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Z'Tejas Gateway

4.1
185 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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About

Z'Tejas Gateway is a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in serving Southwestern Mexican cuisine. The restaurant features a festive, upbeat atmosphere and offers a full service bar with a large margarita selection.

Z'Tejas Gateway serves lunch and dinner daily and features an additional weekend brunch service. Brunch at the restaurant features such fare as bananas foster French toast, Southwestern breakfast bake, chicken fried chicken and waffles, south of the border Benedicts and stuffed breakfast relleno. Lunch and dinner at Z'Tejas Gateway features a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, Southwestern entrées, classic Mexican fare and house-made desserts. Entrée selections include Baja fish tacos and Texas fried snapper.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 948-9010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Agustin Castorena
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Private party facilities
Z’Tejas is the perfect place to host your next group gathering, offering four unique venue options. For groups of 15 or more, we offer banquet menus to help keep your budget on track.
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Private party contact
Athena Pauly: (877) 889-5443
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Catering
(480) 948-8581
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shea Blvd.
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Public transit
North East corner of Shea Blvd. and N. Tatum Blvd.
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Entertainment
Live Music every Thursday night from 6-9pm and every Friday night from 6-10pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 19, 2016

We've eaten at Z a bunch of times and the food is always excellent. Except this time.

My wife had a Sonoran Chicken Salad and it wasn't fresh, tasted like the fridge. I had a chicken fried ribeye that you could pound nails with.

We'll go back, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt that this disaster was a one-off.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Not happy with drinks or meal. The drinks were expensive and were mostly mix. The millionaires martini was terrible. We sent our drinks back. The Mexican fajitas were cooked separately and combined in the presentation skillet. The evening was very disappointing. Our server did everything he could to make our drinks and dinner right but could not make up for the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Food is always good at the Z! Too bad the delicious corn bread is not longer complimentary.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I went her for Mother's Day with my wife and three girls. We waited an hour and 45 minutes with no food. Kids meals came out early and were horrible. We got up an left. Never got an apology or call from the manager. Worst restaurant ever.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

I loved the new Texas Fried Snapper

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Service not good - seated on time, waited about 10 minutes and had to get waitress to give us water. After that, everything was too slow - ordered drinks and waited way too long to get them. Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2016

Delicious!!! Frozen margaritas are great! Wonderful happy hour. At 7, things quiet down.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2016

Host was very professional and nice. Server was great

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2016

We make it a point to visit Z'Tejas when we are in town and the steak with carmelized onions and blue cheese never disappoints!!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2016

I LOVE Ztejas Happy Hour. The drink specials are amazing as well as the food. I definitely recommended giving them a try and I guarantee you will love it as well.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Went for brunch on Valentines day and it was totally understaffed. Our waitress tried her best but everything took forever, from ordering to getting the food to getting the check. The time we spent waiting was very noticeable and affected our meal. We also had two people get pooped on by birds so be careful!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2016

Great and unique food. Salsa is unbelievable and the Diablo pasta is great.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

I really liked everything about this restaurant except, like may restaurants at 6:00 p m, it was very noisy.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2016

Great place to hang out after a long work week.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2016

We used to love Z'Tejas. But the past few years have been rather disappointing. I had read in the newspaper that they had made some improvements, so we thought we would give it another try. First of all, the place was very busy and there was a lot of commotion. Our waiter seemed really hassled and took a while getting to us. When he did, he was apologetic, but it didn't help much. He took our drink order and dinner order at the same time. However, our soup came out before anything, then the drinks, then the chips and salsa, and immediately the entrees arrived. I don't know who was responsible for the bad timing, but it wasn't very enjoyable. We thought the soup and entrees were quite good, but the portions were rather small. In summary, we probably won't go back since there are other choices.

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1.0Dined on January 23, 2016

They no longer offer free cornbread.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

I do not know that I will go back to this location. The cold air comes into the room every time the front door opens and without exception, I am always given a table in the line of that door and that cold air. The service at this location is only fair.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2015

The food was very good and nicely met the desires of all six of us - 3 excellent salads, 1pasta dish and 2 burritos. The round table was good for group conversation but the outstanding part was our service. Our server came frequently enough to ask if we needed anything and brought a couple of well-timed rounds of drinks. And we didn't wait long for the house speciality cornbread and dinner.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2015

There is nothing about this place that stands out as above average other than very friendly servers. The food is just barely average. You could do as well by staying home opening the fridge and just pulling something out.

