The Original El Taco

The Original El Taco

1186 N Highland Ave NE (Amsterdam Avenue), Atlanta, GA 30306, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

El Taco is a festive, fun place for friends and families to enjoy simple and fresh Mexican food made with all-natural ingredients.

8.8/10

Based on 162 votes

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  • tacos
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  • frozen mojito
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  • pork carnitas
  • sangria
  • great value
  • enchiladas
  • grilled corn
  • wine
  • fajitas
  • happy hour
  • house salad
  • oxtail soup
  • Mexican Coke
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  • family-friendly
  • Oakland Cemetery

    Crave from the Grave: Can't resist getting the fried chicken, Mexican chorizo, and pork carnitas tacos...and washing it all down with a real Mexican Coke float!

    Oakland Cemetery · November 4, 2010
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  • Chad E.

    Have you ever eaten cactus? Yes...cactus! The veggie taco is one of my favorites in town and contains this unique and delicious ingredient.

    Chad Elkins · April 14, 2011
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  • Greg F.

    The fried chicken tacos are fantastic

    Greg Frayser · January 26, 2010
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  • Atlanta on the Cheap

    Check in on Sat/Sun from 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., & you'll get a free house margarita. (starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays)

    Atlanta on the Cheap · June 2, 2011
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  • Michael E.

    You MUST try a fro' mo'! Read more

    Michael Erickson · July 13, 2010
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  • Jeff L.

    Get the Mexico City grilled corn in lime mayo. It's AWESOME!

    Jeff L. · April 30, 2010
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  • Jarrett M.

    Ask for Kirsten. Try the margaritas reales. Best marg in town. Enchiladas are your best bet.

    Jarrett McG · October 30, 2010
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  • Maura N.

    The sangria is the best in town - trust me, you won't be disappointed!

    Maura Neill · July 21, 2010
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  • Cheapism

    Their fried chicken tacos are delicious, the salsa bar is expansive, and the frozen mojitos are nice and strong. Taco’s are from $2.95 to $3.95. Read more

    Cheapism · March 4, 2011
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  • 365Atlanta.com

    The perfect El Taco meal: lime-salted chips with fresh guac & queso, a fried chicken taco & a pork carnitas taco, and a pitcher of the best sangria in town. You'll thank me!

    365Atlanta.com · November 14, 2010
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  • Tyler

    It's hard to make chips and salsa this amazing, but they do it. (it's the mix of lime salt, smokey salsa, and meth, I think...)

    Tyler · June 16, 2010
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  • Matt A.

    Great first date place. Also get a Frozen Mojito!!!

    Matt Allen · April 22, 2010
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  • Chris Y.

    Gotta have the fried fish taco!

    Chris Yates · February 18, 2010
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  • Chris W.

    I love El Taco and have eaten here many times. If you are looking for something different, check out D.B.A. BBQ next door. They have great BBQ and great service. A must in Virginia Highlands! Read more

    Chris Webb · January 20, 2010
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  • Jessica L.

    grilled scallions!

    Jessica Lewis · August 13, 2010
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  • 4sqATL

    Thank you to The Original El Taco for being a 2013 Atlanta Foursquare Day sponsor. Read more

    4sqATL · May 10, 2013
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  • Matt S.

    The fried chicken taco is fantastic, but the smoked chicken is a good sleeper pick.

    Matt Sellers · April 20, 2013
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  • Tim L.

    Right after biting into a fried chicken taco, your life will flash before your eyes. Mainly because you'll wonder how you went this long in your life without this taco.

    Tim Lampe · January 7, 2012
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  • 365Atlanta.com

    Truly the best sangria in town. The traditional red wine and fruit juice with chunks on fresh fruit on the rocks...with a little rum for good measure! You'll love it - and you'll thank me.

    365Atlanta.com · May 18, 2011
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  • Joy C.

    The smoked chicken and chorizo tacos are divine. 😍😍😍 This place makes you leaving here wanting more. The chalkboard menu has great options as well.

    Joy Cameron · July 27, 2014
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  • Sarah M.

