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Zapata's Cantina and Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
University City North
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8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
+1 704-503-1979
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I moved to Charlotte in 2001, immediately found Zapata's and I've been a regular customer ever since. All of our out-of-town guests have been taken here and they ask to go back whenever they visit again. I have tried just about everything on the menu but my go-to dishes are pollo con crema, mexican stir fry and pork carnitas. My... More 

Thank Margaret H
Charlotte, North carolina
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204 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This Mexican restaurant offers good value and is on the up scale side of most Mexican restaurants. Sunday evenings children eat free! The staff is very attentive and the selection is quite wide and good

Thank Mengerrie
Binghamton, New York
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious. The atmosphere was fun. Loved the fresh guacamole! It was nice to. E able to take our time and chat with coWorkers after a long day at work!

Thank carhimccabe
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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176 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Had dinner here with friends. The food was good. Nothing memorable or outstanding. Service was friendly.

Thank HappyTraveler1957
Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My visit to Zapata's was pretty good. I'm giving it a 3/5 because I LOVE queso Blanco, but they don't have lot of dishes that include it. Overall, the food was good, service was fast and drinks were really good. I noticed they have a full bar area down stairs and it seemed pretty cool.

Thank lv206
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I am originally from Texas. I relocated to Mississippi in 2008 and have not really had good Mexican Food. Zapata's was wonderful. Ate there twice during my week stay.

Thank Carolyn K
North Carolina
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I always come to Zapatas when I'm in the area. It's a convenient choice if you want something quick and tasty.

Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I took my parents, who had arrived from India here. Food was flavorful, and plentiful (portion sizes were HUGE). The waitress was not quite comfortable with english, but I would give her 5/5 for making sure she got the order right, and following through. Service was good, food was tasty, and this is a good place for vegetarians, as it... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We just had drinks and cheese dip, both were good. Cheese dip was not quite spicy enough for us so we had them add more jalapeño. Then was great. Chips were good and fresh. Margaritas were very good. We sat outside and watched the sun set and the ducks on the lake. Good staff. Very enjoyable.

Thank 51311
Concord, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

This place has excellent Mexican food. The burrito's were amazing. I would definitely go there again if I'm in Charlotte again.

1 Thank jeffjeff1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?