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Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
207.772.8242
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Ranked #78 of 534 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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English first
Southern Maine
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I tasted a grilled shrimp dish from Zapoteca at the Kennebunkport Food and Wine tasting last month, and it was one of the best things of about 30 choices. Went to the restaurant hoping to order this delicious dish, but alas it is not offered on their menu. So maybe I started out disappointed. I had the Carne Asada. The... More

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Portland, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Zapoteca is my go-to place for fine regional Mexican cuisine. This is not a taco and burrito place - this is a place to sample authentic spices and innovative preparations of flavorful entrees and appetizers. The cocktail menu is inventive and the tequila selection unparalleled in Portland. The wait-staff is knowledgable about the menu, making on-point recommendations based on your... More

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Weathersfield, VT
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stumbled upon this gem last year while in the city, and made it an absolute point to have it be our first stop this year! In town for the weekend we popped in for a drink & an app to start the night off. Excellent again! Drinks are stellar, great choice of mixed drinks, varied wine list, and of... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Interesting menu and unusual spin on Mexican style food, the chips and salsa were small portion but very tasty. The lobster and grapefruit ceviche was refreshing. The halibut main course was delicious and slightly spicy. Definitely would visit again and sample over dishes. Slightly expensive, but, very good food, nice environment and all round enjoyable experience.

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Boston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had high expectations after seeing Zapoteca featured on Chronicle and family members who had good meals in the past, but were extremely disappointed. We had a reservation yet we had to wait 25 min for our table, then another 30 min+ for apps. Restaurant was hot and really loud (party of 12 contributed to that). High point was the... More

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Lewiston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

First, having complimentary valet parking is a plus! Wife and I arrived just before 6:00, and good thing because happy hour is a good deal and it ends at 6:00. Great margaritas - fresh ingredients and mixed perfectly. Appetizer was tres salsa and we chose a good mix, with the salsa verde a close front runner to the pepita and... More

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Ellington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I make it a point to visit as often as I can. Erin (the bartender) is a superb ambassador to Zapoteca. The Roja Salsa is delicious (& spicy.) Had the pleasure of meeting Shannon at the Harvest on the Harbor last fall. 😀

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

From the good natured valet to the friendly wait staff serving amazing food, our evening at Zapoteca was really terrific. Their bar menu is extensive, with many choices of tequila, beer, and other liquor. Great margaritas! It's so refreshing to eat Mexican food that is not smothered in grease & cheese. Zapoteca's meals are prepared with attention to quality and... More

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Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Best margaritas ever and the wait staff was terrific. The guacamole was freshly made and delicious. We were very disappointed with the enchilada entrees. Although the mole sauce was delicious, the chicken filling was just that, chicken. The seafood enchiladas were supposed to be "filled" with crab and shrimp but we only found a few flakes of crabmeat. At $18... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was a pleasant surprise as I do not like Mexican food, but I really enjoyed this as did my husband and 6 year old twins. The guacamole was by far the best I have ever had! The chips were delicious as was the trio of salsas that we started with. My kids loved the cheese quesadia and I devoured... More

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