The Original El Taco

The Original El Taco

Mexican Restaurant and Taco Place
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
Drinks:
Wine
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.

8.9/10

Based on 170 votes

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Total Visitors
3,723
Total Visits
8,840
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    Helencarnate
    "Fried chicken tacos and fried fish tacos."(10 Tips)
    365Atlanta.com
    "fried chicken taco & a pork carnitas taco"(3 Tips)
    Eric K.
    "Also great margaritas, and the royale cheese dip rocks."(13 Tips)
    Steven N.
    "The Fish Taco is really, really good."(8 Tips)
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  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • frozen mojito
  • pork carnitas
  • el short stack
  • sangria
  • great value
  • grilled corn
  • wine
  • green chili
  • house salad
  • Mexican Coke
  • babka
  • good for groups
  • caipirinhas
  • coffee cake
  • tamales
  • fajitas
  • family-friendly
  • fruit juice
  • Jahzen A.

    Nothin bad about it .

    Jahzen Alojwëizek · 3 weeks ago
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  • Andrea E.

    Don't forget to hit up the salsa bar! The Demonic mango, habanero salsa is legit! Flavorful and spicy!!

    Andrea Ehresman · June 6
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  • AJC

    After a few spins of the wheel, and an order of queso royale, we dive into a frozen mojito. And it's just what it sounds like - rum, mint and lime, blended and served frozen.

    AJC · May 13
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  • Elle G.

    The food was "meh" to me.They didn't have the tequila I wanted.The waiter kept rushing us to order & they forget to give us our "wheel" tickets. I liked that they put radishes in our guacamole though.

    Elle Green · May 11
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Molly S.

    The jalapeño margarita is delicious!

    Molly Sandman · July 7, 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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  • 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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  • Tracy T.

    ACVB'S CENTENNIAL COCKTAIL: La Centanario

    Tracy Tobin · April 29, 2013
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  • Austin R.

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

    Austin Russell · April 29, 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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  • Belinda A.

    I love the fish tacos. Not spicy, just delicious!

    Belinda Allen · March 24, 2013
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  • Jennifer J.

    Grapefruit Margarita FTW!

    Jennifer Jones · March 7, 2013
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  • TJ

    I can't remember what type of margarita this is, but it's not the house nor the Texas one. It's a lot stronger. I think Aguva or whatever is in it. All I know is I like it.

    TJ · February 19, 2013
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  • TJ

    Definitely try the Roasted Chicken Taco and the Home-made Chorizo Taco. Definitely two of my favorites. And the salsa is good too.

    TJ · February 19, 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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  • Sunny -

    Danny is great. Love the El Feature drink:)

    Sunny - · January 29, 2013
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  • alem e.

    ...gotta try the fish taco...pork taco...hell all their tacos...even the veggie taco is good and im a meat lover so you know it has to be good...

    alem e. · December 17, 2012
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  • Dee B.

    Their tacos are great and drinks are creative! Go and enjoy yourself!

    Dee B · November 4, 2012
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  • Austin R.

    Green Chile Chicken enchiladas are a must

    Austin Russell · October 20, 2012
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  • Chris Y.

    Danny, Wes, et al will steer you straight with a salsa trio & jalapeño margarita! Don't miss out...

    Chris Yates · July 13, 2012
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  • Julie J.

    Try the Carnitas, Veggie, & Smoked Trout Tacos - My meal!

    Julie JEWELeS · June 22, 2012
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  • Julie J.

    Try the Caipirinha, Different Salsas, & Chips - Watching the #NBAFINALS & grubbing!

    Julie JEWELeS · June 22, 2012
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  • Helencarnate

    Fried chicken tacos and fried fish tacos. Fried deliciousness.

    Helencarnate · May 27, 2012
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  • Christina W.

    The fried chicken taco is to die for. Don't forget to order chips so you can try out all of their salsas from the salsa bar.

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  • Taunja P.

    I love the Key Lime Margarita

    Taunja Pegues · April 13, 2012
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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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  • 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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  • Steven N.

    The Fish Taco is really, really good.

    Steven Nghe · December 21, 2011
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  • David B.

    Stop by the bar and say HI to Hillary

    David Brock · October 28, 2011
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  • Jan S.

    Great margarita

    Jan Sauer · October 22, 2011
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  • Teri L.

    I highly recommend the fish tacos.

    Teri Lahmon · October 13, 2011
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  • Sara D.

    Pitches of the best frozen mojitos ever!!!! PITCHERS!!! I'm so snokered

    Sara Dalton · October 9, 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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  • Kimy Kennedy* P.

    Shrimp tacos!

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  • Alexa

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

    Alexa · August 4, 2011
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  • Danielle P.

    It's good but they move empty tables slowly. Be prepared to wait.

    Danielle Pasley · June 26, 2011
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