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El Tapatio

Restaurant Mexican restaurant Latin american restaurant

😠 Service took a very long time and the waitress was rude. The food was definitely not like the picture and was not told of substitution that was made to meal. People often mention good, chicken, time, ordered, waitress, meal,


1111 1st St S, Willmar, MN 56201




(320) 214-0444

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

4.10 (839 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Wednesday: 11 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM to 9 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM to 9:30 PM

Featured Reviews

Frequently mentioned in reviews: good (15) chicken (8) time (7) ordered (6) waitress (6) meal (6)
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  • 1/5 Gali R. 1 year ago on Google
    The service was not good and the food was awful the only thing that was good was the chicken tenders with fries that my sister ordered for her kids
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Nuemi F. 1 year ago on Google
    Service took a very long time and the waitress was rude. The food was definitely not like the picture and was not told of substitution that was made to meal.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Melanie F. 1 year ago on Google
    Service was not very good, we never received a refill of water nor would our waitress look at us, so we could get her attention. The chips were burnt or cooked in old oil. Salsa was thinner and spicier than it's tasted before. But the reason I gave it 4 stars was I had the Hawaiian Fajitas with Shrimp instead of chicken. It could've had more pineapple but other than that, it was awesome! The beans and rice were not as good as I had remembered either.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Glenn L. 1 year ago on Google
    The food was really good , the salsa with the chips was very good , I had a dish called , mi casa , ribeye steak ,grilled shrimp and blackened chicken came with sautéed mushrooms it was super good came with rice and beans in lil chip side dishes was a nice touch and also served with tortillas , think it was like 18 bucks alot of food for the price

  • 2/5 Vicki W. 9 months ago on Google
    After 10 years here in MN. STILL searching for a Mexican restaurant that knows what chili Colorado is. Here, all it was was strips of beef, from what part of the cow??? Just spit it out grissle 🤮 In a sauce that was unbearably HOT 🔥🥵...no taste, just hot!... good margaritas... we'll keep searching and I suppose just keep throwing our $$ away 🙄

  • 5/5 Jennifer D. 8 months ago on Google
    Fun atmosphere, lots of colorful chairs, tables and booths. The staff is quick to grab drinks and to bring the chips and dip. The food comes out really fast and hot. We love to buy the pitchers of margarita's.

  • 1/5 Debbie N. 9 months ago on Google
    They changed the menu and was about 1/2 size from last time I ate there. Lots of onions in my chimgana hardly any chicken

  • 4/5 Michael W. 10 months ago on Google
    The food is pretty good the margaritas are great, there does seem to be a bit of a language barrier between the waitresses and us

  • 5/5 Morgan V. 11 months ago on Google
    WOW! I totally forgot to take a picture of my food for this review, but this meal is one I will never forget. We had the chimichanga supreme and the enchilada fajitas. The cheese might be the best cheese I've ever had. They do NOT skimp on the meat. The horchata was to die for. This is 100% my new favorite place in Willmar! 😁

  • 1/5 Shanna G. 11 months ago on Google
    1st time visiting and will not return. Throughly embarrassed! Honestly, the service was rather slow, food portions and quality were pretty good, but the main disappointment the was no indication whatsoever it was a cash only establishment! I was not informed until they gave me the bill and was not prepared with any cash on me. I had to leave and find an ATM! IS WAS VERY EMBARRASSING NOT NOT BE ABLE TO PAY FOR OUR SERVICES right away.

  • 1/5 Sydney H. 11 months ago on Google
    We were the first ones there for lunch and there were about 3 other tables that got their food before us, two of them being a larger group of people. We waited for over an hour for our food. Also my husband ordered a 20$ meal and it usually comes with a good amount of food but he got about 1/3 of what it usually comes with. Nobody came to refill our drinks either. Then when we go up to pay they tell us their card machine is down and we didn't have any other way to pay, so we were lucky the let us leave and go get cash.

  • 2/5 Tracy D. 1 year ago on Google
    If you are looking for an excellent authentic hispanic experience go to azteca or rositas downtown. Service was really bad with our group of 14. Our kids meals came when the adults were nearly done with their meals. Several of our our orders were wrong. Just a miserable experience. Food was fine. But not coming back for a long time.

  • 3/5 joe r. 1 year ago on Google
    I very much wanted to enjoy my visit. Customer service was fantastic. Location was clean. I ordered a molcajete to go. It just wasn't good. The ribeye was super fatty and not cut up. Ditto with the chicken and cactus. It made me very sad. Would not order again.

  • 4/5 Mike “Log house Mike” P. 2 years ago on Google
    The food was great, the waitress was not to friendly us, a party of 8 with 4 kids. I know kids can be trying at times. She never asked us if we needed anything like water. But stuff happens sometimes? It was fine. Another bummer was that the credit machine was broken and had to pay cash.

