The Original El Taco

4.6
113 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 113 people are saying
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vipElizabethF1963
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very underwhelmed - no white wine? Service felt rushed and food average - not what I remember.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I used to love this local place. Unfortunately, service was very slow. Food was good. I missed Mexican pizza. Probably not coming back.

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vipMichaelMidtown
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This restaurant is very cheap with measuring alcoholic drinks. Even worse, the bar serves pre-made drinks from a plastic container!

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FrankW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - attentive, friendly waiter. Food was delicious.

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vipDoug
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TheClacker1984
Atlanta
74 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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IraR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta food! Great location and truly excellent value! Going back soon…so should you!

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vipEdSt
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as ever!

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SammieSnacks
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and an updated menu. Staff was friendly and attentive.

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CoreyG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and taco Tuesday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. It is expensive but what good quality food in Atlanta isn’t? Worth it.

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Tdotson
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food.

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vipDruidHills
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food quality was excellent! Fresh, well prepared ingredients paired with top quality beef.
Atmosphere could use sound attenuation to permit conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
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
12 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
7 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
35 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
46 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
46 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
20 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!

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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
46 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.

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 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.