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Zapoteca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zapotecarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (207) 772-8242
  • 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 & Promotions: 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
A word from Zapoteca
Authentic Mexican flavors w/ Rustic, Bold Flair
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is very good.....drinks great....server knowledgable and friendly....would highly recommned"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I've been to Zapoteca several times now,and every time I leave I question why I don't go back more often. The guacamole might be the best on the planet. The drinks are unique and delicious. The food is beyond spectacular. After dinner our party went to a hot spot for a dessert cocktail and two of my friends were raving about the black beans...BEANS???? What is usually a side dish at most Mexican establishments was a highlight here. I didn't have the beans....but I will next time! I also wish I could remember our waiter's name. She was so patient and wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The cocktails were excellent, with great presentation."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The pitcher of mimosas served during Saturday brunch was a lot of bang for your buck. The lobster tacos and crab tacos were heavenly."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Prompt, attentive service. The salsa selection is difficult because they are all a bit different and each one is delicious. Best chile relleno in New England. Hard to choose between the mojitos and the margaritas as well. Try both."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was fantastic as well as service and of course a terrific company with our friends. Muchas gracias !"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was delicious - especially recommend any of the dishes with mole sauce. Interesting, fun salsas. Superb guacamole. Attentive, warm wait staff. Only downside - with little carpeting or wall fabric, the noise level is very high. For those who are hard of hearing, even just a little, it's very difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a dinner at Zapoteca. We really like the appetizers and the salsa sampler. The 9-chili salsa is not to be missed. We were not quite as impressed with the ceviche, but enjoyed our main courses."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food was very good; however, it was so loud we could not talk to each at the table. I would not return unless they install acoustic tiles or I go when no one else is there."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Overpriced. The entrees were expensive and small. Seating is tight. I could hear the conversations from the tables next to us."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is our second time at Zapoteca and the first lunch. There were three of us and we decided to order two apps, three entrees, and three desserts and then share them all. The portions are nice for this process. I think if we'd ordered singly, some of the entrees wouldn't have satisfied -- but the prices were so reasonable it would be simple to add another dish. The food we were served was all very good. Our only "missing element" was heat. For a Mexican place, we thought there should be a bit more heat in the spice department. But let me hastily add that the spices they did use were delicious! In typical restaurant fashion, the cocktails were on the sugary side, but that is a personal taste."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Cocktails were amazing! Food somewhat underseasoned. Beef overcooked and tough. We ordered an expensive wine to splurge but it was not available. Would go again just for cocktails but would dine elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was fine, neither exciting nor bad. Margarita wasn't very cold. We went a year agp,and enjoyed a very good meal, so we were disappointed this time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was very underwhelming with little taste. The guacamole was extremely bland Enchiladas De Cangrejo Y Camarones has little taste with the exception of the sauce. The best part of the experience was the beans and delicious drinks which isn't enough for me to go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a late evening reservation, and part of the party was late arriving. The staff handled that very well, up to a point. The food that we had was delicious - enchiladas - chicken and pork. The drinks that most had - assorted margaretas seemed to be a hit. The only downside was the staff seemed ready to get out of there. As I said, our res was later, and some of the party were late, they only ended up ordering drinks. We were told the kitchen closed soon, so that aspect was a bit rushed, they had a deadline in place... not something you would expect for an establishment with their reputation...and their prices...drinks seemed on the high end. I would go back,...earlier..."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Though we had a reservation we were seated in the bar at a high top, not the dining experience we were expecting. Our waitress was also the bartender which is a recipe for disaster...and it was. She didn't have the time to devote to both waiting the bar well and waiting tables well and we paid the price. This is obviously a management issue rather than a server issue. Food was slow to come out and getting a drink refilled was difficult, when the food came it was very good but not good enough to overcome the entire experience. I'd probably go elsewhere next time."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Top winners on our visit were the chips and tres (3) salsas to include Salsa Verde, Salsa Roja and a surprising stunner, the Cashew salsa. Then the jalapenos rellenos de queso and finished off with Queso Fundido Con Champinones. Food and atmosphere. Check. Great flavors, the right amount and 1/2 off for happy hour could not be beat. The selection of tequila was why we initially came. To have excellent Mexican food to complement the evening was fantastic. We sipped tequila. We did a flight of tequila which came with fresh made tomatilla sangrita to cleanse the palate in a more traditional way. Nice touch. We had a couple margaritas including a special that night, pineapple and habanero. The spicier the better. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I had heard good things about Zapoteca but we were quite disappointed. The hostess highly recommended we stay in the bar since the main dining room was very loud. The drinks were great but both entrees were bland. We most likely won't return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is my 3rd time at Zapoteca and it keeps getting better. I was able to bring my father with me this time, he was visiting from out of town. He also considers himself a bit of a foodie. From the tequila to the apps, from the wine to the entrees, nothing disappointed. I especially liked the honesty, advise, and education we received from our server. Her knowledge and attitude made the meal that much better. Whatever the Chef is doing back in the kitchen, please continue on, because your creations are amazing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My parents were in town and they like Mexican food. From the salsa trio with chips, to the wine selected by the owner, to our entrees, everything was top notch. My father loves ribs and he said the ribs were some of the best he has every had...and he is 83. Halibut and chicken enchiladas were both excellent as well. We sat in the bar area, and the vibe was perfect."