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El Mexicano Zapata Dine In Restaurant

Authentic Mexican restaurant in Rotorua.

1148 Tutanekai Street

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El Mexicano Zapata Takeaway Dine In And Delivery

Mexican food delivery in Rotorua.

1211 Amohau Street

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We offer Pick-up and Food Delivery

Our Range of Top Authentic​ Mexican Cuisine Are a Must-Try!

The best way to experience our wide range of authentic & traditional Mexican food, is to visit the store. Follow the aromas and choose the most enticing Mexican food to satisfy your palate. Love Mexican cuisine? You will love us!

We Are Open

Tutanekai Street: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: 11:00AM – 9PM | Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00AM – 9:30PM | Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM – 10PM

Amohau Street: Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00AM – 3:00PM, 5:00PM – 9:00PM

El Mexicano Zapata
4.9
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Casey Alexander
Casey Alexander
2019-11-09T23:10:01+0000
Always a delicious meal and friendly staff. My fave Rotorua restaurant 🙂
Amy N Hadleigh Brewer
Amy N Hadleigh Brewer
2019-11-09T18:49:13+0000
Beautiful food and really lovely staff! definitely recommend their corn cob tapas. I never knew corn could be sooo delectable. Highly recommend 😁👍read more
Imre Szandi
Imre Szandi
2019-11-09T05:46:57+0000
Nagyon finom mexikoi etel, boseges adag, gyors kiszolgalas, mindenki menjen ide!!!!
Andy Parkinson
Andy Parkinson
2019-10-30T08:01:36+0000
Best Mexican I've ever had and have tried many places over the years. great taste , fresh food, great service, well priced and man that hot sauce is the business!!! Can you please open a store in Cairns? not even joking . 10 outta 10read more
Suzana Ljubisavljevic
Suzana Ljubisavljevic
2019-10-26T19:46:10+0000
The best authentic Mexican we ever had, delicious food, great atmosphere and amazing service from the staff at Zapata.Do not miss to dine at this place while in Rotorua, We will be def back again. Thank you Edvardo and Christina.read more
Astrid Maria Ory
Astrid Maria Ory
2019-10-22T05:27:21+0000
Very nice cocktails! Good service, friendly owners 😊👍
Jazmin Cook
Jazmin Cook
2019-10-17T01:47:13+0000
Amazing food, super friendly staff. My mother and I went for dinner last night and it was SO GOOD we HAD to come back for lunch today. Both times we were stuff full and staff happily gave us containers to take the leftovers home. Highly recommend to locals and tourists alike! 10/10 cocktails and even better food!read more
Paul Mailman
Paul Mailman
2019-10-12T01:21:07+0000
Absolutely awesome place great food and service
Jordan Aalen
Jordan Aalen
2019-08-14T07:03:00+0000
Amazing food huge portions friendly staff and a great atmosphere. A must try while in Rotorua!
Paula Damen
Paula Damen
2019-08-04T02:29:34+0000
Great food and service - recommenced this restaurant for anyone
Aaron Coveney
Aaron Coveney
2019-08-03T09:44:35+0000
Great atmosphere, fantastic staff, amazing food,,,Perfection!!
Chris N Sarah Francis-Tew
Chris N Sarah Francis-Tew
2019-08-03T06:54:19+0000
Had take-aways from Amohau st. So tasty, good portion sizes and good value for money. Will be back. 😊👍👍
Serena Kitchener
Serena Kitchener
2019-07-27T09:42:09+0000
Had heard great things about El Mexicano Zapata.....finally went there tonight and totally exceeded all expectations! Food, venue and staff were all awesome. Will definitely be returning 😁read more
Jennifer Gabrielson
Jennifer Gabrielson
2019-07-10T09:25:46+0000
As someone from Arizona, it's so great to finally have some good Mexican food! I've eaten their food at the Night Market, in their cosy restaurant, and even had it delivered to my home and it's always been delicious and very affordable. Highly recommended!read more
Michelle Dolheguy