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2.0Dined on October 7, 2015

We've been a customer of Z Tejas for many years, and typically enjoy it greatly (hence, we keep coming back on a regular basis). This time we found them lacking on multiple fronts. Slow service, poor seating, a waiter more concerned with wanting to explain that we might be charged for our cornbread than with actually getting it for us, and food quality overall was not up to normal standards. We hope this is an anomaly, and not the future trend, or we will be moving on from what has traditionally been a favorite. Hope for better next time!

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner. They were short staffed, so the service was below par. We had to go to the hostess numerous times for service. She was very pleasant, and always found someone to help us. We were celebrating a friend's birthday, so it wasn't as nice as it could have been. This is not typical for this location, so we'd go back again.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2015

Our server was excellent

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

We had a large group and booked at the last minute. The service was a bit slow but the top shelf margaritas were great to start. Pork nachoes were to die for. The table side guacamole was not traditional and very dry. The chips and salsa were good and plentiful. Entrees were amazing and well worth the wait. We had the Barbacoa enchiladas, chicken enchilada among them. This was a great fun experience with great food. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2015

We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday and the food was outstanding and we loved the Chambord margaritas!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2015

Apart from the hostess who did not honor our advance table reservation the food was good .
Our server was friendly and attentive. Little odd spot to sit so close to the bar on elevated table and chairs.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2015

Came for National Tequila Day and made reservations because on Cinco de Mayo it was a mad house. Expected the same but was actually just busy. Too bad the server was taking tables on the patio as well as our section. Couldn't get salsa and chip refills and was barely around. $1.99 tacos were good but there was a limit of 4??? We also enjoyed other menu items such as the grilled chicken quesadilla and a entrée salad. I know this isn't the norm but was asked to review this experience. We will be back, hopefully.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2015

Let me begin with saying that the service provided was impeccable. I had the crab cake appetizer - phenomenal. I will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2015

We arrived at happy hour and enjoyed some of their happy hour food specials. Their sangria was quiet refreshing.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2015

This is a great place that always give great service and the food is delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2015

Food was amazing...but it took a very long time for it to come out. We were on the second round of cocktails and still no food. Also we ordered the side table guacamole as an appetizer but it also didn't come out until our main course was served. Needless to say food was delicious but they need to do something about the service.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2015

Cinco DE mayo and great service with a reservation. Food was great as usual.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo taco and margarita special was fantastic. I hope they do it every year.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2015

This place was better before it changed ownership recently. Now their street tacos aren't as good, have to pay extra for cheese instead of it coming with it, and have to pay for the cornbread. Still good food and place but disappointing.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2015

We arrived in Scottsdale lasted afternoon and took the concierge's suggestion to eat here. Food was okay, restaurant itself makes a nice impression. The manager does a good job training his waitstaff as they are very friendly and attentive. The cornbread is outstanding!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Our server was really just so clueless--I had to ask the hostesses to send someone over to our table twice, as we sat and waited for at least 15 minute before anyone even greeted us at our table. And it was Easter. Once our serve arrived. I told him it was my father's 76th birthday, assuming he'd get the hit and bring a little something with a candle at the conclusion of our Easter brunch. Nope. He was nice but just oblivious to his role as server in a restaurant. Luckily the food is great (although the temperature of it could have been hotter). And who doesn't love the Bloody Mary bar?! Yum. I have been going to Z'Tejas for unique southwestern cuisine for at least 15 years now. Too band our server couldn't handle service on Easter brunch, which also happened to be my father's birthday. It wasn't very special for him. My 5-year-old loved the bunny and the candy/photo--excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

We had a nice dinner with two other couples last night at Z'Tejas. It was a busy Saturday night in Scottsdale and fortunately I had made reservations. We were warmly greeted at the door and shown to our table which was waiting for us. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and reviewed the specials and answered questions. He got our drink order right away and brought everyone water and warm corn bread served in cast iron skillets. We got the grilled shrimp tostadas for an appetizer which were nice sized shrimp served on a crispy chip with guacamole. My husband had the seafood enchiladas which he liked a lot and I had the grilled cilantro pesto-rubbed ruby trout which our waiter recommended and was delicious., served with grilled veggies and rice. The food was excellent, service was friendly and efficient and we had a great time.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2015

Our drinks were delivered after incorrect deliveries, all after the appetizers. Both main courses were incorrect. My companions dinner was finally delivered 20 minutes after mine. What a shame. Poor, uniformed service. Food was overcooked and wrong.
Z'Tejas was a fun dependable fast casual restaurant. They need to properly train the service people.

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1.0Dined on February 23, 2015

The food was terrible, I ordered fish tacos that were extremely dry without much flavor. Small appetizer portions. Overall not a good experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We went there for Valentine's Day dinner and everything was great!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2015

I love the food and the whole place. The waiters are very good and fun to talk to

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