Great food. Highly recommend
Great food. Highly recommend the guacamole and Tinga de Pollo tacos. Service was 5++ The only thing I would say for improvement is their frozen margaritas. I would highly recommend the on the rocks - but the frozen just wasn't frozen enough!
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favorite restaurant in
My favorite restaurant in the South Loop. Love the food, the chips are amazing. Service is sometimes hard, but simply because it always seems packed out.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall was very good food
Overall was very good food and drinks. Service was really poor. Pretty sure we just had a bad waiter. All the other staff was busy but our guy was never around.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
I thought the food to be delicious. I got the fajitas de mocajete and it extremely good. I had the bigote margarita and it was refreshing and smooth. The waiter was very attentive and always check in on us and the food came out quickly. I really enjoyed this place and I'd come back again for sure!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good service and food.
Very good service and food. One of the few restaurants with lamb on the menu. Loved the made to order guacamole. My husband loved the tableside prepared plantains for dessert.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved Zapatista! Great food!
Loved Zapatista! Great food! Fajitas for two was unbelievable! Loved the salsa too!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
New server was a little slow,
New server was a little slow, but the food was great.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friends I had not seen in
Friends I had not seen in decades met me at Zapatista for a reunion. We had much catching up to do. The waiter was totally accommodating to our need to talk more than eat, which we did. The waiter recommended the house margaritas which were wonderful. My two guests, being from the west coast, had lots of experience with Mexican dining, as have I. We were very impressed with the variety of regional dishes on both the regular & gluten-free menus. We started with the Guacamola with chips and jicama sticks which was gone almost instantly. Though my ceviche was just ok, the Espinacas y Hongos Quesadillas were a wonderful vegetarian selection. We all left highly satisfied with every aspect of our dining experience. I, living here, plan to return.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the Mahi tacos which
I had the Mahi tacos which were outstanding. Margaritas were also very good.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Place for a Date
Zapatista was an excellent dining experience. The menu is extensive and has many of my favorite Mexican dishes. The food was delicious and prepared really well. I will most certainly done here again!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great foodie Mexican!
This was a great experience for service, food and drinks. We had this amazing coconut margarita with salmon/plantains/spinach and then shrimp prawn fajitas. My only complaint was they sat us next to a large bridal shower party.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day 2013
My husband took me here for lunch on mother's day, it was more crowded than usual for that time of day (2 pm) but we were still seated quickly. Their chips & salsa are awesome, chips are alwasy crispy and not greasy. The guacamole is one of the best I've tasted and made to order. I had the tampiquena with rice and beans which was good and out order was out to our table quickly. I always leave more than satisfied from Zapatista.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant. It is one of the favorite spots of my girlfriend and I. The noise is loud enough that everyone has their own privacy, even when it's not full. The ambience is warm and dark and inviting. The food is excellent. I've never had a bad plate here and the service is prompt as well. Definitely a good choice for dinner date or dinner with friends. Larger groups have a great time.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great tacos and Sangria on
Great tacos and Sangria on the patio, had an excellent time!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my 3rd visit to Zapatistas
This was my 3rd visit to Zapatistas and I will keep coming back when I'm in town. Came with a small group and everyone had a great time. Guacamole made to order is a highlight!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my faves
Zapatista is always a good time, food is always perfect and I love the atmosphere.
Have a shot of the home made jalapeño infused tequila along with one of their awesome margaritas, soo soo good!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Party of 2 arrived 5:30 Friday
Party of 2 arrived 5:30 Friday afternoon. Outdoor seating nearly filled, too close to traffic noise for us. Our waiter arrived promptly and explained the drink and dining specials clearly. Drinks arrived pronto; mojito is great! Dinners served surprisingly quickly, maybe because dining room was not yet full. Our table had mahi-mahi tacos and Pollo de Maria. Fish was pan sauted, not deep fried, very sweet with just enough crispiness. The chicken breast was rolled and stuffed with a spinach-chorizo filling. Chicken was tender and juicy with a pleasing proportion of meat to filling; chorizo was mild and minced small. The service was attentive but not obtrusive; my leftovers were taken away and boxed at a nearby station. Price very reasonable.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and reliable
This spot is a regular for us. Every dish is tasty and well-presented. I was a bit disappointed in the guacamole this time. They seem to have added something to the recipe that makes it creamier, losing some of the authenticity of the avocado. I had shrimp tacos this time and my guest had the chicken maria. We were both happy and satisfied with our choices. Service was just a tad slow on a Monday night, but sitting outside made it very pleasant.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food & Live Music
The food was excellent (as always), add in the live music—it was awesome! The band played Santana and other appropriate music for this environment. Keep up the great work... we will definitely keep coming back!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great start for girls night out! The food is fantastic, very flavorful!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Zapatista whenever
We love Zapatista whenever we are in the South Loop. Great Tacos, Margaritas, Guac, and always some fantastic specials, like the duck confit quesadilla we had this time!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Zapatists
Had a great dinner, however, service was slow. They make the most unusual fajitas -- always our go to! Chips are great as well!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the 3 cheese enchiladas with green mole. Fantastic.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking forward to my return!
