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5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
+1 410-715-6929
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:30
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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Columbia, Maryland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Zapata's has been one of our favorite local restaurants for years. You could always count on great food, despite the fact that over the years, the interior became more and more worn down. But something has definitely changed. We went this evening with a guest from out-of-town, walked into a dingy dining room where half of the lights were turned... More 

Thank MegF6428
Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This was our first time visiting and will be our last. we visited on referral. The server was polite but inattentive. Drinks were watered down, and the beef in the Enchilada was over cooked and difficult to enjoy. We had to request napkins and utensils that came after the meals were served. We were especially unimpressed by how a request... More 

Thank TravelWyz
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We had a variety of dishes. all were great and the server was very attentive. The Martita burrito is highly recommended.

Thank casher_2000
Baltimore, Maryland
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We went for drinks and dinner. Even though it is called a restaurant, we were told that they didn't sell food. So we got two drinks. My SO's drink was so strong he only took a few sips and couldn't drink anymore. My drink was ok. It is like a hole in the wall where everyone knows each other and... More 

Thank TuereL
Springfield, Virginia
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256 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

The food is very good. We had two different fajitas (shrimp and mixed steak and chicken) as well as shredded beef enchiladas. Everything tasted fresh and well done. The portions were generous and the prices very reasonable. The major shortcoming was the service. Indifferent would be a kind description.

Thank Robin B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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273 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

We have tried this place a few times and the servers are often nowhere to be found. The fod is rather tasteless. There are many better options for Mexican food in the area.

Thank Michael G
columbia, maryland
1 review
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Zapata's is a hidden treasure. Unpretentious place with consistently good traditional Mexican dishes like chile rellenos, chicken mole and shrimp with chipotle sauce, as well as standbys like quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Excellent margaritas and 25 different tequilas. Our group of artists lunches there regularly; Zapata's will do separate checks even for 8 people. Rarely crowded which is a shame... More 

Thank dorfwax
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Good food , good prices, try the sopa de marisco . Really the best in town. South of the border atmosphere, nice bar also.

Thank Mihaela P
Baltimore, Maryland
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641 reviews
421 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2015

This is an old mainstay in the Harper's Choice village center. It's feeling like it needs a refresh and a little update on the menu. Of course, Mexican is always tricky in Maryland, since so many of the places claiming to serve authentic Mexican food, are really Dominican or Salvadoran in disguise. The offerings here are of the Chi Chi's... More 

Thank Philip S
Ellicott City, MD
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166 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014

Our group of 7 went for lunch and we were the only ones in the restaurant. Even so, we rarely saw our waitress. She came out to take our order, put it on the table after a while, and then disappeared completely. After waiting 45 minutes for our check, one of us had to go in the back and find... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5485 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044-1106
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 410-715-6929

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