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!
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.
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
1st time I had really experienced good Mexican food. We had a wonderful time. Staff were excellent and helpful. Will go again.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
The food is always excellent at Zapatas. Our waiter was especially good last night - he was very friendly and that made our dinner out even better.