El Zarape

Normal Heights

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5 Ratings

homemade fresh margaritas and food
Lisa B. · March 31, 2014

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A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as you'll find with today's Groupon to El Zarape, located on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. This deal is valid for the Adams Avenue location only and is valid for dine-in or carryout. It is not valid toward happy hour or other specials, and at least one food item must be purchased. Choose one of the following options:

  • For $15, you get $40 worth of dinner fare.
  • For $8, you get $20 worth of breakfast or lunch fare.

El Zarape serves authentic Mexican cuisine and pours more than 100 tequilas within its vibrantly decorated cantina-like confines. Mario Marquez, El Zarape’s tequila ambassador, can guide libation samplers through the restaurant's extensive tequila selection on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., or one can simply order one of the restaurant's five flights ($16–$40). For dinner, seafood savorers can devour two locally caught mahi-mahi fish tacos ($9.95), complemented with monterey-jack cheese, pico de gallo, and spicy cream sauce, while meat mavens can wolf down the bacon-wrapped mignon ($18.95), served with poblano rajas. Those taking the lunch route can spicy up their day with the torta ahogada ($10.50), stuffed with tender pork and drenched in spicy homemade salsa. To wake up taste buds from a candy-caused overnight coma, head to El Zarape early for its breakfast menu, featuring breakfast burritos ($4.25–$4.75) and huevos a la Mexicana ($6.99).

With Spanish colonial architecture, multi-arched ceilings, and Mexican skeleton dolls, El Zarape's interior is as pleasing to the eye as it is welcoming to the ghosts of Spanish colonists. Nosh on scrumptious burritos, revel in the colorful scenery, and have an excuse to wear your denim sombrero with today's Groupon to El Zarape.


SanDiego.com calls El Zarape's chips "perfectly prepared," and the San Diego Uptown News raves about the extensive menu. Yelpers give it a three-star average, and 80% of Urbanspooners like it:

  • The menu is fun and frisky with some oddball items peacefully coexisting with the usual suspects. Ahhh, but don’t be fooled by the norm as the “combinations with rice and beans” are heads above most competitors. – Kevin Leap and Steve Persitza, SanDiego.com
  • Besides good looks, El Zarape has the services of a fellow named Mario Marquez, who calls himself the restaurant’s “tequila ambassador.” “I come to the table and talk to you about the 100 brands of tequila served by El Zarape, all of them 100 percent agave,” he said. – David Nelson, San Diego Uptown News

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 6 or more. Must use in 1 visit and buy 1 food item. Tax & gratuity not included. Adams Avenue location only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About El Zarape

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