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The Original El Taco

The Original El Taco

Mexican Restaurant and Taco Place$$$$
Virginia Highland, Atlanta
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  • Bobby N.
    Bobby Nooromid2 weeks ago
    Solid go-to for brunch, lunch or dinner with friendly staff, great service, outdoor seating, a salsa bar, and delicious cocktails. Make sure to get a Fifth Group card to use at their different spots.
  • Raymond A.
    Raymond AaronJuly 17, 2016
    Tortilla soup.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 15, 2016
    There aren't many places that offer chicken liver tacos, but this Virginia-Highland restaurant is one of them. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelApril 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The chips are awesome. Try not to fill up on them.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WeimannFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Wide variety of tasty margaritas and tequilas. Thumbs up on Mexican pizza.
  • Timber
    TimberFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken tacos are the best!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsOctober 7, 2015
    Check out The Original El Taco as it was featured on Taco Trip for Mexican and southern fusion. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Chorizo taco was nice.
  • Jahzen A.
    Jahzen AlojwëizekJune 12, 2015
    Nothin bad about it .
  • Andrea E.
    Andrea EhresmanJune 6, 2015
    Don't forget to hit up the salsa bar! The Demonic mango, habanero salsa is legit! Flavorful and spicy!!
  • AJC
    AJCMay 13, 2015
    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.
  • Elle G.
    Elle GreenMay 11, 2015
    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.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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 L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    "A true revelation!" - Me, upon tasting the cheese dip
  • Ayesha G.
    Ayesha G.August 30, 2014
    Fried chicken tacos. Best queso I have had in Atlanta
  • Ayesha G.
    Ayesha G.August 8, 2014
    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!!
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    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
  • Joy C.
    Joy CameronJuly 27, 2014
    The smoked chicken and chorizo tacos are divine. 😍😍😍 This place makes you leaving here wanting more. The chalkboard menu has great options as well.
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SomozaMay 10, 2014
    Have the el short stack!
  • 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
  • Micah
    MicahJanuary 12, 2014
    The fried chicken tacos are delicious!
  • Rashid M.
    Rashid MuhammadOctober 25, 2013
    Two words: Oxtail Soup
  • Matt M.
    Matt MichelsonSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    AVOID /// LOCATION HAS BEEN COMPLETELY OVERRUN BY FERAL CHILDREN /// AVOID
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Definitely try the new BLTaco. The Red Fish taco is not to shabby either.
  • Molly S.
    Molly SandmanJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The jalapeño margarita is delicious!
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FordMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The sangria and classic trio is the perfect fix for a long day.
  • 4sqATL
    4sqATLMay 10, 2013
    Thank you to The Original El Taco for being a 2013 Atlanta Foursquare Day sponsor. Read more
  • Tracy
    TracyApril 29, 2013
    ACVB'S CENTENNIAL COCKTAIL: La Centanario
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellApril 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Nacho libre: thursday nights 8:30 - 10:30
  • Matt S.
    Matt SellersApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chicken taco is fantastic, but the smoked chicken is a good sleeper pick.
  • Belinda A.
    Belinda AllenMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the fish tacos. Not spicy, just delicious!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JonesMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grapefruit Margarita FTW!
  • TJ
    TJFebruary 19, 2013
    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
    TJFebruary 19, 2013
    Definitely try the Roasted Chicken Taco and the Home-made Chorizo Taco. Definitely two of my favorites. And the salsa is good too.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HewittFebruary 17, 2013
    Hot with the toddler crowd. (Seriously, how many under 3 year old kids are there in here right now?)
  • Sunny -
    Sunny -January 29, 2013
    Danny is great. Love the El Feature drink:)
  • alem e.
    alem e.December 17, 2012
    ...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...
  • Dee B.
    Dee BNovember 4, 2012
    Their tacos are great and drinks are creative! Go and enjoy yourself!
  • Austin R.
    Austin RussellOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Green Chile Chicken enchiladas are a must
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YatesJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Danny, Wes, et al will steer you straight with a salsa trio & jalapeño margarita! Don't miss out...
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 22, 2012
    Try the Carnitas, Veggie, & Smoked Trout Tacos - My meal!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 22, 2012
    Try the Caipirinha, Different Salsas, & Chips - Watching the #NBAFINALS & grubbing!
