The Original El Taco
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
tomatillo salsa, crispy onions
Pint of Queso Royale
queso blanco with pork chorizo, onions, chilis
Mexico City grilled corn, chili mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro
Very underwhelmed - no white wine? Service felt rushed and food average - not what I remember.
I used to love this local place. Unfortunately, service was very slow. Food was good. I missed Mexican pizza. Probably not coming back.
This restaurant is very cheap with measuring alcoholic drinks. Even worse, the bar serves pre-made drinks from a plastic container!
Great service - attentive, friendly waiter. Food was delicious.
It just gets better and better! ET has always been a "go to" place for a solid Mexican menu served with great service, but the current chef has "upped the game" without losing the basics. It is now the place to go! You can count on great service (especially if you're lucky enough to get Kristen), superb food, and solid margaritas every time.
We dined here for dinner on a Saturday night. There were several large groups of 20-somethings, so conversations were loud at times. The atmosphere is very casual and more bar/pub feel as opposed to the upscale casual feeling at other fifth group restaurants. Our waitress was on point and service was attentive. We had the chips with trio of sauces, beef enchiladas, tacos, street corn, and churros. All was good, but the beef for the steak tacos was cut into chunks instead of shredded or sliced into strips which made it difficult to eat. Likewise, I ordered the tomatoes and lettuce as a topping for the tacos, and got halved cherry tomatoes instead of diced. Again, just made it more difficult to eat the tacos. If you’re looking for a neighborhood joint to have margaritas or beer and some munchies, this is a good pick. For something fancier, go elsewhere.
Greta food! Great location and truly excellent value! Going back soon…so should you!
Fantastic as ever!
Great good and an updated menu. Staff was friendly and attentive.
Birthday and taco Tuesday
One of our favorites. It is expensive but what good quality food in Atlanta isn’t? Worth it.
Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food.
Food quality was excellent! Fresh, well prepared ingredients paired with top quality beef.
Atmosphere could use sound attenuation to permit conversation.
The tacos were delicious! I had fish, fried chicken and shrimp. I never thought I would like guacamole icecream but I guess I was mistaken...oh so good!
The chicken was dry on the chicken taco, the steak taco in general was also dry. Drinks were underwhelming and waited 15 just to get someone’s attention for the check. Rice and Beans were bland.
Queso and chips were the saving grace
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!
It was my first visit and our server and food was amazing! I will be returning with more friends!
Always a dependable neighborhood option. Plenty of free parking which is always a plus; efficient service, and top notch cuisine.
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.
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.
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….
Great food, the tacos and street corn are awesome! A quiet place. Server was not very attentive in checking drinks.
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!
The shrimp fajitas are amazing! So are the house margaritas! And our server was terrific! Highly recommend!
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.
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!
Erica the bartender is the best server there. Very friendly and attentive. Food never disappoints.
server was fantastic and we had so much fun and incredible food. Her suggestions were right on!
Excellent service, delicious menu and energetic atmosphere. A neighborhood gem!
Friendly and efficient service, though would have loved to see more vegetarian options.
As always, wonderful food, delicious margaritas, and fabulous service. Ask for Kristen if she’s available - best service ever!!
This has become our favorite spot for Mexican food.
Delicious, sizzling steak and shrimp fajitas!
Great will go again
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.
Outstanding service, delicious tacos and an energetic atmosphere.
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
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
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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The Original El Taco is rated 4.6 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.
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.