Taco Mac

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Type: Bar, Eatery

240 W. Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, Georgia, 30030
United States

(404) 378-4140 | map

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Added by Todd on 06-25-2005

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Reviews by Todd:
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3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Walking on a mini-beer crawl with the bro before an event at the Brick Store and all of the sudden we see a Taco Mac that wasn't listed in BeerFly ... bonus! So we stopped in to hide from the heat for some brews and grub ...

Don't be fooled by the cookie-cutter-like sports bar vibe, they've got some great brews on tap and in the bottle ... some 100 ontap and 200+ in the bottle, ranging from local and import craft brews, foreign imports and the usual mega-swills (perhaps a few too many, but whatever) to appease the beertards.

We pony-ed up to the long bar surrounded by TV's, but immediately focused on wall of taps and beer fridges. Enjoyed some locals, like Sweetwater and Terrapin. Stadium pours, under-carbonated pours and chilled glasses, but who cares. There's good beer in the pint. The average, but solid, soft shelled beef and chicken tacos hit the spot.

Service was exceptional and knowledgeable, and for a chain (currently 10 locations) beer bar / sports bar / taco joint ... you can't really complain. Loads of good beer, served with a smile. Good enough for me any day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acmurphy696
4.73/5  rDev +44.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is the Taco Mac near my home. I drop in for occasional games and food.
Their beer selection is great the the bartenders are friendly and helpful.
Best of all, they alway get my beer selection right.

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Photo of CraigTh
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Service can be slow and pretty bad, but the craft beer selection is pretty good. Their food is now over priced and the quality of everything other than the beer has gone down since they sold out. Over crowded, and under-educated (regarding their server's knowledge of beer).

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Robyn
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of planetscott
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

My review is based upon the number of taps and the service.

Of course, being a Taco Mac, there is a large selection of beer....Yes!...Problem is, the last 2 times I had beer there, it was extremely under carbonated. WHen I mentioned it, I was met with disdain. Look, a Saison should not be nearly flat.

Service. Hit or miss, with my last visit being a complete miss. Sat at the bar with my ID and Brewiversity card in front of me, displayed indicating I am there to drink and ready to place an order...Both bartenders looked at me, then turned away....More then once. It's not my role to capture their attention. I finally gave up and left without being queried by a bartender.

I have not been back.

I've read reviews on Yelp and I am not alone with this experience. So sad as this is the closet Taco Mac to me. Yeah, it's close to Brickstore, but There are some beers here on tap that BSP does not always have.

Fix this location, or close it down so someone else can occupy the space.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

What a shame.

The ATL craft beer scene is pretty much centered in Decatur, yet this is one of the weakest locations of the sports & beer bar chain. I guess I don't blame them though - with the Brick Store a block away, why send all the rarer, awesome stuff to Decatur? The selection still isn't bad, as really only two places in town can say they are better. The worst part of this location is by far the service. To be fair, its ok most of the time, but when its bad, its atrociously bad. Slow. Wrong beer. Messed-up food orders. etc

I don't hate this place like the locals do, but as someone who lives a good distance away, its not my first stop in Decatur. Hell, honestly, its not even in the top 5 unless there is football to be seen

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ah, Decato Mac. All Taco Mac locations essentially boil down to: booths, bar, ONE THOUSAND televisions. Plus, this particular locale has a small-sized outdoor patio deal, if that's your thing, but being a BIG FAN of air conditioning, you'll usually find me hunkered down at the bar. It's an older Taco Mac location, made all the more noticeable if you regularly visit one of the fresh, new joints.

The food is pretty tasty, plentiful, and reasonably priced for bar grub. Typically, I go for their Turkey and Swiss Panini or the new Shaved Roast Beef'wich.

The service, as is true for any bar, ranges from adequate to proficient. This is another reason for sitting at the bar, as it expedites the bar-getting process, plus the bar staff is usually a bit more knowledgeable, beerwise, as they spend their shifts stationed right next to the taps and coolers. I find their draft prices to be wholly acceptable and cannot remember a single time I balked at the bill, though their prices on large-sized, imported bottled beer can be a bit high. Now, I'd wager their bread and butter is the sale of macros, the Budmilloors stuff, and in catering to that particular crowd they serve their beers in extremely frozen glasses, so be sure to ask the staff for a non-chilled glass.

The parking situation for this particular location is a bit tricky, a bit tight, and can be pretty hard to come by, but I would say the exact same thing for essentially any joint in the downtown Decatur area.

