El Tapatio Lakewood

★★★★☆
  • 7301 W Alameda Avenue

    Lakewood, CO 80226

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  • 303-239-9872

About El Tapatio Lakewood

Categories
  • Mexican Restaurants
Hours
M-Th 10am-10pm, F 10am-11pm, Sa 9am-11pm, Su 9am-10pm
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Emails
  • cesarjm652003@yahoo.com
Keywords
  • Cocteles
  • Mexican Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Soups
Services
  • Steak Picado
  • Mexican Restaurant
  • Steak Ranchero Plate
  • Trio Tapatio
  • Imported Beer
  • Amazing Margaritas
  • Rehearsal Dinners

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Very average to poor food. Service was horrible. Waited several minutes to be seated and when we were finanlly seated the table and chairs were dirty. Place was empty and we had to wait several minutes for someone to take our order. When food arrived it was cold and tasteless. We did not see a waiter again until it was time to pay. We will not be back there any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

Very average to poor food. Service was horrible. Waited several minutes to be seated and when we were finanlly seated the table and chairs were dirty. Place was empty and we had to wait several minutes for someone to take our order. When food arrived it was cold and tasteless. We did not see a waiter again until it was time to pay. We will not be back there any time soon.

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I have eaten here about 2 dozen times in the past 2 years. The service has always been great. They are friendly, prompt, and very accommodating. They go the extra mile (eg. the menu says extra charge for 2nd basket of chips and salsa but I

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★★★★★

I have eaten here about 2 dozen times in the past 2 years. The service has always been great. They are friendly, prompt, and very accommodating. They go the extra mile (eg. the menu says extra charge for 2nd basket of chips and salsa but I

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From reading the reviews on this site, it appears that things have changed at El Tapatio. They have apparently gone from pretty darn good in '07 to horrendous in July 2011.

It doesn't appear that management is carefully watching two

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★★★★★

From reading the reviews on this site, it appears that things have changed at El Tapatio. They have apparently gone from pretty darn good in '07 to horrendous in July 2011.

It doesn't appear that management is carefully watching two

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They have 2 sizes and dont tell you the price! The large is almost a fish bowl (about $25)and the small costs more than most of their entree dishes.

buyer beware!

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★★★★★

They have 2 sizes and dont tell you the price! The large is almost a fish bowl (about $25)and the small costs more than most of their entree dishes.

buyer beware!

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I don't understand the horrible reviews that this El Tapatio location has been receiving lately. I live somewhat nearby and I end up going there at least once every two weeks. Is it the best Mexican food I've had? No, but it's a nice place to relax. They're always willing to customize my order (I don't eat red meat), and you can get in and out quickly if you need to.

Admittedly I've only tried one other El Tapatio location (on S. Wadsworth, didn't like the decor or the waitstaff at all!), so I can't tell you if you would have a better experience at different locations.

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★★★★☆

I don't understand the horrible reviews that this El Tapatio location has been receiving lately. I live somewhat nearby and I end up going there at least once every two weeks. Is it the best Mexican food I've had? No, but it's a nice place to relax. They're always willing to customize my order (I don't eat red meat), and you can get in and out quickly if you need to.

Admittedly I've only tried one other El Tapatio location (on S. Wadsworth, didn't like the decor or the waitstaff at all!), so I can't tell you if you would have a better experience at different locations.

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Was off work early one Friday even so a few friends and I decided to meet up and grab dinner and catch up on things. After 10 minutes of brain storming where to go for a new taste, a friend says, "heck lets try that new mexican restruant that used to be bennigans".

I wasnt too picky with the choice and thought some beef taco's and a few drinks with my old friends could hurt. We enter the near empty parking lot around 5pm, after enter the front door we were left waiting for 5 minutes until a single worker would even notice 4 men waiting for some sort of service or reply.
A young lady greeted us a few seconds later.. seatting us a the booth near one of the windows. We ordered a few drinks while deciding what to have to eat. Sad to say again... our drinks did not come out until another 5 minutes at the very least while there bar tender is talking to 2 other workers. I felt like we were being under minded or some sort.. the vide wasnt too friendly the simplest request for some hot sauce or extra napkin would yield you a up setting face and moody persona.
After that we decided we should just order since it might take 15 minutes just for a 4 person. Needless to say the food was sloopy thrown on the the place, a friend's beans was dripping over his plate while the server rushed to our table and toss it to one of us. The food was no where near AUTHETHIC OR GREAT AS THEY WOULD WISH IT TO BE but they could of at least been a little more curteous and have a little integrity.

We were out trying to experience new food and enjoy a little time catching up, but we ended up with horrible food, service that McDonalds could top, and a $112 bill.

