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“Very good food”
Review of El Zarape

El Zarape
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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176 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Right off of Atlantic Beach Causeway. Good parking. Food is fantastic. Drink specials are reasonable. The servers are very polite and helpful. Good place for kids as well.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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169 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Cliff-diving not good for restaurants”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

For many years we had pegged El Zarape as a reliable, inexpensive, and surprisingly good eatery, especially considering that Carteret County NC has not yet gained a significant south-of-the-border population. This time around, even the second dot is more a nod to those many great years and a hope that things will turn back around. A top-shelf Margarita came out like some sort of green fluff; beef-based dishes were stringy and everything else was equally overcooked; and the service was lacking. And it's not just the summer rush, as we've taken the grand-kids there every summer. i can only suppose that the additional locations they've been putting in all around the area has diluted the original talent. Eventually we'll get back to re-assess, since there aren't many other Mexican places around here, but it's going to take some convincing.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Douglas B
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Food was very good. Authentic also. Prices were great. Food came out piping hot and very quickly. I would eat there again.

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Thank Jenna D
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Try the "Tacos Loco"”
Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

I stopped by this place for dinner while traveling on business. I read a review beforehand that recommended the "Tacos Loco". (Three fat Tacos stuffed with chicken, steak and chorizo) It's not on the menu, but I gave it a shot. HOLY COW!!! These were the best Tacos I've ever eaten. Could only finish two, but happy to have the third in the hotel room later.
I am from Chicago and travel for a living. I am a Mexican food junkie. Trust me when I say this meal is mind blowing.

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Thank Donovan D
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Creedmoor
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We will return!”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were seated immediately at the bar in the back and a lady named MARIA took wonderful care of us! She made us drinks, served our appetizers and then our dinner and when she had a second to spare, she chatted with us too! The place was packed to capacity and after spending two hours there, we understand why! It's a "must do" on our places to dine whenever we go to Atlantic Beach, NC!

Thanks again, MARIA, for making our first time there so much fun & for waiting on us so nicely too! We loved the food and the atmosphere is very lively and upbeat too!

Linda & John
Creedmoor, NC
7-30-14

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Linda V
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