Michelle Dolheguy
2019-07-10T08:59:07+0000
Fresh, delicious, authentic & great value!!
John Bedovian
John Bedovian
2019-07-02T08:15:24+0000
LOVED this place. Great food, great vibe. Highly recommended. Best Mexican we’ve had in ages!
Som Viswanath
Som Viswanath
2019-07-02T08:14:37+0000
Probably the best Mexican food I’ve had in a while. It’s a hidden gem tucked away in Rotorua and don’t waste your time with most restaurants on eat street - if you want a good feed, go straight here! Cozy, great portions, friendly staff and most importantly DELICIOUS! Coming back here again for sure!read more
Shaylea Lonsdale
Shaylea Lonsdale
2019-05-30T08:28:55+0000
Loved the food, chocolate baileys and tequila milkshake is good too! great, friendly staff
Jynu Karl
Jynu Karl
2019-05-12T08:56:48+0000
Very friendly staff and comforting food! Highly recommended
史冀青
史冀青
2019-04-27T10:59:02+0000
One of the best !
Amber Wolfgram
Amber Wolfgram
2019-04-22T07:23:15+0000
I’m a local and I’m a very big foodie so I know all the spots and this place is by far my favourite! The food is great and authentic and the staff are amazing. Love it.read more
Jesus Naynes
Jesus Naynes
2019-04-14T07:18:56+0000
Yummy food! Best service! 👍🏻
Jay Raimona
Jay Raimona
2019-04-09T08:27:03+0000
Omg so we went to the other store down the road and the hospitality is amazing. They were Such beautiful people! You can tell they are so passionate about their food. And the food. Well well well. Enchiladas are TOO filling lol. 😍 This pregnant girl has a new fave place to eat ill tell you that much! 😍😊 Thank you for sending me and my family home with nice full tummies and in such good moods. Awesome customer service makes all the difference. We will def be back. Time and time again! ❤️read more
Signe Solvang
Signe Solvang
2019-02-23T07:53:15+0000
Great service, great food, cody place and very central
Karen Jeffries
Karen Jeffries
2019-02-20T05:16:06+0000
Such a lovely place, great friendly staff, the yummiest tacos! Absolutely recommend! 😁
Chandu Grant
Chandu Grant
2019-01-26T06:17:05+0000
food is delicious, good service, 5 stars
Mel Rolfe
Mel Rolfe
2019-01-11T01:08:14+0000
so delicious. this is the bomb-diggity!!! super awesome
Katherine Walker
Katherine Walker
2018-12-08T21:20:39+0000
I had a birthday dinner here last night and it was so fantastic- the food was amazing, the staff accommodating and the atmosphere was fun! Thank you 🙂read more
Thea Mobley
Thea Mobley
2018-12-03T01:01:30+0000
Good food and friendly staff.
Shannan Wright
Shannan Wright
2018-12-02T09:41:55+0000
Really good food, great staff and a lovely authentic atmosphere will definitely go back!
Kylie Day
Kylie Day
2018-11-29T08:16:00+0000
Excellent food, service and atmosphere
Helen Cooper
Helen Cooper
2018-11-25T02:46:29+0000
Great food, the BBQ Chicken wings and Roja Salsa were incredible made even better by the friendly & helpful staff great way to escape the rain and a good excuse to have a bucket of Coronas for lunchread more
Andrea Du
Andrea Du
2018-10-27T04:54:47+0000
Staff are friendly and helpful. Food is amazing ! Best Mexican my partner and I have ever had. Thank you !!!!! Definitely will spread the wordread more
Ann Clark
Ann Clark
2018-10-12T10:41:41+0000
They have been here for one year now, and I still am recommending this awesome Mexican Cantina for their most delicious food, their fantastic service, the beautiful background music and the super friendly atmosphere.... it’s so enjoyable being there, everyone’s happy. The menu is full of tasty choices, all with real Mexican flavours ... I’m so looking forward to my next meal ... see you soon. Highly recommended *****read more
Simone Bishop
Simone Bishop
2018-10-11T06:58:22+0000
Super friendly staff. Great food - ridiculously generous portions. Boys thought it was some of the best Mexican they had ever eaten!read more
Cynthia Cater
Cynthia Cater
2018-09-25T03:32:08+0000