Money isnt a issue if you felt your service was fair and food was above average for the most of us. But if you want a honest opinion, stay away from this shady place and treat your family out to Santiago's which has amazing service and great food as well.. if not your local Olive's Garden or John's Carrino has got a lot more to offer and you will surely be greeted within 2 minutes with individuals with great attitude. ( on a special nights out the last thing you want is to have your day ruin by people in a bad mood and ready to take it upon the very next few peole they see )

I hope this helps those who review this comments.
This restruant is known for bad service upon a little extra research.

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★☆☆☆☆

Was off work early one Friday even so a few friends and I decided to meet up and grab dinner and catch up on things. After 10 minutes of brain storming where to go for a new taste, a friend says, "heck lets try that new mexican restruant that used to be bennigans".

I wasnt too picky with the choice and thought some beef taco's and a few drinks with my old friends could hurt. We enter the near empty parking lot around 5pm, after enter the front door we were left waiting for 5 minutes until a single worker would even notice 4 men waiting for some sort of service or reply.
A young lady greeted us a few seconds later.. seatting us a the booth near one of the windows. We ordered a few drinks while deciding what to have to eat. Sad to say again... our drinks did not come out until another 5 minutes at the very least while there bar tender is talking to 2 other workers. I felt like we were being under minded or some sort.. the vide wasnt too friendly the simplest request for some hot sauce or extra napkin would yield you a up setting face and moody persona.
After that we decided we should just order since it might take 15 minutes just for a 4 person. Needless to say the food was sloopy thrown on the the place, a friend's beans was dripping over his plate while the server rushed to our table and toss it to one of us. The food was no where near AUTHETHIC OR GREAT AS THEY WOULD WISH IT TO BE but they could of at least been a little more curteous and have a little integrity.

We were out trying to experience new food and enjoy a little time catching up, but we ended up with horrible food, service that McDonalds could top, and a $112 bill.

Money isnt a issue if you felt your service was fair and food was above average for the most of us. But if you want a honest opinion, stay away from this shady place and treat your family out to Santiago's which has amazing service and great food as well.. if not your local Olive's Garden or John's Carrino has got a lot more to offer and you will surely be greeted within 2 minutes with individuals with great attitude. ( on a special nights out the last thing you want is to have your day ruin by people in a bad mood and ready to take it upon the very next few peole they see )

I hope this helps those who review this comments.
This restruant is known for bad service upon a little extra research.

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Because we live in the area, we thought we'd try El Tapatio. I didn't want to stuff myself, so I ordered the beef taco and enchilada from the ala carte selection. The enchilada was, I think, one step up from opening my cat's canned food and dining on that. The sauce was not awful, just the flavor of the beef itself. I don't want to really think about why it was so inedible, for I've had far superior meals at Taco Bell, and that isn't saying much. I was hungry, but I couldn't take more than two bites of either the taco or burrito. My husband's burrito tasted like the restaurant had just poured a can of store-bought gravy over the meat, wrapped in in a tortilla, and called it a burrito. For a restaurant that says it's food is fresh, I couldn't taste that. I tasted can, can, can, and bad cans at that. I can say without hesitation that this was the worst Mexican food I have ever had. My advice: stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

Because we live in the area, we thought we'd try El Tapatio. I didn't want to stuff myself, so I ordered the beef taco and enchilada from the ala carte selection. The enchilada was, I think, one step up from opening my cat's canned food and dining on that. The sauce was not awful, just the flavor of the beef itself. I don't want to really think about why it was so inedible, for I've had far superior meals at Taco Bell, and that isn't saying much. I was hungry, but I couldn't take more than two bites of either the taco or burrito. My husband's burrito tasted like the restaurant had just poured a can of store-bought gravy over the meat, wrapped in in a tortilla, and called it a burrito. For a restaurant that says it's food is fresh, I couldn't taste that. I tasted can, can, can, and bad cans at that. I can say without hesitation that this was the worst Mexican food I have ever had. My advice: stay away.

Cons: Terrible food

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We tried the El Tapatio on So. Wadsworth. We heard the raves about the original on W. Alameda so when this one opened it was on our must try list.

The atmosphere is fairly nice and the service as I said, proved to be outstanding from the start. The restaurant did not yet have a license so we could not start with cocktails, which may have helped the blandness of the food.

I was surprised by the charge for additional baskets of chips with salsa. While the chips themselves are very good, and the salsa also enjoyable for most of our party (I have an aversion to cilantro so didn't enjoy it much) but the additional charge for more is just one indication of what we perceived to be overpriced food.

The cheese enchilada plate was standard fare. An option of green chile may have kicked it up. The taco salad, also very urban. I will admit that I wish there had been more salad greens, which I guess is not what many want.

The combination plate was reported as again boring with the exception of the Chicken Burrito which not only was enjoyed by that party member, caused a sweat to break out.

