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Villa y Zapata

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8505 Madison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-2732
+1 216-961-4369
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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El Paso, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Great family dinning and great atmosphere. The food is great "a la carte" I'm not too thrilled about buffets which is also offered. Great customer service and good pricing

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Buffalo, New York
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Excellent restaurant! Some time ago I lived in the Cleveland area for a few years, and while there had the good fortune to become familiar with Villa Y Zapata on the west side. Now living in another state, on my infrequent visits to Cleveland I often try to return to Villa Y Zapata for lunch or dinner. I find that... More 

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Thank Ron_Sipos
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181 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

If you like Chili Rellenos . . . and you are anywhere near this restaurant . . . by all means do go!!! I used to live in nearby Lakewood, and would come to Zapatas every week just for this, their magnificent signature dish. I now live in Atlanta and have traveled the nation--including Texas, Arizona and Southern California--often trying... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at this restaurant periodically for decades, but not recently. We do eat Mexican often. Pleasantly surprised tonight at very flavorful food. Starting with the chips & very fresh tasting salsa. Margaritas were ordinary (mix), but matched with low price, $5. Our favorite was the soup, which was hot and delicious--appropriately spicy with lots of chicken and fresh... More 

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Louisville
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015

I thought this place might be comparable to the great Mexican restaurants I visited in Arizona last year. Wow, was I ever disappointed. Pros: 1) The salsa is really great. 2) The chili con queso is really good. 3) Restaurant is kept clean and has a neat "small diner" cozy feel to it. Cons: 1) The chicken burrito was very... More 

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Bay Village
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Villa what? I've lived twelve miles from this wonderful spot for a very long time, but had never heard of it. I asked the kids next door to dinner and invited them to say where.They suggested Villa Y Zapata explaining that they had been going there since they were kids courting at Lakewood (Ohio) High. "Food and Wine" still hasn't... More 

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181 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

My rating is based solely on their signature dish. Chili Rellenos are my "benchmark" in any Mexican I visit. I have ordered Chili Rellenos in restaurants all around the country. Most Mexican restaurants do not even have Chili Rellenos on the menu. Of those that do, few really "feature" them, but offer them as a menu extension after-thought. No surprise... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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177 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

I cannot believe that this restaurant would meet health standards from how dirty it was inside. The dirt in this place does not add any character or charm. Not to mention it's in a sketchy area of town. My menu had two grains of dried rice stuck to the cover. I got a margarita which was served in a small... More 

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Florida
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70 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

Family run, authentic Mexican food. Try the Margaritas then have an app or two. You may want to stop there or continue with one of the generously portioned main courses. I had Chiles Relanos while the Mrs. had a bowl of soup as the apps were enough for her. We shared a good fried ice cream for desert and went... More 

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Chesterland, Ohio
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726 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

Villa y Zapata is hard to review because it doesn't fit in the mold of a lot of restaurants. It's a very genuine place with great food and service, but if you are expecting a sanitized chain experience this isn't it. The restaurant is located in a blue collar neighborhood of Cleveland. The exterior looks like a lot of restaurants... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8505 Madison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-2732
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-961-4369

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