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Dinner, Lunch
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed January 27, 2020 via mobile

When you start on the chips and salsa-careful- the fire builds. I took a recommendation- hummm. The portions (small) could have fed three old guys like me. I can’t recommend the gravy with cheese, but the steak was good. All in all, I may give...it a second chance.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

People come to Zapata for two reasons. Number one reason is bass fishing. Second reason is El Paraiso’s famous chicken fried steak smothered with delicious creamy cream gravy.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

very clean place very good service good food good service will definitely go back i had the ribs and the meat was so tender it came off with a fork

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

Two crispy tacos were, over deep fried tacos. Tortilla chips were stale, and the salsa was thick. Place was half full, but service was slow. Refried beans were over heated and hard along the edge. Very disappointed.

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

Wow, there are not many places open on Thanksgiving and to get a home cooked meal was a real treat. Very tasty meal and the service was great! When i went to pay for the meal, the owner advised for over 55 it was free....Its been a tradition since 1975!!! I was taken back by this kind of hospitality. Thank you!!!More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed January 4, 2017

original family recipes. The salsa is tasty as is the chile con carne, very tasty. The staff is very friendly

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed March 26, 2016

We both ordered chicken fried steak though I had the mashed potatoes and my husband had the rice and beans. The cream gravy that came with the steak was excellent. The chicken fried steak was not greasy and was very good. I would not say...it is the best we have ever had but with the gravy it was great. Service was good and they were attentive to making sure our ice tea glass was full. Sort of strange that the bread that came with the meal was white bread and in a plastic sandwich bag?More

Date of visit: March 2016
Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

And same terrible food. See my review for the steakhouse. Tough steak and tougher chicken fried. Plan iceberg lettuce with a tomato slice as a salad. Slow as a snail service and tasteless food.

Date of visit: February 2016
Reviewed February 3, 2016

Passing through from AZ to Padre Island wife and I took a chance on this place. They have "The chicken fried steak that made Zapata famous!" I tried it with an enchilada and taco. Didn't care for the taco but loved the steak and enchilada....Wife had a huge taco salad she really liked.More

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Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed December 22, 2015

Visited restaurant after a day on water. We all ordered house specialty Chicken Fried Steak...it was ok and service was border line. Salsa has a definite kick not for mild salsa eaters..

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed April 29, 2015

I've eaten at this restaurant many times in the last three years. Like all Zapata restaurants, it's not fancy and it's reasonably priced. The menu is broad. There is plenty of the seating and the service is good.

Date of visit: January 2015
Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

One of the best Chicken fried steaks I've ever had. Highly recommend it. I have been coming here since 1977.

Date of visit: October 2014
Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

In town on business for an extended period and tried it for lunch today with coworkers. I had the Chicken Supreme which it was. Grilled chicken breast with mushrooms, gravy and cheese over a bed of rice. Great flavor. Friends had chicken fried steaks. Judging...by the empty plates, it was good too! The soup appetizer was very flavorful. Friendly and quick service. A great place if your in town!More

Reviewed March 23, 2013

We were advised by an American Immigration Officer at Edmonton International Airport to go to this restaurant in his hometown for the best chicken fried steak ever.Spotted the restaurant on the highway driving through town so decided to stop. The chicken fried steak was very...good (only time we've eaten it so can't vouch for it being the best ever!) as was everything that came with it. Portions were very large and the service was friendly and very fast, even though the restaurant was very busy. The menu is extensive and the prices were very reasonable. We were there on a Sunday evening and it seemed to be a very popular place for family dining. Because it is on the highway, the service is fast, and the food is very good, it is a great place to stop for a quick meal when passing thorugh Zapata.More

Date of visit: March 2013
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5