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El Zarape

8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
+1 252-354-1120
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“fajitas” (9 reviews)
“cheese dip” (7 reviews)
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11:00 - 21:00All hours
€€ - €€€
8802 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2458
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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
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Very, very salty food. I could tell the beef and chicken were highly brined or highly salted, it was so unappetizing. What is it with restaurants and over salted food? Look around, there's salt shakers everywhere so please stop salting my food! Make it taster...More

Thank Itsnotfunny
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Great Mexican restaurant. Wonderful service! Would recommend to anyone. Very close to The Islander Hotel and Resort.

Thank darcystaley
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Outstanding food! We had 7 people for dinner and everyone ordered different menu items. The service was good and the food was very good. The restaurant could use some refreshing and better house keeping but was by no means dirty. We would go back again...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Drove past this restaurant on numerous occasions and thought it couldn't be much of a place. Surprise. Well decorated Mexican restaurant, super friendly staff, Great margaritas and dinner was excellent and not too pricey. Definitely would recommend to others and look forward to my next...More

Thank Dennis F
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Average Mexican food. Based on the reviews, my expectations were high; however, I would rate this as average. My wife and I had the fajitas which appeared to be made in advance. They didn't come out steaming as in other establishments. It tasted okay but...More

Thank Tony A
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

The man who is there almost everyday that takes to-go orders is amazing. Everyone is on top.of everything from the minute you walk in until the minute you walk out. Food is excellent. Love this place, my favorite!!

Thank Chelcie B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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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