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El Zarape

8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
+1 252-354-1120
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“cheese dip” (7 reviews)
“carnitas” (3 reviews)
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8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The grandkids wanted Mexican and El Zarape had an interesting menu, so off we went. We were not disappointed. Service was friendly, although a bit slow. Margaritas, beers, and tea were refreshing. Food was uniformly good and quantities were huge. I was surprised not to...More

Thank Prof-DSR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this location. The other locations especially the Morehead City location is poor. The service is great, the atmosphere is festive and friendly, the food is very good. The Carnitas are wonderful.

Thank dfreed2017
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We go with my extended family while on vacation every year. This year was the best yet as we found a time they were bot crowded at all. El Zarape is popular, so very busy at times. We went Monday evening at 8pm, a little...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

El Zarape is the best (I think the only) Mexican place on the island. Consistant Mexican...Best thing is the fresh squeezed Margueritas.

Thank suescoggins
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Authentic Mexican food and good service. Friendly staff. Unfortunately, we went while my husband was not feeling well. But, we weren't able to fix supper at home. Our server noticed how bad my husband was feeling and actually fixed him a cup of hot tea...More

Thank Kim L
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Food is awesome and flavorful. We always go here every year. The service is pleasant. The prices are quite reasonable.

Thank Sean F
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Family of 5 and I went and had dinner. Service right on the ball. Food was served piping hot and was wonderful.. All were satisfied and filled. Price well worth what you recieve.

Thank jchaney57
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We ate here a couple of times while in EI again this year and it was not as good. The food was very salty, everything is pre-mixed so we could not even remove ingredients (like red peppers) that we didn't like. The chips are great,...More

Thank TheNorri
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Not sure how we found this place but we were so happy we did. We still talk about how good it was. I enjoyed a beef enchilada dinner but my husband ordered the best. He had some kind of combination meal that included a beef...More

Thank ARH959
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Visited for dinner while on vacation. It was Memorial Day and they were very busy so being behind was expected but our food took forever (45 minutes) to get! Waiter was terrible and very inattentive. Worst of all the food was just so so. We're...More

Thank Matthew S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: +1 252-354-1120
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