1211 Amohau Street Rotorua 3010
Ex Iconic "Joe's Diner". Opposite the City mall.

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Simply Great Mexican Food. Authentic Mexican Cuisine.

Muchas Gracias Buen Apetito!

"The noblest art is that of making others happy!"

El Mexicano Zapata brand was established in 2017, in Rotorua New Zealand with its original flavors from Mexico and Latin America.
People from far and wide refer to us as the best Mexican food outside of Mexico.

At El Mexicano Zapata Express, we are devoted to sourcing only the freshest and most authentic ingredients for our Mexican dishes. We pride ourselves on meticulously preparing our food, with a focus on rich flavors and traditional methods that make every bite a delightful and unforgettable journey into Mexican cuisine.

Beyond our delectable dishes, we offer a warm and inviting ambiance perfect for enjoying meals with family and friends. Our amiable staff is dedicated to delivering outstanding service, ensuring that your dining experience is as enjoyable and authentic as the flavors on your plate.


Sun 12:00pm till 3:00pm | 4:30pm till 9pm, Mon 4pm till 9pm, Tues - Thurs 11:30am till 2:30pm | 4.30pm till 9pm, and Fri - Sat 11.30am till 9pm

Local Flavors, Authentic Mexican Experience: Our Commitment to Fresh, Community-Sourced Cuisine

Our mission at El Mexicano Zapata Express is deeply rooted in our commitment to creating authentic Mexican cuisine. We strive to achieve this by exclusively using locally sourced ingredients, ensuring that every dish we serve is not only fresh but also supports our local farmers and producers. This approach allows us to provide our patrons with a genuine taste of Mexico, enriched by the highest quality ingredients available right in our community. By blending traditional Mexican recipes with locally grown produce and meats, we craft unique, flavorful meals that not only tantalize your taste buds but also contribute to a sustainable and thriving local food ecosystem. At our restaurant, every meal is a celebration of both Mexican culinary heritage and our local community's bounty.

Experience the Rhythm of Mexico: Authentic Cuisine Meets Live Latin American Melodies

"At El Mexicano Zapata Express, we offer more than just a meal; we provide a vibrant cultural experience. Every evening on weekends, our guests are treated to live singing entertainment featuring an exquisite selection of Latin American and local music. Our talented performers bring the spirit of Mexico to life, serenading diners with everything from energetic salsa rhythms to the soulful melodies of traditional folk and other popular songs. This musical journey complements the flavors of our authentic Mexican cuisine, creating an immersive and unforgettable dining atmosphere. Whether you're here for a family dinner, a romantic evening, or a casual night out with friends, the combination of our delicious food and live musical performances promises an enchanting experience that celebrates the rich tapestry of Mexican culture and local talent."

Tuesday Night Fiesta: Savor Authentic Mexican Flavors and Dance to Latin Rhythms

Every Tuesday night at El Mexicano Zapata Express, we transform our space into a vibrant social dancing arena, inviting you to immerse yourself in the lively spirit of Mexico. As the rhythms of Latin American music fill the air, courtesy of our talented live performers, guests are encouraged to take to the dance floor and revel in the joy of dance. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a beginner eager to learn, our Tuesday night fiestas offer a unique opportunity to experience the energy and passion of traditional and contemporary dances. This festive atmosphere, combined with our authentic Mexican cuisine, creates a perfect blend of culinary delight and cultural entertainment. Join us for an unforgettable night where flavors, music, and dance come together in a celebration of Mexican culture and community.

Contact Us

elmexicanozapata.express@gmail.com | Ph: 07 215-9918 | 1211 Amohau Street, Rotorua 3010

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Ready for a night of unforgettable flavors and vibrant rhythms? At El Mexicano Zapata Express, we invite you to reserve your spot for an extraordinary dining and dancing experience. Whether you're planning a special date, a family celebration, or a fun evening with friends, booking with us ensures you get the best seat in the house. Delight in our authentic Mexican cuisine, get swept away by live singing weekend Latin music, and join the dance floor on our bustling Tuesday nights. Don’t miss out on the full experience of culture, cuisine, and camaraderie. Book your table today and be part of the festive ambiance that only El Mexicano Zapata Express can offer. Your unforgettable night of Mexican hospitality awaits!"


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