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The Original El Taco

The Original El Taco

Mexican Restaurant and Taco Place$$$$
Virginia Highland, Atlanta
87 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • frozen mojito
  • pork carnitas
  • el short stack
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  • David H.
    David HarrisOctober 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Rice and beans
  • Bobby N.
    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.
  • Tim T.
    Tim TFebruary 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 C.
    Andrea ClevengerJune 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
  • 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
  • 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.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.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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