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Zapata's Cantina and Mexican Restaurant

8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
+1 704-503-1979
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible5%
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11:00 - 22:30All hours
$$ - $$$
8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is decent food in a very nice location overlooking the lake and jogging trail out back behind Hilton hotel. I tend to com here once each trip I make to the hotel. I recommend the restaurant for anyone who likes Mexican food staying at...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was good. Got seated right away, waitress came back in a few minutes to get drink order. Manager came over to see if someone took our drink order while waitress was getting our drinks. Large menu, many choices. Both my order & my husband's...More

Thank HRS85
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A Mexican restaurant not confined to the usual fare, though the taco salad was above average. Look at house specialties their warmer salsa was lots hotter than usual, the medium for those of us not into hot was great.

Thank Kerry G
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We went to Zapata's Cantina with kids and Grands. Service was wonderful and the food was terrific. I had the tamale and chili relleno. It was wonderful. Our Grands loved to chips and Queso.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We went to this restaurant on Monday evening as it was a nice cool evening. Food is run of the mill Mexican food, drinks are watered down but the view is great.

Thank KumarL1960
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

I had the Garlic Roasted Cauliflower Salad with chicken added. The chicken was tough and it looked like they took an entire head of romaine lettuce - cut it up and threw the entire head including the core into a bowl. At least the margarita...More

Thank clkbunny
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

2 story location with patio area looking over lake and boardwalk. Mexican decor Parking lot Servers can be a little cold at times. Food is always hot and authentic

Thank MsPRNorthCarolina
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Everyone there is very nice and friendly, so much that when they came to collect the bill and asked why we had barely touched our food, we told them we just were not hungry. If you sit outside you have a lovely view of the...More

Thank Jill V
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Staying at the hotel across the lake, it was nice to have a spot nearby but outside of the hotel to have dinner. Fast, friendly service. Decent prices. Delicious margaritas. Shrimp tacos were good, but the shrimp being sliced diagonally instead of being served whole...More

Thank CarsonsMommy
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Restaurant is not so clean. Food is good with a lot of coiches you can have Quantity in the plates are quite big and service is fast (not really friendly if you are not a recognised customer) At the end, if you are in the...More

Thank Stefano S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8927 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262-8433
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > University City North
  • Neighbourhood: University City North
  • Phone Number: +1 704-503-1979
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