I'm from America and have been to Mexico several times. In fact I just returned from Zwhatinajo, Mexico the end of July this year and was craving Mexican cuisine for my birthday the first week in August and was so taken aback by the authenticity of my meal. I have been in New Zealand for 18 years and finally found what I have been looking for. Well done, you are definitely number one in my books!read more
Elizabeth Maldonado
Elizabeth Maldonado
2018-09-16T06:47:07+0000
Great service/food and awesome music. It felt like we were in Latin America.
Rowena Thompson
Rowena Thompson
2018-09-12T10:47:02+0000
Great food and service! Tasty tacos, large portions, great margueritas and attentive staff who were very accomodating with our infant.. Will definitely be back 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read more
Chris Lee
Chris Lee
2018-09-11T09:49:35+0000
Great margaritas. Great grilled corn. Everything fresh and tasty. Very friendly service.
Ruth Goldsbury
Ruth Goldsbury
2018-08-29T01:01:24+0000
great food and service. will be back
Aimi Kerr
Aimi Kerr
2018-08-12T01:22:28+0000
great mexican beauriful staff
Graeme Emma Williams
Graeme Emma Williams
2018-07-16T08:58:17+0000
Absolutely stunning. Great food, excellent service and as said previously I was told not to leave a tip as I had no change and wanted to add it to my card. It was a lovely meal for the family with tacos, nachos, enchiladas and quesadillas on show. Only one person finished even though the food was top drawer. I would totally recommend el Mexicano Zapata and we will return next time we visit Rotorua.read more
Clint Astridge
Clint Astridge
2018-07-14T09:43:21+0000
Amazing food. Great service, even turning down a tip!! Just write a review they said. So happy to write this review. Great selection of Mexican beers. Big portions of food. If you love Mexican or haven’t tried it. Go here because menu is fully explained. Our 7-10 year olds loved the original Mexican fizzy drinks. We will be back.read more
Matthew James Braidford
Matthew James Braidford
2018-07-14T09:11:19+0000
The staff were friendly and helpful with our ordering, the portions are big and if we’d been left to our own devices we would of seriously over ordered.. Food was yum and the nachos were the business.. Left full and happy..����read more
Jennifer Rew
Jennifer Rew
2018-07-02T06:14:29+0000
We just had a fantastic dinner! Two picky children just devoured their dinner and asked if we can come back next week! Fabulous customer service and wonderful authentic food. Congrats on your win. Well deserved. See you next week.read more
Ann Eades
Ann Eades
2018-06-10T03:54:23+0000
Absolutely delicious, most authentic Mexican food outside of Mexico. Great service and lovely staff
Anne Lawrence
Anne Lawrence
2018-06-08T02:09:23+0000
Absolutely fab! Our group of 5 went here on the rebound after another restaurant mucked up our booking. I had seen the reviews so thought we would try it. It was a fantastic experience and we had so much fun. The staff were so friendly and welcoming (didn't let on why we were there) and the food amazing. Some of the group had been to Mexico and know their stuff. Would definitely go back.read more
Holly Middlemiss
Holly Middlemiss
2018-06-05T07:38:39+0000
It was great! Good value for money, meat in the tacos was tender and beautifuly cooked. All around amazing, definitely going back!read more
Elise Hayes
Elise Hayes
2018-06-04T23:21:59+0000
Great food, excellent service and best value! We have been here twice in the last two weeks and LOVED it! We even decided to go back for a lunch instead of buying takeaways as we knew we could rely on their quick and efficient service, with great value! Well done to the whole El Mexicano Zapata team!read more
Corey Sharp
Corey Sharp
2018-05-20T07:41:10+0000
Paul Allan Lantajo
Paul Allan Lantajo
2018-05-12T10:03:17+0000
Michael Francis Tan
Michael Francis Tan
2018-05-11T11:33:07+0000
Kim Hirst
Kim Hirst
2018-04-15T18:11:53+0000
