The best way to experience a wide range of authentic & traditional Mexican food, is to visit El Mexicano Zapata. Our Cantina is the best Mexican restaurant outside Mexico. Follow the aromas and choose the most enticing Mexican food to satisfy your palate. Love Mexican cuisine? You will love us!
We Are Open 7 Days A Week
Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM | Friday – Saturday, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Amazing food, had the chimichanga and the calamari…. Both were amazing!!! Great portion sizes
The delivery service was... really quick, super friendly and had great communication.
Looking forward to eating here again!!!read more
Amazing food and service!! Hands down some of the best Mexican I’ve had. Kids absolutely loved their meals which is... impressive given my 12 year old is super fussy!
All staff were so friendly and welcoming. Head chef came out to meet us and was just as friendly! Even bought their tasty hot sauce to take away.
Highly recommend this place to all!!read more
lovely people make you feel welcomed everytime my go to place as the food is on point and keeps making come back for... more I would say 100 percent this is the place to take your friends and family out for lunch and dinner thankyou for the awesome hospitalityread more
Best Mexican in NZ !
Well done El Mexicano Zapata team !
Good service , fast and fresh! Corn chips , guacamole and... salsa was perfect . Paella was gold .
Meals were filling and tasty!
Corona and lime to make it better!
Excellent, authentic Mexican. We had the corn chips with guacamole, the chicken quesadilla, and the pork enchilada... (which was not authentic in presentation but definitely got the spot with taste!). To top the food was an excellent classic margarita on the rocks with salt and a Dos Equis. Best Mexican I've had outside of North America (Mexico/US).read more
In a word, outstanding. El mejor restaurante Mexicans en Nueva Zelanda by a country mile! Perfect margaritas,... guacamole, taco's. Ambience, super service, great music. Need I say anymore? OK superb value for money.read more
Had dinner here on a recent work trip and it was very good.
Fish tacos were tasty and well presented, as was the... chorizo burrito.
Staff were fine and the prices very reasonable.
Happily go back.read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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