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About Permanently Closed - Zapoteca

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - "Better Than Any Mexican Restaurant in Boston" Boston Globe

“Mexican done right, ... among Portland’s best restaurants” From Away

At Zapoteca, we take deep-rooted, vibrantly flavored Mexican dishes, use a combination of modern and old world cooking techniques and present the dishes in a truly unique way.


We believe that to prepare great food it is essential that you begin with great ingredients. Because of this, we take advantage of the best New England has to offer and strive to utilize sustainable seafood and local produce whenever possible.


All of this combined with a unique International wine list, over 100 high quality tequilas and margaritas made with only the freshest ingredients creates an amazing result.

505 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
​TUESDAY-THURSDAY / 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

​FRIDAY -SATURDAY / 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

​SUNDAY / 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

​MONDAY / 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Amazing Brunch Served Every Saturday and Sunday 11:30 - 2:00

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 772-8242

Website:
http://www.zapotecarestaurant.com/

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.

Zapoteca - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (624)
Good for Groups (561)
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Great for Lunch (275)
Great for Brunch (228)
Notable Wine List (199)
Late-night Find (126)
Handcrafted Cocktails (57)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Casual (55)
Good for a Date (54)
Authentic (52)
Kid-friendly (51)
Spicy (44)
Bar Seating (37)
Tapas (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Happy Hour (30)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The restaurant was on the smaller side as well as the menu. Very expensive for Portland standards. The food came out delish but the service was absolutely horrible. Three of us put our drink orders in and instead of going back to the bar and entering in the orders our waitress proceeded to take care of other tables. It took about 15 minutes for the first drinks to come out and then another 10 before the last drink came (it was a glass of wine, nothing intricate) then the waitress failed to make another appearance until another 15 minutes had passed.


Get it together.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My favorite restaurant!!! We come here for so many special occasions, or just for a delicious meal with friends. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great restaurant with great food. Just need to install acoustic tiles to walls for sound. So noisy could barely talk to person sitting next to you.

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The margaritas are the star on the menu; they are absolutely delicious. Good creative food, some sits a little heavy but overall good. Server was excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 7, 2017

How was Zapoteca? I wish I could tell you about the dining experience. But despite accepting my reservation on Open Table, and without any warning or other communication with me, the restaurant was simply closed when we showed up at the appointed time. Which was immediately after my daughter's graduation ceremony. With a party of seven. Including three senior citizens, one of whom could barely walk the block and a half from the ceremony to the restaurant. This made me look super competent to my guests, who reluctantly wobbled up the street to a pub while I went to fetch the car and find another reservation. At the last minute, for seven people, on graduation day. Thanks for nothing!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The only markdown is for the noise level. Next time will go I a slower night or later when it is less loud.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great food and drinks, professional staff, a bit noisy. Unless you can get a parking spot on the street (the sports bar next door gets most of those) you pay to park in the nearby lot. Fun to sit at the bar and watch the creative mixologists make their drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Fantastic Mexican restaurant! Fabulous Margarita's! Very large portions.
Fun spot to go with friends!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Underwhelmed. First we arrived (at 5:30) for our reservation and were told that if we wanted a booth we needed to be done by 7 because they had a reservation coming - um, hello, we have a reservation and are here now. Customer service? Then it took a while to get drinks even with only 5 other tables. The drinks were good though. One entree was good (enchiladas), the other bland (carnitas). It wasn't a bad experience just not worth going back to.

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food2
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Despite being able to make a reservation the day of our lunch and their website having a sample lunch menu, we arrived at the restaurant to learn that they were closed and had stopped serving lunch. Very disappointed and very embarrassing for me as I had arranged the outing for my mother who lives out of the country. I honestly expected to be contacted by the restaurant to apologize for the mixup, but was further disappointed by them when I heard nothing.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Had a two hour dinner with our son and fiance. Everyone's food and drinks were great. The waitress was there when we needed her, but didn't hover or try to hurry us. A relaxing, memorable, meal!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vegan, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The service was very attentive, the food was delicious, and the cocktails were delicious.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We were a group of six and could hear each other fine the whole night. Our table was ready for our reservation. The service was solid, the drinks were delicious and interesting and the food was spot on. Someone said we had a different/more limited menu bc it was Memorial Day weekend but I didn't confirm that. There were still plenty of options and everyone enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Wonderful time!!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I have loved this restaurant and still enjoy it but I was so bummed to find out that they got rid of the vegetarian menu! Bring it back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fun, Late-night Find
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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Zapoteca consistently delivers great food, fantastic drinks and attentive service. This time I tried the peach basil margarita - fantastic! The cerviche is always fresh and creative. The menu has a lot of variety and did I mention the drinks...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were here for Mother's day brunch and had a very nice meal. While it took a little while to receive our food, it was delicious and everyone in the party was very satisfied with the presentation and portion.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Savannah)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We sat down looked over the menu and ordered our wine. Our choice was not available, We ordered our second choice that too wasn't available. Thar combined with the uninterested and non apologetic server was enough for us and we left and ate somewhere else.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fantastic for, great service, and great drinks. Cannot wait to eat their again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Tapas, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I was disappointed in the amount of time it took for our meal to come out. The chips were too salty and the main course was too bland. I am a huge Mexican place and I would not recommend dining here. Also, the plates are very small. We ended up getting food after we had dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great cocktails and authentic mexican. Love the watermelon habanero and the pineapple habanero margaritas! Guac is perfect! My favorite Mexican in Portland.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We love this place! The food is delicious and our server was great - she eve remembered us from a visit several months ago.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We went to Zapoteca on Cinco de Mayo expecting to get a delicious meal (as we have in the past). We were sorely disappointed. The menu was very limited because the restaurant was anticipating large crowds. That wasn't the problem, however. The problem was that our meals were bland, and tasted like they had been pre-prepared and left under a warming light for hours (which they may well have been). We kept apologizing to our guests, who were first-timers, and tried to explain that this was an aberration. But it was hard to convince them to give it another shot, when the food was so subpar. Zapoteca owes its fans better than that. Bottom line? Stay away from this place on busy nights!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Food was good but pricey. Probably wouldn't pay that for Mexican food ...
Waitress is awesome fun and accommodating and dining area was great.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

