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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953
+1 931-372-0246
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:30
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Montgomery, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The friendliest Mexican restaurant ever. the food it to die for and the service is second to none. I Enjoy this place.

Thank tsficosa
Cookeville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always good. Combination beef and chicken chimichanga was excellent as was the rice and beans. Always have a great meal here and very reasonably priced.

Thank Richard D
Morristown, Tennessee
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Generous portions, excellent margaritas, and fabulous service make this the best Mexican restaurant in town!

Thank AltoAmy88
Level Contributor
36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was not impressed with the food. The salsa was so plain! It barely tasted like it had more seasoning than tomato sauce w/ a little spice. The staff was very helpful and diligent.

Thank Kim B
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I've only eaten here a couple of time... By intent. This is not the best Mexican food around, on fact it's not even good Mexican food. Bland fair, poor atmosphere, and we'll drinks hinder any hope of a good dining experience.

Thank Tim K
Jackson, Tennessee
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291 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for Tex-Mex and you're in the area I would suggest going to this place. The food is what it is. The portions are sizable. Their service was great from the server to the cashier. It is a little tricky to find as the restaurant attached to a hotel

Thank Scott P
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We spent the night at the Best Western Motel and were looking for an easy place to eat. The receptionist told us about several possibilities, including the adjacent Mexican restaurant. That sounded good to the wife and friends, so we thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. The staff was friendly, they were quick, and... More 

Thank jameswJ4594XZ
Level Contributor
44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Food was very good 😊 Fresh, hot and nice full portions. Server Carolina was very professional & attentive. They have hot sauces on request. If you like spicy 🌶 ask for them!

Thank Theresa P
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best Mexican restaurants period!!! I have since moved from the Cookeville area but try to visit when I am in town, I compare everyone else to them I miss them so much. The Burrito Grande or the Chimichanga, you can't go wrong with either one!!

Thank Patrick S
Jackson, Tennessee
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86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?