  • 1/5 Clara J. 1 year ago on Google
    Slow to be seated. I asked a question about an entree and the waitress wrote it down as an order rather than answer my question. My friend and I ordered different drinks but received the same drink. I’m ok with waiting for food but not having a table that was sat ten minutes after I order be served first and be given refills. I had to go up and wait to be acknowledged to even ask when our table would receive our food. Our plates came out a few minutes after. I asked for ketchup for my fries and the waitress came back with queso for my friend and walked off before I could say anything. The meat of my meal was chewy and my friends chicken was dry. Do not come here expecting good service and food

  • 1/5 Michelle V. 1 year ago on Google
    We waited over and hour for our food, they forgot our cheese, when we asked for another drink it took 10 mins to get. Waitress was NOT apologetic or even said anything about the wait. The chicken was dry and tough and the chips were burnt…. If you’re in the area don’t waste your time.

  • 1/5 Desmond 1 year ago on Google
    Unfortunately, I had a pretty bad meal from this restaurant. Ordered takeout around 8pm, just a simple Chimichanga with al pastor, side of rice & beans. Got charged ~$15 for very subpar & overpriced food. Chimichanga was smaller than a value burrito at Taco Bell. Definitely not “entree” sized. Flour tortilla was barely fried, was still soft. Meat was underseasoned, kinda ‘meh’’. Tortilla chips was the worst I’ve had - tasted like they were fried in burnt or rancid oil. Rice & beans were ok. Not sure if this is the normal quality at this restaurant, but caveat emptor. I’d go back to Azteca and Giliberto’s anytime over this joint.

  • 3/5 Sheritha S. 1 year ago on Google
    Food was subpar, Menudo largely written on specials board under soup before walking in, and when I requested this item, I was looked at like I was crazy! And told NEVER MENUDO. The plate that I ordered was incorrect, yet charged for my original plate.

  • 1/5 Brian K. 1 year ago on Google
    Steak was over cooked and thin,wife and I got the same combo,and chicken was dry as well.asked for water 3 time and had to ask another waitress for water before getting it.place wasn't busy for a Sunday night.would have had a better dinner at taco John's in the end.avoid this place,not worth eating there.

  • 1/5 Joshua F. 1 year ago on Google
    Food was ok, but Language barrier was very clear not the same so made it simple and pointed at the menu. Still got it very wrong was very disappointed first time there and last. Order took way too long especially with kids was looking forward to it but could care less if I ever went again! To top it off there was a fly in my drink

  • 4/5 Maureen H. 2 years ago on Google
    We had beef fajitas for two. It was a good mixture. The menu was extensive. Their ad claimed fajitas were their specialty.

  • 2/5 Kore B. 2 years ago on Google
    Huge disappointment. We recently moved to this area, and were hoping to find a good Mexican restaurant near us. This is the first one we've tried. Small entrees without much flavor. Just kind of bare bones food. Not much in the way of sauces. Frozen chimichangas are better tasting than what my wife got. My enchiladas were pretty much just corn tortillas with a bit of cheese in them. Won't be back.

  • 1/5 Katelin R. 1 year ago on Google
    If I could give this zero stars I would. Staff was rude, 2/4 orders were wrong with zero apologies. An ordered drink was not given and when it was brought up they argued it was “an old menu” , they didn’t make it anymore and did not apologize or offer to make a different one. When it was brought up one of the food orders was incorrect they also tried arguing that it was right when it was not. Horrible.

  • 5/5 Amy J. 2 years ago on Google
    Fajitas Texanas. Such fabulous food, and wonderful environment.

  • 4/5 Grant H. 2 years ago on Google
    Nice little Mexican restaurant with healthy portion sizes and wonderful food. Prices are reasonable, especially given the portion sizes and quality of the food. Came out to eat here with my wife and parents and we all enjoyed our meal. Only reason for not giving a five star is that the ambiance/decor and the bathrooms leave a bit to be desired.


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  • Parking
    • ✓️ Free parking lot
    • ✓️ Plenty of parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Debit cards
    • ✓️ Credit cards
    • ✓️ NFC mobile payments
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Wine
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Cocktails
    • ✓️ Quick bite
    • ✓️ Hard liquor
    • ✓️ Comfort food
    • ✓️ Small plates
    • ✓️ Happy hour food
    • ✓️ Healthy options
    • ✓️ Late-night food
    • ✓️ Happy hour drinks
    • ✓️ Vegetarian options
  • Popular for
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Solo dining
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible seating
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible entrance
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible restroom
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible parking lot
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✓️ Takeout
    • ✓️ Delivery
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating
    • ✓️ No-contact delivery

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