Overall, it doesn't display the grace, finesse, and the rich experience that a trip to the Brick Store Pub or Twain's can provide, which isn't such a big deal when you're an hour away in Canton or Buford, but I find it very, very difficult not to pass this place up entirely for those locations when in the area. In fact, over the many years I've been going to downtown Decatur, I've visited the Taco Mac no more than five times (if that).

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

More of a sports bar than a genuine beer destination but worth a visit. About 100 beers on draft, maybe a couple hundred in bottles. Solid offering of American craft beer, including most of the locals. Lots of large screen televisions tuned to various sports events. Food was better than expected and reasonably priced. Their salads are very good. Don't expect tacos. In spite of the name, I didn't notice a single taco on the menu. Chicken wings are their specialty. Not a bad place to spend an hour if the Brick Store(up the street) is packed.

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Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I stopped in while in Decatur for a night. I was planning to go to the Brick Store but it was closed (New Year's Day).

Taco Mac has a comfortable, albeit cookie cutter atmosphere (like a Chilis or Fridays) with a large bar, loads of tables and lots of TVs.

They had close to 100 beers on tap and maybe 100 more in the bottle. The bottles are well displayed (and even in alphabetical order) in a refrigerated section behind the bar. The beer selection is mostly from the US but they do have a small selection of Europeans as well. BMC is well represented but most of the beer is good, craft beer. I went with a Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster.

The food, primarily Mexican, isn't particularly authentic but it passes. The bartenders were attentive and helpful. I didn't really test their beer knowledge.

I'm not big on the atmosphere but given the selection, Taco Mac is a solid beer bar. I think it's harshly criticized because the Brick Store is so close by. I understand but while Taco Mac is no competition for the Brick Store, Taco Mac doesn't deserve some of the low ratings I see out there. It's a solid B+ (or higher) given the selection of fresh beer on tap.

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Photo of glid02
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Went here after finding the Brick Store was opening late due to a pre-Thanksgiving shindig.

Atmosphere is what it is, a sports bar. Nothing to set this apart from any other Taco Mac - lots of wood and lots of TV's.

Quality was surprisingly good. I had three beers, two were served in tulips and one was in an unchilled pint glass. All three were unmarked. The pours were better than I'd been accustomed to expect from Taco Mac as well.

Service was good. My waitress wasn't completely sure of what they had and what they didn't have, but she was prompt and more than willing to check on things.

Selection was good. Tons of bottles, and a decent amount of good taps. This is closer to the Highland location in that they don't have a ton of taps, but they do have pretty good quality.

Prices were reasonable, although I thought a few drinks were just a tad overpriced.

Overall this is a decent beer place that would be a lot better if the Brick Store wasn't two blocks away. Worth a shot if you're looking to switch things up.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This Taco Mac is located in the heart of Decatur, not far from the Brick Store Pub. It is a typical example of the Taco Mac chain. However, I find the seating around the bar to be very crowded and hard to move through. Like most Taco Macs, the beer selection is very good. Has to be close to 100 taps and just as many, if not more, bottled beers. The food is standard pub fare, OK. However, the menu is large and one can pick and choose across several styles of food. I generally go to a Taco Mac for the beer. This particular Taco Mac seems to have a better cross section of beer.

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Photo of ruckzuck
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Ok, I know Taco Mac is an Atlanta institution and all that, and I appreciate what I imagine it's done for the community and beer in its many years, but man, I just can't get into this place.

I've been a couple of times now. I wasn't expecting fine dining or anything, but the wings kind of suck. WTF, I thought this was like the wing place around here. Also, everything myself, my gf, my friend, and his gf have had to eat there has been so salty it's been nearly painful to eat. I mean, I appreciate some artery-clogging American bar food every once in a while, but damn, I feel like everything was brined for days before being served. So yeah, the eats are by far the worst part of Taco Mac IMO. Avoid them like the plague, otherwise you'll wake up the next day still thirsty.

Moving on to beer, the place has a fairly large selection. Of course, that's assuming your first or second choice isn't out. I understand menus can't be updated constantly, so I'll let that slide. OTOH, if you love COLD beer this is the place for you. Frosted (like really, really frosted) glasses. Sigh. You'd think a beer place wouldn't do this, or at least would give it to the BMC drinkers and pour the other beers into normal glasses. Also, the beers I've had haven't always seemed super fresh.

Atmosphere is that of a sports bar. I'm not really a sports bar kind of guy, so that isn't doing it for me. Quality is whatevs. Service is ok I suppose, though a bit slow and I've had waters forgotten more than once. The place is at least cheap though.

Anyway, why would you go here when you have so much awesomeness available to you down the street in Decatur? Yeah.

