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Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria
Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria
  • Address:
    620 W. 48th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64112
    Neighborhood:
    Plaza / Brookside
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Zocalokc.com
  • Phone: (816) 756-5555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm.
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Luke Pickett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Acoustic shows every Tuesday starting at 7, DJ's playing your favorites every Thursday and Saturday starting at 10pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Live entertainment every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

    Join us every Tuesday for Tuesday's at the Tequilaria, all day drink and food specials!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 48th & Jefferson
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria
Zocalo Mexican Cuisine and Tequileria offers a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional Mexican Cuisine. Begin with a blend of sweet and spice with our Crab Ceviche or bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers; enjoy our fresh Pan-Seared Sea Bass or Barbacoa Tacos with slowly braised, tender Short Rib delivered with impeccable, personalized service in a warm, comfortable environment. With an extensive tequila and mezcal list featuring over 60 tequilas and mezcals made with 100% agave, you can sip them neat, enjoy them among one of the many tequila flights available or simply in one of our hand-crafted, signature Margaritas. Come and indulge in an affordable, unique and unforgettable experience at Zocalo on Kansas City's Historic Country Club Plaza. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The food & service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive & friendly. We will absolutely eat there again. However they brought the food out so fast we could not enjoy one course before the next course was put in front of us. We were in & out of the restaurant in 45 minutes. Sounds like a fast food establishment. The next time we go, now that we are experienced, we will tell the waitress to slow down the food preparation."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "One of my favorite go-to spots when I want something different than ordinary Mexican. Had a great time on the back patio, and on this visit I realized that you have a surprisingly good wine list, we enjoyed having some different selections than what we see in most other restaurants."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Awesome as always. We enjoy dining here because the food is consistently good and different from other Mexican restaurants."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went on Tuesday evening, which was 1/2 price taco night. Perfect, because the tacos were excellent! At our table we had fish, lobster and carnitas tacos. Lobster was filling, carnitas flavorful and the fish were light. I requested the fish be grilled since I am gluten sensitive. I also requested they be served on corn tortillas. Highly recommend if you are looking for a light dinner but my husband would've left a bit hungry. Maybe the battered would be more filling. Salsa Trio for an appetizer. We chose the mild, med (roasted tomatillo), and hot and were pleased with all except the roasted tomatillo. Hot is excellent if you are looking for a spicy salsa. We don't recommend the Mexican City Sampler. We'll go again!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We took a friend for her birthday for brunch. I called ahead to be sure we could get food without pepper. We were given a lunch menu, no brunch menu. It took over 1/2 hr to get wine mostly due to the server not listening or looking at what we said & pointed to. It was over an hour for food. She was nice, but slow & did not listen to the orders. After 1/2 hr she said I could not get an item due to pepper. The item was not even what I ordered. My daughter ordered food with no seasoning and was given a salty and peppery plate of food. While the manager is very nice and tried, I think the servers ineptitude botched all communication with the kitchen. The food for our guest was fine and I finally had a good meal. Too much work to eat there."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "When my date and i got to Zocalo we were seated immediately. I noticed there were several families surrounding us which made it a little more noisy than i would have preferred. However the food was great, the margarita was delicious and i would recommend Zocalo to anyone looking for a classier Mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was ok but our group of 8 was crammed into a small booth. The dining room was hot and cramped and our table woobled, it's hard to eat on a table moving up and down! I won't go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We hit up happy hour at the last minute. Great food and great service as usual. The bar was packed for the world cup so it was a little more rambunctious than usual! Still a winner though!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went for happy hour dinner and had wonderful full-sized appetizers for our dinner. Delicious! Such a wonderful gem to the Plaza area."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "As first timer's here, our late Father's Day brunch was absolutely perfect! Our waiter, Kyle , was very attentive and very personable. He had great suggestions on both food and drink. We ordered the huevos rancheros, which was very different from any other place, and was excellent; the flat iron steak melted in your mouth and the accompanying sauce was oh so good. Our other entree was a lobster-crab omelet, equally delicious, with big pieces of meat in it. For drinks we had peach margaritas and Mexican mules, a variation of Moscow mules but with more kick! Definitely would have them both again , although there were many other delicious sounding drinks that we 'd love to try. Zocalo's gets an A+ rating in our book!