Bellevue >Food & Dining > Z Tejas
535 Bellevue Sq, Bellevue, WA | Directions 9800447.615142 -122.202315
Sun - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: West Bellevue
Decent, but not noteworthy southwestern food. – I finally made it out to try this recently, I love southwestern food so I was really looking forward to it. Unforunately my food didn't end up tasting that southwestern. I loved that they brought cornbread rather than chip and salsa, but I didn't realize this at first so I ended up ordering a 4.99$ all you can eat chips appetizer that comes with 3 types of salsa which I believe change often. This was pretty good, my pasta dish was pretty good too, but it's just not good enough to make the trip to the mall and deal with all that hassle when there are so many other great restuarants right around there. This particular night though they did have a great beer special where you could get 3 $ beers and keep the glass, but I think that's not all the time.
Yuck – I had the worst steak I was ever served. It was tough, poorly seasoned and overcooked. I've had way better everywhere else -- even at Sizzler, Bonanza, etc.
To be fair, some of the food we had was good -- the cornbread and the butter.
They have a Texas theme though I doubt many Texans make Margaritas with sweet and sour mix. Real margaritas are made with real lime juice. The beer was OK.
Substandard food, poor presentation and over priced. Worse than airline food! – I just dont understand how this place could have almost 5 stars. i think the employees must be pumping the numbers. i had a chicken enchilada that was worse than taco del mar. My girlfriend had the mac and cheese with chicken and for 15 dollars this was the biggest crime. Service sucked. I was not served water and the waiter took my unfinished beer when I requested water. This place stinks (it would not let me say it su*ks) and I regret my decision to deviate from my original plan to eat at PF Changs. If you want real 5 star food at a decent price, take yourself to Betty in upper Queen Anne and you will pay about the same but get great food! Avoid this crappy chainstyle food.
I Stand Corrected – I had written a glowing review of this restaurant based on past experience. Although, we have been customers for several years, I had not eaten there in the last 12 months, and should've waited before writing the review. Just 2 days ago, I went to eat lunch there with a friend. On this particular day, we were seated promptly, but then again, we came after the busy lunch rush. The service was mediocre, because the waiter seemed indifferent. Oh boy. Their signature corn bread was a bit mushy, and we waited quite a while to receive it. When our dish came, it was delicious, no doubt, but the portion amount could've satisfied a toddler, but NOT an adult. How disappointing. And to add insult to injury, the dish was $11.99. Hmm....one would think they would at least get enough food to cover a small dinner plate.
Careless service, mediocre food – I've only been here once, but I was not too dazzled with my experience at Z'Tejas. I ordered a chicken club sandwich and was faced with the classic sandwich dilemma: way too much of the makings and not enough bread to accommodate it. Because of this, it was really awkward to eat my sandwich without having it spill all over me ... When my server came by to ask "how we were doing," I told him that my sandwich was falling apart. His response to this was: "Oh ..." And then he gave me a hapless look and walked away! Maybe he was caught off guard to hear a negative response to what is probably a question he asks about thirty times a day, but still, I found his lack of willingness to fix my meal very irritating. For an "upper-scale" restaurant, he came across as being very unprofessional and rude. It seemed the least he could've done was offer more bread for my $8+ sandwich. Overall, the ambiance was decent enough, and the food so-so, but it's really the service that compels me to give Z'Tejas a poor review.
User review by westcoastgal – My family has gone to Z'Tejas many times. We love it because of it's connection to Texas (we're from Texas) and for the great food. Each visit has been a great experience, even the kids cheer when I suggest Z'Tejas. My son loves the pan of cornbread that is served prior to his meal. The rest of us love the fish taco appetizer (and the cornbread, too).
My newest favorite there is the shredded, roasted pork enchiladas. They are delicious.
Make sure you have a margarita while you're there. They make the best I've found in the area.
Mall Chic, not tragique – Beautiful, relaxed, change of pace from the frantic food-court-less Bellevue square mall scene.
Entering Z'Tejas was like being transported millions of miles away from the parking garage it is so conveniently located on...to a premier view of the construction site across the street.
I'm not a southwestern food critic, nor do I critique the difference between Bobby Flay's Mole and that of Rick Bayless. But I can say that the food we ordered was great, the ambiance was terrific, and although the service was a bit slow and not quite polished...it was just fine.
And by the way, I don't care if it was authentic or not, but the warm cornbread with whipped butter was too darn good for words. It would make a carb-counter give up and face the fact that you just gotta shove a little warm cornbread in your face.
Tex-Mex spun with global influences and an occasional flight of fancy inside Bellevue Square. – The Scene
Flags from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, forest green distressed-leather booths, and walls bathed in yellows and maroons call to mind the Southwest. Even with country-n-western music playing in the background, Z'Tejas avoids an over-the-top display. The chain leans more toward understated, Santa Fe and less an in-your-face Texas.
Instead of the usual bread basket, hot cornbread arrives in a small cast-iron skillet. You'll see plenty of those skillets, transporting everything from sizzling shrimp and pork dumplings, steamed in ginger-infused soy sauce, to artery-clogging chili con queso. Crawfish crabcakes, loaded with big hunks of crab meat, are a good choice for a starter. Proceed directly to the catfish tacos?spicy seared fish paired with cool slaw and wrapped in warm flour tortillas. Or the decadent chicken relleno, drizzled with sour cream and green chile mole, and sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds.
bayley – I didn't know you could buy a spot on this list. Even though I recommend this restaurant it's linked as a sizzling hot place to meet singles. It's a mall restaurant with good food but it's not even close to a cool singles hang-out.
You must stop here:) – I love over the mountains in the Yakima Valley and when we go over to Bellevue or Seattle for a shopping trip, it is a MUST that we stop at Z'Tejas for a Margarita. No matter who I am with, they are required to stop and have a margarita and the ahi tuna appetizer with me.
I love the place!!!!!
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