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El Zarape

8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
+1 252-354-1120
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“fajitas” (9 reviews)
“cheese dip” (7 reviews)
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8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to go for Mexican food! Food is always good and if they do get it wrong, they fix it right away. We have always been with 5 or more people and they are always accommodating to our needs for seating.

Thank Alicia C
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Pretty good mexican food. Friendly service. Located in small strip mall on Emerald Isle, NC. Recommended. Stays pretty busy during tourist season.

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy spicy food then you will like this place. It’s a little too spicy for my taste. I have eaten here several times and find the average. The facility is tired and wore absolutely out. It needs a complete makeover. After eating I...More

Thank Dennis1952
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

El Zarape has changed over the past few years. The food is still great. Recommend any dishes with shrimp. They're super fresh. Large portion sizes.

Thank Oliver1313
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This El Zarape is very good. Ate here a couple times during our stay, it’s our favorite Mexican in Emerald Isle. Salsa & food are seasoned very well. Staff are nice & can get busy at times but still take good care of you.

Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was our Plan B for dinner. The restaurant seemed busy, but we were seated quickly and had attentive service. I ordered a combo plate. Rice and beans were dry and not hot. Chicken quesadilla was too wet, but was tasty. Chile relleno was also...More

Thank travelingbillbury
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Very, very salty food. I could tell the beef and chicken were highly brined or highly salted, it was so unappetizing. What is it with restaurants and over salted food? Look around, there's salt shakers everywhere so please stop salting my food! Make it taster...More

Thank Itsnotfunny
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Great Mexican restaurant. Wonderful service! Would recommend to anyone. Very close to The Islander Hotel and Resort.

Thank darcystaley
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Outstanding food! We had 7 people for dinner and everyone ordered different menu items. The service was good and the food was very good. The restaurant could use some refreshing and better house keeping but was by no means dirty. We would go back again...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Drove past this restaurant on numerous occasions and thought it couldn't be much of a place. Surprise. Well decorated Mexican restaurant, super friendly staff, Great margaritas and dinner was excellent and not too pricey. Definitely would recommend to others and look forward to my next...More

Thank Dennis F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: +1 252-354-1120
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