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El Chaparral Mexican

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Mexican, Southwestern
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15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Three decades and two generations of experience and passion go into every...
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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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
Great Mexican food

Have eaten there many times and try to avoid the normal dining hours and go between lunch and dinner. Gets very crowded. Everything I have had there has been very good but I especially love their pinto bean soup. Haven't found any like it elsewhere. There enchiladas are all very good and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Helotes (San Antonio),Tx
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Helotes (San Antonio),Tx
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Have eaten there many times and try to avoid the normal dining hours and go between lunch and dinner. Gets very crowded. Everything I have had there has been very good but I especially love their pinto bean soup. Haven't found any like it elsewhere. There enchiladas are all very good and guacamole is great. Service has always been good... More 

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

Our pinto bean soup is one of a kind! I'm glad it's one of your favorites -- that goes for our enchiladas, too. I can't thank you enough for your kind words about our service and scenery, and I look forward to seeing you for your next Mexican fix! All the best, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This place is always busy! Long wait every time we go eat. There is a large playground out back, and spacious outside eating area, and huge indoor space. Drinks are good, food is good. Expect to wait.

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

A busy restaurant is a happy restaurant! The team and I are always grateful to see so many faces every day, but longer waits are indeed a consequence -- that's why do our best to make every wait worthwhile. I really appreciate your feedback compliments to our fare and our atmosphere, and I hope you'll visit us again very soon!... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

They serve the best pinto bean soup I have ever had. The table side guacamole was pretty darn good too! We ate there twice while staying in San Antonio/Helotes. The first time because it was convenient to the house we were staying, the second time because the food was so darn good.

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

Thanks for giving us a shot! I'm glad our bean soup and guacamole could help make your San Antonio trip memorable, and I hope you'll visit us again before too long! All the best, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Heard about the bean soup,so we just had to try. Best I have ever had. Service was great as was the food. We will come back soon. I am impressed that the owner actually reads his reviews and answers the review. Most never even read.

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

"Best bean soup you've ever had" isn't a compliment I take lightly, Phil -- thanks so much! I enjoy speaking with our guests online as much as I do in person, so I really appreciate you taking notice, and I hope you'll visit us often! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Had Valerie's Special, two cheese enchiladas plus fajitas. Excellent food and service as always. Love the little bowl of beans before the meal. Chips and hot sauce are high quality. Huge fan.

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

Always get a kick out of seeing you, Kevin! Thanks for letting us know our chips, beans, and enchiladas haven't let you down yet. I appreciate the continued support, and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Carlos Owner More 

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111 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Not a big fan. We drove by this place many times and the parking lot was packed every time. We looked at the reviews and they were mediocre. We decided to give them a try. We walked in and it took a few minutes before anyone acknowledged that we were there. They definitely were not busy. We were seated. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

We enjoy the food here, that's why we make the long trip on special occasions . On the other hand,the service is terrible. Our food order was completely wrong. When we come during the week when it's not so busy, the waiters and waitresses are to busy mingling to even acknowledge you. This is the 3rd time in a row... More 

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

Please accept my apologies, Crystal. I'm glad your family loves our menu, but it's very disappointing to hear that our service hasn't been as impressive (on several occasions, no less). I'll be sure to discuss this issue with the team in great detail, and I hope you'll give us another chance to prove that we're worth the special trip. Sincerely,... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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469 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Some like it hot! Temperature of the food that is. Not that I don't like a good bit of spicy heat to my Mexican food too; but, for some foods such as enchiladas, the temperature at which the food is served can make all the difference in the world with how the food tastes. And they usually do it right... More 

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

No good ever came from a cold enchilada -- we'll serve 'em up hot and delicious every time. I can't thank you enough for being part of the El Chaparral family for so long, and I look forward to seeing you often! Till next time, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've been a customer of the El Chaparral in Helotes for many years. I'm very picky when it comes to Mexican food and I love their food. Gabe called me his "secret shopper" because I love the place and have shared my experiences in his restaurant with him from time to time. I'm not able to go there as much... More 

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

Please accept my apologies, Judy. It sounds like there was some miscommunication at the bar this time, and I'm very sorry to think it might have ruined your daughter's birthday. I'll be sure to speak with our bar staff about this matter, and I hope you'll agree that incidents like this are the exception to the rule. I look forward... More 

Jourdanton, Texas
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Best part of this meal was the service and the free three bites of beans given when you order. I have a family of five and am always looking for a good value, good meal. This is not the place for value. We all had enchiladas and they were tough and rubbery. Best thing on the plates was the retried... More 

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Additional Information about El Chaparral Mexican

Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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