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El Zarape

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8802 Reed Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-1120
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great

We went here not once for dinner, but twice. We love sitting outside. Food is spectacular. We were able to bring our dog to lay on the deck. The drinks were amazing! Staff was so very friendly and cordial. This is definitely a place to stop. Wonderful Mexican food!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Ann W
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Woodlyn
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Woodlyn
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We went here not once for dinner, but twice. We love sitting outside. Food is spectacular. We were able to bring our dog to lay on the deck. The drinks were amazing! Staff was so very friendly and cordial. This is definitely a place to stop. Wonderful Mexican food!

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

That is how my 14 year old described her meal (Camerones Cancun). It also summed up our overall experience. The food was a little slow getting out, but they kept us stocked with chips and salsa (delicious). The Hawaiian Fajita was delicious and served in a pineapple, which was cool. My partner said the chimichanga was one of the best... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is your atypical Mexican food which we have visited a couple of times. We found the place clean and friendly with a small bar area. When we need our Mexican fix we usually go here and suggest you give it a try.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The only Mexican restaurant in town. The food is good. We got ours to go so I can't comment on the service.

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Fredericksburg, Va
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Food is just average. Drinks the same. Last time we ate there our host didn't even smile. Acted like he was doing us a favor, seating us! We live close by and will probably go there again, only because it is the only Mexican restaurant within a half hour's drive.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A local favorite-reasonably priced, good service, great top shelf margaritas (according to my husband), casual, and I love the flavors! Great place to eat when all the grandkids (8 of them) are here in the summer.

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Mount Olive, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I read the reviews before coming to El Zarape and although they were not great, we decided to give the place a try as it was late on a Sunday evening and we just wanted a decent meal. The service was friendly, but the food was so-so. I have had better food on some trips to Taco Bell. I would... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
339 reviews 339 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We have been coming to the island for many years and usually hit this restaurant at least once. This time the service was a little on the slow side considering the place was empty. Food was good and the prices are also decent. We will probably be back when we stay next year.

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Newark, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Another of our favorite places to eat when visiting EI. Great food and drinks, authentic Mexican food, this ain't Taco Bell folks!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great margaritas, very good food, and very good service. One of our favorite places in this area. Chicken and shrimp in a queso sauce with rice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8802 Reed Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: (252) 354-1120

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?