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Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria

3.8
3.8
1038 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Zocalo Mexican Cuisine and Tequileria offers a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional Mexican Cuisine. Begin with our bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers; enjoy our fresh Pan-Seared Sea Bass in a Summer Pozole Broth or Lobster & Crab Quesadilla 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (816) 756-5555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Give us a call to see what we can do for your catering needs.

  • Private party facilities

    CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE Due to COVID-19. Come and indulge in an affordable, unique and unforgettable experience at Zocalo on Kansas City's Historic Country Club Plaza. Our semi-private dining room provides the perfect atmosphere for any large group form bachelorette parties to corporate dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Natasha: (816) 756-5555

  • Neighborhood

    Plaza / Brookside

  • Cross street

    48th & Jefferson

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Join us every Tuesday for Tuesday's at the Tequilaria, all day drink and food specials! Thursday, Friday and Saturday late night DJ's.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,038 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. TL

    ThomasL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Disappointed I couldn't eat there due to my soy allergy. The fryer and grille use soybean oil. The kitchen didn't know if it was hydrogenated or not. Hydrogenation or partial h ydrogenation removes the harmful protein, so most people with a soy allergy could consume it.
  2. K

    Katespadegirl

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Eh. I don't personally like Mexican restaurants where you have to pay for chips and salsa. Everything was just "okay". Would not return.
  3. CC

    CynthiaC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The chicken nachos were outstanding, crispy and flavorful. Server was sweet but could have been more attentive.
  4. BN

    BrendanN

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived for our reservation on time with no hostess there to greet us. We waited for 10 minutes with no one coming up to seat us. The bartender finally waved and told us to sit anywhere. We chose the dining room where our reservation was for. We waited 10 more minutes with no waiter coming to check on us. We finally decided to leave after being there for 20+ minutes with no service.
  5. J

    John

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The food was tasty, but I think EVERYONE who works there was new and inexperienced. We had to return our mixed drinks because they were not drinkable. We have been here before and it was better service. I don’t know what has happened, but I do not think we will be returning.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter James was Awesome! Kept our drinks and water full until we tabbed out.
  7. JJ

    JJJF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Margarita mix was poor. Service was not the best. Waited a long time for salsa because bowls were not clean. Appeared to be under staffed.
  8. k

    kate

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic creative take on Mexican dishes. Friendly and efficient staff. Great prices.
  9. KJ

    KelseyJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The atmosphere is unfortunate for this restaurant....90 degrees out and all the doors and windows open. Very sticky! A/C vents dripping on my husband the whole time. The music was not acceptable for families (hard rap) and was turned up during our stay. 5 pm should not be party hour at any restaurant IMO. The food was great and our server was very attentive. Too bad I don't feel comfortable coming back with my kids. :(
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were there for an hour. We ordered two drinks , salsa and guacamole. Never received the guacamole. One drink was so bad and had to order another. Never got it until we asked for our check, it was brought out. We were also charged for the drink and guacamole that we never received. Very disappointed. We left and went over to gram and Dunn! Definitely would recommend gram and Dunn!
  11. EG

    EstherG

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Father’s Day
  12. D

    Derek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t remember our servers name, he did great though. Light skin guy, seemed like a cool dude. Awesome brunch! Haha
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    The was sweet and did his best, but they are clearly understaffed. We watched the host wipe down menus with a dirty cloth, the music was so loud we could barely have a conversation. The music was more Appropriate for a college fraternity party. We were served only half of our food that we ordered, then had to find someone to get plates, they just walked away and never gave us utensils. We finally got the utensils, never got our second drinks. Only half the seats had guests and we had a late seating. Won’t go back.
  14. CL

    ChrisL

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Dirty floors and tables, rundown, ripped seating, loud club-like music. After we were seated we realized it wasn’t the atmosphere or the experience we were looking for so we left before a server even came to the table. We have had lunch at the bar before and that was good but not good for a date night.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The entire restaurant was dirty and disgusting. Flies were everywhere. The waitress had no idea what she was doing. They served us the wrong drinks. The food was cold and gross.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First off, I was not welcomed into the restaurant by any of the staff members for around 10 minutes even though it was not busy at all. Instead of being asked if I needed some assistance, I was met with "you've been helped right?" The answer of course was no. I was then sat down where it took forever just to get a cup of water for 2 people. I then had a decent guacamole appetizer and a sangria as I waited for my food to come out. After my seafood enchiladas came out, I first noticed the asparagus on top and the cheese that was not in the description at all. The cheese looked like a plastic American cheese microwaved on top of the enchiladas to try and melt it. The rice also tasted like it was reheated with no water in a microwave because it was very grainy and unpleasant to eat. The pureed black beans on the other hand were unseasoned and taste like they had been boiling in tap water for days. I took 4 bites in total and had to stop trying to force it down. I wasn't even asked by the server how everything tasted yet it was still on the bill. Leaving the restaurant 2 people decided to actually be at the host/hostess stand and just talked. No one acknowledged my leaving or even cared that I chose to be there. I will not be dining with this place ever again and really hope that management works to better this place for other patrons.
  17. HC

    HeatherC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant on the plaza, hands down. Everything on the menu is excellent
  18. JK

    JosephK

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great environment. Highly recommend any of the tacos.
  19. MH

    MsHervision

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience2
    I was celebrating my birthday! Service was great, I o my had one issue. I didn't like bartender touching my straws and placing them my drink. With Covid just didn't think that was appropriate. So with every drink I removed and replaced straws.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were delicious! Will definitely go back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Unfortunately we will not be returning. I understand that they are short staffed so we weren’t upset we had to wait for a host to sit us down, but our order was wrong not once but three times. Our drinks took about 30 minutes to get and they weren’t busy. We got there at 9 and didn’t get our food until 9:50 with our ticket to pay. And I had asked for my carne asada to be medium and it was too well done in fact it was burnt on some pieces. I didn’t even finish my food and I am not the kind to let food go to waste.
  22. NS

