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Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

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505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Harpswell, Maine
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had wanted to try Zapoteca for some time, so had really looked forward to good food and pleasant conversation. We were not disappointed in the first -- my pork shank was quite tasty, as were the two ceviches, for example. As for conversation, that was all but impossible, due to the din of voices. It took most of the... More 

Thank EJStann
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon this restaurant and wanted a casual, kid-friendly dinner The restaurant was clean, trendy ambiance. There were a few families already seated, so we thought why not. The staff was nice and accommodating. They didn't have a kids menu, but offered to make an enchilada, quesadilla or tacos with chicken, pork, or cheese and a side of... More 

Thank Andrea A
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited this restaurant several times now and am always impressed by the freshness and quality of the food. Starting with the fresh made (no mix) Margaritas to the amazing guacamole, you will know that this is no "standard" Mexican fare. If you love great Mexican food, then you must try Zapoteca - you will not be disappointed.

Thank Christine M
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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107 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Family Trio, after a long stroll around Portland downtown, walked in, nice cool ambience, although normally guests are required to make reservations, were welcomed and seated by friendly hostess, helped choose vegetarian dishes, after fairly short wait one by one dishes served, and pleasantly surprised to find it unique and awesome! Chips with spicy Salsa & Cashew-Avocado sauces and 'Street... More 

Thank RBManjeshwar
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We arrived around 7:30 for evening meal, waited forever for chips with different types of gourmet salsas. They lost my drink order. Waited till almost 10 pm for a dinner that could be cooked in 10 minutes. The food was good quality but not sure I can say it was worth the long wait.

Thank Donna H
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Always wondered why Zapoteca doesn't get the respect it deserves from Trip Advisor reviewers. Mexican cuisine food is pretty authentic, fresh and tasty. Try Ceviche - lime marinated white fish, which is superb with home baked tacos. Follow it up with Fish Tacos, or Pork Carnitas, both excellent. Refried beans, and rice sides are delicious. Wine and beer selection is... More 

Thank MainelyContemporary
Fredericton, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Our dinner out for my best friends bachelorette was made fabulous by the amazing food and staff at Zapoteca, we will definitely be back!

Thank Laura G
Mystic, CT
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails, this takes the enchilada! The staff is very friendly and accommodating, the owner is really nice also. Many choices in margarita flavors and not overpriced, like some of the other locations around the area. It's no wonder other establishments with a Mexican theme or menu went out of business!

Thank ExplorerGals
Boston, MA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Dined this evening with Shannon Bard in the house, had the special which really was that and more. The very attractive blond bartender poured well. Thank you for taking the chill off.

Thank thealienist
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Really can't imagine a better dining experience, quality of the food, service,drinks, ambience were outstanding! And did I mention the value? We were all thrilled and I'm going back next week with other friends to show it to them. Can't wait!

Thank MickEarly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207.772.8242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?