Atlanta >Food & Dining > Zocalo
187 10th Street Ne, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.781602 -84.381040
Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Will not go back – Where should I start from? It is the Decatur location, first, only good thing: the server. Sweet guy, he was great. The rest: forget about it. Rude rest of employees, very bad margaritas, and very rude manager. If a customer complains about something in a restaurant, a manager should apology and try to get it corrected, instead of arguing with the customer and treating her as an unwanted customer. This is ABC of hospitality. Anyways, I and three of my friends ordered chips and salsa to start with, and received it in 20 minutes. It was sooo hot in there w/o AC which is no brainier to have it in Atlanta. (If you have AC and it is not working; it is even more shame) We had to move out side to get cool in the middle of summer. No apology for AC situation. Entrees were late and mediocore but I can not get over how bad Margaritas were despite of the premium price. I used to love the place when they first opened in Midtown and may still be good there. My biggest question about this place is why do you not take care of your biggest value, the customer and why do you argue with them? Decatur Zocolo is a mess. Will not return.
Diners Beware – This was the worst dining experience I have ever had in Atlanta. To start things off, our server was not friendly, almost rude. The salad that my mother ordered was presented well. But then she noticed that her tomato was moldy. When we pointed it out tho the server, she said absolutely nothing and took the plate away. NO apology, no acknowledgment. Then, throughout the dinner, she continued to reach over her without saying excuse me. When she began to clear the dishes away, she knocked a knife into my sister's lap (didn't apologize) and dropped my father's debit card on the floor (again, didn't apologize). Then the tres leches cake that they brought out for dessert was freezer burned. To sum it up, the service was horrible, and the food tasted like something that I could make in my own kitchen. I will definitely not return.
spices things up?
Maybe by intestinal tract.
Overhyped joint with the usual midtown glib service, and the 'ritas are not good. Far from it.
This establishment is an affront to my sensibilities on about every level.
Not kind to customers – Went here several times until we gave up. Each time we went, something went wrong. Snobby attitude from the waiter, food served in shifts, inattentive staff. Last time we were there was about 2 PM on a Saturday afternoon. Fewer than half the tables had anyone at them. We were a group of 5. They wanted to put the four of us at a card-table sized table. We asked if we could move two tables together since it was unlikely the place would get more crowded and there were lots of empty tables. No - they wouldn't. So we left.
It was...okay. – I would go there for lunch, not dinner. The most appealing items (to me) were the lunch items, which they do not serve for dinner, and the server rolled his eyes when I asked them to make it for me (it was a steak quesadilla). I also am a salsa lover, and found them to be slow and stingy bringing this out. However, despite my server?s lack of enthusiasm for bringing me my order, the chef did prepare it exactly right, the open air patio is great, and the margaritas are good. However, I don?t think I will go back to this particular Mexican restaurant.
The Midtown branch of Atlanta's sexiest cantina spices things up with sizzling chilies and top-shelf tequilas. – The Scene
This wildly popular cantina calls to mind a tropical open-air market in some faraway land. Splashes of primary colors and rough-hewn planking combine with a ceiling full of upside-down wicker baskets and breezes from overhead fans to create the south-of-the-border atmosphere. Meals arrive on wooden boards or in the pocked volcanic rock of a molcajete. Servers are attentive, but harried.
In spite of some concessions to American tastes, the kitchen generally turns out authentic Mexican dishes. Avoid the Tex-Mex favorites and go for the velvety mole poured atop a tender chicken breast, or shrimp tacos served with piquant avocado sauce. Poblano soup is fiery and creamy, while black bean cakes are crisp and addictive. Corn tortillas are fresh and chewy, bearing little resemblance to the mealy versions found in supermarkets. Desserts are less noteworthy--better to get your sugar rush from one of the sweet, potent margaritas.
Overpriced guacamole – We were so annoyed by this place. The patio is extremely cramped and needs to have about four or five tables eliminated. We splurged on the expenisve guacamole because the menu said it would be made at our table, which was exciting and seemed worthy of the $6 price tag. ($10 for the large). We were surprised when a waiter plunked a small bowl down on our table a few minutes later. When we asked about it, he blandly responded that they didn't have enough room at this restaurant to make it. Perhaps they should either eliminate those tables to make the room or take "Made at your table" off the menu. That's what I was paying for and it didn't even happen! So unfair. Moreover, they didn't seem to care. I hate it when I don't get an apology for something like that. The rest of the food was unremarkable and very overpriced, and not at all vegetarian friendly. The staff really made me work to find a dish that I could eat, they were not very helpful and didn't make suggestions. I'd probably go to Tace Bell before I'd go here again.
Not good at all – As a lover of Mexican cuisine, I just do not understand how this place has not only stayed in business, but receives excellent Citysearch reviews and appears to be thriving! I've given this place a couple of chances and the only positive feedback I can give is that the service was quite good. With all of the great food choices we have in Atlanta metro, I would recommend that folks avoid this place at all cost!
Big Mistake! – Went for lunch and ordered Combo Cinco (enchilada & quesailla, rice & beans). Was not crowded, but waited too long for the food. When it came, the servings were so small it was humorous. Not the tastiest either.
We love Zocalo – My boyfriend (born in Mexico) and I are new to Atlanta and live in the Piedmont Park area. We were so excited to find Zocalo! We go there once a week to enjoy the authentic food and charming atmosphere. The tequilla menu is terrific as are the cajete-drizzled pastry sticks. Also, the Sunday brunch is an interesting mix of American and Mexican foods.
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