The final member of our party had fajitas. No real report there, but he didn't leave any on the plate, so I will assume the dish was good.

I will probably try them again. If I find it better the next time around, I will readily share. There have been just too many positive posts on too many sites for this to be the norm for this restaurant.

As it stands now, I'd much rather eat at Santiagos or the Moose Hill Cantina.

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★★☆☆☆

We tried the El Tapatio on So. Wadsworth. We heard the raves about the original on W. Alameda so when this one opened it was on our must try list.

The atmosphere is fairly nice and the service as I said, proved to be outstanding from the start. The restaurant did not yet have a license so we could not start with cocktails, which may have helped the blandness of the food.

I was surprised by the charge for additional baskets of chips with salsa. While the chips themselves are very good, and the salsa also enjoyable for most of our party (I have an aversion to cilantro so didn't enjoy it much) but the additional charge for more is just one indication of what we perceived to be overpriced food.

The cheese enchilada plate was standard fare. An option of green chile may have kicked it up. The taco salad, also very urban. I will admit that I wish there had been more salad greens, which I guess is not what many want.

The combination plate was reported as again boring with the exception of the Chicken Burrito which not only was enjoyed by that party member, caused a sweat to break out.

The final member of our party had fajitas. No real report there, but he didn't leave any on the plate, so I will assume the dish was good.

I will probably try them again. If I find it better the next time around, I will readily share. There have been just too many positive posts on too many sites for this to be the norm for this restaurant.

As it stands now, I'd much rather eat at Santiagos or the Moose Hill Cantina.

Pros: Outstanding service

Cons: Mostly boring, get it anywhere food.

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The food is just like when I was in Guadalajara. It would be nice if they got a big screen TV and showed soccer matches though. Tacos al Carbon, Enchiladas Mole... anything on the Platillos Mexicanos menu is fantastico!

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★★★★★

The food is just like when I was in Guadalajara. It would be nice if they got a big screen TV and showed soccer matches though. Tacos al Carbon, Enchiladas Mole... anything on the Platillos Mexicanos menu is fantastico!

Pros: Great food, great wait staff, and mariachi

Cons: South location not as good as the Alameda location

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What a place or Mexican food. They can give you spice, but keep the flavor in the food, and if you're not looking for hot food they have something for you too. Their Cheese enchiladas have brought a smile to many of my friend's faces and the fajitas are out of this world. They have a tasty salsa that can add a little buzz to your tongue.If you like mariachi bands, they have them throughout the weekends depending on when you're there. Great Margaritas and service that's second to none.Plenty of parking and easy to get too, makes a great night out for the family. Don't let the looks fool you this is a great place for tasty Mexican food.

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What a place or Mexican food. They can give you spice, but keep the flavor in the food, and if you're not looking for hot food they have something for you too. Their Cheese enchiladas have brought a smile to many of my friend's faces and the fajitas are out of this world. They have a tasty salsa that can add a little buzz to your tongue.If you like mariachi bands, they have them throughout the weekends depending on when you're there. Great Margaritas and service that's second to none.Plenty of parking and easy to get too, makes a great night out for the family. Don't let the looks fool you this is a great place for tasty Mexican food.

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This is by far the best Mexican food/atmosphere I have ever encountered in Colorado. Growing up, I always prided myself on finding good Mexican food, and finally I have found a place that I cannot say anything bad about. The service is great, the food even better, and on weekends, this place can actually be hard to get into due to the tremendous amount of people that choose to dine here. Definitely a must have if you are into great food and a fun time. Even good for first dates.

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★★★★★

This is by far the best Mexican food/atmosphere I have ever encountered in Colorado. Growing up, I always prided myself on finding good Mexican food, and finally I have found a place that I cannot say anything bad about. The service is great, the food even better, and on weekends, this place can actually be hard to get into due to the tremendous amount of people that choose to dine here. Definitely a must have if you are into great food and a fun time. Even good for first dates.

Pros: Best Mexican food in Colorado

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i found this great resturant by accident i was shopping at danelli bridals next door and found the best margaritas and salsa ever, the resturant is amazingly clean, the staff is friendly and the food is great. what a pleasent suprise!

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i found this great resturant by accident i was shopping at danelli bridals next door and found the best margaritas and salsa ever, the resturant is amazingly clean, the staff is friendly and the food is great. what a pleasent suprise!

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GET THE MARGARITAS MMMMM THE FROZED STRAWBERRY IS THE BEST OUT THERE. THE SALSA IS WONDERFUL TOO!!!!!

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GET THE MARGARITAS MMMMM THE FROZED STRAWBERRY IS THE BEST OUT THERE. THE SALSA IS WONDERFUL TOO!!!!!

