Permanently Closed - Zapoteca
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“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.
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.
My favorite restaurant!!! We come here for so many special occasions, or just for a delicious meal with friends. Thank you!
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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.
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.
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!
The only markdown is for the noise level. Next time will go I a slower night or later when it is less loud.
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.
Fantastic Mexican restaurant! Fabulous Margarita's! Very large portions.
Fun spot to go with friends!!
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.
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.
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!
The service was very attentive, the food was delicious, and the cocktails were delicious.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
Fantastic for, great service, and great drinks. Cannot wait to eat their again.
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.
Great cocktails and authentic mexican. Love the watermelon habanero and the pineapple habanero margaritas! Guac is perfect! My favorite Mexican in Portland.
We love this place! The food is delicious and our server was great - she eve remembered us from a visit several months ago.
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!
Food was good but pricey. Probably wouldn't pay that for Mexican food ...
Waitress is awesome fun and accommodating and dining area was great.
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
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.
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.
Loud atmosphere and was seated in the back by the restroom. Drinks were delicious. Food was alright.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and delicious margaritas. Try the Pricey Pear Margarita. Also the guacamole or Chicken Mole
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.
Great place, outstanding food.
Will definitely return
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!
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.
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.
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!
Permanently Closed - Zapoteca is rated 4.2 stars by 1200 OpenTable diners.