Delish! Cheap! Filling! Amazing service! What more can I say?! A must when dining out!
Constanza Montero Escobar
Constanza Montero Escobar
2018-04-09T04:36:07+0000
Vickie Gaither
Vickie Gaither
2018-04-05T07:15:04+0000
Came across this food truck at the Thursday Night Market in Rotorua and man the food was outstanding! I’m American so I know real Mexican food and this is it! Do yourself a favor go try it! Plus, owner and his partner super nice.read more
Nadia Davis
Nadia Davis
2018-03-20T07:56:21+0000
Best Mexican, particularly the vegetarian tacos. Had a large group and were accommodated last minute. Highly recommend!
Rata Fergiedodd
Rata Fergiedodd
2018-03-15T23:44:33+0000
Best Mexican food I’ve had in New Zealand! � couldn’t rate it highly enough. The Pulled pork tacos, the nachos, the coffee, the service and the atmosphere all 10/10read more
Adam Jeffries
Adam Jeffries
2018-03-15T19:28:10+0000
Great value, Great taste, Great atmosphere, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm definitely coming back ,,
Kirsty Paku
Kirsty Paku
2018-03-11T06:14:25+0000
Had the nicest meal ever yesterday food was soooo delicious and the service was awesome. Definitely will be coming back!
Grant Ormsby
Grant Ormsby
2018-03-04T01:47:04+0000
Best Mexican food I've had. Authentic and home made, even down to the corn chips in the Nachos. The Chef & Owner is really cool and came out to chat while we ate. He's from Chile originally. Cocktails are spot on. Just don't over order... The plate of Nachos is big enough for two. Makes Nachos from anywhere else look like garbage. Love this place and will def be back. Great staff too. Very helpful and friendly.read more
Ken Patterson
Ken Patterson
2018-02-26T09:20:50+0000
Great food and friendly service. I recommend the Enchiladas. 👍
Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins
2018-02-26T03:31:57+0000
Owner is super friendly and its 100% the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. Their nachos are the fucking best, enough for two people and so perfect. Great environment and food is absolutely amazing, I could definitely see myself making the trip to Rotorua just to come eat here. 😍❤️read more
Anna Crighton
Anna Crighton
2018-02-14T20:35:44+0000
This place is amazing!! Came here last night for dinner with hubby and the food was just incredible! Super fresh and full of flavour. Fantastic service and authetic atmosphere too. Highly recommend the Mexican fried bread and Muchos Nachos ��. Will definitely keep coming back here.read more
Si Addison
Si Addison
2018-01-26T08:06:18+0000
Corrado Toso
Corrado Toso
2018-01-16T01:49:01+0000
Really good place where eat awesome Mexican food in Rotorua! Corrado & Giulia - Italy
Giulia Peresson
Giulia Peresson
2018-01-16T01:47:42+0000
Alice Rose
Alice Rose
2018-01-09T11:31:51+0000
Nathan Higgins
Nathan Higgins
2018-01-05T00:19:57+0000
Jessica Bunker
Jessica Bunker
2017-12-24T07:52:52+0000
Great food with very lovely staff! Highly recommended.
Sally Binks
Sally Binks
2017-12-16T13:29:41+0000
New fav place , margaritas to die for, amazing reasonably priced food and wonderful fast service
Alicia Santos Isbister
Alicia Santos Isbister
2017-11-24T04:16:10+0000
Such a nice ambience of true Mexican atmosphere,
Sheila McNeely
Sheila McNeely
2017-11-12T02:28:17+0000
The place is very warm & cozy. Staff was so welcoming & attentive. Food was just divine. Will definitely recommend El Mexicano Zapata to my friends.read more
Aleisha Thompson
Aleisha Thompson
2017-11-11T02:31:45+0000
We had an amazing dinner at El Mexicano last night. Great service, speedy food and drinks which looked and tasted amazing, and hubby and I both commented on how clean everything was. Can’t wait to go back again,read more
Mykylie Zelaya
Mykylie Zelaya
2017-11-09T07:15:31+0000
This is the best Mexican food and service we have ever had!! Thank you for making our honeymoon extra fun, delicious and special! We will be back 🙂read more
