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Zapata's Cantina

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19905 W Catawba Ave # NC, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 987-8890
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
Cornelius, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Been eating here since it opened back in 1999. They've had different managers, chefs and servers throughout the years (some I didn't care for). There was a time in which it seemed like it was going down hill but the new owner Fernando has fixed all that. The food & atmosphere is excellent!! Their Carne Asada is the best and... More 

Thank Pat_S1979
Mooresville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We've been wanting to try this place after driving through this area recently to Jetton Park. Finally made it a couple of weeks ago & really enjoyed it. Food was fresh, flavorful & well-prepared. Service was prompt, & the place has a nice atmosphere. We'll definitely be going back.

Thank saibot
Denver, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

I too was urged by a friend about a year ago to visit here. I don't do Mexican food often but have visited my local Mexican restaurants in Denver. I do get some Mexican items from Chili's on occasion as well. I'm never blown away, just average food and Mexican food isn't on my favorites list. Well Zapata's changed that!... More 

1 Thank Kimmy Dawn P
Mooresville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I stopped by Zapatas at the urging of a friend. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our waitress was efficient without being obnoxious. The prices were very reasonable and I'm looking forward to visiting again very soon.

1 Thank Harry L
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Zapatas never disappoints. We have been going for years and the food is always consistently good and the people always friendly! We love the Camarones Apretalado (Bacon wrapped Shrimp) and their margaritas. Their salsa and pico de gallo are always favorites of ours too!

2 Thank Kim S
Davidson, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We eat at Zapata's a few times per month and food is always delicious. My husband is a San Diego native and grew up eating Mexican food. This is the only local Mexican restaurant that he likes. I had never been a big fan of Mexican food until we started eating here and found I actually love it. It's one... More 

2 Thank Paula M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cornelius
  • Phone Number: (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?