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“1st Night Mexican” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zacatecas Mexican Grill & Tequila Lounge

Zacatecas Mexican Grill & Tequila Lounge
Ranked #8 of 85 Restaurants in Neenah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $29
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Alcester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“1st Night Mexican”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Zacatecas was our first night out for Mexican. The service and attention to detail are great, and their special Margarita is very nice. The food was good, but in my anticipation of my Chimichango in over 10 years was let down by 3 separate ones, and not one large Chimichango which are supposed to be fried. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, it was just my anticipation let me down. Everyone in Neenah gives high praises to this restaurant, as they should, especially based on the excellent service provided.

Visited July 2013
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Neenah
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not What We Expected”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Our visit was on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. To start off positive, the food was good when it arrived an hour after ordering. It took over 15 minutes to get the waiter to take our drink order. Another 15 minutes to get the drinks. Asked for water with the drinks, but didn't get the water until we reminded waiter twice. It took almost 30 minutes to get one of the specials (for two), a fajita and a Burrito Grande. We asked for sour cream with one of the meals, it never came. We went hear after concert in the park not expecting a two hour ordeal to eat dinner. We weren't impressed.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Muskegon, Michigan
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269 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great food, great ambiance, new favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Now, I judge a Mexican restaurant largely by the quality of their Tamales, and these were a homerun! Tasted fresh and arrived hot, not super spicy to cover the authentic flavors. We were staying in Neenah while attending Rock USA (ripoff) and decided to give this place a go, we took my parents who until this time thought Taco Bell was authentic Mexican cuisine. The staff was very attentive and patient with them as they asked a ton of questions and tried to pronounce all of the delectable offerings. Our party of 8 (6 adults, 2 children) had the tamale dinner awesome and fresh, pork chimichanga (amazing flavor and wish I would have ordered this) chimichanga with no jalapeno sauce and blanco salsa instead, carne asada (again amazing flavor with large amount of steak) flautas, and gringo tacos. The kids had a chicken burrito and chicken tenders. The staff easily allowed us to alter things on the menu to meet our own tastes. They have bananas foster which they prepare tableside (next time) as well as a large selection of tequilas including sipping tequilas (tomorrow). the Ambience was traditional modern and quite upscale. We all left full, some with leftovers and a bill total of approximately 100.00 for 6 adults and 2 children (about 12.50/plate), which to us was well worth it to have such well prepared and obvious care put into our meal!

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good Meal for the money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Ernesto Padilla is the proprietor and you will be well taken care of here. Be sure to bring your appetite. There is plenty of food on these plates. You can review the menu at zacatesneenah.com.
This place is very busy at lunch so if you can visit on the weekends or in the evening and get a real treat. Nothing wrong with the lunch menu but, it will be tough if your in a rush to get back to work. They are packed. That's always a good sign. It shows people are willing to wait for quality food.
Anyway enjoy this location along with the food from a Texan that eats good Mexican food regularely.

  • Visited July 2013
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kalamazoo
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Ask for the "special" menu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I would have to categorize myself as a "foodie". I love cooking, eating great and interesting food and am in a gourmet group where we cook gourmet foods from specified different countries globally.

If you are in Neenah, Menasha, Appleton Wisconsin and seeking great food and like interesting and special dishes, I strongly recommend this restaurant with the connotation that you ask for the "special" menu.

With the special menu, this is not a typical Mexican American restaurant, but a gourmet Mexican cuisine restaurant. Not tacos, burritos, refried beans and too much cheese we get at all the other "Mexican" restaurants.

Fresh produce, fresh fruit, specially prepared (ie. properly prepared) meats, etc. . .

We ordered 3 dishes:

An incredible marinated pork chop served with a great mole which inlcuded peaches, pineapple and plums. The pork chop itself was technically properly prepared, juicy, flavor-ful, ideal. The made on site, fresh mole was incredible.

A Shrimp dish prepared with a dry rub unique to the Yucatan Penn. region which was served with a pumpkin seed based mole on a bed of fresh fruit and coconut milk rice. Terrific.

A Cerviche dish with shrimp, scallops and grouper prepared and served with interesting crisp vegetables. When was the last time you saw or were served kohlrabi at a restaurant? The nice thing for many people is that they actually allow one to order the cerviche grilled (after the marinading process), which is nice for those less adventurous people who are not crazy about the texture of cerviche.

This is the type of restaurant one can expect to find in San Francisco, not the Midwest. Had I been in San Francisco and dined here, I would have been exceptionally pleased with my selection.

If you are seeking a great meal, chef'd with love, expertise and food knowledge, I recommend the "special" menu at Zacatecas.

Don't forget to ask for the special menu and go with creativity in mind and be prepared to experience real, Mexican gourmet cuisine.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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