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5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
(410) 715-6929
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Ranked #99 of 223 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 28, 2014
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51% Recommend
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English first
Columbia, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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PA Dutch
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66 reviews 66 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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179 reviews 179 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Columbia, Maryland
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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Columbia, Md
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Never busy, so it's good for a quiet, comfortable, and consistently good mexican meal. A nice break from those mexican places where everything is smothered in cheese. Fish tacos are recommended as are the burritos. Having eaten here about 50 times, I've found the service to be uniformly friendly and attentive.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Our waiter was very pleasant. The food was just okay to me even though it was plentiful. The prices are decent for the portion that you are given, but that is not enough to make me return.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I will start off by saying that the food was tasty and filling. The service on the other hand was aweful. I will sum it up to say, that if you are the only person in the restaurant, how is the waitress going to walk out of the building for over 10 minutes,without saying a word. While the cook is... More

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Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I have been going here for years and I LOVE the food. The Zapata's margarita is very good also! My favorite dish is the steak nachos (not on the menu any more, but they will make them).

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