Zocalo Cleveland

4.2
675 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Enjoy food made fresh daily! From our fresh salsa to our slow roasted carnitas, we strive to provide the best quality Mexican food in a fun and festive atmosphere. Experience a unique Mexican restaurant and tequilaria that is truly one-of-a-kind and can only be found on East 4th Street.
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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and our waitress was the bomb. Vibe is cool, especially if it is warm out and the patio is open. Try and sit out there at night, the lights on east 4th make it even better.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded 5 days ago

Wow, Ewise, thank you so much for your great 5* review! We appreciate your recent visit and hope to see you soon and often over the summer's patio season!

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EH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service! Highly recommend the fajitas and burrito bowl! Margaritas are awesome!!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded 5 days ago

Emily, thank you for your recent visit and your terrific 5* review. We aim to please and looks like we hit your bullseye! Hope to see you again real soon.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation on Open Table for 6 people. I haven't seen the people I made a reservation with in a year. They sat us at a community table right in front of the 4 piece band. I politely asked for a different table so we can hear each other talk. They said no table was available & that other guests were allowed to sit at the table since it was a community table. What was the point of making a reservation?? We had our first drink and left.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded 4 days ago

Jill, we apologize for your disappointing visit to Zocalo. We take pride in our customer service and appreciate you sending us this teaching moment. We hope you choose us again soon. We thank you for taking the time to send us your review.

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r
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

quesadillas are great but the carnitas choice had large pieces of meat instead of shredded, which I prefer. The pineapple Patron Silver margaritas were fantastic. It took a while for someone to wait on us, but once they did, it was great the rest of the evening.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your visit and 4* review Rob! Your opinions mean so much to us. I did pass along your shredded preference to Sam, our Chef, he likes to keep in touch with your tastes!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience. Everyone was friendly and gave us great service from the bartender to our server!! We will definitely be back!!

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K
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out server was quick and friendly! We were out on a lunch date prior to the Indians game. Food was really good and so were the drinks. Great afternoon lunch!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We were a 6 top seated downstairs against a wall in a booth whose seats left our chins close to the table. They were about 8 inches too low! We had one person in a chair she seemed to be a foot higher than everyone else.

Food was excellent. Service was great. My first pitcher of Margaritas was fresh and tasty, but very low on tequila. We had another round in glasses and those were very strong.

I had a flight of tequila and the both chasers were delicious.

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A
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but came out cooler than room temp. Margaritas were delicious. Waiter was great! Recommend sitting upstairs. No atmosphere in basement.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on May 15, 2019

Amy, thank you for your great review. I will review your comment on the food temp with Chef Sam. We appreciate your passing along your experience as we are ever looking to improve! Hope you choose us again soon.

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SC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Server was very attentive. Drinks were large. Menu was limited and mostly consisted of alcohol. Food was decent. Atmosphere was good, music was great!

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Too many choices of Tequila and the Margaritas are another level. Food was amazing. Tacos are bigger than you think! The carnitas are very nice and crunchy!!! Our server Patrick was amazing. He gave really good recommendations and he was very attentive. I would definitely go back to have dinner here next time I visit Cleveland.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on May 2, 2019

Never too many choices of Tequila and Margaritas LOL ! We do agree that Patrick is amazing, a real Zocalo veteran who has hospitality stamped on his soul and knowledge to boot! Do visit CLE soon and we hope to see you then!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent experience!!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you for your excellent 5 star review! We hope you join us again soon. For your next family or office party contact our great event team listed on our website!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Food was great, drinks were good, service was good. Noise level a little high, but overall very good experience!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your terrific 5 star review! We hope to see you soon. For your next family or office party contact our great event team listed on our website!

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MD
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. We were going to a concert and had reservations. We were immediately seated and the server greeted us quickly. Food and drinks were delivered to our table quickly. The restaurant has a fun and energetic atmosphere.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your great 5* review! Hope you enjoyed the concert! We take pride in our fun service staff and are thrilled with your recommendation! Hope to see you soon.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great! Highly recommend reservations if you’re on your way to an event as it’s a pretty busy place.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Amyl, thank you so much for your recent visit over the weekend! We really appreciate your taking time out to send us your terrific 5* review and kind words! We hope to see you again in the near future! Consider our team for your next celebration or office party! Check us out on our website for more party info!

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SJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time and location with friends prior to a concert. Great drinks. Carnitas were exceptional.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you for stopping by this weekend and for taking the time to leave us your 5 star review! We hope you join us again soon. For your next friends & family celebration or office party contact our great event team listed on our website!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, service and food was great! Really enjoyed our experience there.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

We sure appreciate your taking the time to send us your terrific 5* review! Thank you for stopping by Zocalo and we look forward to your next visit!

