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PRICE RANGE
US$9 - US$24
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

The best authentic Mexican food we have ever tasted. Great service from staff and owner. We would definitely come back for the muchos nachos and churros!😍♥️ Overall great experience from this restau 😍

Date of visit: August 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2021

Thank you for dining with us guys!!! It’s my pleasure to serve your group!!! Muchas Gracias!!!❤️❤️❤️

Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

Will truly satisfy your Mexican food cravings. Excellent food! A must when visiting Rotorua. Amazing staff and ambience. We will be back for sure :)

Date of visit: August 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2021

Thank you for dining with us and we hope to serve you soon again!!! Muchas Gracias!!!❤️❤️❤️

Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

Even better than what we had in Singapore! This is a highly recommend Filipino owned Mexican restaurant! Best of the best! Definitely we will come back! Thanks for the great food and hospitality of staff!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2021

It isn't easy to find a good Mexican restaurant in New Zealand, but this is one. WAY too much food! The staff were so friendly and the service extremely fast.

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2021

Thank you for dining with us and giving us the opportunity to serve you !!! We can’t wait to serve you again soon! Muchas Gracias!!❤️❤️❤️

Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

Has to be one of the the best choices we have done, randomly walking the streets of a city we were in for the weekend. Treat yourself with extremely tasty food with huge portions. Jalapeño poppers are a must for those who enjoy them as...these are the best we have tasted in NZ. Chimichanga and Pork Enchilada is what we had for mains. Both were huge and packed with flavour. The house made hot sauce was awesome and hopefully in future it could be bottled and sold to the public to take home. Washed down with a classic Margarita and a Mechilada it was definitely the perfect meal. Staff were fantastic, polite and friendly. Every request was met with a smile and an "absolutely we can do that!!" The ambiance was great, the only restaurant on the street buzzing on a chilly Friday night. $99 for the meal and drinks was 100% worth it for what we received and will definitely be returning next time we are in Rotorua. Thanks for the Brilliant meal and service El Mexicano!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2021

The entire team of El Mexicano Zapata Cantina would like to thank you for this wonderful review!!! It’s priceless!!!! This keeps us motivated to do better and better everyday. Just to see our customer smile after their meal is just awsome!!! We look forward to...More

Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

Great service, even better food. Great place to get a great meal with good friends. Cheers for the complementary tequila shot.

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2021

You guys rock!!!! See you again soon and thanks for dining with us tonight!! Muchas Gracias!❤️❤️❤️

Reviewed 30 July 2021

Awesome food very authentic and shows the real version of mexican food good meals to share and great service highly recommend for any occasion 👍

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2021

Our team at the restaurant are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and service! We hope to serve you again soon! Muchas Gracias!!❤️❤️❤️

Reviewed 27 July 2021

Me and my husband visited today and we are very impressed with food. Taste fresh and the sauce is absolutely yummy. Definitely gonna visit again. Please try their restaurant. Very friendly staff.

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2021

We are delighted that you and your partner enjoyed the food and service that we offered at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon! Muchas Gracias!🥰

Reviewed 25 July 2021

It's the best Mexican that you can get anywhere. If you visit Rotorua you MUST visit and eat. Fast service but very nice people. I am definitely coming back!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you at our humble restaurant!!!❤️❤️❤️ We are delighted that you had a wonderful dining experience with us!!! Muchas Gracias ☺️

Reviewed 25 July 2021 via mobile

Great place for dinner , it’s a small restaurant with a great staff and service The food is well prepared and served this is a definite go again place

Date of visit: June 2021
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EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Owner at EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

We are humble by your review!!!🥰🥰🥰 Thank you so much for dining with us and looking forward to serve you again soon!!! Muchas Gracias!!!❤️❤️❤️

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Yes, EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina offers takeaway services.

EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5