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El Zarape

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103 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 910) 458-5226
910) 458-5226
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Always good food!

Good Mexican food, always consistent, can count on good meal! Service is good as well, great chips and salsa!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Sharon O
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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  • Families with children
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Good Mexican food, always consistent, can count on good meal! Service is good as well, great chips and salsa!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

It was okay. Typical Mexican. The queso was watery but overall the food was good. The tortilla chips were fresh and warm but the dip was certainly not freshly made. The service was good and staff was friendly. I had my kids so I didn't try their drinks but a group of ladies next to us really seemed to like... More 

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West Point, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The name has changed to El Cazador. This was really great Mexican food at an exceptional price. Tremendous menu selection and prepared like the Texas-Mexico border towns do. Family cooking. The enchiladas combo was fabulous, washed down by Dos Exis draft beer. Homemade Salsa and chips. Nice atmosphere and very good service by friendly people.

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raleigh nc
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Food is fast and REALLY good. Great prices, look for the half off coupon in the vacation book! Loved the shrimp quesadillas!

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We have been dining at El Zarape/ El Cazador in Carolina Beach for 3+ years, on-season and off, and I have never had a bad meal there for lunch or dinner. The service is always prompt and courteous, the food is excellent and it's in a great location. I've dined there with only adults, with families with young children, with... More 

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NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Standard Mexican cuisine. Everything on the menu is good, nothing to write home about. Can't have a bad meal there.

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tipp city
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

it was mexican food that is about it service ok taco meat awful wanted more salsa the cheese dip too small

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

now called el cazador and has horrible food. Mexican is usually about the same everywhere you go, but el cazador has gross over prices food, id rather eat at el cerro grande up the road

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

If you get a craving for Mexican food and don't want to travel off-island, then this is the place to go. The food is average, and service can be spotty depending on how packed they are. Parking is almost impossible - a handful of spots in the very narrow, sideways lot. You can try the street, but it's also limited.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

The best thing about the restaurant is the staff!! They are usually busy but are always friendly!! My kids and I always visit and have a blast here. The food is amazing and delicious. This is one of our favorite places to go while in CB.

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Address: 103 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 910) 458-5226
Phone Number: 910) 458-5226
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 103 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 910) 458-5226
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
  • Phone Number: 910) 458-5226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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