Authentic Mexican Cuisine

We Bring South of the Border Taste Right Here to You

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Our Taco Truck can be booked for your Special Event! Contact us today for details!

Dine-in and Carry-Out Available

The Health and Safety of our Guests and Employees is our TOP Priority
During these trying times, we want to stress that we are taking extra steps with our cleaning and sanitizing procedures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees.


$72.50 Family Meal 5 people from Our Family to Yours 

Build your own tacos
Carne Asada & pollo asado
Guacamole, radishes & chiles
Rice & beans
Chips & salsa

A local favorite on the beach for decades!

El Tapatio Restaurant has been serving fresh and genuine Mexican food to the local community since 1979. Try us out today! 

A Family-Owned Mexican Restaurant

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant and our catering services can be traced back to the restaurant’s initial opening in Imperial Beach, CA, in 1979. Our family has been preparing and serving authentic Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, tortillas, margaritas, clamatos, and cold beer to our loyal customers in our dine in and takeout restaurant for decades. After many requests from customers who were looking to provide an authentic Mexican food experience at their parties and events, we started to offer catering services in 2001. Through El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, we offer catering trays for smaller parties and gatherings and through El Tapatio Catering, we offer full-service catering for corporate events, weddings, picnics, parties and more! Since our opening in 1979, we have been and continue to remain focused on providing the best quality Mexican food, restaurant, and catering service in the Imperial Beach, CA, area.

"Hands down, the best Mexican restaurant in San Diego. Significantly better food, drinks and service than any other. Try the tamarind margarita, and have your mind blown."

Dan C.

"If you want the true taste of Mexican look no further. Family owned business for the past 40 years and the entire staff were genuinely interested in the customer experience. Awesome!!!"

Ken R.