Luke Kirk
Luke Kirk
2017-11-09T04:12:32+0000
Great service and great food. One of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve been to.
Kyla Washington
Kyla Washington
2017-11-08T04:31:28+0000
Probably the best food I’ve had so far in New Zealand! The Mexican fries bread was so good but what really stole the show were the two sauces I had with the tacos! So good! This restaurant has a great spin on the traditional Mexican restaurants you usually encounterread more
Winiana Nicholls
Winiana Nicholls
2017-11-06T03:06:31+0000
My hubby and I have found our new Happy Place to dine�..Food was absolutely delish!� I'm not a Mexican food lover until now�..the decor and atmosphere is colourful..friendly..full of culture and a lot of love in your devine food! We will no doubt be regular customers for sure!� Thanks for the Great first time experience! and can't wait till we return this week!�Much�Winiana&Williamread more
Ainslee Taikoko
Ainslee Taikoko
2017-11-06T01:15:26+0000
Jefferson Schwencke
Jefferson Schwencke
2017-11-05T08:47:27+0000
it's the best. i love it. (nacho voice)
Nicole Dixon
Nicole Dixon
2017-11-03T07:49:54+0000
Went here for a Birthday dinner with 8 people. Was a wonderful experience with delicious food and large portions. The Margarita jugs went down a treat too. The whole ambiance of the restaurant and service from the whole team made it a night to remember and we will all be back in the near future. Highly recommend.read more
Alison Schwencke
Alison Schwencke
2017-11-03T07:42:26+0000
Most amazing Mexican restaurant, friendly kind staff and food is out of this world. We will be visiting again soon. Thank youread more
Hariata Murphy
Hariata Murphy
2017-10-22T22:56:37+0000
What a beautiful place too spend a Sunday lunch loved the food loved the atmosphere the wait staff were so interactive and friendly and the Chef he is what made me give a 5 star not only did he cook us an amazing lunch he also interacted with his customers came out and made us feel welcome.Made me feel like I was in Mexico. Loved it and enjoyed my dining experience �read more
Marie Ku Maureen Ceniza
Marie Ku Maureen Ceniza
2017-10-22T07:36:14+0000
We spent our first night in Rotorua really hungry and craving for Mexican food. We walked through Eat Street, looking at the restaurants and nothing seemed to catch my eye (cos I was badly craving for burrito). Then I decided that we walk a little more past Eat St. and my friend yelled, "I see Mexican!" And oh golly, it was the best spot ever!!!! I love the interior and most especially the food! I am a big mexican food freak and I would say that this is by far, the best mexican restaurant I've ever eaten in! Food and drinks are really worth the price! My friend loved the sangria and I loved my Chicken Burrito. Should've gotten extra salsa but hey, BEST Mexican restau in New Zealand! Might have to drive 4 hours just to eat my fave burrito!! And service was really awesome! Hope you guys would open here in Auckland LOLread more
Nathan Briggs
Nathan Briggs
2017-10-21T21:15:33+0000
Outstanding tasting food, excellent friendly and knowledgeable staff, fantastic cocktails and choice of drinks. Brilliant atmosphere. Best Mexican in Rotorua without a doubt. We'll definitely be back.read more
Dana Greer
Dana Greer
2017-10-21T03:03:13+0000
Delicious and such a friendly welcoming! Highly recommend!
Yarryn Whetu Horne
Yarryn Whetu Horne
2017-10-19T05:28:54+0000
Just finished having the pulled pork Taco!!!!! It was absolutely amazing 🙂 🙂 Customer service was great. Will definitely come to this place next time I'm in Rotorua. Thank you for the great experience!!!!!read more
Ann Clark
Ann Clark
2017-10-18T23:45:10+0000
Wow, I love Mexican Cuisine and just had the BEST dinner last night at El Mexicano Zapata. The main meal was full of flavour, and perfectly cooked, and the Mexican dessert was delicious <3 The new menu lists a variety of healthy traditional Mexican meals, all very tempting, I will have to go back again many times to try all the options. Yum Yum.read more
