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Zapatista - Northbrook
Zapatista - Northbrook

Zapatista - Northbrook Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zapatistarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (847) 559-0939
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Everyday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner; Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Regional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Mendez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Zapatista is a great location for any special event. Our family style menu, "Mesa de Amigos" (Table of Friends), encourages an interactive experience in a casual restaurant seating for groups of up to 250.
  • Private Party Contact: Phil Shanks (888) 320-9627
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly Events through the entire year.
    -Tequila Dinners
    -Wine Dinners
    -Beer Dinners
    -Seasonal Affairs

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waukeegan Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Zapatista - Northbrook
Zapatista is named in honor of Emiliano Zapata and all his faithful followers, which were called Zapatistas. During the Mexican Revolution early in the 20th century, Zapatistas fought for freedom, equal rights for fair wages and the opportunity to own their own land, much like the American colonists had fought for in the American Revolutionary War. Given the importance of Mexican culture in the United States, we found it necessary to tell this story through our restaurant.

Zapatista is one of Chicago's best authentic Mexican restaurants. Favorite dishes include the made-to-order guacamole and the fajitas which are served sizzling hot in a molcajete or lave stone. The menu also boasts excellent steak and seafood dishes and a seemingly endless list of tequila choices. And our guests will love al fresco dining in late spring through early autumn, with our grand outdoor dining area on the sidewalk.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We were a party of 4 and had wonderful service. One of the entrees was delayed and they took that entree off of the bill without asking. That was very nice and we will return to this restaurant. Food was very good and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we love coming here b/c food is consistently GREAT and service is always good. live in the 'hood so it's a fun place for us to come on a regular basis. keep doing what you're doing b/c it works!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I have had good experiences at Z in the past. This time not so much. The margaritas were weak and the queso fundio was watery. Service was good, the tacos were good but overall I wish I had gone somewhere else."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food could be prepared a bit closer to spcification. The food we had was good. Not great. I had high expectations."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Suggest using a fish other than Talapia. The off taste ruined what was otherwise great meal"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Zapatista had good guacomole and salsa. Cadillac margarita the best choice. Food was good. Not great. Couple of entrees needed more flavor/spice Tres leches cake was great! Waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Definitely good place for families. We would go back"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Being a 1st generation Mexican-American, I truly enjoyed the fresh take on Mexican food. Fun place to watch the World Cup too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The guacamole was fantastic. The servings were HUGE! We thought it was great value for the price."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been here several times and actually enjoyed my previous visits more than the most recent one. Perhaps the difference is that I went on a Friday night this time. Noise level was high and I couldn't hear the people at the table I was sitting at. I've had the vegetable burrito before and enjoyed it, I must say it was different this last time and I wasn't as happy with it. Also, the Revolution Salad was just OK and I wouldn't order it again - very bland. Most of our group was very happy with the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "They do a nice job here! I take work groups there often and everyone is always satisfied. Good food, good service and the staff is always great!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Lots of good tequila but it doesn't matter if they don't use it in your margarita. And the last few times I've been there, I've had to wait and wait for water and then wait and wait for the check. The food is okay, a little tired. Not sure why they insist on using those GIANT, VOLCANIC CAULDRONS for fajitas - they take up the whole table, are hot as hell, and continue cooking the food so by your second fajita, the meat is dry. I think we're over this place for a while, and by the empty dining room, we're not the only ones. Try El Mexican if you want good Mexican food."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I been to Zapatista many times before and the reason I keep on coming back is simply because their food is very good and a great value. Margaritas are very tasty and they have à great selecction of wines and beer. My only comemt hoping they considerate would be to change the recipe for the tortilla soup, any other restaurante in your category has à better recipe for it. Also, corn tortillas need to be heated on a pan or comal, do not put them on a microwave...they are horrible and stick to eachother...not good! Other than that, everything else is good."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I had the camarones borrachos (spicy shrimp). It was quite spicy--almost a little too spicy for me. The number of shrimp provided was good, but there was nothing else on the plate except a tightly-packed scoop of white(ish) rice. The rice tasted a little weird, but I ate it anyway. The chips and salsa were good."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Family members who love mexican food had great things to say. I found the food to be decent, pretty good, but not amazing. Based on my family members opinions I expected more. The staff was quite attentive (but not overbearing). There was some really weird incongruous music overhead. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our family has been coming to Zapatista for a few years now, especially to celebrate bdays. Seems like the food quality has really gone down. My fish tacos were cold, both the tortillas & the fish."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Good place for group outings. Good outdoor area. A bit noisy but not critical. Food is good, but service can be better. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We love Zapatista and will remain going there always but for the first time i found something disappointing about the restaurant...we brought my in laws there this past weekend and this was the first time my wife could order guacamole because i don't eat it and for $8 not even half of the bowl was filled and barely fed 1 persons craving for it...we had to order 2 orders for the 3 people eating it and it was VERY disappointing! But despite that, the fajitas were as amazing as they always are!!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Presentation of the food is great, but the food was average. Our booth was closer to the kitchen so the noise level of the plates/spoons,etc was quite high. Was difficult to have a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is my 4th time here and I keep hoping the service will improve. It hasn't. The wait staff brings your food and then you don't see them again until he brings your check. 