Zocalo Cleveland

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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
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Zocalo was affordable and the food was what you’d expect. We weren’t blown away but everything was prepared nicely and tasted good. If you want to go downtown without spending a fortune, this is a good option. We had the tacos, enchiladas and shared a margarita. We got out of there for around $50.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded 2 days ago

Good morning Katie! We appreciate your visit to Zocalo and your 4* review! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our food took over an hr. It was an extremely long wait

AK
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was awesome. Food selection felt limited, but was amazing. Tons of tequila options. Happy hour specials were great. Decor and atmosphere was amazing. Will dine again when in Cleveland.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on September 3, 2019

Good morning Alicia, thank you so much for visiting us at Zocalo. We sure appreciate you terrific 5* review and hope to see you again next time your are in the CLE!

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e
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This testy is one of our favorites in Cleveland to go for dinner before am Indians game! The food is always good and the service is great!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 26, 2019

Eisonly, thanks so much for stopping by Zocalo and for sending us such a lovely review! We sure appreciate it and can NOT wait to show it to Dee! We take great pride in our guest service and Dee sure shinned through! See you next time.....

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KG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited again for the 3rd year in a row for our annual trip to Cleveland and received Dee the server we had from our last trip and boy were we glad to see her!! She makes us feel SO welcomed and she really takes the time to be personable with us which makes the experience very worth while. When we come back next year, we hope to have her awesome self again!! Thanks for making our trip one to remember, again!!!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 26, 2019

Good morning Katie, thanks so much for stopping by Zocalo and for sending us such a lovely review! We sure appreciate it and can NOT wait to show it to Dee! We take great pride in our guest service and Dee sure shinned through! See you next time.....

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n
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great location but honestly the food is slightly above average for Mexican. I get fajitas everywhere I go and theirs was uninspiring. The onions and peppers were overcooked, and the meat was just thrown on top. The main reason I go here is location - the food is better here than inside Progressive.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 8, 2019

Good morning Norm. Thank you for choosing Zocalo over the weekend before going over to watch our Tribe! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We take our food quality very seriously and appreciate the opportunity to improve. We hope to see you again soon.

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

Great food, tequila, & people!

j
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had the beyond beef tacos and street fries with the same beyond beef. I was so happy to see a veg meat options and the tacos were so delicious. The street fries were also great. I ordered the blood orange margarita and it was so good, I ended up having 4!! Even though it was very busy, the wait for our food was not long at all, everything was hot, fresh and really really delicious.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 6, 2019

Wow Janinet! Thank you for visiting us at Zocalo and for leaving us your awesome 5* recommendation. We sure hope to see you again soon.

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CM
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table of 6 had a reservation before the Indians game. The hosts were busy (in slow motion) setting up a table for a large party which kept the line of guests on hold. Once seated, our waiter did his best to serve us during a busy 5:30 pm dinner crowd. The atmosphere and location are terrific for downtown with plenty of nearby parking.

The food and drinks were good. Keep your expectations in check when the place is busy. Our last drink order took nearly 30 minutes...when we were ready to leave for the game. The server understood and did not charge for that drink.

FYI - the impossible taco was really good as a veggie option.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thanks Chuck, for you visit and your 4* review. We sure can get packed and appreciate your understanding! Hope to see you soon.

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WT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was my 3rd time going to Zocalo. The food was fantastic and I can't say enough good things about the drinks. I sat at the bar with my daughter while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive. The bartender was attentive, refilling chips and salsa without us needing to ask. He was great! However, the service once we were seated (we had a reservation for 6) was not that great. The waiter didn't smile - even once. We were not a high maintenance group at all. We were just there to have some drinks and eat dinner. It wasn't that busy and we would have probably stayed there longer if he would have smiled at us or even been nice. He made us feel guilty for even being there. Instead we left as soon as we were done eating and went to another bar. Fortunately East 4th has so many options that it wasn't a big deal to find another place to go to. I'm hoping this was a fluke. I will definitely go back to see.

TS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing the best Avocado Toast! Made reservations as no issues walked right in & even gave us booth like requested!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on August 2, 2019

Good morning Trish. Thank you for your visit to Zocalo and for leaving us your terrific 5 * recommendation. We hope to see you soon.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Service and Atmosphere were great for our group of 6 adults. We were able to have conversations and watch the TRIBE! Food was just ok. Carnitas were very dry and tough and taco shells were also tough. But Salsa was Yummy.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 30, 2019

JS25, thanks so much for stopping by Zocalo and for taking the time to leave us your review! We take great pride in our Carnitas as well as all of our food and appreciate you letting us know that we slipped up on Saturday and giving us the opportunity to improve. Hope to see you soon.

