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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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11:00 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Three times in a short period, all excellent

On arriving back in the area for a visit, the first day we went here. Was not disappointed. Still excellent chile rellano and good salsa. While visiting we went back twice and was very pleased each time. Did not find anything bad or even marginal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
bubba65
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california
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203 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

On arriving back in the area for a visit, the first day we went here. Was not disappointed. Still excellent chile rellano and good salsa. While visiting we went back twice and was very pleased each time. Did not find anything bad or even marginal.

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

Thanks so much for coming back to us! It's great that our chile relleno and other menu items were some of the highlights of your Texas trip, and I look forward to keeping our winning streak going the next time you're in town! Till then, Carlos Owner More 

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182 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Eaten here too many times to count, you will not be disappointed in any thing on the menu! Come hungry cause the portions are big. Many Mexican restaurants in San Antonio and this one is right at the top. Can't go wrong here!

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

I may not be able to count all of your visits, but you can bet I appreciate every single one. The team and I are beyond flattered to be at the top of your Mexican restaurants list, and I hope you'll join us for another meal very soon! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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222 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We took some friends who have 3 young children, so we ate on the patio so the kids could play on the playground where we could see them. Although it was a very hot summer evening, the misters on the patio, and ample shade, keep the temperature very comfortable. I was very surprised that we were so comfortable. The bean... More 

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

You can always count on our play area and patio for a fun family evening -- glad you all enjoyed yourselves! I appreciate your compliments to our service, spinach enchiladas, and more, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon! (Thanks letting me know about the chips, too -- I'll see what I can do to turn things... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I might as well admit that I'm biased about El Chaparral. I first visited their little restaurant that was just a converted home back in the early or mid-90s, and was immediately won over by their incredible flavor and value, and have been hooked ever since. I've since moved away, but El Chaparral is on the must-visit list whenever I'm... More 

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

From the title of this review to the description of our chicken, this made our day! We can't wait to share this with our staff -- they'll love to hear you were so satisfied. See you next time, Carlos Owner More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place is the real deal. Recommended by locals, the food is outstanding. We had a group of 7, and everyone had an excellent meal.

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

Wow, Jenny, the real deal? That means so much to me! I really appreciate your compliments on our food. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Carlos Owner More 

Houston, Texas
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172 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Having past by El Chapparral numerous times and reading about it in Texas Highways, we made a point of stopping here for lunch - best decision I've made in awhile. The food is fantastic! We started with the queso and chips and salsa. Queso was creamy and flavorful, the salsa was spicy and very good. I ordered the combo cheese... More 

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

Glad you stopped by, Sue! It's great that our queso, enchiladas, and bean soup all made for an excellent meal, and I really appreciate your kind words about our service, too. I hope you'll join us for another pit stop very soon! All the best, Carlos Owner More 

Northern California
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Yes, to say some place is friendly in Texas seems rather obvious - everyone's friendly around San Antonio. However our server sincerely and politely helped us navigate the menu and the kitchens favorites. It was our first time here and we'll be back! Possibly sitting outside on the margarita patio - its very (very) alluring.

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

Welcome to San Antonio, Bob! I sincerely appreciate your compliments about our service and our cuisine, and I hope you'll join us for a drink on the patio very soon! All the best, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is one of our usual Saturday Lunch spots. Our son was in from Austin so we had lunch there on Monday the 20th of July. As usual we were seated promptly, we usually eat around 1:30 or 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon. The chips and waters came right away, the waiter was somewhat busy and it took him awhile... More 

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

Always great to see you guys! I'm so glad our chicken enchiladas and corn salad have earned us a place on your regular lunch rotation, and I really appreciate your family's continued support. Can't wait to see you next Saturday (we'll do our best to be a little quicker then). Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antnio,Texas
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food is average, and is very salty unless you like alot of salt on your food. The service was also average. There are other mexican restaurants in the area that serve better mexican food.

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

Sorry you weren't impressed with your latest visit. Average is the last thing we'd like to be, and while I can't be sure what went wrong with your meal or your service this time, it does sound like we could have stepped up our game. I appreciate your candid feedback, and I hope you'll give us another chance to knock... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My wife and I tried this place for lunch based on a friend's recommendation. I not a big fan of Mexican food but was willing to try it out. I was very glad I did. First, I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was laid out in a very welcoming manner. The people were all very friendly. My wife... More 

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

Thanks for giving us a shot! I understand Mexican food isn't everyone's thing, but I consider it a great compliment that our fajita nachos and chicken enchiladas were able to impress you anyway. I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the rest of our menu! Till next time, Carlos Owner More 

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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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