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8802 Reed Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-1120
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Ranked #18 of 32 Restaurants in Emerald Isle
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Columbus, Ohio
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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321 reviews 321 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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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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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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
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
Cuisine: Mexican

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