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Zapata's Mexican Restaurant

#197 of 1,265 Restaurants in Adelaide
Certificate of Excellence
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Melbourne St, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
+61 8 8267 4653
05:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Fri 12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 05:30 - 22:00
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Whyalla, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

As a couple we ordered 2 entrees (nachos and chilli con carne) and that proved plenty. There was nothing left on the plate because it was delicious. We entered a mostly empty restaurant just after 6 and an hour later it was packed. Thursday is half price margaritas. Mango was nice, midori margarita was to die for. Tastefully furnished and... More 

Thank joey_yates
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Zapata's does a great job offering a wide selection of Mexican food that won't prove challenging to those not acquainted with this kind of menu. It is certainly not one of those theme type Mexican eateries. The look and vibe of the restaurant is great and there is plenty of staff to keep you informed, looked after and ensuring your... More 

Thank Mack S
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

If I was to guess I'd say my bean tacos consisted of Old El Paso refried beans, Old El Paso tacos, and some generic supermarket cheese. The salsa was probably fresh in their defence. There seemed to be a total absence of herbs and spices (even some Old El Paso spice mix would've improved things). It wasn't bad or inedible.... More 

Thank Lok_Melbourne
Jilliby, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Very handy to Meridien Hotel. Friendly staff, meal was tasty and plenty of it. Wine good as well. Appropriate and pleasant decor for a Mexican Restaurant.

Thank Starfishmau
Perth, Australia
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I ate in Zapata's twice in two nights - both times the service was very good, friendly and professional. The food was okay - just normal Mexican restaurant fare without being very tasty or special, but certainly satisfying enough. Some of the Mexican beers on the drinks list were not available.

Thank Angus D
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

My wife and I ate there last night.I had the Beef/Chicken Enchilada and 5 hours later was vomiting violently for an hour,followed by diarrhoea. My wife was fine.

Thank peterwright188
Adelaide, Australia
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I've been to Zapata's since 2012 and each year, the service is getting from bad to worse. The latest dinner I had there in March 2016 with a friend sealed the deal with this place. In the past 4 years I have always returned as I'm a huge fan of Mexican cuisine despite the bad service, sometimes rude staff member... More 

Thank PhilippeJean
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The restaurant is visually very interesting and different. Lots to look at but not over done. The food was really good. I recommend the tostada. The whole experience was let down by the casual indifference of all the staff we came into contact with.

Thank Elizabeth R
Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went to Zapatas North Adelaide on a Sunday night, with 8 people. We ordered our food at 6:50pm and at 7:40pm we asked the Waitress when our food The 3 service staff members that were on were rude, abrupt and generally unpleasant workers. The food was lovely, possibly the nicest Mexican we have had in Adelaide however the service... More 

Thank Lou100990
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is by far the best mexican restaurant ive been to. The food was delicious and served in a timely fashion. The staff were lovely and accomodating. Also they have the best lemon margaritas I have ever had. Im looking forward to when I can back. Its important to make a reservation though. You dont want to risk missing out.

Thank ms0wen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 22
Mexican, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Melbourne St, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  Adelaide
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8267 4653

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?