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Zapata's Cantina and Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
University City North
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8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
+1 704-503-1979
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Durham, NC
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268 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Staying at the hotel across the lake, it was nice to have a spot nearby but outside of the hotel to have dinner. Fast, friendly service. Decent prices. Delicious margaritas. Shrimp tacos were good, but the shrimp being sliced diagonally instead of being served whole in the tacos was a bit of a distraction. Crunchy slaw and spicy sauce were... More 

Thank CarsonsMommy
Azzano Decimo, Italy
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Restaurant is not so clean. Food is good with a lot of coiches you can have Quantity in the plates are quite big and service is fast (not really friendly if you are not a recognised customer) At the end, if you are in the area and you have tasted the other alternatives, you can come here as well

Thank Stefano S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I moved to Charlotte in 2001, immediately found Zapata's and I've been a regular customer ever since. All of our out-of-town guests have been taken here and they ask to go back whenever they visit again. I have tried just about everything on the menu but my go-to dishes are pollo con crema, mexican stir fry and pork carnitas. My... More 

Thank Margaret H
Charlotte, North carolina
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218 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

This Mexican restaurant offers good value and is on the up scale side of most Mexican restaurants. Sunday evenings children eat free! The staff is very attentive and the selection is quite wide and good

Thank Mengerrie
Binghamton, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious. The atmosphere was fun. Loved the fresh guacamole! It was nice to. E able to take our time and chat with coWorkers after a long day at work!

Thank carhimccabe
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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176 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Had dinner here with friends. The food was good. Nothing memorable or outstanding. Service was friendly.

Thank HappyTraveler1957
Columbia, South Carolina
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My visit to Zapata's was pretty good. I'm giving it a 3/5 because I LOVE queso Blanco, but they don't have lot of dishes that include it. Overall, the food was good, service was fast and drinks were really good. I noticed they have a full bar area down stairs and it seemed pretty cool.

Thank lv206
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I am originally from Texas. I relocated to Mississippi in 2008 and have not really had good Mexican Food. Zapata's was wonderful. Ate there twice during my week stay.

Thank Carolyn K
North Carolina
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I always come to Zapatas when I'm in the area. It's a convenient choice if you want something quick and tasty.

Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

I took my parents, who had arrived from India here. Food was flavorful, and plentiful (portion sizes were HUGE). The waitress was not quite comfortable with english, but I would give her 5/5 for making sure she got the order right, and following through. Service was good, food was tasty, and this is a good place for vegetarians, as it... More 

Thank Nineran

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > University City North
  • Neighbourhood: University City North
  • Phone Number: +1 704-503-1979

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