El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
1700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, United States
Review №1

I mean, its Mexican in Delaware.I've had street tacos at a cart better but this wasn't so bad.My beans were mush, and rice was so dry. The bit of quac for garnish was also mush, barely sour cream and really, I wouldn't order a quesidillia again knowing those sides are offered.But the appetizer chips were great, salsa was watered down terribly. Had a good flavor and was worthy of a beer.Like I said, its not top Notch but if you dont know really good Mexican food, you'll do fine here because this place isn't bad.Price isn't bad and service was quite nice actually. The bar was exciting even during Covid.I'll be back if I have a craving while in Delaware, otherwise, head to New York or Cali if you know what's good for you. Hell, just book a trip to Mexico lol

Review №2

This place is definitely one of the finest place in the area. Anytime I visit this place I am very glad. They preserve their high standard service and the highest level of food they give. You can never go wrong with this restaurant. Warmly recommended.

Review №3

Good food and awesome customer service.Parillada Mexicana food

Review №4

We like this place! This was our second visit. My wife chose to come here for her birthday last night and we will definitely be back. The value for the money is excellent. Good, authentic Mexican food in a nice atmosphere.

Review №5

Ordered eat-in combination fajitas for dinner. My friend had enchiladas. Large portions. We both left with a doggie bag to take home for a second meal! Reasonable prices. Friendly, prompt service. Beautiful decor. Margaritas were awesome!

Review №6

Lunch generous portions. Carnitas full of nice pork not flaked out with rice like other places do

Review №7

I'd give this restaurant 100 stars if I could!! when you walk in you immediately feel like your in Mexico! As soon as you sit down you get a basket of warm chips and salsa. The portions are very large,Steak Quesadillas are out of this world they also come with beans rice, and a small salad.The Burritos (that's 2!) Carne Asada was excellent and 1 is a full meal on it's own.Will definitely be returning on a weekly basis, it's that good! New favorite Mexican restaurant!

Review №8

Pleasant service, decent portions, yummy cocktails, good value.

Review №9

This is one of my favorite Mexican places in the area. The food is always delicious from the quesadillas to the fajitas to the tacos. You also always start with some fresh spicy salsa and chips at the table while you wait for your food to come. The desserts here are also delicious and I love the Xangos.

Review №10

Nice atmosphere. Good service. Tacos were good.

Review №11

This is some of the best Mexican around. The staff are always friendly and accommodating.

Review №12

Wow. This place is amazing. It was the first time I ate here but I love Mexican food and I will definitely be back. The fish tacos are absolutely the best I have ever had. They even have live music. The guy walks around and sings while you eat. If you have never been here and you like Mexican food you must try it. Absolutely amazing!

Review №13

Great time tonight! They are following covid guidlines which is always a plus in my book. The food was amazing, as always! Jose was our server and he was friendly and gave excellent service. Oh, the Pina Colada and Enchiladas...perfect!!!

Review №14

The restaurant decor had a very Mexican style flair. The server was nice and courteous. The food came pretty quickly and was hot. The food was tasty. I would go back again if I was in the area.

Review №15

Good takeout. Nice inside good parking

Review №16

Good food but we never saw the server again and had to hunt down our check

Review №17

Foods perfect and service is even better. As authentic as it gets.

Review №18

Great food, came out hot and delicious. Quick service, great price

Review №19

This place is selling margaritas on doordash which is ILLEGAL, they are forcing drivers many of whom are under 21 to risk a serious citation and arrest (traveling with an open container- they were served in a glass with no lid and a straw) just to do their job. They even went out of their way to avoid categorizing it as alcohol on the app. Not cool, guys. Essential workers should look out for each other, but apparently you do not, screwing your drivers over on purpose. If not for them you could be out of business due to COVID 19. Shame on you! Hopefully you go to jail before you end up sending a poor dasher there

Review №20

Flat chips and salsa beans were like soup.

Review №21

Food I'd rate at 5 stars, portion size 5 star, service I'd rate at 2, atmosphere was great. Overall I can tolerate subpar service for good food.

Review №22

Best Mexican food around. Nice atmosphere and all the help followed covid protocol.

Review №23

I have only been here once and honestly I absolutely love it! The food here was really really good and smelled amazing! It's such a quaint atmosphere and I will definitely be going again!

Review №24

Great food but because of seating capacity you have to go to their bar to ask for drinks, refills, tissues or anything you need. Attendants are too busy to notice you.

