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Zapata's

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5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
(410) 715-6929
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 9
    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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Maryland
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269 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

We have tried this place a few times and the servers are often nowhere to be found. The fod is rather tasteless. There are many better options for Mexican food in the area.

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Thank Michael G
columbia, maryland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Zapata's is a hidden treasure. Unpretentious place with consistently good traditional Mexican dishes like chile rellenos, chicken mole and shrimp with chipotle sauce, as well as standbys like quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Excellent margaritas and 25 different tequilas. Our group of artists lunches there regularly; Zapata's will do separate checks even for 8 people. Rarely crowded which is a shame... More 

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Thank dorfwax
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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Thank Mihaela P
Baltimore, Maryland
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382 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 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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Thank Philip S
Ellicott City, MD
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155 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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Thank DiBowers
Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Equeria
Columbia, Maryland
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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Thank Tony W
Delaware
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178 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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Thank Sue in reho K
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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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Thank billPADutch
Columbia, Maryland
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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