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“Good, Reasonably Priced Mexican Food” 4 of 5 stars
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Zapata's
5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
(410) 715-6929
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Ranked #137 of 229 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Maryland
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good, Reasonably Priced Mexican Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This restaurant has pretty good Mexican food at reasonable prices. The fajitas arrived sizzling hot, with a generous serving of guacamole, the chicken mole was decent and the salads were good-sized. Free salsa was quite good.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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COLUMBIA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not recommended”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The first knock against it is the fact that the bar (seedy) is connected to the restaurant by an internal hallway, and hence the bar music and all creeps into the "family restaurant" section. The food ranged from okay/average to poor. The margarita I ordered was horrible, extremely salty, my wife's mago margarita was equally bad (though not salty)...

The only good thing was the salsa. The salsa that came with the free chips felt fresh and tasted good. Also, the green salsa/sauce on the cheese enchilidas I had was great! Service staff were average and courteous.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

The food overall is just okay. The tortilla soup is delicious. It is loaded with chicken, cheese, avocado and chips. I would highly recommend it. The service is generally poor. The wait staff is inexperienced and very young, but they do try. They don't have a clue about wine. The biggest problem here, for me, is the restroom. On another occasion I used it and was, frankly, appalled at the lack of cleanliness. I would not use it unless it were an emergency. Can only hope the kitchen is cleaner.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Just bad”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Tacos are okay. The burritos are horrible. The sauce is obviously from a can. Service was slow, but the people were friendly enough. Right next to a noisy bar, and interior is dark and dreary. Just plain bad!!!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

the martita burrito, which had chicken and spinach with a smokey sauce was excellent. the seafood soup is also outstanding as well as the mole.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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