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El Zarape

8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
+1 252-354-1120
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (9 reviews)
“cheese dip” (7 reviews)
“beans” (4 reviews)
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11:00 - 21:00 Hours
€€ - €€€
8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been a practicing Zen Buddhist for seventeen years. I faithfully meditate and practice yoga each morning in my pebble garden. However, after visiting this restaurant, the quote which I have often studied “focus not on what is painful, but on what brings pleasure...More

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We ate here last year and figured May 5th may be too crowded 'cause the food then was soooo good. They did not disappoint the day after. I ordered something that was served in a cut-out pineapple and it was delicious! I was a little...More

Thank Judy R
Reviewed 30 April 2018

We had dinner here on a Saturday evening an there was no waiting for a table, as the beach season continues restaurants in the area become much more crowded. We ordered a couple different dishes which we shared, service was quick and the food was...More

Thank papawman
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Friendly staff, good food and value were the reason we will be returning to El Zarape next time we are in the area! Fish tacos were delicious, so were the burritos!

Thank Vanessa-Turista
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great place to go for Mexican food! Food is always good and if they do get it wrong, they fix it right away. We have always been with 5 or more people and they are always accommodating to our needs for seating.

Thank Alicia C
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Pretty good mexican food. Friendly service. Located in small strip mall on Emerald Isle, NC. Recommended. Stays pretty busy during tourist season.

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy spicy food then you will like this place. It’s a little too spicy for my taste. I have eaten here several times and find the average. The facility is tired and wore absolutely out. It needs a complete makeover. After eating I...More

Thank Dennis1952
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

El Zarape has changed over the past few years. The food is still great. Recommend any dishes with shrimp. They're super fresh. Large portion sizes.

Thank Oliver1313
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This El Zarape is very good. Ate here a couple times during our stay, it’s our favorite Mexican in Emerald Isle. Salsa & food are seasoned very well. Staff are nice & can get busy at times but still take good care of you.

Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was our Plan B for dinner. The restaurant seemed busy, but we were seated quickly and had attentive service. I ordered a combo plate. Rice and beans were dry and not hot. Chicken quesadilla was too wet, but was tasty. Chile relleno was also...More

Thank travelingbillbury
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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