Review №25

Had a very inviting vibe... food was delicious and plentiful!

Review №26

Best chips and salsa begin your meal! Warm and fresh, both are great! Thoroughly enjoyed my lunch taco salad and my grandson liked his chicken, so will definitely return when in the area!

Review №27

The wait times can be outrageous sometimes but the food is so worth it.

Review №28

Great authentic mexican food. The food is delicious! Will definitely be coming back!

Review №29

Great Mexican Restaurant. Good food great service. No complaints. One of the best restaurants that the Junction City-Manhattan Area has to offer.

Review №30

I visited this place with my wife a couple of times. the food is mediocre at best. the first time the chicken in the burrito was not cooked. the second time we found a piece of hair in her plate. everybody was nice and understanding,m. we returned the food and left, no drama. sadly the place could be much better, maybe with a new chef

Review №31

Good authentic Mexican food.

Review №32

I had to give it 2 stars because our drinks were AWESOME. After being served our food we never saw our waitress again...not a "you need anything else" or "would you like some napkins"...nothing. We finally decided to just go to the register and pay. It wasn't even crowded. My chicken, beef and shrimp fajita dish was really salty. I heard good things but my experience tells me not to go back.

Review №33

I love how authentic they are here.  It's my favorite place to go.  It's always packed here but never crowded.  The staff is attentive and quick!

Review №34

Good food, some authentic and some American style. Atmosphere is nice and our waitress was excellent. Only downside is their blender was broken.

Review №35

Food was excellent, generous portions....will definitely be frequenting.

Review №36

First time there, food was AMAZING, service was good and portion sizes were LARGE! My 5 year old picky eater loved the enchilada and tacos, and that's saying something. Tons of food for the price, which is VERY reasonable. We left with boxes as did most of the people we saw while we were there. We will definitely be going back! Authentic Mexican cuisine at great prices.

Review №37

The best Mexican restaurant I've ever seen. It is very fun place to visit. Families can enjoy very much. Mexican music is played. The food here is really tasty and you feel like you want to order more.

Review №38

Very good food. First time here but will be back again.

Review №39

Excellent,food at low prices...The place was crowded I sat at the bar and had a great meal..W great service..

Review №40

We've only been here for lunch during the week. The menu is extensive and the restaurant itself is pretty large. It can get busy during lunch but the food is never really slow to get to the table. Food is good but not blow your mind amazing

Review №41

This is authentic style Mexican cuisine, NOT TexMex. Just keep that in mind when you are ordering food and you should be fine. The margaritas are delicious. It adds to the dining experience, so be sure to order one! I ordered the taco combo one beef, and one chicken. It comes with rice and beans and are slathered in sauce. The wraps were full of meat, which was a pleasant surprise but also heavy eating. They were delicious but definitely not what I expected as a first time diner. So bring an appetite, ask your server clarifying questions, and enjoy the authenticity -- you should be fine. I'd go back for Happy Hour, for sure.

Review №42

The surrounding is so obnoxious. I can hear the neighbors.

Review №43

My opinion the most interesting and festive original mexican food you will get in the area. Great food good prices and on certain nights even on Marietta band comes around

Review №44

Very good place to eat I've noticed every time we went here its inconsistent with quantity of food but still very good!!!

Review №45

Excellent! Yet, sometimes you need to be specific on what you order for them to bring exactly what you wanted. Wife believed she had a tamale with her platter. Still can't beat the Fajitas!

Review №46

The food is always really good and authentic. Fridays with the mariachi is the best

Review №47

Excellent food!Great service!

Review №48

We ordered during the shut down, got take out since we're close, but they do offer delivery thru grubhub as well.First off...VERY CLEAN!! When we went to pick up there were notices everywhere including a nice detailed notice of their cleanliness procedures. The guy that handed me the food had just washed his hands, I felt very safe picking up there.PLUS!! If you prefer not to go in, there's a number on the front door for curbside pickup.So with that out of the way, our order came with fresh house-made chips and very good puree-style salsa. For the main course we got the tex-mex fajitas, half chicken half beef, to split between 2 of us. Came with rice, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, guac, and sour cream. The meats, peppers, and onions were perfectly cooked and a large portion.We also got the botana grande, basically appetizer sampler. Quesadilla was pretty good, nicely melted cheese across the whole bottom of the container (in a good way, still plenty in the 'dilla). Chicken "wings" are tenders that are excellent, 'nuff said. Taquitos were perfectly fried and the chicken inside was delicious and perfectly seasoned. The meat at either end was pretty toasty but that's how taquitos come, they're deep fried. Huge portion of a-freakin-mazing pico, lots of cilantro and jalapeños so it has a little kick. Lastly, the container with a bunch of sour cream and guac, which is also really, really good.The last thing we got was the cheese sauce, thinking it was their designation for queso. For the most part yes but it was cold, like fridge temp. That being said, it heated up well and was great with all of our variety of food, which ended up being wayyy more than we could eat!Stay safe, but still enjoy great food while getting out of the house for a few minutes!!

