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El Chaparral Mexican

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Southwestern, Mexican
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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/Brunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Great Texmex

Went for dinner and had a wonderful experience. While it was a weekday and a bit slow one could easily see the potential for an even better time when music is playing outside or things were a bit more vibrant crowd-wise. The food was fresh, served hot and attractively and the service was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
Scott K
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Orlando, Florida
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Went for dinner and had a wonderful experience. While it was a weekday and a bit slow one could easily see the potential for an even better time when music is playing outside or things were a bit more vibrant crowd-wise. The food was fresh, served hot and attractively and the service was very attentive. Clean and well decorated it... More 

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

It was wonderful to meet you, Scott! It's great to know you enjoyed the best experience we have to offer. I hope you'll have the chance to visit us again during summer -- if you think our margaritas are great now, you should try them on a warm summer day. All the best, Carlos Owner More 

Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you can find a parking spot at this enormously popular restuarant a few miles north of FM1604 on Bandera, it is worth going in and being treated to excellent Tex-Mex prepared with fresh ingredients and plenty of choices, including multiple options for side dishes. The food was delicious and portions generous. I enjoyed Juan's Chicken Enchiladas with cilantro cream... More 

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

Thanks for making the trip out to see us! I know our dining floor can be a little busy and crowded at times, but I hope you'll agree that the food and service more than make up for any small discomforts. I'm glad you enjoyed your enchiladas, and I especially appreciate your feedback about our team -- it's great to... More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
544 reviews 544 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Meep! Meep! Out of the way boys! I'm following the roadrunner to a hacienda on the hill to get some mighty fine tex-mex. Not too far past the place for some weekend boot scootin' at Floore's Country Store, El Chap sits in the picturesque rolling hills of Helotes on Bandera Highway. Jose's Special with enchiladas, tamale, crispy taco, guacamole, rice... More 

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

The coyote's not taking us down anytime soon, friend. It's good to hear that our Queso de Mar was just as exciting as the nachos -- both these courses and Jose's Special are ready whenever you are. We appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. If there's anything we can do to improve your... More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
213 reviews 213 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was the first place I worked at when we moved here to Texas in 1979. I bought my first car with the money I made waitressing. So it has a lot of memories for me when I visit. It was a lot smaller then, and the food was much better. I was sad to see that the quality over... More 

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

Thanks so much for the fond memories -- it's a shame you don't feel that we've lived up to our old glory. Our team is very proud of how far the restaurant has come since the '70s, and it's disappointing to think that some associate our growth with a drop in quality. We're sorry your cheese enchiladas were under par... More 

Lebanon, Indiana
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Every time we visit San Antonio we come here to eat at least a couple times! The food is awesome and reasonably priced! I love the Helotes delight and fajitas!

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

Thanks for making us a regular San Antonio stop! It's great to hear that our fajitas, Helotes Delight, and more make for a satisfying, cost-effective meal. We appreciate your support, and we look forward to your next visit! Best wishes, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Have eaten at this place for over 30 years, but not near as frequently as I used to. Since Mr. Garcia is retired or semi retired the quality of the food has slipped a good bit. No I only go at lunch and get the fajita lunch special which is still very good. My evening favorite, the Pancho Villa enchilada... More 

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

Sorry our enchiladas haven't been up to your standards lately, Brian. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your support over the years, and it's disappointing to think we've let down a longtime fan. That said, we're surprised that you think the Pancho Villa has dipped in quality -- we haven't made any significant changes to the recipe. We... More 

Deep South Texas
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Whenever anyone asks where the best Tex Mex restaurant is in San Antonio, we tell them El Chaparral in Helotes. It's not that central in San Antonio, but worth the drive out to Helotes if you are on the Northwest side of town. We went there for lunch in mid December and all of the good stuff is still there.... More 

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

Thanks for making our day! There's no end to Tex-Mex restaurants in the San Antonio area, so we're beyond flattered to be your favorite. We really appreciate you spreading the good word and making special trips to visit us, and we hope you'll be able to join us for more beans and enchiladas very soon! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

KERRVILLE
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This Mexican restaurant was recommended to us and we thought we'd give it a try. It was a very good meal. Everybody at the table ordered something different and we cleaned out plates. (would probably have picked them up and licked them if it weren't crass)! The Helotes location has been in business for 42 years. That, alone, should tell... More 

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

Thanks for keeping our 42-year tradition alive, Cal! Feel free to lick your plate next time -- we wouldn't blame you. We really appreciate your support, and we hope you'll have the chance to dine with us again very soon! All the best, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I eat the spinach enchiladas there every week. They are fantastic! I also like the bean soup and salsa.

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

We always look forward to seeing you! It's great to know that our spinach enchiladas could earn us such a wonderful customer. Thanks so much for your support -- we'll see you for another plate very soon! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

You never know what to expect when dining at a venue you've never visited before. Fortunately we heard raves from a friend and this place lived up to its word. Very pleasantly surprised, excellent wait staff, short wait for the super HOT & freshly prepared food.

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

Sounds like we owe your friend a solid! Thanks for giving us a shot -- we're very glad our food and our service both exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your support, and we hope you'll visit us again very soon! Sincerely, 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: Southwestern, Mexican

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?