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AM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Zocalo has always been 1 of favorites, mostly because their salsa is by far the best in the city. Their drinks are world class margaritas and what an awesome tequila selection. Fred, a manager there, barrel aged a tequila mixed w/ Cointreau and it was delightful!!! I wish I knew the name but be sure to always ask the bartenders what new tequilas and infusions they have going!
We had a party of 11! Big group. At first the server seen a little annoyed at having to serve a big party, or maybe just us, I'm not sure, but she eventually warmed up to us! I'm so glad because we were celebrating a 50th bday and I would hate to have an attitude ruin it! It turned out great! We ordered tons of margaritas, a few guacs, some quesos and the chips kept getting refilled and refilled. We probably shouldn't have filled up on those chips... We all had left overs from our entrees. I ordered the salad, it was amazing, I LOVED the chipotle vinaigrette dressing. At our table the tres enchiladas and fajitas all had big reviews as well!!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 30, 2019

Alexandra thank you and your group for choosing to celebrate with us at Zocalo! We really loved your great 5* review and will share it today with our team! Great way to start our day! We hope to see you soon!

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PF
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice staff and great server. The guacamole was just “ok”. The salsa was very good. The fajita was just “ok”. Nice enough place but definitely not the best choice on the street.

k
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zocalo has great food and margaritas, but was very affordable! It’s nice to get a good dinner in the city that doesn’t cost a small fortune. Nice atmosphere, good presentation of the food. I had the enchiladas with beef, which was delicious! We would definitely go back!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 25, 2019

Wow Katie, thank you so much for your lovely 5* review! We sure appreciate you visit to Zocalo and look forward to your next visit!

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S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was adequate; however the service was awful. The waitress was pretty much unavailable, and we actually saw her in the corner on her phone. The restaurant was unaware of Open Table too. I had to email Open Table to get my points.

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

Bachelorette party dinner fabulous food and margaritas!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks so much for your 5*s. We are thrilled you had a great night out with the girls! Hope to see you soon! Lets celebrate the "Big Day"!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a great price! I have already recommended it to my friends! The chicken bacon chonger was just awesome!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 17, 2019

Wow Cheyenne! Thanks so much for your terrific recommendation! We hope you stop by real soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Handled our large group of 10 (plus another group of 10 nearby) perfectly. Called ahead to make sure everything was set and they had the table reserved and ready. everyone raved about the food and drinks. Great atmosphere for a Friday night.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 17, 2019

Shelia, your 5* review and recent visit are very much appreciated. We hope you choose us again real soon.

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PK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a beautiful night in Cleveland. The tacos were delicious, drinks were great. Our server was very knowledgeable about the tequila and the ambiance was fantastic. Cant wait to return!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 8, 2019

Patti we sure appreciate your visit on one of those gorgeous nights in The CLE and for taking the time to leave us your 5* review and kind words. We can not wait to see your return either!

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and drinks here was very good.. I’m giving it four stars because of the patrons.. not really something the restaurant can control, but a good number of the people there were younger, loud and overserved. Possibly just that evenings experience and not something that would stop my husband and I from returning as everything else was great!!

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hi Sue, Thanks for your 4* review. We appreciate it very much. Our crowds vary a great deal with what is "happening" in CLE. We sure hope you choose us again real soon.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a party of 7 to celebrate my daughter's birthday and Zocalo was a great choice. We were lucky and it was a beautiful evening and with an Indian's game happening that same evening the streets were bustling with people! I appreciate immensely that Zocalo validates parking! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you for choosing Zocalo for your daughter's birthday Maureen. You sure picked a fantastic weekend to celebrate her birthday, Cleveland summer weather (at last!) and a Tribe sweep over Detroit City. Your review simply made my morning! Hope you and your family choose us again soon!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were able to eat at an outdoor table which was great. Food was delicious and plentiful.

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your great 5* review! We hope to see you a Zocalo again very soon!

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MB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great. Service was horrible. Did not take drink orders for the kids. Drinks came after appetizer. Dinner came right after appetizer. It was wait wait then rush it all on the table

Zocalo Cleveland
Responded on June 24, 2019

MBdiner, we apologize for the disappointing service you experienced recently at 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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E
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 on June 12, 2019

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 on June 12, 2019

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 on June 13, 2019

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 on June 13, 2019

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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a
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!!

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!

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.

A
Cleveland
27 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!

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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OT
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
Columbus
2 reviews
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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