A bit pricey but overall good food. Waitstaff was a little overwhelmed when we went and told us the kitchen was behind. We waited a while for food and drink refills but it didn't bother us since the waitress gave us a heads up. The salsas and enchilada were my favorite

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Food and drink were amazing as always however every time I go I feel like I have a search light focused on me. The lighting is far to bright and the placement of it is just awful. really hard to enjoy your time there. Also they really need to invest in some acoustical baffling asap! A buzzing restaurant is lovely but when you need to yell across the table to your friends so you can hear each other..(mind you I am 29) that strikes me as a tad to loud for a restaurant.
Food&Drink A++
Atmosphere C-

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Terrible experience. We ordered food, including what proved to be watery guacamole, and entrees that never came. Our waitress initially would not make eye contact, then admitted that the kitchen was short staffed. She apologized, but she seemed to take it in stride, as if the occurrence was not uncommon.

I will never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Loud atmosphere and was seated in the back by the restroom. Drinks were delicious. Food was alright.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food as always. The kitchen was slow. The waiter was very apologetic and comped us dessert to make up for it. Delicious s always.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I ate here with my parents for my birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and slightly fancier than your average Mexican place which is what we were going for. I felt it was reasonably priced for what you got - it definitely would be possible to spend a lot of money here if you ordered a lot of drinks and appetizers but with just a round of drinks, guac, and a main course it wasn't too bad and that is definitely enough food. I loved their margarita menu, they had several creative kinds that I had never seen before. I ordered the blood orange one which was tangy and not too sweet. The service was wonderful - prompt, friendly, and attentive - and they gave me a complimentary slice of cake when they heard it was my birthday (but didn't sing or anything - which I thought was good!). Overall it was a really nice experience and I'd love to go back again.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I am a resident of Portland and I am really impressed with the quality of this restaurant. Food, service, menu, setting and (especially) drinks were all top-notch. I brought my parents here for easter with my parter. We all loved what we ordered and really enjoyed trying all the handcrafted margaritas. Food was exceptional and presentation was very nice. The Sunday late brunch menu optons were a treat as well as the standard menu items always available. Staff were very friendly and attentive/informative. I was afraid, since there weren't many people there at that hour, that the staff would be overbearing but it absolutely wasn't true. The pricing is an amazing value for what you get and I will definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Food was very tasty and the drinks were strong. Service unfortunately left something to be desired as waitresses seemed inattentive, although our party did come in in waves so I'm sure some of the blame is with us.

We will be back.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great food and delicious margaritas. Try the Pricey Pear Margarita. Also the guacamole or Chicken Mole

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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2017

I love this place. The food and drinks are amazing. So are the chips and salsa, seriously. The bunch menu is super affordable and tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Spicy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great place, outstanding food.
Will definitely return

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Unfortunately, we celebrated our event (I won the NCAA pool) on bachelorette party night - combined with a 2nd all-girl party, noise level was OUCH. But we had a fabulous waitperson (who totally understood about the noise and did speak to the manager who did speak to the tables... but it was party night after all!) and the food, as expected, was outstanding. Other times we have given all 4-5 stars. So next time we will skip Saturday night! Recommend the mussels (in any form - I hope they bring back oven smoked), scallops, and the guacamole!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My family and I had a nice time and the food was pretty good. We had the chicken tacos as appetizer, the carnitas, mole and the steak with the mushroom sauce, everything was delicious but the steak was outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Very authentic Mexican cuisine with a large selection of salsas and freshly made margaritas (no mix here!). Nice environment (rather quiet night as it was Sunday), great friendly service.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Have been here before and like the first time, it did not disappoint. Excellent cocktails and our server was fantastic! The food was so good. Best guacamole I've ever had!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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