Z'Tejas Tempe
Z'Tejas Tempe

Z'Tejas Tempe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ztejas.com/locations/#!/arizona/tempe/
  • Phone: 4803771170
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, American
  • Executive Chef: Chad Corr
  • 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, Wine
  • Catering: Off Site catering is available by contacting Sarah Robinson, Event Sales Manager.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Ave.
  • Public Transit: West on 6th Street just west of Mill Avenue.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Z'Tejas provides complimentary valet parking located directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from Z'Tejas Tempe
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 Tempe reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Our Go To Meeting Spot
    BeckyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food is always solid and at the Tempe location we get great service. Easy for vegetarians and meat eaters alike to find something yummy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Margarita in Tempe
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We stopped in for a late dinner and had the baked seafood enchiladas and million dollar margaritas. The food was very good, but the margaritas are simply amazing - just the right amount of lime juice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Tempe Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    In the center of 'downtown' Tempe action this is a good and very attractive Mexican style restaurant. High ceilings and very good spacing between tables kept noise level down, nice large booths. Food was surprisingly good, nice Shrimp and spinach tortilla appetizer and Relleno with chicken main. Good selection of beers on tap. Very good and attentive wait staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Something for everyone. Good food, service and ambience,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    Rimtrail
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great food and service Nice variety of food and great margaritas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was great, the food was very good and the margaritas - awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    Networking14
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have dined at Z'Tejas a number of times and always come back for the 5 cheese mac and achiote chicken and cornbread. Service is always friendly and prompt. I'll be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    we bring a lot of our out of town business guest to your establishment... consistently good food and atmosphere. However, though your servers seem to have great attitudes, the frequency of checking on us does not align with restaurants that are recognized as high-service. We enjoy the front door parking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early Dinner Before Gammage
    fourladies
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We met for an early dinner prior to seeing a show at Gammage. The wait staff was outstanding. Just the right level of attentiveness since we were there to catch up and chat prior to seeing the show - in addition to celebrating three birthdays. Our waitress realized we were celebrating and brought birthday desserts for the 3 birthday ladies. The food was very good, the drinks were delicious and the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Z'Tejas
    AzDiner
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Good ambiance for dining. Nice place to eat and enjoy different types of cuisine. Most food items have a spin allowing them to be different while being the standard served everywhere. Had a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 129 reviews are from the Z'Tejas Tempe reviews archive.
  • great food
    jdawgaz
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Not your average fare here. This is southwestern food cooking that is up a notch. Not as expensive as I expected either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too expensive and not tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was not good, portions too small and too expensive for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Happy hour ...great margaritas and appetizers. Just off Mill was a great location.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great happy hour!
    dkvaz
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Very impressed with the size and price of happy hour menu items. Also very delicious. Great margs and apps at the bar before enjoying a show at ASU Gammage.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    JoeM
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This was my first visit to Z-Tejas, and I enjoyed it. The food was very good, and the menu is very creative.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Z Tejas Rocks
    MickeyB
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Good food and marguerites, great happy hour selections in. Casual,setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous
    NotHappyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    What can be better than a Sunday afternoon in Tempe AZ? Enjoying Happy Hour at this fine establishment .... where $5 frozen margaritas were flowing. Happy Hour menu is one of the best I have seen. Food (Grilled Shrimp & Guacamole Tostada Bites, Raw Ahi Chipotle Citrus Bites) was excellent. A definite "YES" for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant, but unremarkable
    DGARCIA
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were in the area to see a show. Since we needed to eat and had never been to Z'tajas we decided to give it a try. It was nice, food was good, but nothing to truly brag about. Getting to the restaurant was not easy due to a large amount of traffic and pedestrians. Very busy area. Bonus... free valet parking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Serving staff was excellent as always. She was very attentive to all of our family needs. The hostess was courteous and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot in Tempe
    PhxDadVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Ideal spot, good food, complimentary valet. Great for a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    Traveler3
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good food and great service in a college town on a sports night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy with the service!
    Knb4evr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good and the atmosphere was pleasantly energetic but not too rowdy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a lunch date
    peppermelonrita
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My husband and I headed out to Tempe from North Phoenix to have a little time for ourselves. Our pepper melon margaritas were absolutely incredible; just the right amount of sweetness with a kick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here in a few years.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    First time here in a few years. Menu changes are good and prices reasonable. Great service. Suggest you check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    MermaidAZ
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I love Z'Tejas but this location has something to be desired. After making a reservation, we were seated at the worst table in the entire restaurant. Really? We made a reservation for this? We asked to be moved and so did every other couple that was seated at that table after us. Maybe that should tell the restaurant something but I digress. I ordered the chop salad and normally (at least at the other locations I've eaten at), the server offers to mix it for you (which is half the fun!). Nope, the server just plopped it down and left. Really? I don't think I will be returning to this location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great night.
