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El Chico Cafe

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Mexican, Bar, Pub
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45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
870-492-4700
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 7
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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

I have been here many times. Food is always good and the staff is excellent. I have been to several events that have been catered by them and the food was also very good. The price range for food is average. It has a nice atmosphere and is always spotless clean.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Mountain View, AR
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Typical fast food microwave mexican, but the service was excellent. The chips and salsa were good. I ate one of the lunch specials and really felt like it was a tv dinner that had been plated. Decent price and atmosphere was fine though. Can't say enough about the staff and their friendliness, they alone raise the rating.

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I have been here many times. Food is always good and the staff is excellent. I have been to several events that have been catered by them and the food was also very good. The price range for food is average. It has a nice atmosphere and is always spotless clean.

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Mtn. Home, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Manager and wait staff are exceptional, personally double check to make sure your order is to diners satisfaction. My wife and myself have dinned there over one hundred-fifty times in the last three years. That is what customer service rewards us to be repeat customers. I counted ten waiters , waitress's, and two managers this afternoon and they were all... More 

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Denison, Texas, United States
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Stopped in to use the motel provided buy and entrée get an entrée free. Price and value was great. Food was wonderful. At 8:30 pm on a weeknight, we were after two tables of 10 or more. This caused a big delay in getting our food timely. We waited about 25 minutes to get our two plates of food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My family and I have been to El Chico for dinner on many occasions. I was very happy with all aspects of this restaurant. Nice Bar, great top shelf margaritas. Food was very good. Service was great. Going tonight!

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Mountain Home, AR
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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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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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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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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
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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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Additional Information about El Chico Cafe

Address: 45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
Phone Number: 870-492-4700
Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Mountain Home
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Mexican, Bar, Pub

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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, Pub

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?