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El Chico Cafe

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Mexican, Bar
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45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
870-492-4700
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night
Description: We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample...
We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample parking (boats, buses, RV's welcome)and have a great kids menu selection (Mac and Cheese, chicken strips, burgers, etc.) and a many American items to please everyone in the group. We have a full bar with the best margaritas in town. We hope you'll join us!El Chico Cafe provides an upscale dining experience, serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh, new specialties of today. Conveniently located on Hwy 412/62 bypass in front of Home Depot and across from WalMart Supercenter.A Mexican food tradition since 1940 has grown into more than 75 restaurants, including more than 25 franchise locations. The El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar's homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas,following their mother's recipes for enchiladas with chile con carnesauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today.
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Good for:
Large groups

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place

We have been here quite a few times by ourselves and in the back room where there is a closed off section for a party. The food has always been good. Plenty of choices from the menu. They also have done catering for events that we have attended and were surprised that it was not Mexican food and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
Dody N
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Mountain Home, Arkansas
Good for:
  • Large groups
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Mountain Home, AR
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I'm a local, but I felt it was my duty to let everyone know. Everyone in Mountain Home talks about how gross the food is, but this place stays in business because of their catering and heavy community involvement. Anyway, the food has never been good, but since it has been about 5 years since I ate there, my wife... More 

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We have been here quite a few times by ourselves and in the back room where there is a closed off section for a party. The food has always been good. Plenty of choices from the menu. They also have done catering for events that we have attended and were surprised that it was not Mexican food and delicious.

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Arkansas
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134 reviews 134 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I have eaten here before and was not at all happy with my past experiences. With that being said the company that I work for decided to have our Christmas party there. Although I'm still not fond of there food there severs where AWSOME. Right on top of everything and always with a smile. That made for a good party.... More 

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The food is always very good! The staff is super and goes above and beyond to make sure the cutomer's dining experience is enjoyable!

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It was good that we went a little early because there were quite a few waiting. It could be because it was family night.

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Oskaloosa ,Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have several Mexican places in Mountain Home Ar. El Chico is part of a chain. It serves Tex Mex. Mexican food. I would sat that the food is just average good but not great. They do serve liquor. We do go there and have always found the service to be good and the food to be ok.

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Moutain Home
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

As a chain restaurant this is a good place to eat. I like their burrito bowl with chicken. Service is good. The manager is very attentive. They offer a nice area if you have a large party. Margaritas are really good.

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Branson, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you like spicy Tex-Mex, this is the place to go. The chips and salsa or beef nachos are great. The enchilada plate with beef and cheese and onion enchiladas is super. You won't get any of the bland authentic Mexican food here. Wish it was closer to where I live.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Not busy- 1:30 pm. waitress was friendly but a poor waitress. Didn t bring water or drinks but left hot sauce and chips. forgot our cheese dip and brought lunch -but charged for dinner price.!Took FOREVER to get the total right.2.29 was excessive for iced tea.! price was not on the menu.! The chicken enchiladas were very dry and blah.Canned... More 

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Arkansas
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Took my family here to meet friend for a get together. I have tried this place once before and did not like it. Anyway this time was not different. All the food taste the same. The staff act like they are doing you a favor by serving you. Second and last time I will eat here. There are to many... More 

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ManagerECMH, Public Relations Manager at El Chico Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I want to apologize for your recent guest experience. It is our goal to provide exceptional service and excellent food every time. We hope that you will direct message us your contact information so that we may contact you to find out how we can better meet that goal and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Mountain Home
  • Phone Number: 870-492-4700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample parking (boats, buses, RV's welcome)and have a great kids menu selection (Mac and Cheese, chicken strips, burgers, etc.) and a many American items to please everyone in the group. We have a full bar with the best margaritas in town. We hope you'll join us!El Chico Cafe provides an upscale dining experience, serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh, new specialties of today. Conveniently located on Hwy 412/62 bypass in front of Home Depot and across from WalMart Supercenter.A Mexican food tradition since 1940 has grown into more than 75 restaurants, including more than 25 franchise locations. The El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar's homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas,following their mother's recipes for enchiladas with chile con carnesauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?