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Photo of Deus1138
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped in for lunch this week with some co-workers and some bosses, which prevented me from sampling any of the beers. :-( It's been quite a while since my last visit.

They have a pretty good beer selection. It's not much compared to the Brick Store up the street, but if it wasn't for Brick Store being so good and so close, this would be a pretty impressive beer menu for the Atlanta area. There was nothing on the menu I have been dying to try but just couldn't find anywhere else, but there was a good sampling of many different beer styles.

The food was average. I enjoyed a Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich. It went well with my Coca-Cola, but I couldn't stop thinking about how much better it would have gone with a Brooklyn Lager; curse the bosses!

The service was horrible. We arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon. This was well after the lunch rush. We had about 8 in our party, but I only counted 3 or 4 other tables occupied in the whole place. We rarely saw our waiter. One of my co-workers finished his lunch then ordered cake for dessert. It took over 20 minutes for him to be told they were out of cake. This same co-worker said he has been to this same location a few months earlier for lunch and was never even approached by a waiter or waitress, so he left.

I've given favorable information about this place to others on this site in the past, but now I am regretting it. I would go to this place regularly just for their beer selection, even with Brick Store's better selection right up the street. But when you have service this bad, I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon. Any waiter, waitress, or bartender at Brick Store could write a very eloquent review of every beer they have. I certainly did not get that impression from our frequently absent and absent minded waiter at Taco Mac.

To the Taco Mac Management: Improve your service!!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on my way home just to see how many of these I could hit really. This was really not as crowded as some of the others I had been to, but it was also like mid afternoon so I guess the crowd had not come in yet. Similar style place to the others with about 90 taps and about 20 of them good. Decent bottle selection but nothing spectacular. These are like mass produced craft bars, an interesting concept and overall better then the alternatives of run of the mill Ruby Tuesday type places. Not a horrible place and would probably go back with the kids.

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Photo of shivtim
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Taco Mac is an interesting beast. It's kinda just a bar, with a ton of neon beer signs, TVs all around, and lots of noise, yet it always seems to be full of families eating dinner. Service can be a bit lacking, but I was surprised that our server actually knew what beers they had run out of, and which ones they had just gotten in. The selection is about 90 beers on tap, 95% of which are completely unremarkable. For example, Pabst Blue Ribbon was the beer of the month for June. However, they do have a few fun ones, like Maudite and Oak Aged Yeti. They also have some locals on tap; a couple from Terrapin, SweetWater, and Atlanta Brewing.
The food is basic sports bar food, burgers and wings and such... of course, tacos as well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I found myself at this Taco Mac with my kids only because the Brick Store was inexplicably closed for lunch. I should have gone to Twains instead. This place looks like your run of the mill sports bar, but it happens to have a lot more taps and usually at least a couple of them are very interesting with the rest being a mix of bmc to very good. They have a huge number of taps- and that is not a good thing. Too many taps = stale beer. Stick to bottles unless something has just been put on or is high gravity. The prices are slightly high for some things and quite high forr others. The servers are for the most part not beer sav, but mine was hyper attentive. As others have mentioned, theirr most annoying habit is serving everything in the same glassware from the freezer with chunks of stale ice watering down your beer- yuck! In some places this chain is a goddsend for good beer, but in downtown Decatur there is just no reason to frequent here. The food was subpar as well, their famous wings were flabby and oddly flavorless. I've had much better elsewhere. There is a kids menu, but it is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of cktison
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Taco Mac fills a void for family-friendly, Ruby-Tuesday-esque "beer" bar where the kids can get chicken strips and Dad can actually get a decent beer.

A: Sports bar meets the suburbs in inner-city Atlanta. TV's galore, very loud, local college kids from emory drinking Bud Light.
S: I've heard complaints, but on my monthly trip there with good friends (they love it) we've always had great service. Fun, helpful, and even replacing beers at no charge on occasion of an accidental spill.
Sel: Over 50 beers on tap and a great variety in the bottle, but I've always thought that the delivery of the beers is a bit off. Too cold, served in a frozen glass, no specific glasses regardless of the beer you try... it's all gonna come in a pint glass, with ice chunks on top. I'd get a bottled beer if I was you...
F: ughh. Some love it, I find it processed, expensive, and generic. Nothing great.
V: 5 bucks a beer, at least, almost regardless of what you get. Much better deals around.

