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El Zarape

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8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
+1 252-354-1120
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is one of the best Mexican places I have eaten!!! The portions are enormous and the price is great. I feel as though the food was delivered straight from Mexico!! I have a very hungry crew and we actually had leftovers (which were just as good reheated)!!

Thank lochranl
Bonaire, Georgia
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came in for dinner on a Wed night. Chips, Salsa, Cheese dip, and tall beers to start. I had the XXL California Carne Asada burrito. When they say XXL they aren't kidding. This thing was huge and delicious. My wife had the Texaco no that she thoroughly enjoyed. Our waiter Luis was pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable.... More 

Thank Jeff F
Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

My laugh at how is it we come to the place most know for seafood joints and find delicious Tex-Mex? Well it's here.....great food!

Thank Pamula F
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This was our dinner choice after a long drive. What a good decision! The menu gives you so many choices we were surprised. The salsa is addicting! Big,tasty plates for dinner you won't be disappointed!

Thank Lauren P
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Always a must to eat at El Zarpe when on the island. Food is very good, love the salsa. We ate at the Atlantic beach one also, my husband prefers the Emerald Isle one.

Dearborn, Michigan
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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We visited here the week after Labor day 2016. We were there at 5:00 on a week day and we're the only customers there. The chips and salsa were very good. We ordered the cheese dip and guacamole appetizers which were both very good also. We all ordered something different and everyone liked their meals. We were however very disappointed... More 

Thank kimmyt382016
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Was happy for a little food diversity when this and the Chinese carry-out opened. It is still an old standby. The last time I went the waitress was snarky, but previously the service has always been fine, so maybe this was not representative of a change.

Thank EIrose
Cary, North Carolina
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

It has been a while since we've eaten here. We have tried a few times and it is okay. But we also had a fantastic Mexican restaurant near home that no one could beat. It does get busy, so it is popular. It always smells good as you walk by. The flavors and textures just don't entice me as much.

Thank Christine P
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Great food and typically quick service. Sometimes the management is fairly rude to both waitstaff and customers when things get busy. The food never disappoints.

Thank Oliver1313
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Family of 4, ate here for lunch. The chicken chimichangas were delicious and crisp. My son had a kids mini taco salad, perfect size! We wish they had shrimp tacos but the steak ones were still tasty (note, they say they come with flour tortillas but they came with corn). The waitress was great and service was fast.

Thank LandJR

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: +1 252-354-1120

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