The Original El Taco

4.6
41 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
The Original El Taco is now opened on Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday from 5-8:30pm, Sat-Sun lunch 11:30a-4pm and Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm. We offer a full complimentary menu for dine in and take out and family style ready to eat meals for take out. We also offer items for kids. To place your order, please contact the restaurant at 404.873.4656 after 3 pm. You can access the menus on our website: highland.eltaco-atlanta.com/menus for On Line Ordering as well.

**Thank you for providing a credit card to secure your reservation for parties of 6 and more. No charge will be applied to your card UNLESS your party fails to honor the reservation. If you can’t honor your reservation, please cancel or modify your reservation at least 4 hours prior to your seating time. Failure to do so will result in a charge of $25.00 per guest. Thank you.

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What 41 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Note that the gratuity is already added. Our server mentioned they do this so they can pay their servers a fair hourly wage. In Covid times it’s so nice to hear restaurants are taking good care of their employees. Speaking of covid, this spot has a nice screened in porch and the front of the restaurant opens to allow maximum air flow. I felt very safe the whole time!

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Spice2Go
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant was clean and sanitized. Zack, our server, was polite, efficient and professional. I had the chicken fajita and a Texas margarita. My daughter had the Original bowl which consisted of green rice, black beans, sweet potato, avocado, fried onions, salsa verde, spicy pickles, and crema. She also had the Rosarita margarita. We had chips and queso blanco with jalapenos for the table. Everything was delicious and tasty. It was nice getting out during this Covid-19 epidemic. My daughter and I always look forward to dining at The Original El Taco. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who happens to be in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was great and our server was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite meal out!

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious, especially the Queso Royale.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Liked the prizes on the hour

KS
KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambience was good. Food was average prices but there could have been more food on the entree

SB
StacyB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was poorly seasoned. We had beef fajitas and tacos (shrimp, carnitas, and smoked chicken).

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Luvfreshfood
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the roasted vegetable enchiladas and the frozen mojitos!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Nice, cute in the inside! Can’t wait to go back and try something new :)!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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AmritB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great experience, came for day before valentines, wasn't too packed, they administered good distancing practices, food was good, warm, tasty and great service. Will be back

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vipSofiR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caleb always takes great care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was our first visit to El Taco since the pandemic began. It used to be one of our neighborhood favorites to enjoy with our kids. We were disappointed with the quality of the food. My enchilada was cold and the chicken was dry. The chips were salted and seasoned so heavily you couldn’t eat them and my husbands fajitas arrived nearly 5 min after the rest of us had received our food. We loved this restaurant and are sad to have had an experience like this. I hope they can turn it around to survive this pandemic.

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vipJoe665
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menus.
Good choices for vegie conscious.
Excellent service.

JG
JamesG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my girlfriend's birthday. We have been here since the covid outbreak and so we knew that this restaurant takes cleaning, sanitizing, and socially distancing seriously. There is space between patrons. Staff is masked. Service is great, especially at the bar. The food is fantastic, and they have options that work with seemingly every diet or allergies. On a Tuesday night we were one of only a few patrons which made it a very enjoyable experience. This restaurant has moved away from tipping and instead applies a 20% service charge in lieu of gratuity on each check. I hope more restaurants go with that approach because it is just so easy and ensures that the staff is taken care of, but if you feel like leaving more, that is totally up to you.

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vipdianeS
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always good and they have great service.

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ElkaS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great Covid protocols, really friendly staff, great food and music!

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Sydneyj
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was by far the best service I have ever had at a restaurant!!!

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vipTastyfood
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and awesome Covid-19
Protocols in place.

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Luvfreshfood
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love El Taco! A great neighborhood spot with a heated patio, comfortable COVID protocols in place, and menu options to satisfy both the vegetarians and the meat lovers in our family. My husband recommends the frozen mojito cocktail.

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Bobbie
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the restaurant was really cute and cozy. I will definitely be back!

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vipRunway
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive! Food was excellent! Drinks were good

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best fried chicken tacos I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The experience was really good. The staff were extremely friendly and service was delivered exceptionally fast. The food was not my favorite, however they did make up for it with the quality of the drinks and the friendly servers.

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Lilly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite taco places! Will always recommend.

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yorkshirepuddingman
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food is excellent, but especially so the salsa bar offerings. Fried chicken taco is a must, and the frozen mojitos are excellent too. Hard to get seated now on weekends.

MK
MarvaK
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The menu is very small, and the table chips and salsa aren’t free. I tried to order nachos on Saturday, and was told they’re only served on Thursdays

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vipGR9262018
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for our 6 year old. Thanks to everyone at El Taco!

MI
vipMichalI
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed a fun family dinner. Especially appreciated the vegetarian options! Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service - waited 15 minutes for server, food just dropped at table and dirty dishes not taken away, even after desert was served. Poor overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Our food took over an hour to come out. We had small kids and had to take our food to go.

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ARAHN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great chips!! Love the salsa bar!

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vipYankeeDINER
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

First time here. The service was the worst I've ever experienced. For a friend night the place was only about 60% full so we could not understand the poor service. Food came out cold. Imagine fajitas cold! The only saving grace was that the sangria was adequate but forget the margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender great. Took care of my friend on her birthday. Just a good time. Thanks.

TD
vipTaylorD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server rarely came by the table to check if we needed anything.

JK
JacquelynK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service are always top notch here!!!

SA
SandyA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was EXCELLENT and very personable. Food was wonderful! Overall, great/fun experience

PN
vipPaulaN
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merry friend traveling home to New York. The food was excellent. Our server, Quaila, was extraordinarily spectular!!!!!!

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vipDennis4049
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great service. Good food. A little too noisy. If you can fit in a booth instead of a table then definitely go with the booth.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Original El Taco using the Order Online button. The Original El Taco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 873-4656.

The Original El Taco is rated 4.6 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

The Original El Taco does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://fifthgroup.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.