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Zapata's Cantina and Mexican Restaurant

8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
+1 704-503-1979
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“chili relleno” (2 reviews)
“pollo” (3 reviews)
“shrimp tacos” (2 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mexican was spot on. The carnitas tasted like they came off the hog i roast at Easter. However, there was a slight wiff of that "college town bar odor" in the air. Nothing that a good cleaning wouldn't remedy. That, however would not prevent...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Be careful. Very deceptive establishment. The drink specials are BS - they will bait & switch you, serving you a bigger version of the drink on special and then charge you full price. Buyer beware.

1  Thank Al S
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We've eaten here a few times, initially for Cinco de Mayo and it was very busy but the service and food was great. The portions were very generous and you can pretty much share your meal. For appetizers we had Super Nachos and they were...More

Thank Tameka B
Reviewed 11 October 2017

...and my, those burritos were big! So big, we could half them to double our expected meal. Took the easiest take out item, and the 3 burritos we chose were excellent. Fresh, generous, with large chunks of meat. Friendly service. It's by a pond, and...More

Thank i-witness30
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Afternoon brunch good service good margaritas chips fresh not too salty salsa good guacamole freshly made

Thank Funadventures2do
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is decent food in a very nice location overlooking the lake and jogging trail out back behind Hilton hotel. I tend to com here once each trip I make to the hotel. I recommend the restaurant for anyone who likes Mexican food staying at...More

1  Thank DGDGD
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Service was good. Got seated right away, waitress came back in a few minutes to get drink order. Manager came over to see if someone took our drink order while waitress was getting our drinks. Large menu, many choices. Both my order & my husband's...More

1  Thank HRS85
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A Mexican restaurant not confined to the usual fare, though the taco salad was above average. Look at house specialties their warmer salsa was lots hotter than usual, the medium for those of us not into hot was great.

Thank Kerry G
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We went to Zapata's Cantina with kids and Grands. Service was wonderful and the food was terrific. I had the tamale and chili relleno. It was wonderful. Our Grands loved to chips and Queso.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We went to this restaurant on Monday evening as it was a nice cool evening. Food is run of the mill Mexican food, drinks are watered down but the view is great.

Thank KumarL1960
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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