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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 37 Restaurants in Helotes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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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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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

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 

Billings, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I was visiting for business and a small group of us stopped in for dinner. The atmosphere was pleasant and the staff was very friendly. I ordered chicken puffy tacos and wished I could have finished every last drop of food on my plate, but I was just too full. They were delicious. Our whole table was satisfied and we... More 

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

We hope so, too, Jonna! It's great to know we could help make your company's trip to Texas memorable. We're glad you loved the tacos, and we hope you'll visit us again the next time you're in town! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place is a local favorite. The margaritas are great (a little pricey but good); MUST try the cilantro cream sauce enchiladas!! The queso is Velveeta-like so if you are looking for a tasty queso skip this appetizer! Great patio for outside dining! Today's visit the service stunk but I've experienced better in the past.

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

Sorry your visit left something to be desired, Sarah. We don't hear too many complaints about our queso, so we're surprised that you think it's sub-par. Still, we're glad you love the enchiladas and margaritas, and we look forward to seeing you again soon -- we'll be sure to step up the service next time. Thanks for your feedback, Carlos... More 

Port Aransas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Ordered the enchiladas and they were good. The beans were excellent. The ambiance is really nice and the staff is friendly.

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

Glad you loved the enchiladas! We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to see you again very soon. Say hello in person next time and let us know how we're doing! Thanks a ton, Carlos Owner More 

Colorado Springs
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Sat 18 Oct 2014 we’ve met 12 of our friends for a birthday party at El Chapparal in Helotes. This was our first visit there, coming from Colorado Springs, CO but five of our friends been there several times. I read the numerous reviews from different sites and checked out their menu on line beforehand. Arriving there first impression, Wow!... More 

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

We're glad you had a great time! Thanks for being patient with our service -- while we're very lucky to draw big crowds, it does sometimes mean that our staff is spread a little thin. We appreciate your feedback, and we'll try hard to be as quick as possible next time. We're thrilled that everyone enjoyed their meals, and we... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is one of the first restaurants I remember going to when we moved to San Antonio in 1979. We still go there today and it's still the same great food and service. The atmosphere is relaxing and laid back in a come-as-you-are kind of way. The cabrito is the best in San Antonio. I can't remember having anything I... More 

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

Since 1979?? You're practically family! We really appreciate your continued support over the years, and we're glad we haven't let you down yet -- let's keep our hot streak going! We'll see you for more cabrito soon! Thanks a million, Carlos Owner More 

Camp lejeune
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We went here to celebrate with a few friends. It took 45 minutes just to get our order taken and about an hour to get our food. During this time we tried to get more chips but our waiter kept forgetting. Our waiter seemed lost. The food is what was expected from a Mexican restaurant so you might as well... More 

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

We're sorry you weren't impressed with your experience here. We certainly hope to be better than just what's expected from an average Mexican restaurant, in terms of both food and service. We'll make sure to step up our game next time, and we hope you'll give us another chance to show you our best. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

They have the best spinach enchiladas I have eaten anywhere! They come with just the right amount of cream and cheese on top. The fish plate is great too!

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

We're thrilled to hear you love the enchiladas -- "the best anywhere" is quite an honor! We appreciate your support, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks a lot, Carlos Owner More 

Brandenburg, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Staff was courteous and fast. They were slammed when my wife and I got there and we were still treated extremely well. Food came out quick and was amazing. I don't know that this is the best Mexican food in the S.A. area but I will definitely be back the next time we're in town.

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

We're glad you both enjoyed your visit! We're never too busy to treat our guests the way they deserve to be treated. We look forward to saying hello in person next time. If there's anything we can improve to climb higher in the "best Mexican food" rankings, please let us know! Can't wait to see you again, Carlos Owner 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: Southwestern, Mexican

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