It's a fine place to go on a weeknight if you have a big group, but I'll agree with previous posters and say you should check out the other great pubs/restaurants in the area.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1

A perfect example of "bigger is not better." As a resident ot Decatur, I have continually given this place a second chance ever since they opened in 2001. Taco Mac has grown into a chain of restaurants around Metro Atlanta. The original and best Mac is still in operation at the corner of N. Highland & Virginia in, you guessed it, Virginia Highland neighborhood. I think of them as 'psuedo beer bars'. This Mac does fill a void in Decatur: A family friendly spot with tons of TV's, basic bar food, outdoor seating and even some video games.

The Drink- 50 or so taps with a good selction of bottles. Here's my beef: 1) Pints poured in frozen glasses. Nothing like a Shakespeare Stout with snow chunks floating up near the rim...mmmm. Apparently when they designed the bar, they did so to allow all pint glasses to be stored in the coolers. 2) Stale Beer. My guess is that they rarely pour the "good drafts" so the beer gets stale in the line. To compensate for this, you can witness the servers whipping a straw into the glass barside before delivering to the table. Bottled Beer and liquor is not bad here.

The Food- On several occasions, my wings were not cooked "extra crispy" as ordered. If you like flat, frozen chicken fingers then this is your place. Nachos, quesadillas, tacos? Taco Bell would be better.

Service- Mediocre at best. The kind of place where 1st-time restaurant servers work.

Visiting Decatur? Go to Twain's, Raging Burrito, Thinking Man, or the beloved Brick Store Pub. All have at least 16 taps of fresh, tasty beer. And Twain's wings are the best in Decatur.

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Photo of se7enchurches
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is one of my "home bases" for beer consumption, along with the Brick Store and The Vortex (Little 5 location).

For those seeking variety, as other reviewers have mentioned, they do have 92 taps and hundreds upon hundreds in the bottle. Unlike the nearby Brick Store, this does include most major macrobrews, but there's still ample room on the roster dedicated to microbrews and imports.

Like a previous reveiwer, I did make it by for the recent Left Hand Sawtooth ale cask event, which was my first experience with casked beer. I also hope they have more in the future.

The atmosphere here for me is suffering somewhat from a big tendency for people to bring children in on friday nights lately, but overall it's your standard big sports bar.

The food is ok, bordering on pretty good for a few things, but the real draw here is the adventure of going through their taps and cooler to find new beers you haven't tried yet. They've been my first exposure to many of my favorite beers, and they do a great job keeping things rotating in every month. They have the "passport club", which is a fun way to keep track of the beers you've tried, and earn certain rewards for trying X number of total beers over your patronage.

Definitely worth a stop in, and while they won't bowl you over with the surgically precise selection of the Brick Store, they have more to choose from than any other sports bar I've ever encountered. The staff can be hit or miss; they seem to have a bothersome tendecy to put new staff on during peak hours, but most of the regular staff really know their stuff. Ask for Kristen, Kamal (both excellent, fun waitstaff), or Sam's (the most beer knowledgeable waiter i've encountered there) section. There's another guy i've seen there a lot that reportedly also has his beer knowledge down cold, but I've never had him as a waiter and don't know his name.

At any rate, I'm a big fan of this place and recommend that anyone give it a shot.

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Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by for a cask tapping...impressed by this particular location

Standard sports bar look, quite bland really. Lots of good beer on tap here for sure. ~95 taps and a ton of bottles that were offered as well. They were quite on top of their bottled selection, some beers which had JUST hit Ga were already being offered. Quality is good for the area, but the beer bar just up the road has better quality, although it is quite smaller. The good thing about Taco Mac with their number of taps is that they will have beers on tap that the Brickstore is just not able to get to with their ~25 taps. This location definately is a bit better about their servings, no frosted glasses to be seen, which is a definate problem at other locations in the area. Reasonable service with decent beer knowledge. I heard some things said by the wait staff which wasn't exactly accurate, but its better than most places. Very reasonable prices for the brews which I had.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The place pop right out of no where during our visit to Decatur ... surprisingly it was not even in BeerFly until now. Easy tap selection macros lagers to Belgian strong ales, German wheats to American Stouts and everything else in-between. All in all it was a very well rounded selection, nice to see that they support a good amount of local Southern craft beer. Most tap selections ran from $3-5 with some up-wards of $7 for the "High Gravity" ... all were served in pint tumblers stadium pour style. At least you know you are getting you money's worth ... sadly most beers pour had little to no head.

Boring sports bar theme sort of clashed with what little breweriana they had hanging up. Very simple American bar look ... nothing special. The wait staff on the other hand was very knowledgeable of the beers on hand which was great to hear when trying to pick the next pint. Full Bar with +90 taps and 200 bottles.

Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Taco Mac in Decatur, GA
Place rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 24 ratings