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Zacatecas Cafe

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2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner

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Best Mexican Food.

I'm a very good judge of Mexican food because I AM a great Mexican cook! So when I don't feel like cooking I go to Zacatecas. The next best thing to my food. I go there at least once a week.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'm a very good judge of Mexican food because I AM a great Mexican cook! So when I don't feel like cooking I go to Zacatecas. The next best thing to my food. I go there at least once a week.

1 Thank lcd8910
Riverside, CA
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have been going to this family owned restaurant for 40 years. The recipes have been handed down through the generations and the quality of the food is superb. Without a doubt, this is the best old style Mexican food in Riverside.

Thank Airportbum31
Beijing, China
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492 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 401 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

TV's aren't blaring and people aren’t screaming and the drinks, well I don’t know. You go to Zacatecas for the delicious, authentic handmade tortillas and Mexican treats. You can skip the rice but who really cares about rice. The menudo is what Menudo is supposed to taste like. Forget that you’re in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Riverside and... More 

1 Thank Daniel A
San Bernardino, California, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Anyone that says this is average or below food is Cacarazy! If you can't handle a little real neighborhood mexican or latin culture atmosphere go to Bakers or Del Taco. What if you were to go where Rick Bayless finds some great dining in the some poor neighborhoods! Of course Zac's is not the Riviera. Okay,I am a big fan... More 

1 Thank Amelio R
Lake Forest, California
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118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Visited for a late Saturday night take-out. The service was outstanding. The food was not fancy but extremely tasty and very good. Local gem and wish their was one closer to home.

1 Thank 25R0bertD
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I've been going here for over 25 years. I was born and raised in Riverside and their food has always been delicious and not pricey. Even after the original owners passed away and their children took over, the food and service has been consistently good! Definitely go!

Thank adamaya76
Riverside, California
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

First impression: Entering from the rear - (parking is in the rear) the first thing you pass is the restrooms - and we both noticed a heavy cleaner/disinfectant smell, that was evident all the way toward the front - and we sat way toward the front. We'd seen their website, and watched the local "Inland Empire" critic Allan Borgen in... More 

1 Thank Paul B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

In addition to their excellent authentic Mexican food, the second generation of Medina's (as did their mother and father) employ family who in turn treat their customers like family. Their great service and warm conversation makes you feel like a guest in their home. There is a huge contingent of regular cutomers who travel near and far to eat here... More 

1 Thank El_Patron_Anejo_75
Riverside, California
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Family run small restaurant. Very good Mexican food prepared by the owners. Cheerful and friendly. Inexpensive place to join a friend for lunch. Not fancy. An historical landmark.

Thank adwrd
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This place is so great. Love the food and love the service. YUMMY!

Thank 2cocos

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: 951-683-3939

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican


Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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