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My friend and I went there for dinner and the waiter was prompt to get our drinks but what ensued thereafter was ridiculous. He came by our table asking for our order every 5-7 minutes and when we said we would let him know as we were talking he paced back and forth past our table. It was clear we had to order so after about 20 minutes we did. The food was great but the waiter kept coming back every 5-7 minutes interrupting our conversation. He kept the drinks refilled, but once he head we didn't want dessert, he promptly brought the check and began pacing so he could be paid and no more refills. He wanted us in and he wanted us out. The restaurant wasn't crowded. I doubt seriously that I will return where I am not wanted."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was my 2nd trip to Zocalo. I didn't give it 5 stars because even though we had a reservation thru open table and had confirmed over the phone they seemed confused when we arrived. Our table wasn't ready for our party of 8 and at the time they were not busy. They scrambled for a few minutes then took us back to a 4-top for some reason then sent us back to the waiting area. Eventually we pulled a few tables together ourselves. Mind you this all happened in a about a 10 minute span of time but something to be mindful of if you wanted to bring a big party in together. After that our waitress was great and very attentive overall the food was wonderful and they had a great craft cocktail list."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant literally made me think of Gordon Ramsay and kitchen nightmares and how a restaurant would be after his magic touch. Note the noise level is minimal for us coz we cannot hear so I could not assess that. Though it is a very cozy atmosphere in the middle of restaurant row of kcmo. Loved it here!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We really like Zocalo! It is great for happy hour and late night happy hour. Food is excellent and services in the bar at least is usually spot on! We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Went Zocalo for dinner with a friend in town from STL. From the time we sat down to the time we left, 3 hours later, we had amazing time. Our server, Claire, was phenomenal and gave us great recommendations on drinks and food. My friend had never tried Fish tacos before and with some persuasion from me and Claire, we got him to try it. He was hooked. The food was cooked to perfection and the pitchers of margaritas were amazing. Could not have asked for a better dinner, and the fact that Zocalo is local makes it even better. Love supporting local restaurants since the food is typically local and the service is typically better."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband flew in at 7 and I needed a nice place to take him at the last minute. I really wanted seafood but found Zocalo on open table and thought Mexican would be fine. They had a couple of seafood options that we ordered and were blown away by how great the food was. I would recommend to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was okay but will not be going back... The food selection was horrible the food wasn't anything fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent! Starting from the 5 choices of salsas and 3 different types of queso dips to amazing unique twists on otherwise traditional entree options, Zocalo's food was outstanding. We also enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. While they have a great outdoor patio seating option, even those diners that choose to stay indoors are able to enjoy the outdoor breezes with both sides of the restaurant opening up during ideal weather days. While we initially hesitated to dine at Zocalo because of some of the negative reviews regarding the service, my wife and I had a very different experience. We thought the service was excellent and very attentive."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I really enjoy your place typically. Our waitress this time was very poor however. She was crabby and inattentive. Forgot the entire second round of drinks for over thirty minutes for my date and her friend. Then when she finally brought them and we told her it was too late she still charged us for them...at least we got a table outside and the weather was nice. And the fish tacos were quite good. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Second time here & it was great! It finally warmed up so the patio options were great! Love the guacamole & salsa "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "- Having both sides of the restaurant open, on such a magnificent day was incredible. - Mixed drinks were great. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I enjoyed sitting on the back patio sipping coffee and watching the Plaza world go by. My mushroom fritatta was delicious and the fried potatos with peppers were just right with regard to crispness."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service was not good, definitely not the "Plaza" feel from most other restaurants down there. We were sat at our table and witnessed many servers standing at the till as opposed to visiting our table. The food was okay. We will not be back as the service was poor and the food was not that great. I would not recommend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My only issue is a personal one the dish I had was the Mexico city sampler everything was covered in a lot of sauces and hard to tell what was what"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service was ok, drinks were good but frozen machine wasn't working. Main reason for choosing Zocalo."