The Original El Taco

4.5
66 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 66 people are saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
40 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
8 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
38 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A neighborhood treasure!!!

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vipBfarr530
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Should have gone with the tacos. I have always ordered the tacos and they are good. This time I decided to try the enchiladas. Big mistake. Beef and cheese enchiladas were fairly flavorless and really bland. Don’t order them. Stay with the tacos.

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RobW
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent tacos! Will definitely go back.

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vipSher
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good and filling and Covid-19 cleanliness and protocols made me feel safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a great time with my family. Everyone seemed to love the trio and the steak fajitas.

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PeytonL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Good food and drinks at a reasonable price

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Kara
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We love this place. The drinks are always good, the tacos are good and filling. I was a little disappointed this trip because the food wasn’t as good as it usually is and the service wasn’t so great. Our waitress was very nice but she disappeared a lot and when we asked for things they took some time getting to the table. But overall I still love this restaurant.

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vipChristianB
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Great experience. The only issue we ran into outside of everything being really good were the proteins added to dishes from chicken to steak. Not very flavorful for the dishes that it was added to like a bowl and a signature dish.
All the smoked and fried meats were good but grilled meats lacked flavor and spice.
Definitely a minor gripe but the rest of the dishes and food were ace.
Our server and manager were awesome and we appreciate how hospitable they were. Great restaurant and great atmosphere. Cheers.

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KaraV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality!! Wonderful atmosphere and the food is SO good!

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vipcfooddiet
Atlanta
84 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The shrimp tacos were amazing! But the eggplant and the pork tacos I didn’t care for. The chips are way too salty!
Margaritas were excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Watery margaritas, rude waiter, shrimp tasted metallic and rubbery. Not a good experience.

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PhilM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was dry and very over-priced. If we had not had a gift card, we would have left.

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JezZ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Only real complaint, when I am sat at the crappiest table, ask to move to an adjacent one that is open, only to be told “no, I just sat another table for that server”, feels a bit like I, as the customer, am being fit in around the company’s preferences, versus mine?

Eventually, we were moved, but it took us asking a total of three times and two different people.

Thanks

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vipJasonC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We pulled out two hairs in our nachos. Overall quality of the food was okay. 20% service charge was included on the bill but not disclosed to us by the waitress. I remember this restaurant being much better. Maybe they are still recovering from COVID. For now, I’d go to DBA next door instead of this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
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
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was great and our server was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite meal out!

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ClaireH
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious, especially the Queso Royale.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Liked the prizes on the hour

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KimberlyS
Atlanta
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

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StacyB
Atlanta
3 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
2 reviews
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.

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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!!!

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 4.5 stars by 66 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.