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Cleveland
86 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible tequilas and tacos!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you for your 5* review and your recent visit! Tacos Everyday will not last forever, 1/2 price tacos Everyday until 6 p.m. while the offer lasts! Hope to see you soon.

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SR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Zocalo provided a completely lackluster experience. When we arrived, we waited for quite some time to be met by a host(ess), even though the restaurant was pretty empty. The drink I ordered ("Michelada") was terrible, practically undrinkable. Our food, a variety of typical Mexican fair, was quite mediocre. The presentation was lacking, and there were no memorable dishes. The nacho plate was enormous (perhaps the only positive of the meal), but seemed to lack a balance of toppings to chips. If you are near E 4th St. in Cleveland, you've got tons of other options. Take one.

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k
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Zocalo has a great location, fun decor, and festive atmosphere. The food was fantastic, although I would love to see even more variety in the taco options, or specials! Great Margarita's by the pitcher, and my Mojito was spot on. I would definitely recommend this location for pre-theater or concert dinner.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy concert night but we made a reservation so our table was ready for us upon arrival. Server was very attentive and friendly.. gave great suggestions. Food and drinks were fast and delicious.

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s
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the quirky off-path entry, decor server complied with no upcharge, and rice was delicious. They were out of fried ice cream (only plain ice cream), so we skipped dessert. Prices were very affordable for food served.

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TL
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, we all loved what we got. The portions are a good size, lots of steak with my fajitas. Atmosphere was nice too, high energy. Service was just okay. We were celebrating my daughter’s 18th birthday, I put it in the reso, but it was never mentioned. We were going home for cake, but was surprised it wasn’t mentioned at all. Overall happy, and we will return.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never lets us down! We love coming here!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was Great - Food was Great - Margaritas were good (a little too much ice in the pitcher)

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was poor. The meat was the toughest meat I have ever had. We unfortunately were on a time crunch so I was not able to have it fixed.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was poor and margaritas not great

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The experience was alright. The food was not bad but the service was terrible. Our waitress didn't introduce herself at all. She just dumped a basket of chips on our table, opened her notebook and looked at us waiting for our order. No, "hello what can I get for you this evening" just a raised eyebrow as if we were idiots wasting her time. I think the drinks are way over priced as well. $16 for a margarita that was mostly ice. It tasted great but cost way too much in my opinion. I would still recommend this place to others, I just really hope they work on their service because our waitress was horrible.

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TK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was just okay. Chips were stale. Burrito bowl was nothing special.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was over priced and not great. Waited over 15 minutes for refills when we were ready to go. Needs upgraded for sure booths and tables are run down.. very disappointing.

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JS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were sat right away, had a wait a bit for service but then it was all taken care of. Drinks were great as was the food!

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MD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great carnita tacos!
Four top table way to small for four people with drinks and food.
Extra napkins at the table are really cheap and useless. This level restaurant should have usable napkins!

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CS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Good service. We were there before the Friday night rush, and it was quiet and easy to have conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the best time before a Cavs game!!!! The food and drinks were amazing!!! Will be back when we come back to Cleveland!!!!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I called to request a certain table ahead of time, they had it all set up for us (group of 6) - with salsa, chips and water :) Because our tacos were taking longer than normal, they gave us an appetizer on the house! Great service :)

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend to Zocalo for dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day. It was amazing! We arrived early for our reservation and the manager allowed us to wait for a window seat to open up. The wait was worth it! The food and drinks were excellent as always. We had a great time! The service was fast even though the place was packed.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks and great food. Will be back again for sure

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow and not very friendly. Our server gave no explanation for the delays, no apologies, nothing. The food and drinks, once we got them, were fantastic so I’m hoping the service issue was not the usual experience for diners.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The service was slow. We had to flag our waitress down when we needed something. Food was very good and moderately priced. Margarita pitchers were overpriced and I could barely taste any alcohol in it.

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A
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is delicious, however, the drink menu is way overpriced. I do not recommend sitting downstairs . We were by the kitchen and it wasn't a nice quiet dinner for a couple. It was very cold downstairs as well. We looked around and every single person still had their coat on! We will be back but hopefully when it is cold out, they can place you somewhere warm !

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BB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been a long time since trips, menu which was at one time exciting, fresh, and inviting is now one page, and is somewhat bland and boring. Honestly looks like a Chipotle menu, only Chipotle food is better. Shame as we had enjoyed this place years ago. Much better 4th street food options out there. Service was ok, but waiter looked more like an off the street customer than a server, but was fine.

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