Vaine Nahu
Vaine Nahu
2017-10-17T01:50:02+0000
Thank you so much for a wonderful meal, environment and service. Cheers 😁
Dee Molijn
Dee Molijn
2017-10-15T00:49:35+0000
Amazing food, great drinks and the service was superb. Will definitely be back �
Allisha Nightingale
Allisha Nightingale
2017-10-14T07:56:57+0000
We have literally just left the restaurant and we can not believe how amazing this place is! If I could give it 10000 stars I would! Food was amazing, best Mexican I've ever had! As for the service.. Man you guys are awesome, felt like I'd had a meal with long lost family! � guys! We will be back over and over and over!read more
Zinal Bhadra
Zinal Bhadra
2017-10-13T09:27:20+0000
We arrived at this cute little Mexican place pretty hungry at 9 pm after a day of sports and adventures (almost all other restaurants in Rotorua had stopped serving dinner by 9) and with minimum expectations ... just hoping to be fed! And man we were blown! We were greeted warmly by the waitress/bartender/singer Gabriella and seated quickly. We told her we were vegetarians and she suggested some excellent dishes (all were demolished within minutes). She was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The food was fresh (probably the best Mexican we have eaten) and the portions were generous. Must try the Jalapeño poppers. We sent our compliments to the chef and he came out to talk to us. It's a small family restaurant run by the chef and his wife and every thing about our experience was memorable! We are definitely coming again! Good luck, we hope the business does well!read more
Charlotte Brady
Charlotte Brady
2017-10-13T00:14:17+0000
Great atmosphere, amazing food at a reasonable price. The staff were also all amazing! Will definitely be back!
Cassandra Hastie
Cassandra Hastie
2017-10-11T00:51:22+0000
Amazing fish soft tacos!!!! The best! And the salsa roja was so tasty!!!
AE Stephens
AE Stephens
2017-10-10T21:46:45+0000
La mejor comida Mexicana en la ciudad!! Deliciosa!! Been looking for authentic Mexican food for a long time and this is the best!!read more
Susan Brown
Susan Brown
2017-10-10T08:01:15+0000
Dinner was very very nice sorry I could not empty my plates but take aways for lunch tomorrow sound great. Thank you so much to all the staff and owners.read more
Caroline Back
Caroline Back
2017-10-10T06:23:27+0000
A fantastic addition to the Rotorua restaurant scene. Loved it, so tasty & very authentic. Can’t wait to come back. The Pisco Sour is as good as is found in Peru �read more
Alana Gilchrist
Alana Gilchrist
2017-10-07T10:39:05+0000
Delicious food, very friendly staff. Highly recommend!
Ashlyn Clarricoats
Ashlyn Clarricoats
2017-10-07T10:05:05+0000
Best authentic Mexican food I have found in New Zealand yet! Growing up next to the border of Mexico in Arizona this food is as close as it gets to perfection. Generous portions, fast to come out and excellent customer service. BEYOND HAPPY to finally have authentic Mexican cuisine in Rotorua! I no longer have to miss the flavour of home, thank you!!read more
Nathan Clarricoats
Nathan Clarricoats
2017-10-07T09:54:13+0000
Fantastic food, quick service and everyone was so lovely!!! Best Mexican restaurant I've been to so far.
Stephen Michael Fisher
Stephen Michael Fisher
2017-10-06T00:15:46+0000
Yum yum yum...fresh homecooked food. Get supporting this local business !
Mandy Williams
Mandy Williams
2017-10-04T06:57:36+0000
Great food great service will definitely be back
Celi Fonseca
Celi Fonseca
2017-10-03T04:10:50+0000
Juan Muzzio
Juan Muzzio
2017-10-02T23:25:59+0000
Julianne Wilkinson
Julianne Wilkinson
2017-10-01T08:06:21+0000
Jessi Kotze
Jessi Kotze
2017-09-28T23:20:16+0000
Loved it! Great food & service! �
Francisco Larrea
Francisco Larrea
2017-09-28T01:25:43+0000
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