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Zacatecas Cafe

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2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
+1 951-683-3939
07:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sun 07:00 - 20:00
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Riverside, California
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1,068 reviews
668 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zacatecas is a go to place. Very traditional Mexican cooking and great flavors in every dish. Still family owned and supervised. I really enjoy Mexican breakfast like Huevos Rancheros and Machaca and eggs. Great chips and salsa too.

Thank Chuck8700
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We have been loving this place for so many years now. Great food (my fav is there breakfast) even better owners and staff.

Thank Awc123
Riverside, CA
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

They have recently moved to this location, they still have reasonably priced meals, new expanded menu and clean well appointed dining area. I don't know if they are done with the decor or not, it is pretty sparse. The dining area is cramped, elbow to elbow when they are busy. It is hard to ignore conversations going on next to... More 

Thank Steven5959
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Visited the Cafe for lunch with family while visiting. Great food, great service, and excellent prices. Best red chili sauce I've ever had. Pork cooked to perfection.

Thank Ron C
Riverside, California
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

The Goodwin family have been coming to the Medina's for food since they were a few chairs on the corner of Park and 8th (University) in 1963. I have never appreciated the mole more than now when I'm in my sixties, it's comforting! Generations attest to the popularity of their family recipes. We really enjoyed you on Friday Zacatecas! Thank... More 

Thank craig g
Riverside, California
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Great food. Great service. They have several different salsa that are all excellent. They just moved to new location, a lot more convenient

Thank JohnEReed1972
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Our family was in Riverside for our son's graduation from UCR for his phD. We stayed at the Dynasty Hotel and right next to it was the wonderful Zacatecas Café. It was such a delightful surprise and the place was packed. It opened only a week ago. What food, the sauces had so much depth, a really genuine rich taste.... More 

Thank becky049
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 June 2016

My husband and I regularly eat at Zacatecas- it's great little restaurant near downtown Riverside with a wonderful homey atmosphere and great food. There's lots of history in this place - old pictures on the walls tell the story of the original owners and their family. You feel like you are in someone's kitchen eating their fresh salsa, which is... More 

Thank Emily K
Riverside, California
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

I'm a very good judge of Mexican food because I AM a great Mexican cook! So when I don't feel like cooking I go to Zacatecas. The next best thing to my food. I go there at least once a week.

1 Thank lcd8910
Riverside, CA
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

We have been going to this family owned restaurant for 40 years. The recipes have been handed down through the generations and the quality of the food is superb. Without a doubt, this is the best old style Mexican food in Riverside.

Thank Airportbum31

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2472 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 951-683-3939

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