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5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
(410) 715-6929
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English first
Ellicott City, MD
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112 reviews 112 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Delaware
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141 reviews 141 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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200 reviews 200 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Columbia, Md
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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 1 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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