern
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1111 1st St S, Willmar, MN 56201-3511
+1 320-214-0444
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Cartagena, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great food. The seafood fajita was supreme. Uniquely Mexican decor, very interesting. Reasonable prices.

1 Thank Mei_from_Oz
Stillwater, Minnesota
Level Contributor
22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I come through Willmar once every 6 months, I always make an effort to stop here! Lunch was super fast! I saw they had Lengua Tacos (beef tongue) so I had to try it here. Awesome tortillas and the meat was tender and cooked perfect. Not too many onions or cilantro. Perfect service and plate. If only I could have... More 

Thank Josh N
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have eaten here 4 or 5 times this year and its always the same,,,,Great This is where I like to take company that enjoys just the right spice and great drinks. This is one of the many good eating places we have in Willmar. Come on over and find out how good Mexican food can be!

Thank Ginger F
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped in late in the afternoon. We got prompt service and the food came out really quick. It was tasty and large portions. We will return on our next trip to Willmar!

Thank smouck68
Grove City, Minnesota
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The menu is huge and I have tried many of the entrees and have never had anything that I did not love. This seems to be pretty authentic Mexican food and the decor is quite charming. They also have an outdoor patio for warm days. Staff is friendly and service is fast. A great place to eat!

Thank jimbev2015
Willmar, Minnesota
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The food taste good but unfortunately I have eaten there twice and both times I have gotten sick. The is tasty the service was fair, The atmosphere interesting just not for me. You go ahead and give it a try and see if you have a stronger tummy.

Thank lgwildwoman
Belleair Beach, Florida
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91 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Good and authentic ... wide selection ... almost too many choices. For a small rural town in West Central Minnesota, El Tapatio is pretty dog gone good. An endless bowl of chips and freshly made salsa with a large mug of beer make this a spot that you never leave hungry. The Chili Rellenos are very good. Would compare it... More 

Thank MikeT545454
Magnolia, Delaware
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

The service very nice. Prices are on the low side and the decoration is really interesting. Love to look at the tables, booths and chairs. Surprisingly, the food have not been "toned down" too much and you can enjoy spicy, taste dishes as they should be. If you like flan, go early. They run out of them very fast!

Thank Gloria S
St.Paul, Minnesota
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951 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

"El T" has some unusual, as well as the usual things you find in a Mexican restaurant. I had, at the recommendation of the waitress, a combination of chicken and (mild) sausage. This comes with rice and black beans. It was terrific. I've never seen this on a menu before. My friend had the more usual burrito combo. He called... More 

2 Thank Seniordad
Lake Lillian, Minnesota
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

Staff is polite, service has always been fast, food is good, too. They have an extensive mexican/american menu. Chips and salsa are great!

Thank Cka7376

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 1st St S, Willmar, MN 56201-3511
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Willmar
  • Phone Number: +1 320-214-0444

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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?