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“Return Visit Not as Great as Previous.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria
505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
207.772.8242
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Ranked #89 of 425 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Portland, Maine, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Return Visit Not as Great as Previous.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I went to Zapoteca for lunch the other day and was a little disappointed. I used to think the place was super, now I think it has slipped a little. The fish taco used to be one of my favorite foods anywhere. They changed it. Too bad. The beer and chips and salsa are still great though.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great drinks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Was told by a coworker to try this place out and I am very happy that I did! The bartender was fantastic and the margaritas were great. A definite must try in Portland!

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Portland, Maine
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76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Amazing drinks, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The food is good (although I don't like the warm...temperature-wise salsa), but the drinks are out of this world. My wife's favorite drink on the planet is available here: mezcal (a type of tequila) with grilled pineapple, lime, cilantro, and jalapeño, and I must admit, for a guy who usually drinks whiskey/scotch/bourbon, it might be my favorite mixed drink that I've had, too. Tequila selection is very good and bartenders seem knowledgable. Food is good, but doesn't blow me away as much as the drinks do...although that might be holding it to an unfair standard.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stratham, New Hampshire
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Great drinks, delicious food, fun atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The reviews don't lie :) Zapoteca is one a number of truly excellent restaurants in Portland, Maine -- a city turning out to be a key stop on the foodie trail. With a wide range of delicious cocktails (and we heartily recommend any with tequila! LOVED the Habanero Watermelon Margarita, for example) and a great menu with gourmet Mexican food, you cannot go wrong at this fun, upbeat newcomer. We loved the Queso Fundito appetizer with melted cheese and mushrooms, and ditto the delicious guacamole and chips. The ceviche trio won raves, as well. It's not inexpensive but it's worth the slightly higher price. Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
“Just not as great as it initially was . . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

That being said, the lobster ceviche is delicious, the chicken enchilada suisa (sp?) were very good and the chick taquito appetizer was good.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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