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Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
207.772.8242
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Ranked #73 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Boston
Senior Reviewer
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
57 helpful votes 57 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
1 review
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 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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ENFIELD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My husband and I had a Living Social coupon for this restaurant so decided to give it a try. I looked at their website prior to arriving. Discovered that they had a Happy Hour from 4-6pm and 9-close every day of the week. Appetizers are 1/2 price and margarita's are $2 off. I was intrigued with the Habanero/Watermelon margarita. I... More

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charlton, ma
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A recent stop for lunch at Zapoteca's was fortunately all that I had hoped. We stopped in on a rainy Tuesday lunch time. I had a La Rumba (a variation on a mojito with muddled cilantro) and my companion had a classic mojito - both were excellent. I was a little surprised that they were served in "rocks" glasses, but... More

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Simply disappointed! The ceviche was very very bland and the entrees were way overpriced and not enjoyable!

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Abington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had wanted to try this restaurant ever since we saw a favorable review on TV. A few weeks ago we were in Portland and went there on a Saturday night. The place was hopping. Being a major Rick Bayless fan I am always looking for that great Mexican restaurant that will set itself apart from the ordinary that we... More

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