Z'Tejas Gateway
Z'Tejas Gateway

Z'Tejas Gateway

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ztejas.com/locations/#!/arizona/phoenix/
  • Phone: 4809489010
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, American
  • Executive Chef: Agustin Castorena
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: (480) 948-8581
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Thursday night from 6-9pm and every Friday night from 6-10pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shea Blvd.
  • Public Transit: North East corner of Shea Blvd. and N. Tatum Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Z'Tejas Gateway
Our fresh, flavorful and innovative menus showcase the bold and robust flavors of Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. We take traditional ingredients, spices and cooking techniques from around the South to create a taste without borders.

To make a reservation for parties of eight or more, please call the restaurant directly
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Z'Tejas Gateway reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (7)great for brunch (6)special occasion (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Muy Bueno!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of our favorite places. This is NOT a Mexican food place, but certainly influence by the southwest. Food is always excellent, happy hour prices are, too. House frozen margaritas are the best (and this is from someone who doesn't care for frozen marggies). They are strong so you are limited to 3. Appetizer of pork chile verde is so good; if you are looking to stay on a leaner side, the ruby red trout salad it wonderful. Love all of the enchiladas and the tortilla soup is very flavorful. Chips aren't complimentary, but the warm skillet-made cornbread is - yum! You can't go wrong with Z Tejas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good find
    CulinarygradVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Good food with upscale twist. Our server Stephanie was amazing, very nice, attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • corycaddy
    corycaddy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant has a unique and exciting take on southwestern food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The chain has created an excellent product that brings consistently fresh and flavorful food to the table. You really cannot go wrong with anything ordered here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    LoriandKelle
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food here is always delicious. I absolutely love the little shrimp-guacamole tostado bites! Some of our favorites include the ruby red trout salad with goat cheese, and diablo pasta. And of course the Chambord margaritas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointment
    Brunch
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was disappointed to find out that the stuffed French Toast that I frequent the restaurant for was taken off the menu, we visit after church two to three times a moth for that. I still will come for the Bloody Mary Bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    BrendaLee
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our group of 8 was seated promptly and served efficiently throughout the meal. The waiter was attentive to all the special needs of each individual and the food was very good. We'd certainly dine here again as a group!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mothers Day Brunch
    Nana
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Celebrated Mothers Day at Z'Tejas with a party of 8 adults and 2 children. Pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from the restaurant the day before our reservation. This is the first time I have ever been contacted about a reservation. It was so nice to have such a personal interest on how we would like to have our table arranged for our special day. She made sure that we had adequate space to accommodate 2 young children. We arrived at the restaurant and had the best table we could have ever dreamed of and our Mothers Day Brunch was enjoyed by all. Special Thank You for making it such a special day for our family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 111 reviews are from the Z'Tejas Gateway reviews archive.
  • Love this place!
    Jess2bax
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Brought another couple with us who had never been and they were blown away as we always are. The food was wonderful and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expanded Dinner Menu
    VVWDAWVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We hadn't eaten here in about a year, and we were reluctant to go because we feel that the dinner menu is rather limited. But we love their Tortilla Soup, so we thought we would give it another try. Much to our surprise, there were several additional items on the menu that are not shown here on the Open Table menu. Despite the new menu items, we ended up having the Tortilla Soup (fantastic as always) and items that have been on the menu for some time. My husband had the Chorizo-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin which he really liked. I ordered the Chile Pork Tostadas from the appetizer area. I was worried that the portion would be skimpy, but there were 6 good-sized, tasty tostadas. We definitely will go back soon and try the new menu items.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply awesome
    lloydmobile
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    what more can I say.. the appetizers were fantastic and the stuffed tenderloin was scrumptious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh...
    JDOC
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Was sent here by friends and truly am not impressed. The server was disingenuious and slow. Margaritas were fine but food was mediocre aat best, especially for the price paid.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Margerirasanywhere.. Everytime
    MaryEllen
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have twice now brought some couples over for their first time and they always leave raving about both the margs and the food. It's a guaranteed pleasure.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whenever we are here
    cactus
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    My wife and I visit ZTejas at least once whenever we're in town. Love the food. Stuffed pork loin and smoked chicken enchiladas are favs. And must have Chambord margaritas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We traveled to this location for an event. The food was very good . The server not so much. It was evident that he had not been educated about the dishes on the menu. He could not describe them in detail when we had questions. He seemed to want to rush us through. He forgot to bring our check and credit card back and starting vacuuming the floors and cleaning tables all around us. I had to get his attention to come back to our table and he actually commented that he forgot to return our credit card to us. Yikes !! Overall, the restaurant was very nice and the food very good and priced reasonable. We would return but definitely they need to work on their servers knowledge of their food and basic service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Lacey
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food is amazing as well as the environment. One of my favorite restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old favorite
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food could have hotter when served. Good party place, fun ambience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • valentines date