Review №49

Definitely decent mexican food for Wilmington Delaware . I enjoyed it. Good service also.

Review №50

Good Mexican food at reasonablel prices.

Review №51

Wasnt great..queso was to runny..didnt get good service..never got drink refills..never got checked on.had to get up and ask for more chips..just wasnt great..sorry

Review №52

Usually better food than I had last trip, could have been an off day

Review №53

The food here is delicious! My wife and I love the restaurant, 9 out of 10 times the service is outstanding (#10 was abysmal, but 1-9 made up for it), the drinks are good and priced fair. We particularly enjoy the burritos and fajitas, but the enchiladas and quesadillas are great too. Prices are cheap, food is good, what more can you ask for?

Review №54

Definitely never had a bad meal here! It doesn't matter if it's lunchtime or dinner, if it's packed or quiet, everyone there always puts in a dedicated effort into everything that they do. A nice little diamond in the rough!

Review №55

When we first arrived you can seat yourself which is good...they bring u salsa and chips..but then we notice other people got there after us and they were already getting drinks...our server never came to our table for about 15 minutes. And she apologized and said she forgot we were there until another server had to tell her we were waiting we waited for awhile for our drinks and food another server was the one who actually was asking how we were doing.when it was time to pay she drop off the check but never came back until that same server came over to take our check..she came to check on us twice never offered water or desserts. Food was ok. But service sucks..but they came out and clean our table really quick. For a Saturday night it was not too many ppl there. It was a horrible experience....i wont recommend this location.

Review №56

Best margaritas in the area! Good food...big portions.

Review №57

Very nice place, great food..

Review №58

The food was pretty bland, the waiter wasn't very attentive, and I bit into a small piece of stone of some type. At least the beer was cold. Better off not going here

Review №59

Excellent food, chips, dip, drinks and beer. Service was a bit slow but everything else made up for it.

Review №60

The daiquiri with my meal was the highlight of my experience. The food seemed a bit sloppy although I did have a burrito... The rice that came with it was Mixed with older hard rice and newer soft rice which made for a very unpleasant experience. Overall the service was okay, would not recommend eating here without a Groupon code.

Review №61

I was not happy. I have been there before and loved it but, I went there last night it was terrible! They had the ac on and it was blasting very cold air on a night that was not very warm. My waitress was not very attentive she was gone for a while before coming to get our food order and to see have the food came out. I had decided to get nachos with chicken and cheese, but I only got chips with cheese. We had gotten cheese dip but when it came out it was very cold the waitress also to a long time getting it. Lastly a member of my family got tacos and wanted flour tortillas instead of the corn ones and he still got corn. I do not like to give bad reviews but I had to tell u about the service and what my family and I got despite what we had ordered. I hope you take this in to count before eating there thank you for reading.

Review №62

THE WORST SERVICE EVER! We've been there previously but it's Definitely went downhill!️Always get Fajitas, well neither of us got the Correct amount of Tortillas, barely any Guacamole, then they charged us $6 when we asked for a small side of it.

Review №63

I El Tapatio! ~ Awesome food, great prices, and friendly service! ~

Review №64

I like to go weekly for great food and drinks.

Review №65

Great place

Review №66


Review №67

Great food. Reasonable prices.

Review №68

One of my favorite places to go!!! Good food and service. The decor is beautiful as well!

Review №69

3 stars because the food is decent. The service however is very poor. The restaurant is always understaffed you have to wait a very long time for the server to even show up to your table to get your order. And if you want a refill for your drink you need to ask for it when your cup is still full otherwise you will choke waiting for them to come back to the table.

Review №70

I love them there the Best

Review №71

Excellent food around an affordable price. Margaritas are great too.

Review №72

Let me star by saying is a most to visit this place. The food is great and they serve a lot.. Awesome!!!

