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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 - 10:00 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 42
    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
Most recent review
Have never been disappointed

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Victoria P
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Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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228 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portland, Maine
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The guacamole was bland and 9 dollars for 1/2 cup and handful of chips was ridiculous. All the food had way too much chipotle sauce with nothing to absorb the oil and peppers causing both myself and boyfriend sever heartburn. My boyfriend order the 1/2 chicken and recieved a 1/4 of a chicken. I ordered the supreme margarita which tasted... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Watermelon and Habanero Margarita - sweet and hot, not too much of either. Lobster Guacamole - chunky and perfect to taste.Enchiladas Camarones and Puerco won over the Ccarne Asada in diner delightedness though there were no real losers, and everything came back around with the duo of Flan, each one a few bites of dense (more dense than you'd think)... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is not your average Mexican restaurant folks. Shannon Bard is a culinary wizard and puts these amazing ingredients together to create fabulously wonderful dining options. This restaurant should be on any foodie's list visiting or living in Maine. Plus if you like Margaritas... these are the best I've ever tasted!

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Boston
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Chef Shannon Bard (recent 4 time winner on Kitchen Inferno) did it again with a fabulous 6 course tasting dinner on New Years Eve. Along with outstanding food, Tom (her co-owner husband) for each course chose the perfect margarita, wine or mezcal pairings . We eat at Zapoteca about 6 times a year and are never disappointed.

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York Beach, Maine
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I had heard good things about Zapoteca and was looking forward to trying it. However, I have to say our meal was pretty lackluster. We were the first ones there for lunch. I ordered the Mexican caesar salad with chicken. A few minutes after ordering, the waitress came back and said they were out of the chicken. How can you... More 

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Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I loveeeeee their food. I have dreams about their guacamole and margaritas. First thing's first, make a reservation. If you don't you will be waiting forever, or worse, end up playing musical chairs with the bar to score a seat there. I don't mind sitting at the bar, the bartender who seems to be running the whole show behind it... More 

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Boston
2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

In town for the weekend from Boston, we'd spent the day walking around Portland with our two kids ages 7 and 9. Friends had raved about this restaurant so, famished and tired, we trekked across town for dinner, though it was only 4 pm. The full dinner menu wasn't open yet but the owner graciously gave us a large quiet... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?