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Zacatecas Cafe

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2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
+1 951-683-3939
07:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sun 07:00 - 20:00
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San Bernardino, California
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Anyone that says this is average or below food is Cacarazy! If you can't handle a little real neighborhood mexican or latin culture atmosphere go to Bakers or Del Taco. What if you were to go where Rick Bayless finds some great dining in the some poor neighborhoods! Of course Zac's is not the Riviera. Okay,I am a big fan... More 

1 Thank Amelio R
Lake Forest, California
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153 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

Visited for a late Saturday night take-out. The service was outstanding. The food was not fancy but extremely tasty and very good. Local gem and wish their was one closer to home.

1 Thank 25R0bertD
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I've been going here for over 25 years. I was born and raised in Riverside and their food has always been delicious and not pricey. Even after the original owners passed away and their children took over, the food and service has been consistently good! Definitely go!

Thank adamaya76
Riverside, California
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

First impression: Entering from the rear - (parking is in the rear) the first thing you pass is the restrooms - and we both noticed a heavy cleaner/disinfectant smell, that was evident all the way toward the front - and we sat way toward the front. We'd seen their website, and watched the local "Inland Empire" critic Allan Borgen in... More 

1 Thank Paul B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

In addition to their excellent authentic Mexican food, the second generation of Medina's (as did their mother and father) employ family who in turn treat their customers like family. Their great service and warm conversation makes you feel like a guest in their home. There is a huge contingent of regular cutomers who travel near and far to eat here... More 

1 Thank El_Patron_Anejo_75
Riverside, California
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Family run small restaurant. Very good Mexican food prepared by the owners. Cheerful and friendly. Inexpensive place to join a friend for lunch. Not fancy. An historical landmark.

Thank adwrd
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

This place is so great. Love the food and love the service. YUMMY!

Thank 2cocos
Southern Calif.
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148 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

Zacatecas isn't fancy, but it is good food with good service. The atmosphere is really basic, but if you want basic, good food, this is your place!

Thank 1socalgirl
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Went to a rehearsal dinner here in their banquet room. The food was excellent.

1 Thank Stephanie E
Riverside, California
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2010

Family run & owned, delicious Mexican food! I love the basics here, taco, enchiladas - the chips are warm and so is the dip. It isn't what most restaurants serve, it is a unique blended sauce served warm, you can add more spice if you are up for it. I even saw it on the Huell Howser Show "California Gold"... More 

Thank Gia_artist

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 951-683-3939

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?