    NathanS

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent modern take on classic Mexican dishes. Portion sizes were "small" relatively speaking but more than enough food to leave feeling full and satisfied with nothing to take home. Our server was friendly and warm, and our experience was great. Will definitely keep this place in mind when we find ourselves in KC again.
  23. J

    Jessica

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I was hoping for the best in Mexican cuisine, but this wasn't it. The food did not blow me away, it was just all right and I wanted soooo good.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    My 13 year old daughter and I were seated at a small cocktail table in the bar. There were open tables in the main dining room that would have been more appropriate. Balancing our meal on the tiny table and trying to hold a conversation in a loud bar ruined the experience for us. I will not return to this restaurant.
  25. T

    Tedh

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Good food, although the portion size is a bit small. Overall good experience
  26. CP

    ChristinaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Food was not good, service was minimum, restaurant was dirty
  27. KT

    KatieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded our expectations again!!! Food and service were phenomenal!!! Accommodated us outside.
  28. RC

    RachelC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The service started out okay. The server was very busy and waiting for drinks from the bartender. He definitely made up for with his attentiveness throughout our meal.
  29. JC

    JasmineC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    When we got there we got seated right away. Everything was okay other than the food and the waiter. The food did not taste good whatsoever. Not well seasoned and it was super cold after like 5 minutes of being on our table. The waiter was not present. She would help other tables around us and rarely come asks us for anything. It is a very nice place, however, the food does not match the vibe.
  30. EE

    EEDavis

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    This was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had ever. The frozen margarita machine was broken, the service was awful and the food was even worse. Our meal came out cold and then took 45 minutes to get it, and when we got it, it was wrong. They comped a round of drinks and the meals that came out incorrectly, but the server was inexperienced in how to deal with it, and the manager was not much better. They explained that they had two cooks walk out, which I understand, but still it was just an awful experience. Essentially I had chips for dinner and a bad margarita.
  31. g

    gale

    Kansas City

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Short staffed so service was lacking but not our servers fault
  32. d

    dblocke

    Kansas City

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time eating at Zocalo and it didn’t disappoint! Had great table on the patio on a beautiful night. Server was super friendly - they were very busy and she felt bad for some delays but was hustling and doing a great job. Food was authentic and delicious. Will return again!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It was overall a good experience- wait staff seemed overwhelmed- but were very polite and did the best they could under the circumstances.
  34. A

    Anthony

    Kansas City

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great experience minus the mouse! Dani provided great service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We have been to Zocalo several times while visiting friends in KC. When three of us came in at 8p for dinner this past Thursday night, the hostess went to seat us then stopped and said “Oh wait, we’re not accepting walk-ins tonight, we have too many reservations.” Ok the place was not full, so I went to Open Table and saw reservations open every 15 minutes all night. I made the first available while standing there, and we were seated. Very odd, there’s no reason she shouldn’t have seated us off the bat. The hostess seemed confused, she could have said we’re taking reservations only this evening, do you have one or could you make one. It was not a good first impression. The service was slow — our appetizers and food came out all at once, and we had to wave down our server for additional drinks — but I understand many places are dealing with supply and staffing issues. Overall, once we were seated, the food and drinks were great.
  36. KP

    KarleneP

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Met my best friend of 50+ years for lunch. I gave Zocalo a try a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. They have been on the Plaza for several years now so thought we’d give them another try. The restaurant was empty, I believe we were the only guests. With an empty place there was no reason that service was incredibly s-l-o-w. I don’t know how they stay in business. The server and chef did go out of their way to serve non-citrus items for my friend. I had carne asada street tacos and my friend had shrimp street tacos. Carne asada had no flavor at all - not even heat. Even found foreign object in guacamole and not even an apology was offered. It’s never a good sign when the restaurant is EMPTY during lunch time. Very disappointed and will not return.
  37. T

    Tonykc

    Kansas City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fantastic service; good spot to catch a game. Outdoor seating is amazing, fire pit and all
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food. Only wished the waitress visited the table a little more often!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had seats at the bar and had the salsa trio, steak tacos, margaritas and a tequila flight. The bartender was our server and will in the future will always try and be in her section we had a great time
  40. F

    Foodie

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I was very disappointed with Zocalo. I took a family member there to celebrate her 21st birthday. They don't offer you any chips unless you pay for their 3 salsa plater for $7.00. The food was below average. There was a very limited selection of drinks and everything is overpriced. I asked if they did anything for birthdays and was told no, that I could buy a dessert. I would not recommend Zocalo. There are a lot of better Mexican restaurants around town.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 756-5555.

Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria is rated 3.8 stars by 1038 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria

620 W. 48th St., Kansas City, MO 64112

Additional information

  • Cross street

    48th & Jefferson

  • Neighborhood

    Plaza / Brookside

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Join us every Tuesday for Tuesday's at the Tequilaria, all day drink and food specials! Thursday, Friday and Saturday late night DJ's.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (816) 756-5555

  • Catering

    Give us a call to see what we can do for your catering needs.

  • Private party facilities

    CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE Due to COVID-19. Come and indulge in an affordable, unique and unforgettable experience at Zocalo on Kansas City's Historic Country Club Plaza. Our semi-private dining room provides the perfect atmosphere for any large group form bachelorette parties to corporate dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Natasha: (816) 756-5555

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