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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
Great little Mexican place

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We read the reviews so we gave it a try but were disappointed. The guacomole, the salsa and tomato salad were all ok, but the taquitos were spicy sausages wrapped in tortillas. The beef on the tostadas was minced rather than shredded. Great atmosphere.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Came here due to the great reviews on trip advisor....definitely not disappointed! The food was amazing, really didn't expect to get great Mexican good in a tiny town in Japan. The food was all cooked fresh and was really delicious, great for vegetarians too. The atmosphere is lovely and the owner is very friendly. Definitely recommend this lovely little restaurant... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A small Japanese mountain town isn't a place where you'd expect to find good Mexican food, but this restaurant was great. The owner (and chef) was incredibly nice and cooked some really solid Mexican food. Guacamole was great, beef tacos were solid, and chicken enchiladas were really tasty. The atmosphere was surprisingly authentic (it looked like a Mexican restaurant should).... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Really lovely man working here... We visited when the restaurant was really busy but he still got our food to us within 15 minutes. Nice place to just chill and have a corona - worth the wait! Rice in the burritos was a little Japanese rather than Mexican, but everything still tasted great!

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Having read the positive reviews on tripadvisor, we decided to give this place a go. Unfortunately, we were rather unimpressed. We had vegetable salad (which was nice), nachos, salsa, vegetable burritos and something meaty (sorry, I honestly cannot remember what it was called). The chef was lovely but overall, we felt that the food was rather disappointing and not particularly... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This small Mexican restaurant is a real gem. The food is very good, the owner is friendly, the beer is cold, and the music is great! We had dinner here on a weeknight in February. There were very few restaurants open when we stayed in Takayama, partly due to the recent snowstorm, so we were very glad to find the... More 

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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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