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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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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelB (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 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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GeorgeK (Mobile)
2.0  Dined 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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Rsilva3 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined 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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viphummer (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

I loved the new Texas Fried Snapper

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 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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vipMomofthebest4 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

Host was very professional and nice. Server was great

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MariBethS (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined 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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vipFoodie (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 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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viphummer (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Great place to hang out after a long work week.

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vipVVWDAW (Denver)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

They no longer offer free cornbread.

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vipstacey (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 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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Annette917 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 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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DWM1 (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 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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vipazgmahn (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined 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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