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El Chaparral Mexican

15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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Ranked #1 of 36 restaurants in Helotes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Three decades and two generations of experience and passion go into every smiling face and mouth-watering bite that make-up El Chaparral. Our family history is etched into everything we do. In 1972, our parents, Charlie and Mary Garcia, followed their dream to a small eatery in Helotes, Texas.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Three decades and two generations of experience and passion go into every smiling face and mouth-watering bite that make-up El Chaparral. Our family history is etched into everything we do. In 1972, our parents, Charlie and Mary Garcia, followed their dream to a small eatery in Helotes, Texas.
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English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Great service in a busy establishment. I did not feel ignored once. Drinks very good and priced average for area. Food looked and taste delicious! I tried a dish with steak and mole chicken enchiladas. All appeared and taste fresh. Including all sauces. Steak very tender. Mole enchiladas some of best I had in the States. Lots of Families eating... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Good food, good manager, good service and good price you can't go wrong here. The way the inside looks is clean and very decorated. The staff Is helpful, and the manager is nice and concerned about your opinion on how everything is going.

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Good food and good service is what we're all about, so it's great to know you've come to count on us for both! You'll have to be sure and say hello the next time you're in -- we'd love the opportunity to thank you for your kind words in person! Cheers, Carlos Owner More

Montgomery, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Met friends while on family vacation. It was short drive from San Antonio where we were staying. Was a great surprise to us. The meal was great and the service was also very good. We would definitely go again if in the area.

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Happy to hear your first go-around was such a hit, Tab! But of course, there's just nothing like a great meal with great friends, is there? You'll definitely have to come see us again the next time you're in our neck of the woods -- we'd love to welcome you back for round two! Cheers, Carlos Owner More

San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I really enjoy this family owned/operated Mexican Restaurant! Although it's a bit of a drive for me it's worth it. The food is delicious and it's always served just as ordered. Something tasty you have to try is the Bean Soup sampler they serve before your meal, Yum! It's also available by the bowl. My personal favorite is the Valerie's... More

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

So happy to hear that our Mexican meals have always been worth the drive, Ben! The Valerie's Special is definitely a favorite around here too, so it's great to know that you're a fan. And that Bean Soup? We can't get enough of it either! Thanks for the good word and we'll hope to see you around soon! Take care,... More

Houston, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Cold food, stale chips, rotten guacamole and pretty sure it is the source of my illness. SEVERE diarrhea and vomiting for 30 hours and counting. Water on floor in men's room along with picture of naked woman on bull hanging on the wall, don't take your kids in there! We will never go back.........this place is a health hazard!!

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks for voicing your concerns, Gina. Although I'm very sorry to hear that you have been feeling ill, I can assure you that we only use fresh ingredients in every dish to ensure that everything we serve is safe and delicious. As such, I do not feel that we were responsible for your symptoms, but we'd be happy to discuss... More

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I love the spinach enchiladas. The salsa varies by batch from mild to somewhat hot, so you never really know what you are going to get.

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Glad to hear our Spinach Enchiladas always hit the spot! Looking forward to welcoming you back for more soon. Cheers, Carlos Owner More

Rogers, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

charra de freloes, outstanding. sopapoes great, taco salad very good, cold beer. what more could ask, will go back if just for the bean soup

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Sounds like you had a wonderful meal at our table, Johnny! Thanks for leaving us this glowing review. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon -- our Bean Soup is calling your name! Cheers, Carlos Owner More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you love Mexican food, you won't be disappointed. After a short wait, we were taken to our table. Sonia, our waitress, took our drink order and then came back with chips, salsa, and charro beans. The beans were a little too spicy for my wife, but perfect for me. My wife ordered the El Favorito and I ordered the... More

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Of course, you can always count on us to serve up delicious Mexican food with a smile at our table. I'm glad to hear you and your wife had such a wonderful time with us -- you guys know just what to order! Hope to see the two of you again soon. Cheers, Carlos Owner More

Ontario, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My sister brought me here straight from the airport to have dinner. What a great way to start my holiday in Texas!! As others have said, don't be off put by the number of cars outside. We got right in and were sure we would have to wait. I had a Sangria Margarita and would highly recommend it. I also... More

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Hopefully you'll be back in town soon! We'd love to see you and your sister again. Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! Our Chuey's Quesadillas are a tried and true favorite, and that Sangria Margarita alongside is its perfect pair. Looking forward to your next visit! Cheers, Carlos Owner More

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Very good food. Serves home style Mexican food. The place is colorful and inviting. Servers are friendly and helpful.

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. Hope you'll join us for another soon! Cheers, Carlos Owner More

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