    westdiner1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food came out quickly but being next to the server enterance made for alot of traffic and noise. the wait staff was pleasant and their suggestions were good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Day bust
    BLinAZ
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Thought from the reviews that this might be a good place but was very disappointed. Food was OK but nothing special, service was good but it was very noisy and the decor was so, so. I would not recommend this to any of my friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with Friends
    CriticalReviewersVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Had to send back my lunch because the waiter had described it incorrectly. Replacement order was very good and manager apologized. Cold air was blowing on us the entire time, even after we moved to another table. Waiter bought the bill and asked how we wanted to pay while I was still eating my lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicely done
    MattInMN
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a group of 14 that was well served with great food, great service and friendly staff. It was our best dining experience in the four days we were in Scottsdale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have dined here many times
    Suzy
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I have dined here many times a d would recommend it to everyone. This visit was bad however. Our server was non existent and the salad I ordered was good but they did not offer to toss it and did not bring me utensils to toss it myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal at Z'Tejas
    KnotDunneRiteVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    When I'm in town I always stop at least once. Never disappointed! Everyone is exceptionally professional and friendly. Mike and Amadao, please forgive my spelling if I got it wrong, are on top of their game here, attentive and genuinely concerned you have a good meal. The wait and serving staff are efficient and attentive also. They give you the right amount of attention and make sure you are happy with your dining experience. I was in this past Thursday, after a long 24hrs of travel and work and I gotta tell you, I was so happy to be welcomed at the door, sit right away, enjoy the live music, speak with Mike, Amadao and Summer. Enjoyed a great app and perfectly cooked burger with a beer. I couldn't be happier. Thanks everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jan Fri Nite
    cgfese
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Note. Jan is busy in N. Phx Scottsdale so even with a reservation you might have to wait 15-30 minutes for your table. We finally decided to grab an outside table which turned out best. Weather with heater was perfect. Also Friday bar scene with loud band made it difficult to talk inside so enjoy outside ambiance, conversation, and good food. Yummy corn bread always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining at z's
    hungryhoward
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It is always a great time dining at z'tejas! It all starts with a friendly management staff and flows down to the rest of the staff. The food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Peggy
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    One of our favorites, always have had great service, great food and we love the complimentary cornbread and honey butter that arrives before our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food & Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had great service, decent food, however it was quite loud and difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorites
    lunchladies
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Has always been one of my favorites! Have never had a bad meal or experience there. Great place for lunch or dinner. Food is wonderful as is the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    scubasteve
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Probably the best Southwest/Mexican food experience in all of Phoenix...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We love your restaurant. Open one in Peoria at the 4 corners!!! Desperate for good food here. Also, our waiter was wonderful. We love the one on Shea and Tatum.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Z'Tejas
    sdmmbayVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I had always wanted to try south coast plaza in costs Mesa site. Finally enjoyed the paradise valley restaurant. Our server was fantastic. Great table side guacamole. Delicious tortilla soup and pork enchiladas. Fantastic specialty chambered margaritas. Yum,yum,yum and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    Onthego
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    If you want to have a nice quiet dinner this is not the place for you. The bar is located in the center of the restaurant with dinner seating all around the bar. They do have a live musician. We met another couple for dinner and requested a table away from the music. Other than sit outside on the patio, there are no really quiet areas - just some a little further away from the music. It was extremely hard to have a conversation with our friends and basically waited for the musician to take a break before attempting to chat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    mariVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    We have been coming to Z'tejas for years. It always is a great meal. The food is always nicely seasoned. An added treat on this visit was Happy hour till 7pm. I love the chambord margaritas--they are known for these. They were $5. I had the trout entree. was very good. My husband picked a fish dish from the seasonal menu--also good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SATISFIED
    PATIKA
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Haven't been there in a long long time. Everything was excellent. Don't know why I haven't gone back sooner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!!!!
    Michaelene
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I like to try their specials and I haven't been disappointed yet. Service was prompt and we were asked how the food was after we had tried it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place to go
    hummer
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Always a great place to go on Friday after a long work week
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of the Southwest
    MayoplanVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Z'Tejas is a great stop in the Phoenix area. They have several locations throughout the area. The location I visited was in Scottsdale. I ordered the special. A Mahi southwest flavored dish with beans and rice. As a starter I had the premium Margarita. All were delicious The service was great and the prices reasonable ($15 entrée)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Excellent happy hour with drinks and appetizers. All was great and it was all we needed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server was just wonderful!
    Angela
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Our server was just wonderful! And the food is always consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy this evening!
    DesertDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    We always enjoy dining at Z'tejas. They were rather busy this evening with a loud crowd. There should be a rating for loudness, or too loud, not just energetic - they are not the same thing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.