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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm, Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone: (312) 435-1316

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cash, master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex, discover
Price Range
Central Chicago, South Loop

Zapatista Cuisines of Mexico

Zapatista Restaurant

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Mexican Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Chicago Mexican Food

I went to Zapatista simply because I love Rage Against the Machine and their many references to the EZLN Zapatista Army in Mexico.
Anyway I went and tried the Carne Asada Enchiladas and they were Excellent!
The interior was very nice and seemed like it would be very cool to bring a group of people. I recommend checking it out and you should read up on the Zapatista Army :)


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Great Little Resturant in South Loop

We have recently moved to South Loop and Zapatista has become one of our favorites. We have teenage daughters so its nice to go out for a dinner that appeals to all of us. Sophisticated enough for the grown ups and flavorful enough for the ones who think they are grown up. Food was excellent with a great variety.


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Chicago's Best Mexican Food

I love the atmosphere and the food. Great place to go in the south loop.


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Sunday Dinner

My Wife and I were very excited on Sunday, July 25 to use our last of 4 Groupon?s that we purchased for Zapatista. However, when we arrived for dinner at 4:30, we were met with a sign on the door that stated that Zapatista was hosting a private party from 3pm until 10pm. I called on the following day to speak with the manager (George) at Zapatista to determine if it would be okay if we used the Groupon the next business day. George told me that he would not authorize the use of the Groupon after I politely explained our circumstances. He was very rude and unprofessional as he told me that he didn?t care if we patronized his restaurant again. My previous experiences at Zapatista were excellent, but I do not plan to dine at this establishment again! I believe the manager of a restaurant sets the expectations of service for the staff. Is this the way a valued patron should be treated?


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No service for me

My mom and I attempted to eat dinner at this establishment earlier this evening. I live about a block away from the restaurant and this was my first attempt to dine there. Unfortunately, the staff ignored our presence. I am African American and when my mom and I stepped in we waited to be helped. The hostess proceeded to help a Caucasian individual who came in after us. My and mom I stepped up to the desk to make sure they knew we were waiting and another hostess proceeded to help another Caucasian individual who came in the restaurant after us and stepped up to the desk after us. At that point, I asked to speak with the manager. I was surprised to learn that the manager was standing behind the desk the whole time. I explained to him that we had been waiting to be seated and two individuals who came in after us were helped first. The manager looked at me like I was crazy and simply said do you need something. No apology for the poor service...nothing. I was stunned. People can make honest mistakes and it is possible the hostesses simply were not paying attention. However, the response I received from the manager was unacceptable. Needless to say, my mom and I left the restaurant and went to eat a fabulous meal next door at Exposure Tapas.


Good Mexican Dining

If you are in the South Loop and looking for a good Mexican restaurant to take some friends... this is definitely the right place. While the prices are overall a bit higher than most mexican restaurants in the area there is plenty of lower priced dishes for the price conscious consumer. If great food isn't enough, did I mention they have the best margarita's in town!?

Monday - Thursday 11:30 - 10:00

Friday 11:30 - 11:00

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00

Sunday 10:00 - 9:00



$5 Margaritas


$5 Mojitos


$5 Sangrias


25% off all wine


All Brunch entrees $5



All Brunch entrees $5



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst than frozen food.

June 2008, went to Zapatista for dinner. Had the fajita for two (chicken and tilapia). And three margaritas (regular sized). The bill was around 80 dollars! The chicken was tasteless. The tilapia was very salty and ?fishy? tasting, a sign that it was on the very opposite spectrum of fresh. The fajita came out with just the tortillas (3 tiny ones) and the meat. We were told we have to order the toppings separately. When we did the side was: a tablesppon of cheese, a tablespoon of lettuce, a tablespoon of guacamole. These were to be shared by fajitas for two adults. It was the worst rip off I?ve experienced in a restaurant in a long time. I will never go back and will inform all out friends of this. If you need dinner, skip this place!


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This place is great. Please dont go. So I never have to wait to be seated. The food is very good but the comfort of this resturant is why I go....alot.


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Wonderful food! What a great experience! Would recommend to anyone who has a taste for Mexican flare!


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Best Mexican Food in Chicago!

If you love Mexican food, you have to go to this restaurant. It is delicious! I had to write a review because of all the negative comments about the food. Yes, the service is mediocre and you will often have to remind them twice of a request and the restaurant is noisy. Try to go at a less crowded time and you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend the carna al sada steak, the guacomole with jicama, and the chocolate soufle dessert, yum!

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