    Love this place. The bartenders are friendly and the menu is inventive. Sometimes it's a little too child-laden for happy hour sippin' though.

    Sarah M · February 13, 2014
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  • Austin R.

    Green Chile Chicken enchiladas are a must

    Austin Russell · October 20, 2012
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  • Alexa

    Probably my favorite guacamole and chips in Atlanta. Get it!

    Alexa · August 4, 2011
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  • Annie J.

    Grilled chicken taco rock. Mmmmmmm

    Annie Johnston · February 11, 2010
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  • Jonn M.

    House margarita is delicious.

    Jonn McDaniel · January 9, 2010
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  • Molly S.

    The jalapeño margarita is delicious!

    Molly Sandman · July 7, 2013
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  • Austin R.

    Nacho libre: thursday nights 8:30 - 10:30

    Austin Russell · April 29, 2013
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  • Brian H.

    Hot with the toddler crowd. (Seriously, how many under 3 year old kids are there in here right now?)

    Brian Hewitt · February 17, 2013
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  • Steve T.

    Danny is the best server I've ever had. So nice and knowledgable.

    Steve Toney · March 9, 2012
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  • Peter

    Three words: el short stack.

    Peter · January 25, 2012
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  • Jan S.

    Great margarita

    Jan Sauer · October 22, 2011
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  • Stefan K.

    You can even order food compliant with the 4HB "slow carb diet" - fajitas, black beans and grilled scallions

    Stefan Kallweit · September 21, 2011
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  • Allen J.

    We love the tacos here. Grilled chicken... and get the guacamole. Read more

    Allen Jackson · March 28, 2010
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  • Chris Y.

    Gotta try the take-out window!

    Chris Yates · February 27, 2010
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  • Suong

    Come here for $2 tacos on Tuesday! The steak taco is serious yumminess.

    Suong · February 24, 2010
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  • Kevin S.

    The pork carnitas are muy bueno.

    Kevin Steele · February 11, 2010
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  • Jerry R.

    Bring back the Pork Belly Tacos full time!

    Jerry Rocha · February 2, 2010
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  • Gwen G.

    Try a frozen mojito and the salsa bar.

    Gwen Greiner · January 10, 2010
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  • Tim L.

    Fun Fact: If you don't order the fried chicken taco, you disrupt the order of the universe. Also, the owner of the restaurant comes and slaps you in the face.

    Tim Lampe · January 26
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  • Tim L.

    "A true revelation!" - Me, upon tasting the cheese dip

    Tim Lampe · January 26
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  • Ayesha G.

    Fried chicken tacos. Best queso I have had in Atlanta

    Ayesha G. · August 30, 2014
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  • Ayesha G.

    Finally found a taco that measures up to my Texas expectations....this place is a must try if you are looking for good Texas style tacos. The fried chicken is delicious and so is the queso & guac!!

    Ayesha G. · August 8, 2014
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  • AJC

    It embodies a dignity Sala never could claim while retaining a totally casual attitude -- the kind of place where families feel as at home as frat boys. Read more

    AJC · August 1, 2014
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  • Fernando S.

    Have the el short stack!

    Fernando Somoza · May 10, 2014
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  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

    Chef Wolitzky will investigate Challah, Babka, Coffee Cake & Rugelach and how these breads and pastries symbolize great moments with family in the South at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 5/29-6/1. Read more

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  • Micah

    The fried chicken tacos are delicious!

    Micah · January 12, 2014
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  • Rashid M.

    Two words: Oxtail Soup

    Rashid Muhammad · October 25, 2013
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  • Matt M.

    AVOID /// LOCATION HAS BEEN COMPLETELY OVERRUN BY FERAL CHILDREN /// AVOID

    Matt Michelson · September 6, 2013
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  • Austin R.

    Definitely try the new BLTaco. The Red Fish taco is not to shabby either.

    Austin Russell · July 17, 2013
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  • Michelle F.

    The sangria and classic trio is the perfect fix for a long day.

    Michelle Ford · May 31, 2013
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