The Original El Taco

4.6
98 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: eltaco-atlanta.com/menus for online 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 98 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were so kind and friendly and food was exceptional. Highly recommend the queso royale and enchiladas with green sauce! The house margs were amazing, and the GM even let us taste a new ice cream that is coming soon that was insane. Cannot recommend El Taco enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

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TEMIKOT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit and our server and food was amazing! I will be returning with more friends!

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vipScott
Atlanta
97 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a dependable neighborhood option. Plenty of free parking which is always a plus; efficient service, and top notch cuisine.

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CollinS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s an average Mexican restaurant. Right down the middle. If it’s near by you, check it out. It’s not great not terrible. Just a salt of the earth, average, Mexican restaurant. Its the hotel room painting of Mexican cuisine.

Their margs are weird tbh. Their casa has lemon juice in it, and their skinny doesn’t have triple sec or combier.. so it’s leaves them tasting pretty tart.

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DianaM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Atmosphere is the selling point. Nice patio. Food was rather bland, tasteless. A place to go watch a game and eat appetizers, which are the best tasting things on the menu.

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vipKentG
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Why does it take SO LONG for El Taco to seat parties?? The past five times I have visited around 6:00pm, the host is on the phone or talking to someone. Takes easily 16 minutes to be seated (party of 2, or party of 4) and there is no one in the restaurant AND wait staff standing around! FIX THIS! Take the phone away from host, let someone else answer it….

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, the tacos and street corn are awesome! A quiet place. Server was not very attentive in checking drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A few friends and I met for a Friday night dinner. It was great! I haven’t been in awhile due to covid and they definitely did not disappoint. The queso and tacos were delicious! They also always have a fun atmosphere with the wheel that they spin for a chance to win free food or drinks. Highly recommend!

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vipWELOVE2DINE
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp fajitas are amazing! So are the house margaritas! And our server was terrific! Highly recommend!

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Whammerkid
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The trio of dips(salsa, guacamole and queso) was delish. Chips were a bit salty. We had a variety of tacos. Steak was the best but we liked all of them. Casa margarita was nothing special. Would eat there again.

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vipDoug
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

El Taco never fails to be enjoyable! They have done a superb job of maintaining (even improving!) the food quality during COVID and have been a welcome "port" during these crazy times. A special thanks to Manager Eddie Romero for keeping everything going over the past year+. We visit almost every week and always enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Erica the bartender is the best server there. Very friendly and attentive. Food never disappoints.

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DonnaM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

server was fantastic and we had so much fun and incredible food. Her suggestions were right on!

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vipWalter
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious menu and energetic atmosphere. A neighborhood gem!

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vipLisaA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient service, though would have loved to see more vegetarian options.

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vipDoug
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, wonderful food, delicious margaritas, and fabulous service. Ask for Kristen if she’s available - best service ever!!

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vipSteveM
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our favorite spot for Mexican food.

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MichaelMcC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious, sizzling steak and shrimp fajitas!

MR
MauriceR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great will go again

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Bill
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were greeted and seated quickly. Our server checked in with us promptly, gave us a few minutes and then was back to take our drink and appetizer order. It was a very large platter of chips and salsa. She made recommendations and took our meal order which arrived within a reasonable time. Three people ordered the 3 taco meal with several different types of tacos. There were about 8 tacos to choose from and they came with a small bowl of rice and black beans. The fried chicken taco, the shrimp and the steak taco were the best although there was very little steak and one small chicken tender. The fish taco was very good as well. Two of us got the fried eggplant which was a total and complete disappointment! There was one 1/4” piece of eggplant that was about two inches long. We both chose to eat the piece without the tortilla as you couldn’t taste it otherwise. The 4th in our party got the steak and chicken fajitas. The steak was excellent. The chicken was nice and moist. There were very little in the way of condiments that it was difficult to make a good wrap. Overall it was a good experience but it was not high in the way of value. We will be looking for a better option.

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vipWalter
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, delicious tacos and an energetic atmosphere.

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readingresearcher
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was plentiful and tasty. Wait staff friendly and efficient. Bit loud on the patio due to road noise but that’s to be expected

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

i went around 9 and they were already saying the kitchen was closing. food was so bland. no seasoning and food was also lukewarm like it was sitting under the light for someone to order it. so disappointed and the manager just was like “well what else do you want” smh

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vipDoug
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true neighborhood gem! The perfect combination of consistently delicious food with superb service and an all-around great staff. If you really want to enjoy, ask for Kristen - the best waiter in the place.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything I’ve had is amazing !! I’ve had almost everything on the menu

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vipSteveM
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. First time at The Original El Taco and we will be back soon.

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Tiffany
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is delicious. Highly recommend. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great.

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vipAndre
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We made a reservation and was seated promptly. Our server Ron was ok at first. He didn’t enter the order correctly so our side dish came out first. Then our entree came out wrong too. Order steak we got shrimp. We do not eat shell fish. Quac is good but over priced at $9 for a tiny tiny dish. Avocados cost $.99 the salsa and chips were really good. Margaritas usually give me a buzz. Nothing!
He put the sizzling plate down next to me after clearing a space for him and burned me.
Manager came by super nice super understanding did great recovery but disappointed that Ron never came back to the table until we were leaving so we didn’t tip him. We believe that everyone working should be paid but after the mess up he never came back.

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vipGravity
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food and mediocre service. The chard salad was excellent and the flank steak was terrible.

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vipDoug
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food always good and getting better. Service uneven

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first of what we hope to be many more dining experiences at The Original El Taco on N. Highland Ave. The food was great, and the service awesome. It’s a great family neighborhood restaurant with ample free parking.

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vipMissgreek
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow. But food and drinks were tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

This is typically our favorite restaurant in Atlanta. We decided to take some friends to celebrate a new job, but when we got there, were told that they could not be served alcohol because their IDs were vertical. They have both been of age for several years, and were not allowed to show a second form of ID. We were told this is a new rule across the entire restaurant group. However, it is not posted anywhere at the restaurant or on the website so there is no way to know this rule was to be enforced. Our waitress was gracious and accommodating as we were quite frustrated and disappointed. I have never witnessed an instance where two real IDs with additional forms of identification were denied service. As this was a celebration, it absolutely impacted our night. While I understand every business has the right to deny service in any form, rules such as this should absolutely be posted loud and clear.

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BillF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Wanted to eat outside. Reservation accepted online but when we came we could not be seated outside. Service rather slow. Serving of guacamole tiny. Way way too loud. Not energetic just way too loud. Could hardly talk and hear person next to you. Food ok but not super. Had out of town guests and was very disappointed. Not an evening to talk and catch up. Wanted better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was unbelievable. Will definitely be returning!

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ShellaneD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I selected this place based on an article listing the best margarita in Atlanta. Not only was the food good but the margaritas were the showstoppers. Thank you for the ambiance and great service.

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vipXerxes
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and greattttt service. Chef was wonderful. One in our party has a soy allergy and she hand wrote out what could be ordered.

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vipDoug
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A neighborhood treasure!!!

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 98 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.