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“Glad we checked this place out again”
Review of Viva Zapata

Viva Zapata
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Catch of the day. Native & mediterranean cousine
Eagan, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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“Glad we checked this place out again”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Had been there in the past and did not have a good experience, but this trip was surprisingly the opposite. We ordered two fish fillet dinners. The chef grilled the fish right there in front of you. It was simply the best fish fillet on the island. Grilled with garlic/butter. Perfectly done. Two huge fish fillets on each plate. Had to take the rest "to go". The portions were huge. Easily the two of us could have split one dinner.

Our wait person was personable and there was a guitarist there. Pleasant music over dinner. This restaurant use to be across the street from their current location. It is now on street level and the place was packed. I would definitely recommend.

  • Visited March 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Fantastic seafood and a great Night Out”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Zapata has some of the best seafood you will get on the island, and offers it in a number of ways that provide options for everyone in a group. Portions are generous, drinks are well provisioned, and the staff is excellent, friendly and responsive. The dirt floor is great for barefoot children and adults alike, and the tasteful, contemporary live music is a great update on mariachi. The dinner is guaranteed to make your top two or three (and this from someone who far prefers street food to restaurants). We have been here twice, 15 months apart, and the quality was the same both times.

  • Visited March 2014
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Ludgershall, Andover, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Muy tequila”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Very friendly staff , excellent food and the best margaritas of the holiday, we met a young Aussie couple and had a very pleasant boozy afternoon. Note that swing seats and drunk blokes do NOT mix!,,

Visited March 2014
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Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Best Island Resturant”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Viva Zapata was hopping when I approached and I thought it was because of the cool bar with swings and really outgoing staff. Then I noticed some of the plates being served and immediately asked for a table. I wasn't disappointed! It turns out the owner is himself a fisherman and clearly knows all there is to know about cooking fish as well. Everything was fresh and excellent. The service was as good as it gets and this establishment also gets top marks for ambiance and location as well. Thank you, Viva Zapata, for the best dining experience I have ever had on Isla Holbox. This spot is a MUST for anyone travelling to Holbox -- whether for drinks, dinner or both!

  • Visited February 2014
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Ajax, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
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“Fun, lively and good food”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

On the recommendation of one of the hotel staff where we were staying we tried Viva Zapata. We both had sea-food and were happy with our meals. My wife had a spicy shrimp and I had a fish cooked the banana leaf on the grill. It's a pretty fast moving place with waiters flying around and there is live music, but be sure to try the hand-made tortillas! Price were reasonable for the island. Our dinner of two entree, appetizer and a couple of drinks came to about 550 pesos

  • Visited March 2014
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