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Zapata's

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5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
(410) 715-6929
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Deserted at lunch time

This is an old mainstay in the Harper's Choice village center. It's feeling like it needs a refresh and a little update on the menu. Of course, Mexican is always tricky in Maryland, since so many of the places claiming to serve authentic Mexican food, are really Dominican or Salvadoran in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
Philip S
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Baltimore, Maryland
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Good food , good prices, try the sopa de marisco . Really the best in town. South of the border atmosphere, nice bar also.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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304 reviews 304 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is an old mainstay in the Harper's Choice village center. It's feeling like it needs a refresh and a little update on the menu. Of course, Mexican is always tricky in Maryland, since so many of the places claiming to serve authentic Mexican food, are really Dominican or Salvadoran in disguise. The offerings here are of the Chi Chi's... More 

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Ellicott City, MD
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139 reviews 139 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Our group of 7 went for lunch and we were the only ones in the restaurant. Even so, we rarely saw our waitress. She came out to take our order, put it on the table after a while, and then disappeared completely. After waiting 45 minutes for our check, one of us had to go in the back and find... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

...moreover, they slapped an automatic 18% gratuity on a TAKE OUT order, without disclosing that policy beforehand (the order was for three entrees). Avoid.

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Columbia, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

I usually come here on Wednesday evenings for happy hour. The happy hour specials are pretty decent, DJ Tre Styles is playing AWESOME throwbacks that'll definitely have you SOL (singing out loud). You can get a 4 bottle beer bucket for $10 and a variety of liquors for $4 during happy hour. I've had a few of the dishes like... More 

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Delaware
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156 reviews 156 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Being empty at 12:15 on Sunday should have told us enough to leave.Took over a minute for someone to come out of a back room & tell us to sit anywhere. Starting with the complimentary chips, not a pleasant dining experience. Chips were greasy and bitter. In fact, everything we ate had a somewhat bitter taste. Strange for Mexican food.... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I was almost turned away by the low ratings, but it was close & on a Friday evening in Columbia, MD, that's important. It turned out to be a great dining experience. Yes, you do have to walk theprough the bar to get to the restaurant & it's not the easiest to find in the centre, but it's worth all... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This place is a little harder to find, but I think it is the best Mexican Place in Columbia, and I have lived here 30 years.

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Rigby, Idaho
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221 reviews 221 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Typically I only review restaurants when the experience is outstanding. My experience at this Mexican restaurant was outstandingly bad. I do not live in the area, so I was looking for a decent Mexican place, and found Zapata's on both Open Table and restaurant.com. I ordered a stacked enchilada plate, which was large, but contained broccoli, squash, zucchini, carrots, etc.... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm from Southern California and when I moved to Maryland I expected to never have good Mexican food again. I'm happy to report that Zapata's crushed that expectation. Zapata's has flavorful Mexican food and great salsa. The service is decent and the bar in the back seems like a good hangout. I think my favorite dish is the burrito Arizona... More 

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Additional Information about Zapata's

Address: 5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
Phone Number: (410) 715-6929
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (410) 715-6929

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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