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1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama 506-0015 , Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-34-9800
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique experience worth a visit - especially if you're tired of hida beef

We decided on Chapala as we were a little tired of the repetitive cuisine of Takayama (hida beef served in all it's forms). Chapala is a little gem hidden away down some backstreets of the main Takayama food precinct. The restaurant was perhaps a little difficult to find as other reviews have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
VincentVasco
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided on Chapala as we were a little tired of the repetitive cuisine of Takayama (hida beef served in all it's forms). Chapala is a little gem hidden away down some backstreets of the main Takayama food precinct. The restaurant was perhaps a little difficult to find as other reviews have mentioned - however we really didn't have that... More 

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Thank VincentVasco
Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This little place is a bit hard to find, but once you're in the door the experience is brilliant. The owner seems to run the place entirely on his own (he was there by himself at peak dinner time) but he does an amazing job balancing greeting patrons, cooking and serving food. The prices are very cheap for the servings... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I thought I would try something different so stumbled across this place and thought it would be worth a try. The decor and atmosphere is great and would be a lovely spot to have a few drinks but I was left underwhelmed by the food, hence only 3 star rating given.

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Thank 4mHere2There
Vietnam
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112 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Pros: Cozy feeling, Mexican Tapas--ordered a few small plates and turned into a tasty dinner, Owner has music collection and memories of his trips to Mexico 22 years ago that turned into a restaurant. Special feeling.... Cons: might be difficult in future to run this business as the trend is increasingly travellers are coming from Asia with different tastes than... More 

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Thank Starhawk029
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Great little mexican place with a super friendly owner. A must if you want to get a little exotic food while in Japan. Good music while we ate.

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Thank Louis-Philippe P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Nice small restaurant with a friendly owner. I had the small enchilladas and tacos which were tasty. I liked the atmosphere of the place and the food was nice.

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Thank Essychan
Takayama, Japan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 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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Thank Sarah P
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Stefano T
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Vlad A
perth
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Thank Amy B

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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