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Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

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Mexican
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505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
207.772.8242
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Today
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique Portland Restaurant

Unique Mexican restaurant in downtown Portland with a kick. Most food is made with spicy peppers so if you enjoy spicy food, here you go! We had the Carnitas de Puerco and Pollo con Mole Poblano which had quite a quick. Highly recommend the prickly pear margarita and the Pinarita cocktail which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Nolan P
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Dayton, Maine, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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235 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Dayton, Maine, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Unique Mexican restaurant in downtown Portland with a kick. Most food is made with spicy peppers so if you enjoy spicy food, here you go! We had the Carnitas de Puerco and Pollo con Mole Poblano which had quite a quick. Highly recommend the prickly pear margarita and the Pinarita cocktail which were both really good. Staff was friendly, takes... More 

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Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We arrived in Portland on a super cold Friday night and Zapoteca was close to the hotel so we thought we would give it a try. I started with the Cucumber Guava margarita, which was really good. We decided to get the guacamole and three of the salsas. We couldn't decide between the many choices so went wih the waitresses... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Outstanding Mexican cuisine with an upscale flair! This restaurant is situated just down the street from the crowded dining area of the city. Food preparation is creative, and ingredients are very fresh. Noted for its tequilas and margaritas as well as the food, do not pass up the opportunity to try one of the many drink selections. We had the... More 

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Simsbury, CT
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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Made some last minute reservations and did not regret it. Most interesting salsas I have ever had--smoked cashews ground with jalapenos? Still thinking about how good that was! Great chips. Great drinks. Cauliflower steak with black garlic with a chipotle raisin sauce--wow! Amazing. Boys had carnitas and enchiladas--less unique but still delicious. Service was very good. Only downside was that... More 

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Sabattus, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We were able to get reservations for Saturday night, and went with another couple for dinner. I did find the drinks to be excellent one of the best margaritas I have ever had, Natalie was our server and I thought she was great, not all over you but there and friendly when you needed her. I read another review that... More 

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Boothbay, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Went here for the first time during restaurant week. Got the three choices for $20. What a deal! Had a terrific salad (had a kick to it), whitefish with rice and brown butter cauliflower, and churros with a wonderful caramel/tequila sauce. Oh, and I had the prickly pear...not only was it delicious but it was a really cool color! Would... More 

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Naples, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I got the Carnitas de Puerco and it wasn't bad, but not great. For the portion size I got the price was definitely not justified. Our server was nice, but it took quite a while for us to get our entrees. I wasn't keeping exact time, but definitely close to 45 minutes. I probably will not be going back here.

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Portland, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The great thing about this place is that the menu lets you build the kind of meal you may be in the mood for on any particular night. The guacamole is fabulous. The ceviche sublime and the drinks delicious. A great value is the large carafe of sangria. It is perfect for two people. The soups are very good especially... More 

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Maine
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was Valentine's evening and my boyfriend and I could have gone anywhere in Portland but decided to try Zapoteca. Everything from the salsa to the drinks was lame. The watery salsa was over-spiced, the chorizo dip was nothing but a pan of super salty melted cheese with tiny flecks of, I guess, sausage, the signature cocktails were overly sweet... More 

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Portland, Maine
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The atmosphere, food and drinks at this restaurant were excellent! Very convenient location on Fore Street. A very different and interesting take on Mexican food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207.772.8242

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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