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“Eh... may give your school cafeteria a run for its money, but maybe not....” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Zapatas Cantina Mexican Restaurant

Zapatas Cantina Mexican Restaurant
15105 John J Delaney Dr Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28277 (Ballantyne East)
(704) 752-6869
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Ranked #329 of 2,008 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price range: $11 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner
Neighborhood: Ballantyne East
Charleston, South Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Eh... may give your school cafeteria a run for its money, but maybe not....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I believe this place does pretty solid business because it is next to a very successful restaurant that often has a wait, and often people give up waiting and go to Zapata's just because they're that hungry. (That has been me the past two times.)

Authentic? Hardly! If you want authentic, you need to go to Unica or somewhere like that. Charlotte has a lot of great Mexican places and you can do much better. My daughter's friend said the food was just like what they served in the school cafeteria! Oh my! I thought the salsa was good, but the meats were overcooked and dried out, the beans were like mush with no taste, the rice was, well, school cafeteria-worthy.

It's too bad - this place has an awesome location and nice patio, great for kids, but there are just too many other good choices around. I don't imagine that their repeat business is very good. There's nothing here that can't be fixed and no reason why this place could not receive the highest rating. I hope they try to attain this.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Indian Land, South Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great food! Great drinks! Cool patio!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Authentic Mexican dishes! If you ever have had a nice margarita......ask for a Crystal Ball ( a wow rum drink)! It is the only 151 drink that still comes lit with flames. You have to use a straw to push the inverted lime down into the drink to put it out and then the drink clouds up like a crystal ball!! Refreshing anytime of the year! Oh yeah, the food is fresh and the staff always greets you with open arms.

Visited June 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I have been going to Zapata's in Ballantyne for over six years. After my last two visits, I can't say I will be running back anytime soon. We went for Father's Day and were somewhat disappointed. The beef in the enchiladas was tough and too salty. The queso and guacamole (as appetizers) were the best part of the meal. Kids do eat free on Sundays, but that's about the only real plus to a restaurant that used to be one of my favorites.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Decent Mexican food - good price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This restaurant doesn't have much ambience, but the food is good, portions large, and prices reasonable

Visited March 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Our favorite Mexican restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Zapatas consistently meets our expectations for good Mexican food and great service. If you're passing through Charlotte make time to stop for a good meal.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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