About Zapatas Mexican Restaurant

Mexican food is always a family favourite, and at Zapatas Mexican Restaurant, it’s easy to see why. They serve all the classics – fajitas, guac, tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, chimichangas – everything you could want and more. The oldest of it’s kind in Adelaide, the restaurant’s dining space is split between the hacienda and the outside area, and features full carpeting and straw ceilings, so you can bring the whole posse down to Melbourne Street in North Adelaide – book a table now!

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Zapatas Mexican Restaurant
42 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Adelaide 5006

Menu Highlights




Crispy hot tortilla chips smothered with melted cheese and crowned with jalepeno peppers.

Combination Dips

A platter of all 4 dips for those who cannot make up their minds.

Nachos Supreme

Nachos on a bed of frijoles.


Chicken Flautas

Two flour tortillas fried to crispy perfection with a delightfully seasoned filling of chicken

Chilli Con Carne

A rich stew made from beans, ground beef, tomatoes, chilli and spices, served with crunchy corn chip

Prawns in Mexican Batter

Succulent prawn cutlets, deep fried in a crisp and lightly spiced Mexican beer batter


Enchilada Chica

Corn tortilla rolled around chicken breast and cheese together with a beef taco served with rice


A golden deep fried flour tortilla with a spicy chicken filling, topped with salsa and sour cream

Carne a La Tampiquena

Combination plate of barbecue fillet Steak with onion and capsicum, a Chicken & cheese Enchilada



Crisp fried puff of sweet pastry topped with honey, ice cream and cinnamon

Aztec Chocolate Indulgence

A rich baked chocolate torte served with cream.

Ice Cream Zapata

Special flavours with special liqueurs. (Serves Two)

More about Zapatas Mexican Restaurant, North Adelaide

On Melbourne Road in Adelaide, Zapata Mexican Restaurant was the first south-of-the-border joint in the city – they opened back in 1975 – and their take on Mexican food and drink is an enduring local favourite. North Adelaide locals come for the cocktails, and the more adventurous try the Brave Bull, made with tequila and Patron, or choose from the margarita bar, where options come shaken or frozen and in shots, glasses or full pitchers. Salud!

Start your time at Zapata Mexican restaurant in Adelaide with the traditional nachos and dips – whether salsa, guacamole, tomato chili or frijoles con queso, beans with cheese – before you move onto the mains. All your Mexican favourites are there to choose between: chilli, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos… we could go on. Our top tip has to be the burrito del mar, prawns and scallops stuffed in a tortilla with Mexican rice, a creamy sauce and fresh salad. Whether you’re in North Adelaide for a lunch, a romantic meal or a big family night out, this spot along Melbourne Road is your best choice for a superb Mexican evening.

33 Zapatas Mexican Restaurant Reviews

33 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
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Regina L.2 months ago · 11 reviews

Love the food here. The dips are great as is the sangria.

Graham M.5 months ago · 1 review

I found my meal to excellent as it always is. My wife is a vegetarian with food allergies and they tried for her but she did not like it so they did not charge Thank you

Michael G.7 months ago · 1 review

1st time I had really experienced good Mexican food. We had a wonderful time. Staff were excellent and helpful. Will go again.

Paul R.a year ago · 2 reviews

great food and good service. always a pleasure to go and eat at this place. staff are very friendly and happy to help with anything

Matthew A.5 months ago · 13 reviews

The nachos were excellent (we have had a few bad experiences while travelling lately so it was great to come home to great nachos!) but the Chile Colorado was over salted and I couldn't eat it. They were good about it, taking it away and offering something else. Obviously we weren't charged for the Colorado and they also comped us our desserts which we appreciated. The steak was underdone - raw in the middle, so if people want it medium rare, best to ask for medium I reckon. The ribs and dessert were good. We'll go back because it's rare to have a bad experience at Zapatas and it wasn't terrible even so.

Matthew A.10 months ago · 13 reviews

We've been to Zapatas a lot over the years and it remains one of our favourite Mexican restaurants. Unfortunately the food tonight wasn't *quite* as good as it usually is, the pork ribs lacked sauce and service was a little slow. The enchiladas and the chocolate donkey were excellent though!

James E.2 years ago · 1 review

Very nice restaurant. Have been coming here for years and they are always consistently good. Staff were very helpful and listened to us when we asked for the heater to be turned down.

Yamila A.2 years ago · 3 reviews

Great dining experience. Food was delicious. Stunning Mexican dishes. Located very close to city is easy to find to parking. The restaurant has great atmosphere. I will strongly recommend you to try it!

Carole W.a year ago · 2 reviews

Nice food - nice ambience Too many over eager waiting staff asking if we wanted to order - we were asked by 4 staff in about 2 minutes! Guess it's better than not getting served? Felt a little rushed as a result. Reasonable value...

Wayne D.a year ago · 1 review

Zapatas has a great ambience and the food is always tasty and you are never disappointed. We love the friendly staff who make a night special. Great Margaritas.