    TomF
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    My nephew was in town on business and wanted to have a Mexican dinner. Z Tejas hit the spot. We all enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, and dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely a Place to Go
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Our experience at Z'Tejas was a pleasant surprise. It might at first look appear to be any other Mexican/southwest cuisine restaurant. But from the beginning it was a step above without being pretentious. The staff was ready at the door to greet and seat us. The wait staff was attentive and good humored. And the food was fresh tasting and just enough different than the run of the mill to make it enjoyable without being strange. The high ceilings kept the noise manageable even as the room filled. Dirty dishes disappeared and full glasses appeared, all without having to get someone's attention. A good value and a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended to us by the hotel
    WmgldgVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Recommended to us by the hotel where we were staying. We were not disappointed. Food was very good. Our waiter was not the most friendly and brought us our check without even asking if we wanted anything else. We did want dessert and I am so glad that we did as the buttercake with butterscotch ice cream was really good! A great way to top off a good meal. We would definitely go back if ever in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Z'Tejas' Fajitas are back!
    NJoyFineFood
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Z'Tejas has brought back their original Fajitas and I found them extremely satisfying. They tasted even better than I remembered them. Also had the Chili Verde appetizer with corn chips. All the food was delicious and service was outstanding. Appreciated the manager making the rounds in the restaurant to ensure the dining experience was satisfactory. This was despite being a busy Friday evening. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone and can't wait to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After being seated we waited
    Boba
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    After being seated we waited 10 minutes before a waitress came up to us. After being served dinner had to flag her down agin to get a second drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time they were off...
    DaveDeF
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Have dined there for business meetings on three or four occasions and this was the worst. The food was bland and tasteless and my guest does not like mushrooms and the special short rib was filled with them even though not mentioned on the menu or when the waiter was asked what was inside. She also commented that the cauliflower mash tasted like kindergarten glue. After mentioning all of the above to the waiter, no amends were made even when we ordered desert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I had a very pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My wife and I had a very pleasant and enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Game Night
    Suzanne
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We were to attend the Michigan/Kansas State Game and needed a restaurant close by. Although it was very busy and hopping, the service and the food were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    d021973
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We had friends in from out of town and wanted to impress them with some great Southwestern fare; having been to Z'Tejas before at the Chandler location, I was sure this would be a great pick! However, the food was mediocre at best - overcooked and bland. The service was terrible. The server bringing our food was in such a rush, she accidentally put her hand in my potatoes. She apologized profusely and offered to replace the food - but the error wouldn't have happened if she would have slowed down a bit. Our main server failed to keep our drinks full and was clearly focused on finishing her shift - appearing agitated when we asked for a second round of beverages and actually only bringing one person her drink as opposed to all 4 of us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good - unprepared staff
    JenGC
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We went the night of the Tempe Festival of Lights. I made the Open Table Resv just in case it got busy and I wanted to have a guaranteed seat. When we got there it wasnt busy but it filled up quick as the Parade ended and kids got hungry. The service, while friendly, was incredibly slow and it seemed that our server had a lot of tables of 5+ people (ours was 4). The apps (mahi tostadas) were awesome, as was my tortilla soup. My chopped salad was meh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brought out of town guests
    Welovefoodandwedontcarewh
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Our out of town guests really enjoyed the z Tejas experience. Everyone loved the guacamole, and the tortilla soup was a big hit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time to this restaurant
    SandB
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was my first trip to Z-Tejas. I've passed the location many times, even had coworkers say it's good, but never went there before this weekend. I will definitely return. My spouse and I went Saturday at 5pm. We began with tostada bites with guacamole and shrimp. The tostadas were crispy, the guac fresh and tasty, and the shrimp well-seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was definitely our favorite dish of the evening. We ordered the diablo pasta with shrimp and pepita-crusted chicken for our main course. Both were delicious and rich in flavors. I loved the sweet potato hash. We ended our meal with their (OMG) ancho chile fudge pie. The pie could use a bit more heat, but it was warm and rich with chocolate. Great service. Not for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food in Tempe
    ChicagofrequentguestVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Passable to good food, decent but not exceptional service. Limited menu, convenient location in Downtown Tempe.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We come here often and have never been disappointed! The food is always delicious and the margaritas and amazing! Our personal favorite is the Chambord Rita. Out of this world good! They also have a wonderful Happy Hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pre-game
    drewpVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Table was ready right on time. Service was friendly and prompt; good combination for pre-game meals. Food is predictably good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.