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The Original El Taco, Atlanta, GA

The Original El Taco

4.5
4.5
184 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 873-4656

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alejandro Carbajal-Luna

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Althea Burnett: (833) 331-2529

Popular dishes

What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlanta / Georgia

    Kid-friendly

  • Atlanta

    Kid-friendly

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  1. SA

    SAdiner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This is a neighborhood restaurant that is inconsistent in its service. We've had great service and good food, but this last time our server disappeared after our meals arrived. It's a family-friendly atmosphere with a good location.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing tacos!! One of our new favorites!
  3. JB

    JamesB

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for a Saturday night at 6:30 as it was our first time here. There was plenty of available seating and we would have been fine without them. We started with Texas margarita and chips and queso which were excellent. We had tacos (3 which came with rice and beans. We were stuffed and brought leftovers home. We enjoyed our experience and would definitely return.
  4. S

    Stoutejongen

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Our last two visits to The Original El Taco have let us down. The quality of the meat is not what it once was. Once could be a bad night, twice is a trend. Yesterday the issue was fatty chicken and the time before that it was fatty beef. The half dozen visits before that we were 100% pleased with the meat. Was great every time. Not sure what's happened, but to the Fifth Group owners, please turn this around. We love your other restaurants, but now I'm not sure we'll ever return to The Original El Taco.
  5. P

    Pogatcha

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great for kids and adults. Good kid friendly service and tasty food and drinks. Great combo.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a blast!
  7. a

    atlq

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food at good prices.. Fun atmosphere. Service was good as well.
  8. BO

    BillO

    Atlanta

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coco our sever was wonderful and very helpful on drink selection. Randy the manager is on top of his game there.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect!
  10. s

    scooterbill

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Lively atmosphere for diners enjoying an active customer experience. Creative tequila cocktails, southwestern and tex-mex fare with friendly staff.
  11. SR

    SavannahR

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Got the pibil and chicken tacos. Pretty solid and tasty. The pibil had a lot of sauce on it which I wasn’t a fan of. Their tomatillo salsa is to die for. My wife got their new vegan chorizo taco and she wasn’t impressed.
  13. D

    Doug

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    El Taco continues to be a "go-to" spot for good food and margaritas in a comfortable setting. Lots of new folks on the service staff, but service remains solid. Can't beat the neighborhood vibe!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I've now tried this Original El Taco probably 5 times in a year. We live nearby so it's convenient and can always get a table in times of despair when all the other restaurants are full. Service is always terrible which is unusual for this restaurant group. Food was good first couple of visits but last 3 has been barely edible. I would go back for margaritas and queso but not for an actual meal. I thought it was pandemic-related so we kept trying as I truly want to love it.
  15. CM

    CarlieM

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A good spot to grab some Mexican food. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was tasty and the portions were a good size.
  16. D

    Doug

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The old favorite delivered again! The margaritas were delicious and the fried chicken tacos great as always. Kudos to Casey, our server, for attentive service that made the visit another "ET" success.
  17. J

    Johnny

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restraunt is well lit and service was very good. Food was fantastic
  18. CM

    CrystalM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    El Taco is our go to place to eat, catch up, and have a great marg!
  19. M

    Mary

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Prices have increased significantly. Chicken w fajitas had no flavor. Guacamole was $9 for a tiny portion. Service was excellent
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was a bit hot inside the restaurant. Our waitress was fantastic!
  21. JW

    JenniferW

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food is always so good! The atmosphere is really fun too!
  22. CM

    CynthiaM

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great go-to, neighborhood restaurant. Food and service are consistently good with a fun atmosphere.
  23. JK

    JoeK

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Neighborhood Mexican place. Typically more families with younger kids before 7.
  24. RV

    RVHer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Definitely a bar. Don’t go here for the food. But it’s a very cute cantina
  25. DP

    DestinyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    .the vegan tacos were to die for! Guac was also delicious. The sunflower crema is also dairy-free. 10/10 will definitely go again!
  26. KP

    KayP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Staff were great! Enjoyed the wheel of freebies at top of the hour. Food was only okay, felt bland, especially for the price.
  27. D

    Doug

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another wonderful evening of great food, excellent service (thank you Reese!), and good friends. El Taco never disappoints!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was wonderful except it was really hot in there please turn the AC down a bit.
  29. LM

    LexieM

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in to escape the heat on our walk home from Summerfest! Thanks El Taco - keep those margs salty and skinny!
  30. M

    Mmmm

    Atlanta

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Trio Royale appetizer is a must-try...the guacamole and queso is fantastic! The manager exhibited exemplary customer service. I will definitely return to sample more dishes.
  31. c

    cjeffer2

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kid friendly environment always loved and appreciated
  32. d

    datenight

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El taco is our favorite family restaurant. Great food, super friendly service, fun and good value!
  33. D

    Doug

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Good food, good drinks, mostly good service! A neighborhood gem!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Cinco de Mayo! It was packed as expected but the reservation times weren’t honored because people didn’t leave from their tables. The food was good
  35. S

    Sonya

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience4
    Do not like that all parties must be present to be seated with 95 % of the party is there. Based upon location someone will be stuck in traffic missing 1 person shouldn't cause you not be seated. This was tacky to me. The food was not good it was 10 of us no one finished their food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cinco de Mayo was a great vibe here
  37. RP

    RogerP

    Atlanta

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best fajitas in Atlanta. Unique salad options everything was delicious
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was soo good and service was great!
  39. BC

    BenCATL

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Great neighborhood mainstay but suffering from its longevity. The consistency of the food and service has really dropped off over the years. We still go because our kids love it, but every time we're there something is just "off" enough to impact the experience. If it's your first time, or two or three, you probably don't have expectations so give it a try.
  40. CG

    CGTracy

    Chicago

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    They do a great job here. Manager Randy super helpful. Tasty food. Would go back anytime. Great margaritas.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Original El Taco

1186 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Executive chef

    Alejandro Carbajal-Luna

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (404) 873-4656

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Althea Burnett: (833) 331-2529

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