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“Ok if you like Mexican” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zapata's Mexican Restaurant

Zapata's Mexican Restaurant
Melbourne St, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
08 8267 4653
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Ranked #286 of 1,383 Restaurants in Adelaide
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Ok if you like Mexican”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Occasionally (about once every decade) we revisit a Mexican restaurant. It brings back memories of youthful overindulgence when Mexican food was useful for soaking up tequila slammers. But to be honest I find the cuisine lacking in subtlety and particularly texture - the gastronomical equivalent of a child's painting set with only the primary colours available.
We walk past Zapata's many times as it is just down the road, and it always seems to be well patronised by a younger crowd so on impulse we decided to give it another go.
We had the combination dips; tomato con chilli - tasted like a salsa sauce out of a jar; frijole con queso - a bland brownish bean paste, chilli con queso, and guacamole (which tasted freshly made).
For mains we had chilli con carne, and sin carne - a vegetarian medley of enchiladas and chilli relleno served with rice. I enjoyed the chilli con carne and the fried bread it was served on. With the sin carne we asked for frijoles instead of rice but it came with rice anyway - oh well.
Overall it was fine. The service was pleasant, the food was hot and came reasonably quickly. We paid about $70 for the above for two of us including the half price margaritas. We were left with the impression of a place that understands its market, and cranks out a standard fare efficiently and is probably a gold mine. Excellent place to take a large group for an office dinner, or to have a quick meal before the theatre or movies.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good Mexican food with good service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a good family meal at this restaurant.

The Nachos were very good as were the other entrees which we shared.

The main courses were all tasty and are very adequate serves.

The service was attentive and friendly.

Definitely recommend this restaurant for Mexican food.

Visited December 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Tasty food, cranky waiter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you don't mind a cranky waiter then you should visit Zapata's. It is really tasty mexican with lots of options beyond nacho's (though they looked really good).

Portions are good, prices are fair.

The vegetarian long green pepper stuffed with cheese was amazing.

The prawn toastadas were delicious.

Everything else was really good.

The waiter is just a bit officious. But don't let that stop you.

Good venue for a relaxed dinner with friends or family.

  • Visited October 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good quality Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Try this Mexican if you want to try something other than the chain style fare you usually get. Food and service is good and the prices are reasonable. Not to mention the fruity sangria yum

Visited August 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Good - but could turn the heat up!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A very pleasant place, with good service, and good choice of food (and beer!) The Nachos starter was immense - half a plate between two of us - and the main (Chilli Colorado) hearty - but lacked, I think, any chilli. But, all in all, well worth a visit.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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