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Zapoteca Restaurante & Tequileria

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505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
+1 207-772-8242
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tired couple looking for a night out for their 22 anniversary. Knew about this place for a long time, just never got around to going. Went last night.....and just loved it!!!!! It was a very quiet Tuesday evening arrived around 6:45pm. Had a wonderful table in the corner front with giant windows, raining outside....just really lovely. I do not... More 

Thank Sullivans207
York, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a table at Zapoteca as we knew we could be arriving in Portland late (8pm) and didn't want to spend a long time finding somewhere to eat. We initially tried to get into Fore Street restaurant, but are glad we didn't, as this place had a much more relaxed feel. It was also very close to our hotel... More 

Thank Teppin
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible Mexican food that stays away from the TexMex combinations. Plates were beautifully decorated with flowers and colors, and dishes also use many traditional fruits and flavors. Our server (Meredith) was outstanding. This is probably one of the best Mexican restaurants that I've been in the east coast.

Thank Leonardo C
Saratoga Springs, New York
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration. Overall the restaurant is charming and welcoming. The maître d' welcomed us with a good sense of humor and got us to a table quickly upon arrival. Menu is diverse with some unique variations on the classic Mexican fare. The others in our party ordered enchilada dishes and were pleased. I ordered... More 

Thank SaratogaLynn
Lynn, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last minute decision to eat at Zapoteca, and we were pleasantly surprised. The staff was friendly and prompt. The food selection was good and the food was delicious!!! So were the margaritas!

1 Thank xi0sgirl
Scarborough, Maine
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118 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu was a little hard to fully understand and we asked a lot of questions about items . Mostly we went with the servers suggestions . He was young and not very professional , but willing to help . We shared 2 small plates of a tamale and taquitos . Both pretty good . Sauces could have been a... More 

1 Thank MainePerfectionist
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food in the restaurant was way above what I expected from a Mexican restaurant. But first the service: attentive, professional, above average. The food itself was freshly made and tasted wonderful, each dish holding its own. We had the salsa sampler which offered an array of tastes from mild to spicy, from the usual to the unusual (pumpkin seed... More 

Thank chefDC
Anchorage, Alaska
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87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not your typical Mexican Restaurant. MUCH BETTER! Real, authentic, freshly made food. My chili relleno was filled with quinoa and not loaded with cheese. It was so flavorful. We had three of their salsas and all were fresh and delicious, especially the "peptic" which was more like a tapanade. The others had enchiladas and everyone was pleased with the flavors... More 

1 Thank RaeRae99501
Portland, Maine
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have been to Zapoteca once before and was sorely disappointed, but this visit gets five stars. Is it really the same place. Everything from service, to ambiance, to food seemed vastly improved. Last time my meal was so hot (spicey) I could not eat it, and the service as mediocre. This time the servers were superb, and the food... More 

Thank Janet S
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We found this restaurant whilst searching for somewhere which offered a good gluten free range, and all but 3 of their dishes were gluten free! We were so impressed with the quality of food, delicious cocktails and attentive service we dined here for all three nights of our stay in Portland.

Thank Smarty932

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Fore Street, Portland, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-8242

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?