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Chapala

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1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama 506-0015 , Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-34-9800
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Great Find

Being from the Southwest in the US, I was skeptical of a restaurant boasting their Authenticity in Mexican cuisine, but Chapala didn't let me down. Of course it's not exactly "authentic" by my standards, but for Japan, and for one guy running the whole show, they do pretty well. My favorite dish is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Sarah P
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Takayama, Japan
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Takayama, Japan
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Being from the Southwest in the US, I was skeptical of a restaurant boasting their Authenticity in Mexican cuisine, but Chapala didn't let me down. Of course it's not exactly "authentic" by my standards, but for Japan, and for one guy running the whole show, they do pretty well. My favorite dish is the vegetarian burrito, but I have also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Went there following the recommendation from our guide, we ended up dining there also on the second night of our stay in Takayama! Nice and cozy place, reasonable food, perfect if you're looking for something different or if you are late for dinner (it was still open and cooking @ 9:30pm). The owner/cook/waiter is very welcoming and he speaks a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I can honestly say this was one of the best Mexican meals I ever ate! The place is very cozy, plus the owner was extremely kind and friendly throughout the evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Small little Mexican place in Takayama - who would have thought? The owner is extremely friendly and the food was delicious - the guacamole was nice and fresh and the chicken enchiladas were perfect.. would definitely reccomend to anyone looking for an alternative to Japanese food!

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Visited for dinner and were the only two in there. Owner was very welcoming and our margaritas arrived swiftly. Strong and hit the spot! Shared a spicy sausage for starters and then chilli, jambalaya and chicken enchiladas. All came one dish at a time but the guy was cooking as well as serving! Would class these dishes more as tapas... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

we stayed in takayama 4 days, 3 out of them we had our dinner in chapala. i guess that sais it all. the salads were fresh and delicious and all the other dishes we tried were delicious as well. the atmospehre is great and the owenr / chef / waiter is the most gentle man we have ever met

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Came here on a cold and rainy night and had a great experience. Greg service was really good, as was the food. Reasonably priced.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The food isn't very authentic and the plates were a little small but the owner made one mean margarita! I would suggest coming here for a drink and some guacamole but finding another spot for dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Dined here a couple of nights ago on a cold and wet Takyama night. Cosy little spot that does a really good burrito and very reasonable prices. Only the chef was on duty so lucky there weren't too many people otherwise it could have stressed him too much but he works well. Highly recommend if you fancy a change from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This place was so lovely! The food is delicious and the chief was very polite. I had a salad which was quite tasty but it was quite small so I'd suggest having it with something else.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama 506-0015, Gifu Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Gifu Prefecture  >  Takayama
  • Phone Number: +81 577-34-9800

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  • Cuisine: Mexican

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