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food great, service great. Recommend! We rated noise level high but if it wasn't for one particular table it would have been moderate rating."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Back booth next to Kitchen is crazy small. We aren't plus size. If you aren't a size small, forget about sitting there, Beef al carbon was tough & disappointing. Have had issues with beef sourced from Pineland Farm in the past. Wolfe Neck farm product is better in our opinion. Waitstaff was very good. Margarita top shelf. Tried the lobster cerviche, not a fan. Lobster quacamole still excellent, but we noticed inconsistency with portion size from last time. We plan to return & still recommend Zapoteca. Stick with the chicken mole and don't sit at the back booth."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food is always spectacular and the list of tequila and mezcal is fantastic. Splurge for the lobster taco. it is worth every penny!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Pros: Service, salsa(s), margaritas (although it's not rocket science to mix fresh fruit/juice with tequila and create something tasty). Cons: Entrees. We had the shrimp/crab enchiladas - which were so very dull. They could have benefited from either a little goat cheese, fresh corn or one of their (by contrast) extremely tasty salsas. C'mon - it's a Mexican restaurant - use some heat. That said, the service was great, the ambiance was far superior to the typically brightly colored fiesta atmosphere of most Mexican restaurants, the salsas are varied and interesting - and, you get a really nice buzz from the Margaritas."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I were really looking forward to trying this place after seeing it featured on a local TV show. However, we were SO disappointed in our experience. First our margaritas were way too sweet and served "up" in a martini glass rather than on the rocks–very odd. With our drinks we tried the chips and salsa, choosing 3 different salsas to try. Two of the three salsas were served warm like they'd been heated in a microwave and were totally flavorless. Next we tried the ceviche and got what tasted like fish soaked in bitter lime juice and served in stewed tomatoes with no seasoning–inedible. Finally my entree was crab and shrimp enchiladas that I couldn't find an once of crab in, and the tortillas were overcooked and tough."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting this restaurant. The first time was a little over a year ago and I did not make a reservation, this time I used OpenTable to make a reservation for me and my date but we were sat at a very small table in the corner against the wall, which was fine. The menu features many authentic Mexican dishes and also some which showcase the amazing seafood Maine has to offer. I would definitely recommend a visit. I plan on coming back again so that I can try out the extensive tequila section on their drink menu"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Holly our server was fun and very attentive. We are frequent flyers to zap and brought 2 guests. Food and drinks outstanding. We will be back"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding. A new favorite. I'm not a margarita drinker but I'm now a convert after sampling the blood orange margarita! Thought the lobster quacamole would be for tourists only, but was I wrong. Excellent. Tortillas are home made. Seafood stew was amazing."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Zapoteca seems to specialize in creative, rather than traditional, or tex-mex style Mexican food. Overall, I enjoyed my entree, a huarache, but the selection seemed a little heavy on seafood-oriented entrees, I suppose because it is Maine. The salsa fresca seemed largely comprised of onions. I would probably opt for a different one next time, and there certainly is a large selection from which to choose. The portion size is smaller, but appropriately priced--a refreshing trend in a restaurant. The traditional margarita was outstanding. I would return and try dinner rather than lunch."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Fish tacos are among the best we've ever had. All entrees have a freshness and depth of flavor that set Zapoteca apart from and above other Mexican restaurants we've tried, whcih tend to have a "sameness." Sides like the mexican street corn and black bean puree are wonderful and unique. Brunch menu is great, but the lunch menu is also served during brunch."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always a pleasure This was our first Zapoteca brunch and we could not have been more pleased."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "As always - Zapoteca provides a very unique perspective on Mexican food. Very unusual menu and the drink variety is great!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best Mexican food we have found in Maine. Authentic recipes, great service"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Been to Zapoteca twice and both times had a great meal and excellent service. Prices are reasonable for Portland these days and a great value for what you get. The Mejillones Al Tequila (Mussels) are exceptional."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This place is as busy as anywhere from 4:00 on, and it is because they have amazing food, strong cocktails, and one of the best happy hours around. The food is creative - their best salsa is the cashew one - and full of flavor. The only negative is an occassional too much salt in some dishes, but it is rare. The highlights are the cashew salsa and stuffed jalepenos for apps and their filet mingon for dinner is exceptional. The real margaritas that avoid bar mix are also quite impressive. Great place."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We arrived just as they opened at 11:30 and they quickly filled up for Sunday brunch. A special cucumber cilantro gazpacho was still on the board from Saturday so we ordered it and it was magnificent. My husband ordered a watermelon habanero margarita that was as he described "perfect". We each tried egg dishes from the special brunch menu, mine with masa boats and my husband's with carnitas. Both were wonderful! All contained different types of peppers and chilies used expertly throughout our meal sending us on our day feeling spicy!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here tonight for the first time. It certainly won't be the last. Great food with plenty of attention to the finer details. Very interesting and flavorful cocktails. The best dining experience I have EVER had in Portland. (and I have had MANY excellent meals in Portland). Be sure to ask for Kaitlyn as your wait person. She was great as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always good food but the menu has changed since the last time I was there and it's not as interesting or Mexican as before. The appetizers look really different and good but we only did the salsa bar, which was still very good. The refried beans were completely tasteless. The chicken enchiladas were good but needed the extra salsa we had left to give it some pizzazz. Margaritas were delicious as always though!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Once again, Zapoteca outdid itself. The Carne Asada was the best I have ever had and the service was exquisite. An unbelievable meal for an incredible affordable price. This is NOT the Mexican food that you are used to!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Several large groups and the lack of acoustic damping made the noise level almost painful. We could see the other couples at tables almost scowling due to not being able to talk to each other. Food is fine."
    Dined on 6/25/2014