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“Ok Tex-Mex if you're desperate”
Review of Zapata's Shanghai

Zapata's Shanghai
Ranked #312 of 17,249 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $18
Cuisines: Barbecue, Mexican, Pizza, Grill
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Former French Concession
Description: Shanghai's Infamous Party Bar! Zapata’s Mexican Cantina is the original Mexican Party Bar and a legendary part of Shanghai’s Nightlife. We are the ultimate party bar playing the music you love in an crazy yet safe environment. Zapata’s has something for everybody. Enjoy classic Mexican food and drinks in the upstairs restaurant, go crazy at the party bar, or relax in our very large outdoor area. There are regular parties and events at Zapata’s and you will always have a great night every time. Everyday is a Party at Zapata's!
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Took my girlfriend here for Lady's Night. I'm from California and love Mexican food, and have been trying desperately to instill the same love in her. Unfortunately, with what we have to work with in Shanghai, it's an impossible task. Still, the nachos were passable, but she nearly gagged on the Margarita and ended up drinking my beer while I finished it for her. The chicken enchiladas were also very forgettable. Music was pretty good and there was a large crowd outside on their huge patio, mostly laowai guys waiting for more ladies to arrive.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Love Zapata's free tequila, enjoy the summer in their garden, especially love the atmosphere/ music on Wednesday's Lady's Night. Don't go too early, better after 10:30pm or 11:00pm. The nighter it is, the greater the music will be!!!! Can't miss it when you are in Shanghai.

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1  Thank Looynne
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Comparing with Mexican Foods they provides as a restaurant. I prefer to their night life and entertainment. It's always crowded and hot in every weekend and specific occasion. There should be some reason why it's so attractive and popular. You can release and enjoy it in this distinct atmosphere with friends.

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1  Thank gaganini
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The place is a bit overhyped on the net. Basically a nice underground kind of a club on the ground floor and proper seating on the 1st floor. Went there 2 days on the weekend. Both the days it was half full. Something you don't want on the weekend.
Go to BAR ROUGE instead

1  Thank Kshitiz S
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

No one who knows Mexican food will consider the food here anything more than typical chain restaurant Mexican food, if even that good. There are some decent meals; the nachos were surprising good for example, but overall, the food here is average at best.

But I am relatively certain that most people here don't come for the food; this is a great ex-pat hangout where people drink, dance and meet people they'd like to spend the night with. And on that count, if I were to rate this as a nightclub, the rating would be much higher.

And don;t get me wrong, you won't walk out hating the food, you'll just wonder why you bothered to go to a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai.

The location, in the French Concession, is great, if you're bored here you can crawl from pub to pub. The staff was very friendly and it's a comfortable place to hang out and chat with friends.

Tequila shots were served with what they called "Sangria" but tasted more like bloody Mary mix. They claim it has wines and fruits in it; whatever it was a fun chaser to the tequila shot but I prefer just salt and lime which they will give you as well.

If you're looking for a fun night with friends, and some good people watching (or meeting) this is a great spot. But don't count on being impressed with the food.

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1  Thank Prince_of_Peas
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