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Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Barbecue, American, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Price Range : Average

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Food and service left much to be desired

I wanted to try this place for a while so we went for dinner on my birthday. First of all, I did not realize there was more than one entrance and walking into a bar wasn’t what I expected. They told us to go down the hall to the dining room. They seated us quickly and gave menus. Our server was “Mary Beth” (though I don’t believe that is her name).
They gave us a basket of chips and salsa. We ordered drinks and guacamole (both were very tasty) which came quickly but it took about 20
...view moreminutes for the black bean soup to come out. I wanted the Burrito Martita but they were out of artichokes and spinach so instead I got the Combination fajita and my fiancé ordered Camarones al Chipotle (shrimp sautéed in chipotle sauce). The shrimp was cold and undercooked and the sauce tasted like mayonnaise. He told the server the food was uneatable. Her answer was and I quote “and….” When he asked for something else she reluctantly agreed but said we would be charged for the more expensive meal. (Shrimp was $18 the fajita he got was $14.25). This was not a big deal; I understand that small restaurants have to survive. When the check came we were charged $9 for guacamole I thought was $4. When I showed it to her on the menu she said she charged me for the dip. I mentioned there are two prices and that she did not ask me which one I wanted. I realized that I was fighting a losing battle and paid the $60 overpriced check and went home knowing they would never get my money again. She was indifferent and was glad when we left.view less

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One of the worst restaurants in Baltimore

This is one of the worst restaurants that I've ever visited. The food was inedible - slimy meat, tasteless sauces, mushy vegetables - and the service was abysmal. I would never go back to this restaurant.

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amazing restaurant

when i stept in the restaurant i was amazed at how mexican it looked i liked it .Its out or in doors. The food is delicious the empanadas every thing. MY whole family loves the chips with salsa not too spicy.i give the restaurant a 100 /100 because its not too expensive ,food is great ,and has really good like mexican feeling

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Inedible, very fatty, lukewarm, and bland.

I chose Carnitas as my entree. For a 15$ entree I was expecting pork that wasn't the fatty rind that would be discarded from a better cut of meat. This was the reason that the carnitas did not come with shredded meat as they normally do- you cannot shred fat. As far as the salsa that was served it was nothing more than canned crushed tomatoes that had been warmed and a sprig of cilantro added. White rice with frozen peas and corn is not mexican rice. Nothing was remotely spicy.\r
...view moreThere were too many things wrong with this place to even consider giving it another shot. Not authentic at all- and even so the food wasn't even good in an inauthentic way. We attempted to eat our meals and decided it would just be better to pay the check and leave.view less

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8 out of 10

Food - A+, Location - B-, Romantic - B-, Service - A, Prices - B, Crowded - No, Authentic - B+. Stay away from the adjoining Z-Bar....its very loomy and weird. Restaurant is managed by husband wife team. Good ppl good food.

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Great Traditional Mexican Food

Looking for something more than just great fajitas and burritos? Zapata's has a great menu with traditional mexican choices, along with fantastic versions of the texmex items. I've had almost everything on their menu and loved it all. My favorites are their Tamles and their Chicken Mole. If you really like interesting Mexican food, this is the place to go. The lunch menu has many unusual and delicious choices also. They have a lively bar in back (but not visible from the dinning area) ...view morealso. I've also never had to wait for a seat and they have friendly and prompt service.view less

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