2/2 times, they didn't even ask if we wanted dessert or anything else. The table stayed dirty the entire time we were seated. Or waiter had only 3 tables. I don't know what it is, but they definitely need to improve the wait staff. I would have rated Zapatista higher if the service were better. Chicken fajitas and guacamole are great! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We love to have date nights here..we also like to bring friends and family when they visit..on game days we go sit at the bar drink sangria and eat guacamole and share chicken fajitas .. Perfect day<3"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Disappointed in the service the restaurant was not busy and the service was very poor."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Two exhausted travelers, looking for an early, uncomplicated dinner, chose Zapastista, mostly because it was within walking distance of our hotel. It FAR exceeded our expectations, because of the in-house-made guacamole, the cheerful highly competent service, and the exhaustive menu of genuine Mexican cuisine. I recommend the fajitas, and I'll be back."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Very disappointed in oir experience. Our food wasn't verybgood. Service was not great, either."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Another trip to Zapatista and it did not disappoint. Everything was great - especially the service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Have always wanted to try this restaurant and a friend recommended it. Not sure why. The ambience was terrific with a very friendly and attentive staff. The problem was that the food had no flavor. The chef must have forgotten any type of spices. Gauc appetizer was fresh but bland. Queso was a total disaster. All the cheese was stuck to the sides of the bowl with giant strips of peppers. More of a pepper dish than cheese. Total waste of time. My son had to ask for extra cheese and 2 different sauces to give his burrito some flavor. I think this restaurant has potential if they get a new chef with more authentic Mexican spices in the dishes."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We love Zapatista Northbrook. When the weather is colder, we like to eat in the bar area so we can take advantage of the windows and the noise level is usually lower than in the restaurant area. Bar area service is usually slow since the bartender serves the tables and the bar only has an exit on the far side. This outing the service was extremely slow. We had to ask several times for a salsa refill and then had to flag down the bartender several times to have our order taken, get water refills, and even order additional drinks. It didn't seem to be a busy night, and it forced us to "dine", not eat and dash. We will no doubt go back. We love to eat outside on the patio when the weather is nice."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! My 3rd visit here and I have enjoyed both lunch and dinner. The only problem I have had is getting my steak cooked to the right temperature because it's served on this rock bowls that are super hot and literally your meet would be over done by the time you get to it. I like mine rare or medium rare and it's really hard to get it here. Other than that everything else is tasty and prices are a great value."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Second time in two months and everything was excellent! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Big space, nice bar, decent more upscale menu from the typical suburban Mexican menus. Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Good food, good service; would be great for a fun drinks night with a group of friends. Appetizers were great, loved the empanadas and the sopesitos. Would go back just for the appetizers!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was a quick stop after a business networking event & everyone was kind enough to fit us quickly in. The food & drinks were wonderful as well as the service. I'll definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I have been takin my family and customers to zap for the past 2 years and this time ( party of 8) we were unlucky to be there when the place was busy and the service and kitchen could not handle the rush. We were disappointed in the meals. I consider myself a foodie, and usually will not go back if the resturant does not perform to the standards that I am used to, but when I mentioned to my server after the meal, he quietly took off the charges from our bill. It was a nice gesture on them. Will try it again, though because te place is usually very lively and food is good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent service....seated promptly and with a smile. Waitress came to our table shortly thereafter and was knowledgeable, friendly and prompt. Food was VERY good, drinks were generous and tasty. No complaints at all. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We recently celebrated my wife's birthday at Zapatista in Northbrook. While living in the city we frequented the South Loop location, which we loved! We have been to the Northbrook location several times now and really enjoy the food. Unfortunately, the service can be hit or miss. This time the server was very attentive and margaritas (strawberry and traditional), guacamole and fajitas were outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We make it here once a month. The steak fajitas, guacamole, and salads are excellent. Service is almost always top-notch."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I truly appreciate that vegetarian and gluten-free menu items are so designated on the menu. The food is always fresh and flavorful and, despite good intentions to eat half my dish and take half home, I end up eating the entire meal. My only disappointment on this recent lunch visit is that they were out of avocados, so I had to forego the guacamole. Service is attentive and the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This was a pleasant find. We enjoyed the fresh chunky guacamole, fruity but not too sweet margaritas, and great soups. The traditional tortilla soup and the asparagus cream with crab had the perfect amount of spice. They have a great $8 deal for soup and a choice of another item, which included salads that came in an abundant portion. Even my mother-in-law who normally won't go for Mexican food enjoyed her offerings!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I know it was valentine's day, but our waiter and bussers were in the weeds big time.... the guacamole was brought before chips and salsa. The woman who made the guac had to go and get some for us. our waiter was so busy we finally asked another waiter for refills. I love the food and usually the service but, i learned, it's better to go on a weekend and not a holiday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Restaurant was fairly empty despite it being valentine's day.. Not necessarily a bad thing but not a great sign either. The restaurant itself was very nice on the inside and the service was pretty decent. The food was unimpressive given the prices though. Similar to a typical inoffensive American style Mexican place, but with authentic gourmet Mexican prices. Guacamole was pretty good but a relatively small portion considering the price as well. The fajitas were just ok. Drinks were also just ok. We both commented there was nothing particularly wrong with the food, but at the same time we were not discussing our next visit."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From the fresh guacamole, to the outstanding fajitas in a mortar bowl, to the outstanding desserts, Zapatista is a delicious find!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014