Zapata's Mexican Restaurant
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Our family's favorite Mexican restaurant.... we have been going here for 5 years now... love the food and ambience... their meatless options are also very good (my vegetarian friends also love this restaurant). The only sad part is they have stopped their famous molten lava cake, hope they bring it back soon...
We were greeted with friendly hostess. Our server seemed a little off. May coz they were understaffed or something. If not she needs a little more training in customer care. Food was really awesome so were the drinks. Also liked home made salsas. I was surprised to find 18% gratuity added for 4 adults and 2 kids for very average service. Will have to come back for tacos but may not bring 4 adults coz dont want to get charged 18% gratuity. Overall 4.25/5 given the average service and 18% gratuity.
This is the first time I've been to this location. The one I usually go to is the one near UNCC. It's been a while since I've had Zapata's and it tastes way better than I remembered. Everything I ordered tasted delicious and very reasonably priced. The food here tastes 100x better than any Mexican place I've been to in Texas and that's saying something. My parents have always hated Mexican food and they loved it here. Plus this location has a very nice view.
Quick decent place! Good thing is they are open till 11z Very nice interiors and quite a good vibe. Authentic mexican food. Had chicken tacos, they were really good but baha fish tacos were just ok. Good portion size and quick service
From where I reside, the 30 minute drive is worth it! (Especially with Charlotte traffic). My first time, the wait was awful, food came late, and my food had tomatoes and onions. When I ordered I asked if they could not come with, and he said yes. Of course I sat there picking through my food and did not enjoy. I summed it up to them having a bad night. We only came back the next two times because a manager had gave us our food for practically nothing, and we only paid for our drinks. During those next two times the service was better, and my fianc enjoyed food. My food was good as well, but again it had the tomatoes and onions. I asked both my waiters if the food came with it, and both said no. Again, I picked through my food. This sort of made it not as exciting to come here, and I wouldnt unless my fianc really wanted it. We simply didnt come for a long time, until tonight because my fianc wants Mexican (he loves the food here). We go in and immediately we were seated. As soon as we sit, our waiter comes to get our drinks and someone else brings our chips and salsa. Its clear to see I DO NOT like tomatoes! Worst case scenario, if its too difficult to exclude, I might eat depending on my mood. Obviously this means I hardly eat salsa, and I mean hardly. Tonight the salsa was good! I dont know what it was, but it was so FRESH! And for me to actually eat it, my fianc was shocked I liked it so much. He gets his usual and I get a taco bowl thing. I ask the waiter about tomatoes and guacamole, and he says it wont come with. I ask a few more times to make sure, and hes positive it wont come with. Food comes super quick, and the bowl is PERFECT! I ate the whole thing, with no picking! Chicken was juicy and flavorful, and paired with the bowl and toppings I enjoyed my meal. This made me happy because as mentioned above the drive is one thing, and then my food not being what I would like. Today changed my mind about this place, and I simply had to leave a good note. My fianc is definitely happy that he can continue to enjoy his food, without me having to stop somewhere after and get something else. I honestly have nothing bad to say here. Only suggestion is that the booths are a little tiny for big chested women, but this can be fixed by sitting at a table. Give this place a shot and you will enjoy it. Especially those looking for authentic Mexican food, you will not be disappointed eating here.