  • Helencarnate
    HelencarnateMay 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Fried chicken tacos and fried fish tacos. Fried deliciousness.
  • 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.
  • Taunja P.
    Taunja PeguesApril 13, 2012
    I love the Key Lime Margarita
  • Steve T.
    Steve ToneyMarch 9, 2012
    Danny is the best server I've ever had. So nice and knowledgable.
  • Peter
    PeterJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words: el short stack.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Steven N.
    Steven NgheDecember 21, 2011
    The Fish Taco is really, really good.
  • David B.
    David BrockOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Stop by the bar and say HI to Hillary
  • Jan S.
    Jan SauerOctober 22, 2011
    Great margarita
  • Teri L.
    Teri LahmonOctober 13, 2011
    I highly recommend the fish tacos.
  • Sara D.
    Sara DaltonOctober 9, 2011
    Pitches of the best frozen mojitos ever!!!! PITCHERS!!! I'm so snokered
  • Stefan K.
    Stefan KallweitSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can even order food compliant with the 4HB "slow carb diet" - fajitas, black beans and grilled scallions
  • Alexa
    AlexaAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably my favorite guacamole and chips in Atlanta. Get it!
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PasleyJune 26, 2011
    It's good but they move empty tables slowly. Be prepared to wait.
  • Shelley D.
    Shelley DuBoisJune 20, 2011
    Grab a blood orange margarita! So tasty!!
  • 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)
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BlantonMay 23, 2011
    Amazing Queso! Read more
  • 365Atlanta.com
    365Atlanta.comMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Chad E.
    Chad ElkinsApril 14, 2011
    Have you ever eaten cactus? Yes...cactus! The veggie taco is one of my favorites in town and contains this unique and delicious ingredient.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 4, 2011
    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
  • Charles S.
    Charles SimmonsJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    focus on the box at the top left of the menu, this is where the real gems of the menu are; the sope, crispy tamale, etc... or just grab the short stack, you can't go wrong with that.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KeithJanuary 19, 2011
    Best fish tacos ever. Also great margaritas, and the royale cheese dip rocks.
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BallistyJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great guacamole here - I dare say some of the best in Atlanta. Chips are solid however recently the tasty seasoning on the chips has been missing. Bring it back! Hopefully it was just temporary.
  • 365Atlanta.com
    365Atlanta.comNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Oakland Cemetery
    Oakland CemeteryNovember 4, 2010
    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!
  • Jarrett M.
    Jarrett McGOctober 30, 2010
    Ask for Kirsten. Try the margaritas reales. Best marg in town. Enchiladas are your best bet.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GrangerAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    grilled scallions!
  • Ron C.
    Ron CarmichaelAugust 9, 2010
    House Salad w/ Shrimp was excellent. Great chips and solid Margaritas.
  • Maura N.
    Maura NeillJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The sangria is the best in town - trust me, you won't be disappointed!
  • Michael E.
    Michael EricksonJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You MUST try a fro' mo'! Read more
  • Tyler
    TylerJune 16, 2010
    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...)
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff L.April 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Mexico City grilled corn in lime mayo. It's AWESOME!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AllenApril 22, 2010
    Great first date place. Also get a Frozen Mojito!!!
  • Allen J.
    Allen JacksonMarch 28, 2010
    We love the tacos here. Grilled chicken... and get the guacamole. Read more
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YatesFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Gotta try the take-out window!
  • Suong
    SuongFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here for $2 tacos on Tuesday! The steak taco is serious yumminess.
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YatesFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Gotta have the fried fish taco!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SteeleFebruary 11, 2010
    The pork carnitas are muy bueno.
  • Annie J.
    Annie JohnstonFebruary 11, 2010
    Grilled chicken taco rock. Mmmmmmm
  • Jerry R.
    Jerry RochaFebruary 2, 2010
    Bring back the Pork Belly Tacos full time!
  • Greg F.
    Greg FrayserJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The fried chicken tacos are fantastic
  • Chris W.
    Chris WebbJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • Gwen G.
    Gwen GreinerJanuary 10, 2010
    Try a frozen mojito and the salsa bar.
  • Jonn M.
    Jonn McDanielJanuary 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    House margarita is delicious.
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