Review №73

It fulfills the Mexican good craving, but all the food seemed too wet. The nachos were soggy and my enchiladas were swimming in sauce. The cheese enchilada was very disappointing but the chicken and ground beef ones were good

Review №74

Food was great. Service was good. Will be going back.

Review №75

Sat at the bar and asked for a "Skinny" Spicy Margarita. Even though it wasn't on the menu, the bartender made it just the way I like it with fresh jalapenos, and very little sour mix. Guacamole is always fresh and servers are friendly. Great place to go with a date :) or even with a group of friends. I definitely recommend if your looking for good food and drinks in the Wilmington/Claymont area.

Review №76

Best Mexican food I've had thus far.

Review №77

Delicious authentic Mexican!

Review №78

Food was really good. Hot. made exactly how we asked. My husband always has subtract this but extra that snd they were right on. Always enjoy

Review №79

Had the BEST time here. Fast friendly service and delicious food. Will definitely be back.Takeout is fantastic, food is incredible. Shrimp ceviche is to die for! I love this place.

Review №80

Good food, service and ambience

Review №81

Good food and service

Review №82

Used to be good... but last few times service and food were both horrible.

Review №83

Good was great but wished they had a happy hour. 8.50 for a margarita is too high

Review №84

The food was good but it took a long time to come and the employees were very nice people.

Review №85

The Chori Queso is one of the best dishes in DE. Rest is standard

Review №86

Nice quiet restaurant. Large servings. You have to tell them to hold off on cheese because there's cheese on almost all the meals.... even though cheese is not listed on the menu.

Review №87

I used to eat here twice a month, but it went down hill, fast forward a year...still sucks. My Chicken chimichanga was fair, but the queso I ordered and the queso on the Chimichanga had the consistency of tomato soup. It was almost like milk. Wouldn't even stick to a chip. Gross. Service was better than it used to be.

Review №88

Good food very nice people, they accommodated us very well,!

Review №89

AWESOME, the food was AWESOME, the decor was really nice

Review №90

Ordered my meal from door dash, delivery was great, meal was not. Didn't get the rice or Mexican salad (lettuce, tomato, sour cream and guacamole) that comes with dinner!!

Review №91

Food is always good. Service is poor as there was no hostess on a Friday evening so we sat ourselves and waited over 15 minutes for a menus to arrive by a food runner. Our server pretending not to see us and finally after passing our table at least 6 times and now waiting for over 25 minutes we stopped her and asked if she was our server! She was young and apologized by WTH girl at least acknowledge us maybe a " I'm sorry about the wait and be with you in a minute??" It will be awhile before going back.

Review №92

I don't get to North Wilmington often and always made it a point to eat here. I think today was the last time. The server was very nice, willing to please, inexperienced (which is okay) but obviously with no training or instruction or even hints whatsoever. The food - which was not what I ordered - arrived after a wait, then the appetizer, then I managed to talk him into providing my beverage. When I tried to pay the bill, they had no change (middle of day, banks open) so I had to use my credit card. Very unprofessional - management issue, not the server.

Review №93

The decor is great. The food is average. There are better options around. It's an okay spot to hit if you dont want to go out of your way for a quick meal.

Review №94

Love these place .. Best drink and food.. No problem.. Host r nice.

Review №95

Very good service

Review №96

Good Mexican spot, but not always consistent. I frequent this place a lot because I love Mexican food and can eat it a few times a week. 70% of the time I walk out and can feel the high levels of sodium. Besides that, large menu and the service is usually good and consistent. Check them out if you are in the area.

Review №97

Great little place and the food is amazing. The staff is friendly and courteous. My only regret is that it's not closer to home! If nearby stop by!

Review №98

Consistently delicious mexican cuisine.

Review №99

The food in this place is delicious. However the service is very poor and slow, making the experience unsatisfying.

Review №100

It was average food and service. Margaritas are good and it was a great atmosphere. We are going to dine here again for sure. It's definitely better than the Mexican post!

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4.1 Rating
  • Address:1700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, United States
  • Site:http://eltapatiode.com/
  • Phone:+1 302-791-9566
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:11AM–9PM
  • Tuesday:11AM–10PM
  • Wednesday:12–10PM
  • Thursday:12–9PM
  • Friday:11AM–9PM
  • Saturday:11AM–9PM
  • Sunday:11AM–9PM
Service options
  • Delivery:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Dine-in:Yes
Health & safety
  • Mask required:Yes
  • Staff wear masks:Yes
  • Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour food:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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