Zapata's Restaurant & Bar
Zapata's Restaurant & Bar

Zapata's Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zapatasonline.com/
  • Phone: 4107156929
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Sunday: 11:30am - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Zapata's Restaurant & Bar
As Zapata led the Mexican Revolution, Cesar Flores is revolutionizing the way Columbia experiences true Mexican food--today! In the center of Columbia’s revitalized Harpers Choice Village Center, is an atypical, 100% Mexican owned & operated dining experience. In January 2004 Cesar Flores opened Zapata’s True Mexican Food, Restaurant & Cantina, complete with patio dining and rose to the challenge of presenting true, authentic Mexican food in a Suburban setting.
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Zapata's Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food2.8
    Service2.8
  • Ambiance1.5
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)fit for foodies (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Yuck
    abbyladybug
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had reservations. We walked in on time, there was a VERY loud table laughing. No one else. The place was dingy and yucky looking. After 10 minutes of no employees coming to greet us (we only saw people working in the back kitchen, no other servers), we left. They didn't even mark us as a no-show, probably because they couldn't care less.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend
    Kateraid6
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We arrived and were confused by where to go, one side is a skeezy bar and the other side is the restaurant. We walked in and it was empty, then we waited for a while and finally a girl came out. She said she didn't get our reservation (for 10.) The place was filfty, smelled awful, and has been neglected for some time. We all looked at each other and almost ran out... They might be a good for late night food after getting drunk on their other side.....
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Finally, great Mexican food this side of the border! Well worth the drive from Carroll County to Columbia. We were the only ones in the restaurant at first, since we eat early on Saturday nights (about 5 pm). Our waiter, Patrick, was very friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding, and such so large I had to take 1/2 home for left-overs. I had a chicken burrito with avocado ~ wonderful! We've tried many, many mexican restaurants, and this one had the best food we've had since Cozumel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • Boss' Review for Zapatas
    olearys
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Good food very homely tho whuch bormaljy means food is plentiful n great. Good drinks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great. but not bad either
    DinerFromHoCo
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Zapata's was a little hard to find - the storefront is not facing the parking lot. Neighborhood place, nothing special about the interior. The waitress was polite enough. The menu was pretty extensive and very reasonably priced. We ordered guac and stuffed jalapenos as an app. The guac was OK. No complaints, but not the best I've had. The stuffed jalapenos ($7) were STUFFED with pretty good chicken mix. I'd order those again. My fajitas were a little over cooked (for me, but probably not for most). My son woofed down his HUGE enchilada plate so guessing he didn't have any issues. Guac was pretty generous on the entrees, so I'd skip the app next time. All in, not the best Mexican restaurant, but OK enough that I'd go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    PBMaxVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Nothing special ... just there. Average to below average food and service....and the place was empty. Can't imagine what it would be like if they were busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican food
    PalisadesDiner
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Although the food & service were great, the ambience leaves something to be desired. Our dining companions got there before us and wanted to go somewhere else. But I told them they advertised their food as real Mexican, not Tex-Mex and I suggested we give it a try.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Hidden in the back of the shopping center, don't accidentally go in the connected bar in the front. Very good service, great Mexican food and Margarita's - and not a big crowd,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neat little place with standard
    Noelmccracken83VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    A neat little place with standard tex mex food. Nothing exceptional, but good service and good margaritas. Would return if in the mood for that kind of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Mole is an excellent
    Upfromcolumbia
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Chicken Mole is an excellent choice. I tried fish tacos and they were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we entered we found ourselves
    satisfiedDiner2
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    When we entered we found ourselves in the adjacent bar, which was disorienting. But the manager was there in two seconds to beckon us towards the dining room. I got the special and it was great, with lots of fresh steamed vegetables and a delicious entre. Atmosphere of the dining room was fine, nothing special, but we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried this place again for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Tried this place again for the 3rd time. Each time without any enthusiasm after the meal. 3 strikes and you're out. Can make better mexican food at home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sorry to have to say this,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Sorry to have to say this, but it was just...OK. Nothing in particular that would knock your socks off. Location is fine if you are a local but not a destination.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really good food at a really
    SusieBVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    really good food at a really good price. outstanding margaritas, as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zapata's is always great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2011
    Zapata's is always great. Delicious salsa hits the table immediately with crispy tortilla chips. The menu has many options and includes nightly specials with tempting flavors. Highly recommend ordering certain dishes "Arizona style" with chile con queso. It's great! Staff has always been flexible with substitutions, which is much appreciated. Only downside is that specialty drinks are sometimes unavailable because they're only made by certain servers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It didn't appear to be that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    It didn't appear to be that good of a restaurant. The fajitas were oily. The mole' sauce wasn't good at all. The atmosphere was good and it is a kid friendly place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This independently owned Mexican
    diner9VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2011
    This independently owned Mexican restaurant in Columbia has a very good selection of Spanish dishes. We eat here regularly and the food and service are always dependable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DON'T DO IT. I can't even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    DON'T DO IT. I can't even describe how bad the food is here. Don't waste your time or money.
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  • Good neighborhood lunch option.
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    Good neighborhood lunch option. Very extensive menu and a small wine list of good value choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was average, nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2011
    The food was average, nothing to write home about. It would be helpful if the servers spoke English to be able to answer questions about the menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet