Zapoteca
Zapoteca

Zapoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zapotecarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2077728242
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Bar closes one hour after dinnner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events: On new years eve. we are offering a 5 course dinner $65 per person, and additional $25 per person for tequilla and wine pairing. Reservations only available for 6pm and 9pm.

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  • Parking: Valet
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Zapoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (42)vibrant bar scene (40)hot spot (39)good for groups (35)romantic (22)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (13)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Sticky service with bland food
    john
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Portland has attracted my restauranteurs and there are great restaurants near this location. The waitress was less than enthusiastic to the point that she only had a limited time to serve the table. It was not an overly busy night (Monday). The chips with the guacamole would be much better if served warm. The marjaritas are excellent and part of the reason one would be attracted to this local. The enchiladas were average at best. Nothing specially prepared in the filing of the Enchiladas De Cangrejo Y Camarones and not worthy of its price. Ambiance is excellent, but the food is very average and there are many better restaurants in the area..Green Elephant, Fore Street, Back Bay Grill, The Front Room or Salvage BBQ. Service sticks here!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was surprised by this restaurant because I had heard it was really good by a lot of my friends. I obviously wasn't expecting (and didn't want) a chain style portion, but for $28 I would think you wouldn't leave hungry. The seafood stew is not really what I would consider a stew and was very plain. It consisted of a very small amount of seafood a thin layer of mildly spicy puree. The Salsa Fresca was pico de gallo - something I could easily make at home. I honestly think I could have made a better meal myself and I'm not a chef by any means. The service was good - I think. I couldn't hear a word she was saying because it was so loud in there. With so many great restaurants in Portland, I highly doubt I will be back.
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  • bring the earplugs
    gasman
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    came to this restaurant with high hopes after reading glowing reviews.....well.....firstly it is probably the loudest restaurant i have ever been in, it is in desperate need of an acoustic engineer....foodwise the hot appetizer had to be sent back because it was ice cold, then the entrees arrived luke warm. at this point all we wanted to do was end the migraine and leave
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  • Upscale Mexico
    jm86
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great versions of Mexican dishes and a nice variety of margaritas. Really enjoyed the ceviche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    never used Open Table before -- wish all restaurants had it available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic! Texan in love!!
    Baylorgirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a great menu. I had heard it was great food, but often I am skeptical and find that the food isn't as great as advertised. Often too, it is hard to find good spicy food, but this too was a great surprise. I was really looking forward to a "kick". It was fantastic, and very flavorful!!! A variety of authentic with some local options peppered in. We saw a few "foodgasms" going on around us... that says it all! Not only was the food great, and delivered exactly as requested, but our waitress was pleasant and attentive, while not hovering. The drinks came out with panache! It isn't often to see that happen in our small corner of the world. It added that extra fun to the evening. A lively atmosphere with great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My lobster was so amazing that people came over from other tables to comment on if it was good or not. IT WAS! I will say the noise was quite loud. I didn't care, but if going with anyone even remotely hard of hearing you should skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had two of the El Traditional margaritas. They were the best margaritas I have ever had. I had the guacamole which was made to order and came with chips. Also very good. I ordered the pork carnitas which were dry and not worth the 22 price tag. They came with three tortillas and a side of dry black beans. My husband ordered the crab and shrimp enchiladas which were much better so maybe I just ordered the wrong dish. Overall I like the ambiance and the drinks but the food was just so so and very expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had been here for lunch before but never for dinner, so was looking forward to trying their entrees. I ordered the chicken with mole sauce and was disappointed - the chicken was overcooked and tough, and the mole sauce nothing special. It was served with a bland rice and beans, a handful of pickled onions and grilled tortillas. My husband, on the other hand, had the duck, and he loved it. For starters, the ceviche was delicious and the chips and guac were good (but nothing special). Cocktails were good, and our server was very pleasant, had a great sense of humor and was attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    nikky
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The noise level was very high. Our waiter was not very attentive. My steak was overcooked. The enchiladas were very good, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A delight
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Excellent, creative Mexican restaurant with many familiar selections as well as unique and wonderfully prepared and flavored dishes. Handsome decor and caring service b
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    willy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    slow food to table. attentive wait staff. creative cuisine. high quality
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday night date
    BJD60
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our Zapoteca dinner was great. A great location for a date regardless of what day it is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't ask for another table
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've been before and we will go back. But. Service was very slow at the start and exposed problems in seating and communications. With reservations, a must any night at Zapoteca, we were going to get a table in the bar against an interior wall in the staff alley from the kitchen and service. I asked for the dining room, and without any problem from the front desk got it. Then we waited. For very nearly 20 mins while at least three servers sped back and forth from all the surrounding tables. Finally, a very nice waiter said she's ours, and tried very hard to keep up. Generally, it was a hard night for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so Good.
    mikemc
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is one restaurant we will not return to or recommend. I ordered the halibut. it was way over cooked. I didn't complain, but for over 20 dollars maybe I should have. My wife order the tri-tip steak, rare and told the waitress that she didn't want any onions. (She hates onions) Her steak was so overcooked it was burned and sure enough there were onions. She did complain and they made her another dinner. No onions this time but the steak was very well done. I didn't try it but she said this is as tough as shoe leather. She likes hot sauce. She asked the waitress if they had any hot sauce and she brought her a small bowl of habanero paste. Total bill was just over 100 dollars. There are many better options in Portland.
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  • Flavorful and fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Zapoteca! The ambiance is fun, exotic, and romantic, the servers were friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, and the food was incredible. The salsas were the best, most unique, and most flavorful I've ever had. The chicken enchiladas with mole sauce were excellent. The depth of flavor and interesting flavor combinations were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhealming and Overpriced
    foodie4maine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is my third trip to Zapoteca and after having two questionable experiences prior, this visit was the third strike. While the server was attentive, the execution in the kitchen was subpar. Food came out barely warm and the chicken was dry and tasteless. For Mexican cuisine, no matter how 'chef-driven' you purport to be, this level of quality would be expected by a restaurant like Margarita's but not an establishment whose average entree is $24. In addition, there is no mention of ingredient quality (locally sourced or organic) on the menu, which would substantiate the price-point if indeed true. Overall, definitely not worth another trip back. Especially since there are so many stellar dining options in the Portland area.
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  • Fantastic - Typical Mexican
    Walter
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Shannon prepared a special tasting menu for the 3 of us and Tom picked the paired drinks. This is a must visit for anyone who loves great food. Make sure if you want the tasting menu that you give them plenty of notice as the more time you give Shannon the more unique the courses.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Exceptional Fresh
    brunch
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    All ingredients are organic and fresh. The margs are very good. The three items were ordered were all yummy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    Chowhound
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have been to Zapoteca several times and each time found quality ingredients, prepared and served and presented in a careful manner. The apps are varied and are as satisfiying as the main courses. It's a great place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cheffb
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Zapoteca was very good, the only off thing I can say is that evening that we went they were out of a key ingredient that I was looking forward to having and that was the mole. I don't understand how the chef could drop the ball on that one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food good drinks
    yash
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went for lunch with family, ordered some drinks off the brunch menu. Tacos were very good, ceviche was all right. The drinks were great. Order lunch from the brunch menu as well which was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    Recuerdos
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food. Reminds me of Mexico. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. A lovely atmosphere, although the sound level was high, due mostly to a table for six(at the other end of the room) was the main cause. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Portland Restaurant
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved the menu and the food preparation. Great margaritas!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistent
    Clive
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had to return a small bread/appetizer plate that was not clean, Before the mussel appetizer even hit the table it was obvious to all three of us it was bad. It never should have left the kitchen....someone there should have known. We opted not to have another figuring the whole lot was bad. The stuffed jalapeno pepper appetizer was good and entrees we good. Many misspellings in the on-line menus. Maybe attention to detail is lacking throughout.
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  • Great dining experience!
    DanD1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My spouse and I love to eat out in Portland, but had never had the opportunity to eat at Zapoteca. We were very pleased with our experience. Although it is Mexican food, this is no Taco Bell. The menu items were authentic dishes, well prepared and presented. Food was delicious!! The restaurant is a bit noisy, which can make it hard to hear your seatmates. No lapses in service that we could tell. Definitely would recommend this to friends and family.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    foodieonekinobeVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Was just visiting Portland and was blown away with this Mexican restaurant. It totes it's tequila menu which was creative with mixed drinks. That was ok but the authenticity of the food was amazing. It was obvious that someone learned all the intricate flavors of Oaxacan cuisine. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apps and drinks, skip dinner
    JJPP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The appetizers and drinks were definitely the star of the meal. Dinner was alright. Of the three friends I went with, my meal was definitely the stand out, I had the carnitas and they were cooked to perfection, but one friend's steak was a little underwhelming and so was anothers' enchiladas. But this is a fantastic place to hit up for drinks. Their guac with bacon is amazing and civeche is out of this world!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    StevanVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Have eaten here multiple times. Good food, interesting choices, solid service, great drinks. A must do on the Portland food scene.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zapoteca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is very good, with original flavor ideas. The brick wood oven enhances the flavor of much of the food, and the wonderful tequila list is a great accompaniment to the appetizers. The wine and beer lists could be expanded, and the noise/sound level of the room should be addressed.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth The Prices
    3bags
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was good but way too pricey. $28 for seafood stew with nothing else like salad or pasta or vegetables. And our waitress disappeared - turned out she was bar tending and we had to ask someone to find her.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth it
    Reviwer1963e
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We decided that we would try Zapoteca for a change of culinary pace. Host was somewhat detached and ambivalent. We were seated fairly quickly in a booth that was truly cramped. Waitress was cheery enough yet, did not come by our table often enough. Drinks werecent but nothing special. Food was extremely slow to arrive and we received basically no updates on its' progress. We all ordered something different. Food was plenty hot but average at best. They have a long way to go to be considered anything more than mediocre. We probably will not be back again.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been to this restuarant many times and I have yet to have a poor experience. The guacamole is wonderful, I made certain the plates on both entrees were cleaned off, the desserts were excellent, and my wife loved her drink. The only "issues" we had were that the waitress didn't stop by from the time she took our order to the time she dropped off the check (someone else brought us the food), and they had run out of desserts early so we only have a couple choices. Every table was booked so both issues were understandable and not the sort of thing we've run into before. There was a major concert in town that day so they may not have anticipated the staffing needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican cuisine at its finest
    ReenyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second visit and can't wait to return. The food is extraordinary and I'm not a huge Mexican food fan. The lobster guacamole is exceptional - would be even without the lobster! Service is great and Chef Nick is innovative with combinations of flavors and just the right amount of spice. He uses spice as it should be - for layers of flavors and enhancement to the food rather than making you sweat and burn your taste buds (although you can order extra heat if that's your thing). For my main course, I had halibut on creamy green chile sauce - mouth-watering layers of flavors. And don't forget the tequila -creative Margueritas and great choice of fine sipping top shelf tequila. Service is great as is the ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant
    Kimo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love this restaurant! It's gourmet Mexican. One gets all the wonderful Mexican spices & flavors in wonderfully presented and executed creative menu items. The food is extremely fresh and clean. Our service was perfect. Loved the margaritas shaken and poured tableside. We had a party of 10 and there were no complaints when we asked for separate checks. Highly recommend Zapoteca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliscious!!!
    Foodi2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Tasty salsa's. ordered the flight of salsa's but it was too much for 2 people who also wanted to get entrees. The Duck entrée was really good. The blood orange Margarita was bitter. The regular one was sweet. Will go back to try the enchilada.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JEM
    botkkk
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food at a fair price. The entre that I had was nothing short of right on. The flavors and presentation were well matched. A must do kind of place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • felt a bit rushed
    summer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Barely sat down and the waitress asked what I would like to drink, I told her I would like to look at the drink menu and my friend was in the rest room and I would like to wait for her. She barely sat down and the same thing. At that time we ordered our drinks, the waitress asked if we were ready to order-didn't even look at the menu yet! Ordered our meal - mine was barely warm. We just finished our meal and she asked if we would like dessert, we said no thank you - and there was the check! no time to order an after dinner drink. We went somewhere else for our after dinner drink. Not sure if I would rush back
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    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hocky37
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our second visit to Zapoteca in the last month, with two trips to Maine! Drinks are unique and delicious and the food is the most original and reasonable Southwest/Mexican we can remember having anywhere. The Jalapenos Rellenos De Queso appetizer was fantastic and the Relleno de Champinones entry were both my favorites to try. I highly recommend a visit, call a few days in advance and take some time to sit at the bar and enjoy!!
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service were both excellent. They put a very creative twist on Mexican/Southwestern food. The menu includes many seafood dishes which you don't typically find in this type of restaurant. Our server was also one of tge best we've had. He pace out tge timing of our meals perfectly and also reccomended a wine and cheese bar he thought we would enjoy as well. We live locally and we haven't heard of this place and it is something we will check out. Also, thank you Open Table, we wouldn't have found this restaurant with out you.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.