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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 8
    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
Typical Mexican Restaurant

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
Bob D
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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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We came with a group of 8 for the first night dinner of our spring break and were underwhelmed with the service that was provided. We got our initial drinks 5-10 minutes before our food arrived and did not see any refills until after most of us had finished eating our meals 20 minutes later, even after asking the food... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
25 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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340 reviews 340 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 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?