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Zapata's Cantina

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19905 W Catawba Ave # NC, Cornelius, NC 28031-4035
+1 704-987-8890
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm vegetarian, and the veggie dishes I've had were pretty terrible. The cheese enchilada plate is pretty good though. Salsa is a little mild for my taste, but guac is good. My meat eating friends from NC think it's good but my visiting friends from CA think it's not so great. Guess it depends on your regional standards if this... More 

Thank Yosemgirl
Huntersville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the Zapata's margarita is so delicious and is what (my) margarita dreams are made of. It's served in a nice cactus glass and is mixed so well that the tequila sneaks up on you (ahem, me). I could have easily gone for another but I'm such a lightweight that multiple margs & driving don't mix under any circumstance.

Thank jasonlance46
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

My family and I have been to this restaurant several times and we really enjoy it. It has a great family environment and food choices that are excellent! Friendly staff and service. The Margaritas and Sangrias are also delicious and the best around! The Carne Asada burrito and Sopa de Tortilla are my personal favorites.

Thank MayraaS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Love there Ulimate margarita & there new apple spiced margarita! Food is also delicious! Good lunch selection too! Service is quick & efficient! Clean restrooms.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

My husband and I are regulars. We enjoy the atmosphere, wonderful food and the good service. They have a variety of different things and everything we have tried is delicious. The establishment is clean, comfortable and the servers are efficient and friendly. They have a variety of lunch specials. I love their tempura fish tacos.

2 Thank Linda E
Dunwoody, Georgia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This has turned into our "after a long week" place to go to on a Friday. The cocktail selection is great. The food is some of the best.

3 Thank Stegaro
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

its always good, good kids menu, good drink specials, easy parking, nice staff, dont have to wait for a table

Thank Coleen W
West Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Food it's the best in town great service excellent taste margaritas fajitas and street tacos rock!! looking to be here every time we visit lake norman

1 Thank 321coolPaul
Cornelius, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Zapatas is my go to for great food at a great price!! You get so much food on a plate that you get to enjoy it again!! Which is what my husband thinks is the best part!! Zapatas atmosphere is warm, and very comfortable! We love taking friends and out of town relatives there to enjoy the local cuisine!!! When... More 

Thank Stacey H
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126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

Have never been disappointed here. The food is very good and the staff is extremely friendly always making sure that you do not need anything. The chips and salsa are always abundant.

Thank cardscharlotte

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19905 W Catawba Ave # NC, Cornelius, NC 28031-4035
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cornelius
  • Phone Number: +1 704-987-8890

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