Great service and good margueritas. Don't skip the guac!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was better than good
The food was better than good and the ambiance is something my wife and kids really enjoy. This time around, though, our waiter seemed to be a little harried and new to the job and not all that familiar with the menu. Nonetheless, we will go back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, both off the menu and the daily specials. Very good margaritas. Stellar tequila list.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
zapatista was very good
i had been hearing negative reviews about zapatista , but we had a nice time there, food was good, drinks were good ,and service was good. people expect too much from restaurants,overall we had a nice time.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quick and Comfy Patio Dining
I was satisfied with Zapatista. The patio is especially nice in the afternoon. I love that everything on the menu notes the region of Mexico from which it came. I'll sample the full page of tequilas on my next walk back from the museum campus.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a terrific restaurant that I previously heard rave reviews about. My husband and I were in the area for the Chicago Jazz Fest at Milennium Park. It was a short quick walk to the restaurant. The service was exceptional. The food was outstanding.
We ordered the made to order Guacamole and it was wonderful. The chicken fajita's came in a boiling hot pot that kept the chicken sizzling throughout the meal. My husband had a chicken burrito and loved it. There was so much food we had enough for a second dinner. The liter of delicious margarita's was the topping to a wonderful meal. Great for couples as well as families.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent upbeat service.
Excellent upbeat service. Personable and Informative waiter.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food better drinks
great place to grab a bite after work and cool down with the El Bigote Famoso!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner on their patio. The guacamole was made to order and delicious. The house margarita was made with El Jimador 100% agave tequila and was delicious. It was refreshing to dine at a Mexican restaurant that referenced their dishes by Region rather than by Number. The house cut spicy French fries were fantastic. The carnita burrito was pretty good too. The tequila list was extensive. We will be back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty food and drinks
I had a YouSwoop deal for 2 margaritas and an appetizer for 2 people. For $10, I figured it couldn't hurt to try this place out. My friend and I each sipped on a few house margaritas which were quite tasty and generously sized. We shared the queso fundido, which was delicious and served piping hot. I was disappointed with the chips, which tasted store bought and bland. Overall it was a good experience and I will definitely be back to check out the rest of the menu.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great work day lunch spot
This is the perfect spot for a weekly lunch. The lunch specials were reasonably priced at $9-$10, and came quickly. There is nice music in the background but at a great volume for conversation. Overall, a wonderful gem close enough to downtown but not right in it.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've been to zapatistas many times thats why my ratings are so good but I have never used open table to book a reservation. Open table helped a lot it saved a hasle. I will deffinitly use open book again and recommend it to friends. Open table helps a lot!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not as I remember
Menu has changed slightly but food still tasty. Drinks weren't that good. Service was ok. Didn't come back to check on patrons (us) much. Although, some might prefer that... If you signaled them they did come and were polite though. Prices are affordable so that's a plus as well.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican food & drinks
We went for a quick gathering for drinks and appetizers after a meeting. A very convenient location where we enjoyed some very good margaritas. The guacamole was superb and we sampled a number of home made tamales that were to die for. The service was great and can't wait to return.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went on a weeknight. They only had 3 servers, 1 bartender, and 1 busboy. They were packed. Despite lack of adequate staffing service was very good and food super. Good but not great margaritas. If i lived here would become one of my favorites!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have dined here several
I have dined here several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always stellar. I brought someone with me and it was their first experience there. They really enjoyed it. We shared the Fajitas for two and had steak and chicken. His only critique was that the steak could have been cut a little smaller and seasoned a little more, but he would definitely come back. I look forward to dining there again.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM