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El Mexicano Zapata

Authentic Mexican Cuisine. The first and only Mexican Restaurant in Rotorua, New Zealand.
$8 - $23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Mexican, Latin, Central American
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited Zapata based on the fantastic reviews that I found on TA, and the food as well as service turned out even better. Mind you we are vegetarians and it’s not always easy to find yummy food. Well done team - keep it up.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Adityac7
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First of all, Fernando was amazing! Good local tips and gave us the best homemade hot sauce I've ever tasted. I had the beef tacos and they we're unbelievable. 5/5, would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank Brando1023
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although the restaurant was very busy and it took us a little while to actually get seated, it was completely worth it!! The food was the best Mexican I’ve tried (including having been to Mexico). The frozen margarita was also great.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Crystal L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The margaritas, sauces and spices reminded us of Mexico. We had the pulled pork tacos, beef tacos, spiced chicken tapas, and potato wedges. All were excellent and we were surprised by how big the portions were (as such, we got takeaway boxes for the chicken...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank SashaM445
Reviewed 1 week ago

While their takeaway menu is smaller than the regular menu, we were still able to order everything we wanted from a Mexican restaurant. We tried a few different things off the tapas section of the menu and they were all incredible!! Big portion sizes so...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank triSarahtopsNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best Mexican meals I’ve had in NZ. Burrito was delicious as were the tacos. Service also really good. Highly recommend booking as this was the busiest place in town.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MrsG-wgtn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish this place was closer to where I live! I am always looking for a great Mexican restaurant and El Mexicano Zapata checked all the boxes. We had a bit of a wait as we never made a reservation and the restaurant has a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jess2828
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't remember having eaten Mexican before but I will never forget the experience at El Mexicano Zapato. The waiter is friendly and seated us - couple with a young child. My partner and I ordered the chidlren's choice of chicken burrito and potato wedges;...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Julie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had soft shell taco with marinades need and with pulles chicken. Very tasty. With that a corona beer with lemon of course

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank larsk485
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, good service, period. We went in late on a Tuesday night and every second thing we tried to order they had run out of, that didn’t matter as what we were served was great. The servings were large, yet the prices were very...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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