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4.9 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews

Zapatas Mexican Restaurant

North Adelaide Mexican $$ +100
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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 Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 21:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 21:00
Zapatas Mexican Restaurant, Melbourne Street 42, 5006 Adelaide

Further Information

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.


26 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: average
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
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2 reviews so far 6
18.07.2017 20:20

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

1 review so far 6
24.04.2017 11:30

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.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 23:37

Great service and great food. The servings are for giants and the atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant. Definitely recommend this one for couples and family.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 09:57

Food was great, the service even better & the ambience brilliant! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for Mexican food in Adelaide. The best!

8 reviews so far 4
22.08.2017 17:23

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!

3 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 13:12

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!

1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 08:29

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.

1 review so far 4
11.06.2017 08:19

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...

8 reviews so far 6
25.09.2016 12:23

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.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 10:20

Great food and sangria. Id definitely eat there again. Probably the best mexican food I have had outside of southern California. And the guacamole exceeded expectations

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 13:41

The restaurant was all good, shame about the online booking service part as it didn't work, lucky They still managed to fit me in somewhere.

1 review so far 5
22.04.2017 09:31

Service and food were both amazing, I would highly recommend this restaurant in a heart beat. Waitress was helpful with choosing food based on her knowledge of the whole menu.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2016 13:17

Chicken Quesadillas and nachos are the best in town! Huge servings, fantastic food, friendly service. Cannot recommend highly enough. We will definitely be back again

1 review so far 5
07.04.2016 18:19

Great service, great food, great drinks highly recommend will be seeing us again. Definetly didn't disappoint will be telling everyone about this place - will be back A++++++

2 reviews so far 5
11.11.2016 12:53

The interior is lovey, staff were friendly and attentive and the food was yummy. It was my 3rd time there and will definitely be coming back again.

1 review so far 2
12.05.2016 12:38

I took my whole family there on Mother's Day for dinner because I love there food. But the preparation of the food was below average that day. We ordered two serves of Chicken Tostada's - which were clearly undercooked and fried in cold oil. We had to wait for the food to come out for 40 mins. And when it did, it didn't taste good.

2 reviews so far 5
09.04.2017 08:49

As always great food. Service can be a bit slow at times even in quiet periods. Overall a good feed every time we go they're

1 review so far 4
27.07.2016 22:14

Good food, large helpings probably not worth having a starter unless you are very hungry. A great location if staying near North Adelaide and one of Adelaides best Mexican's

1 review so far 4
08.04.2017 14:53

Food was alright but the quality diminished compared to last couple of times I have gone there. Might go there again but hopefully the quality will improve.

8 reviews so far 4
02.05.2017 16:44

Great atmosphere, good food, but the BBQ pork ribs lacked sauce this time unfortunately. The enchiladas and chocolate donkey were as good as ever though.