Pros: FOOD AND DRINKS

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if u want a night of mariachi and really good food your in the right spot!!! i tried the crab legs and the bucket of coronitas, it threw red lobster in check 'mexican style' the taste is amazing!!! they also have a new location in golden, the views are breathtaking and the food and service is great i cant wait for summer to be here so i can enjoy a cold margarita on their patio!!!

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if u want a night of mariachi and really good food your in the right spot!!! i tried the crab legs and the bucket of coronitas, it threw red lobster in check 'mexican style' the taste is amazing!!! they also have a new location in golden, the views are breathtaking and the food and service is great i cant wait for summer to be here so i can enjoy a cold margarita on their patio!!!

Pros: the best seafood and the best ambience in town

Cons: none;)

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Overall it was fun atmosphere but food was tasteless. I would suggest asking your server to flare it up.

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★★★☆☆

Overall it was fun atmosphere but food was tasteless. I would suggest asking your server to flare it up.

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El Tapitio is one of those places that has become a must for all my trips to Denver. Having eatten at most Mexican restaurants in Denver, El Tapitio has by far the best seafood selection with great quality. The fried Red Snapper is to die for. If you have never eatten the skin on any fish ever, you will not be disappointed how the Red Snapper is fried. The only fried fish skin that I have or will ever eat. On weekends they have a Mariachi band that gives the restaurant a great ambience.

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★★★★★

El Tapitio is one of those places that has become a must for all my trips to Denver. Having eatten at most Mexican restaurants in Denver, El Tapitio has by far the best seafood selection with great quality. The fried Red Snapper is to die for. If you have never eatten the skin on any fish ever, you will not be disappointed how the Red Snapper is fried. The only fried fish skin that I have or will ever eat. On weekends they have a Mariachi band that gives the restaurant a great ambience.

Pros: Excellent seafood and classic Mexican dishes. Mariachi band on weekends.

Cons: The Red Snapper is so good that I haven't tried much else on the menu.

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This is by far the best authentic Mexican food you can find in Lakewood. Their margaritas are awesome and their salsa is full of fresh ingredients. Will be going back soon and telling others about it!!

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★★★★★

This is by far the best authentic Mexican food you can find in Lakewood. Their margaritas are awesome and their salsa is full of fresh ingredients. Will be going back soon and telling others about it!!

Pros: food, drinks, authentic

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These beauties are served in softball-sized hemispheres and are the best yet! Kiddie bar imitations cannot compare. Food is authentic (as evidenced by the authentic Mexicans filling the place on weekends) and Mexican candies at cashiers stand are a special treat to be tried.

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★★★★☆

These beauties are served in softball-sized hemispheres and are the best yet! Kiddie bar imitations cannot compare. Food is authentic (as evidenced by the authentic Mexicans filling the place on weekends) and Mexican candies at cashiers stand are a special treat to be tried.

Pros: Great margaritas, Good food, Top-notch service

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If you want real Mexican food from a local family, go to El Tapatios. Expect to wait on week-end nights. Be patient and enjoy the mariachi band (week-ends only). If you speak no Spanish, you may find yourself with a new waiter after you are seated.
Enjoy the ambiance, the friendly waiters, the music, & the food. TVs on the Spanish channels in several corners.
Where the locals eat!

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★★★★★

If you want real Mexican food from a local family, go to El Tapatios. Expect to wait on week-end nights. Be patient and enjoy the mariachi band (week-ends only). If you speak no Spanish, you may find yourself with a new waiter after you are seated.
Enjoy the ambiance, the friendly waiters, the music, & the food. TVs on the Spanish channels in several corners.
Where the locals eat!

Pros: authentic, reasonably priced, friendly

Message from El Tapatio Lakewood

From birthday parties to corporate events and even rehearsal dinners, we can custom a menu to fit your needs. With 7 locations in and around the Denver area, you're sure to find one close to home or work. All of our steaks are USDA Choice. From Carne Asada to our T-bone steak, Ribeye or our New York Steak, you will taste the quality of our meat in every bite.All seafood dishes are carefully crafted with only the freshest ingredients available.You'll find a large variety of dishes from classic ceviche to amazing whole red snapper which has been steamed to perfection. House specialties are dishes created just for you by our amazing chef. They offer the finest ingredients cooked to perfection. If you're looking for authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further. Happy Hour is a great time to gather with co-workers, friends or family. Unwind with a selection from our full bar. You'll find all your favorites from beer to classic margaritas. When you're planning an event give El Tapatio a call. We'll take care of the food, the location, the drinks and service.You invite your friends and get all the credit for a job well done. All of our convenient locations are able to hold large parties of just about any size. Book a private room to hold up to 36 people or ask about booking the entire restaurant for an extra large party. Come by our Lakewood location for lunch or dinner available 7 days a week.

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