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El Zarape

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4197 Ball Rd, Cypress, CA 90630-3465
+1 714-952-0562
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a great restaurant with authentic food and the service is exceptional. We have been going to this restaurant for the last 18 years and we have never been disappointed. We love the family and love the restaurant.

Thank Tina F
Victorville, California
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My husband and I are always looking for a good Mexican Restaurant and this little hidden gem in the OC was just the ticket! It is very quaint and although we had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated, it was well worth the wait. It's pretty small inside but there are several booths and tables to accommodate enough... More 

Thank Mimis3loves
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251 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

All the kids are home from college and first thing they want is El Zarape! Margaritas, guacamole and cerviche appetizers. Doesn't get better than that! Burritos and chile rellanos, tacos, cheese enchiladas, and enchiladas verde. Everything is good!!

Thank swimdiva
Cypress, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

El Zarape is a small, neighborhood restaurant. The service and food are good. If you want spicy, true, mexican food, not your place. If you like fresh, non spicy, mexican food, this is the place. Tight seating and always busy at dinner. They don't take reservations so if it is busy you will have to wait quite a while. Be... More 

Thank createandcapturelife
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251 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

I kept seeing this restaurant and wanted to try it and finally tonight we did. Family-run restaurant right here in Cypress. The margaritas were very strong, the chips and guacamole were very good. chili relleno seemed very authentic and cheese Enchilada Ranchero is very good too.

Thank swimdiva
Cypress, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Everybody loves this place. Not me. Salsa is consistently good but the rest is average. Rather greasy/oily. And they can't seem to make a decent margarita. Is it cheap tequila or cheap mix? I'll go if friends want to, but I wouldn't pick it myself

1 Thank George Y
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Lunch special until 3PM. Taco Tuesday is on Wednesday lol Family owned and run. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Support local businesses!! Did I mention the food is good? Ask for Sal! If he's not there, order a Big Sal haha

Thank LJ007007
Lebanon, IN
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117 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Ate dinner here and flat out loved it. I had the zarape quesadilla with their homade ground beef. Two things, the beefy red sauce they top the quesadilla with is omg delicious, and the homade groun beef filling is delicious. I typically would not order ground beef as a filler for Mexican food, but this is one scenario that it... More 

Thank CSLebanon
Cypress, California
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86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

There are not alot of food places in Cypress. I was very pleased when I first went here about 10 years ago.It is family owned .The place is a little small so seating at peak hours are hard to get a table. They offer To Go and I've ordered food for parties. They have a bar and depending on who's... More 

Thank 1london2
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Best Mexican restaurant around!!! A Family ran restaurant, everyone there is very friendly and really puts a lot into the experience. Of course like any great eatery, there is often a wait, but it is worth it. Food is fantastic, from Sal's Burrito (popular favorite) to the arroz con pollo (my favorite). Also really good salsa....

Thank viperamd64

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4197 Ball Rd, Cypress, CA 90630-3465
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Cypress
  • Phone Number: +1 714-952-0562
El Zarape is a family operated authentic Mexican restaurant serving Cypress and its surrounding areas since 1990. For the past 23 years, we have been dedicated to serving our guests with the freshest and finest Mexican cuisine. Our “home-style” reputation roots from our friendly service, relaxed ambience, and made-from-scratch creations. So bring your family and friends and come grab one of our popular Zarape Grand Margaritas alongside our exquisite dishes. Mi casa es su casa. Buenprovecho!- The Martin Family

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?