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$9 - $50
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Mexican, Latin, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place this is! Went for dinner and was not disappointed. Two of us were celiac and we could almost choose from the entire menu. Husband and I shared a pair of pulled pork tacos in a soft corn tortilla and a plate...of nachos. While our fronds also choose tacos and fried chicken. The wee man had the kids menu. We did not leave this place hungry, and the food was just as great as the atmosphere!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

This is our regular go-to, my whole family has their favourites that we order over and over but I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu! Eduardo and Christina and their team are great people and you'll get the warmest welcome....They do a lovely Margarita, and this is the only place I ever order Calamari because nobody else can make it as good as Christina's. Jalapeno poppers are five star. It's ALL good actually.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

Wonderful people in the restaurant. Food was excellent and the portion was much more than what we expected. Atmosphere was fun. Prices were great as well.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

Chosen at random as we were tired of travelling. Friendly welcome, no problem with my wife’s gluten free needs (celiac). Magic food. I had the chicken in chocolate sauce with lots of accompanying mini dishes and my wife had (gf) ‘Muchas Nachos’ chicken. Lovely lively...atmosphere. Will return any time I’m in the area…More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER! The service was great nice & friendly staff, food was amazing could feel & taste the love they put into making the food!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

The food was delicious, service was quick and the tequila and drinks selection is excellent- with a range of non-alcoholic choices. We had three dips homemade tortilla chips, a few different burritos, ceviche, camarones, enchiladas, churros and banana empanadas. Everything was very tasty! There is...live music on Friday and Saturday evenings too.. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

We were craving some good Mexican food and a quick google search for the best Mexican food in Rotorua led us here...AND WE ENDED UP HAVING THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD WE HAVE EVER HAD!!! We were mind-blown by the atmosphere, hospitality and warm service. Everything...about this place is just too perfect. The manager Mr. Eduardo Diaz, was extremely warm and friendly...the servers were cheerful and friendly, and the food was simply OUTSTANDING!! They have a lot of vegetarian options as well. Will definitely visit this place again. 100% recommend this place, this branch specially.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed ur dinner at El Mexicano Zapata. Good service and food, as well as live music and an upbeat atmosphere made this a lovely night out. If you’re craving Mexican food while in Rotorua, I can only...recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

So much more than just a meal, we had a fabulous experience at El Mexicano Zapata Express! The food was wonderful, the sangria perfect, and the atmosphere outstanding. Great live music and the host was friendly and personable. Next time we are in Rotorua, we...will be back :)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

A gem of a restaurant with tasty food and lovely staff. Would definitely recommend it. We arrived on sunday evening as they were about to close but they remained open for us, even though we were the only ones in the restaurant

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

Had a blast and enjoyed great food with great service! First time trying mexican food and did not regret. Book ahead for dinner plans or call ahead.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 December 2023

Visiting New Zealand for the holidays from Texas, USA. I stumbled upon this restaurant. And hands down its the best Mexican cuisine. So authentic and fresh. The classic margaritas was delicious! Got an opportunity to meet the owners. Which was a delight. The only thing...I dislike is me not ordering more food to take home. It's a must spot.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2023 via mobile

What a delicious delight! We visited on the recommendation of our local friend and were blown away by the amazing quality of the food and totally recommend the fish tacos and margaritas! Christina was our host and so kind and enthusiastic and looked after us...so well by the end she felt like long-lost family. When you are in Rotorua make sure you pay a visit and bring your appetite and your friends: you will be glad you did!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

We were only in Rotorua for the day but are so glad we found this restaurant to eat at. The food was wonderful, fresh and a great size.The staff were wonderful too and so welcoming and warm.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

WOW, what more can I say!! When we arrived, it was mid-afternoon and the owner/staff were between lunch and dinner preparations. However, we received the BEST service possible given the timing. We ordered quesadilla's along with some chips/salsa. We not only received our order; we...also received various dips that were 100% homemade and very delicious! There was one such dip made by the owners wife that was out of this world...perfect blend of spice, heat, and utterly delicious. The Quesadilla was one of the best we have ever had and the food proportions were outstanding. The manager on duty made my wife an outstanding margarita and asked various questions as to what she preferred in her drink besides the basics. When we departed and walking down the sidewalk; the owner came running after us and just wanted to thank us for visiting his establishment. Now, how many restaurant owners do this??? As you might conclude; our experience was the best and this restaurant is well worth the visit...make sure you visit Zapata Express; there is another Zapata in town...it is NOT the same!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Hi there, sorry for late reply. Yes we do serve chilli con carne. We serve it as an entree with fresh fried corn chips or as a main meal as Nachos. Gracias
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EL MEXICANO ZAPATA EXPRESS, Rotorua - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, El Mexicano Zapata Express offers takeaway services.

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El Mexicano Zapata Express is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5