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The atmosphere at this spot is great. However the food was cold and flavor was below average. The drinks were nothing special at all, even though they rave about their margaritas. We were there for a 40th bday and it was not acknowledged."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Zocala. We tried the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers as an appetizer followed by the Empanadas for me and the Chorizo Meatloaf for my husband. Everything was well prepared, nicely presented, and very good. We especially enjoyed the Poppers. I thought the Empanadas could have been spicier. A very pleasant meal with good service by Robert. We look forward to dining at Zocala again. We found the decor very pleasant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great salsa - loved all the different flavors. The lobster quesadilla was super yum!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Came here for my birthday dinner and the service was outstanding!! The waitress was knowledgable about the entire I and had amazing drink recommendations!! The food was delicious and the staff interacted with the entire party!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We've been to Zocalo for lunch previously, but not for dinner. This was a great choice for dinner before we went to the REP that evening. Service was quick, food was delicious, and drinks were strong! For food options, we started with the guacamole (traditional) and were pleased with the flavor - seemed to come out of the kitchen quickly which makes me think it was previously prepared for service & not exactly "fresh." For dinner, I chose an appetizer - the chicken nachos, while my husband had the mahi mahi. Both were good, I took a bite of his fish - good, but not what I wanted but he was very pleased. My nachos were outstanding! Next time we'll sit in the bar area for happy hour specials (price reductions on same items). Very good time!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Was on a date night with my wife seated next to table of 5 where there was food all over the floor and in a corner where someone had to put their bottom over our table to even get out of the booth. Waiters were huddled in a corner making jokes and laughing and no one ever waited on us. We waited for 15-20 minutes, then walked across the street to Capital Grille. Capital Grille treated us the way we like to be treated and is much more service oriented and cares about their customers. Would never go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had a great time and there are plenty of adventurous and more common choices. I got the lobster tacos, and thy were amazing. The mexican mule drink was also delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The restaurant was understaffed for such a busy weekend. It was beautiful weather (brings people to the Plaza) and it was Big XII Tournament weekend (hotels were packed) and yet the manager had servers taking over 6 tables, there was only one bartender and the manager was taking tables rather than working the restaurant so he could make some money. There wasn't a hostess that we saw either. HOWEVER, once we were sat and served, everything was 'ok'. Our server was rocking it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is not like any other Mexican restaurant you've likely been to! This is high end, yet affordable healthy and delicious food. My chicken had such a flavorful sauce with "terrorized" carrots on the side. Fabulous!! We didn't try any of the tequilas, but it appears this is the place for tequila connoisseurs."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I'm Mexican (born and raised in Mexico) so I wasn't expecting much for the restaurant. Most restaurants that claim to be Mexican end up having "Taco-Bell" style cuisine. Not this one! Of course the food has been a little americanized but I love the somewhat authentic names they have like pozole, carne asada, chiles rellenos, etc. Everything is much more expensive than if I bought it in Mexico, the carne asada for example was $21, with $21 I could buy 3-4 pounds of beef to slap on the barbecue. The guacamole is $7, with $7 I could make 2 pounds of guacamole, etc, etc. The carne asada was really good though, I just wish they gave you some tortillas along with it to make some tacos. Barbacoa tacos are good as well, but you only get 3 :("
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. I had the Mexico City Sampler and it was amazing. The seafood enchiladas also were out of this world."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I didn't realize i left them a note saying "late valentines dinner" when we showed up our table had roses waiting for us. My wife also mentioned "these are the best fish tacos i had" We loved the food and service that was provided to us. They pay attention to every details to make your experience better."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great cocktails and appetizers. Dinner was fair, would go back for a Happy Hour as their infused vodka and tequila drinks are fabulous. Would not have dinner there again. Fair fish tacos and fair enchiladas. Great lobster quesadillas!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have ate at Zocalo a couple times now. Though I like the idea of the menu that features many traditional Mexican dishes with a unique twist to each, I found both Carne Asada and the Beef and Chicken Tacos a bit underwhelming. There is nothing poor about Zocalo and it is a nice setting, but overall, I feel you could do better for the money. Good overall, but not great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had this year's Valentine's Dinner at Zocalo and were happy with the choices we made. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful and the mood was uplifting and friendly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014