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Zapata's Cantina

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19905 W Catawba Ave # NC, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 987-8890
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 14
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Mexican food and service.

Have never been disappointed here. The food is very good and the staff is extremely friendly always making sure that you do not need anything. The chips and salsa are always abundant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Charlotte
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have never been disappointed here. The food is very good and the staff is extremely friendly always making sure that you do not need anything. The chips and salsa are always abundant.

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Thank cardscharlotte
Cornelius, North Carolina
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Been eating here since it opened back in 1999. They've had different managers, chefs and servers throughout the years (some I didn't care for). There was a time in which it seemed like it was going down hill but the new owner Fernando has fixed all that. The food & atmosphere is excellent!! Their Carne Asada is the best and... More 

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Thank Pat_S1979
Mooresville, North Carolina
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205 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We've been wanting to try this place after driving through this area recently to Jetton Park. Finally made it a couple of weeks ago & really enjoyed it. Food was fresh, flavorful & well-prepared. Service was prompt, & the place has a nice atmosphere. We'll definitely be going back.

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Thank saibot
Denver, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

I too was urged by a friend about a year ago to visit here. I don't do Mexican food often but have visited my local Mexican restaurants in Denver. I do get some Mexican items from Chili's on occasion as well. I'm never blown away, just average food and Mexican food isn't on my favorites list. Well Zapata's changed that!... More 

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1 Thank Kimmy Dawn P
Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I stopped by Zapatas at the urging of a friend. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our waitress was efficient without being obnoxious. The prices were very reasonable and I'm looking forward to visiting again very soon.

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1 Thank Harry L
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Zapatas never disappoints. We have been going for years and the food is always consistently good and the people always friendly! We love the Camarones Apretalado (Bacon wrapped Shrimp) and their margaritas. Their salsa and pico de gallo are always favorites of ours too!

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1 Thank Kim S
Davidson, North Carolina
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We eat at Zapata's a few times per month and food is always delicious. My husband is a San Diego native and grew up eating Mexican food. This is the only local Mexican restaurant that he likes. I had never been a big fan of Mexican food until we started eating here and found I actually love it. It's one... More 

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1 Thank Paula M
Davidson, North Carolina
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221 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The is a very clean and authentic Mexican restaurant. It is also very reasonably priced. The portions are large so order conservatively. It was not very crowded when we went in, but the food was excellent.

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1 Thank Carol S
Mooresville, North Carolina
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266 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We last dined at Zapata's 10 years earlier. The venue had not changed so it's somewhat tired but the typical Mexican fare is good. The service is also friendly and efficient. Good beer and margarita selection. Wide menu selection including American if you are not in the mood for rice and beans. Very reasonable prices for the area.

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2 Thank MarkS719
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The service has always been efficient and curtious, the food is generally Mexican and full of flavor. Never had desert here, have always had just the right amount of food , not to want anything additional. Atmosphere is invigorating, and energetic. The food is always "light" and enjoyable.

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Thank ROSS L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19905 W Catawba Ave # NC, Cornelius, NC 28031
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cornelius
  • Phone Number: (704) 987-8890

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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