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El Zarape

8802 Reed Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-1120
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Ranked #19 of 32 Restaurants in Emerald Isle
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Mount Olive, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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313 reviews 313 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 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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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

El zarape was a decent dining establishment. We ended up getting fajitas and they turned out pretty good. The atmosphere was good and we had a great waiter. The hostess weren't the greatest. Overall it was an average experience.

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White Plains, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My family and friends went to El Zarape for dinner. The waiter asked how many in our party, then grabbed some menus and started walking towards the dining room without saying a word. Later he came back with an attitude saying "didn't you see me walking to your table"? My wife had to hold me back since I was about... More

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Forest City
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Horchata was the best I have ever had. I thought the dinner combos should include at least beans or rice, but the food was very good.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Actually we reviewed this under Atlantic Beach {"Cliff-diving"] but this is our "home" location; it is all one small chain. Great place for many years but this year (2014) a disaster.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped for lunch and were pleasantly surprised with the great authentic food choices. I had Classic Mexican tacos de lengua, beef tongue which has been braised with garlic and onions. Very delicious, would reminder you of pot roast.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I moved to EI last September and have been a regular El Zarape patron ever since...I cannot overemphasize how fantastic this restaurant is...the service is impeccable, the food is to die for, and the atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. In 9 months I have had to wait only once to be seated. You will NOT be disappointed!!!

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Additional Information about El Zarape

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

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