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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, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 10
    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
after church

the food is great but on the expensive side like all there dishes great corn tortilla & flower of course

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
alfred167
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lakehills
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Helotes, Texas
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Typical open air very boisterous atmosphere to the point of being too loud where you can't hear the waiter. The "beef tips" were so tough you could hardly chew the meat--let alone make your way thru the various bones. Thought I'd never see the day where I'd say Taco Bell was better than this restaurant. NOT worth the trip!!!!!

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

I'm sorry if the lively dining room was a little too noisy for you, Jim. It's surprising to hear your beef tips made it out of the kitchen in that state, though I apologize if that was the case. I know we're more than capable of providing a meal and experience that is absolutely worth the trip -- I hope... More 

lakehills
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the food is great but on the expensive side like all there dishes great corn tortilla & flower of course

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Thank alfred167
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Glad to hear you've enjoyed everything! If you're looking for a little more value, you should check out our lunch specials sometime -- we have a different one every day. Hope we'll see you again soon. Until then, Carlos Owner More 

Bandera, Texas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took some family to El Chaparral during the Christmas holiday season. I have never eaten here so I had my fingers crossed that it would be GooD Mexican food. I was thrilled! The food was excellent and so was the service. The restaurant is clean and fun. I now have my new favorite spot!

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Thank econn007
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm thrilled to hear it! Look forward to seeing you again soon. - Carlos, Owner More 

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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Not sure if it was because we haven't been in a long time but everything was great. I had el favorito and my husband had chile rellaino. The soup was awesome as always. Our waitress was an excellent server...Allison. Still our favorite place. Thanks.

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Thank Bertski33
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I think everything was probably great because you were back here with us! Seriously, though -- I'm thrilled to hear we're your favorite place, and I'll be sure to let Allison know to keep up the great work. Hope to see you soon! Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Some people really love this place, but I am not one of them. It used to be better, but now it is greasier, less tasty, and the same price. My stomach was upset for two days and another family member couldn't finish her food due to the pool of grease on her plate. When we left, another family member commented... More 

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Thank fashionphotographer1
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm very surprised by your comments about greasy food -- we hold ourselves to the same high standards that we have for decades, so there shouldn't be any reason why the quality of your experience has gone downhill lately. I hope that we will have the opportunity to show you that soon. All the best, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great food and atmoshere indoor outdoor dining full service bar, Mexican ,beef and great margaritas last restaurant leaving Helotes on the left on high way 16 towards BANDERA , TX. 5-10 minutes from 1604 loop and Bandera road

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

I'm glad everything from the margaritas to the atmosphere was exceptional enough to report! Thanks for dropping in. Hope we see you again soon! Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Still family operated but has gotten too big and the service isn't like it used to be before they expanded and went somewhat big-time.

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

Thanks for your feedback, John. While I get where you're coming from, I can assure you our standards for service are as high as they were the day we opened -- we'd love to have you again soon and show you that. Hope to see you, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I enjoy the Poncho Villa enchiladas.El Chaparral is the only place that has very good Mexican food and happy that I can have certified and registered service dog with me. Thank you El Chaparral.

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Thank Freddy Jr Bo D
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thank YOU, Freddy! I'm very honored to serve your favorite Mexican dishes in the San Antonio area, and of course, it's no trouble at all to accommodate your service dog. I appreciate your support, and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

If you want great Mexican food with a fun atmosphere and inexpensive pricing this is your place, My personal favorites are the Valerie's Special and the Helotes Delight. It does get crowded so bring your patience and enjoy a Margarita while you wait. You won't be disappointed.

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

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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Check it out! Any time you go, there are always lots of people here. Food is very tasty, prices are right. I take my out of town guests here regularly. Try the refried beans! Closest I have found to how my Mama used to make them, and (out of respect for my Mama, ALMOST as tasty as hers. I regularly... More 

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

As good as your Mom's cooking? That's quite the compliment, Anthony! All of our recipes are inspired by our own family's culinary talents, so it's wonderful to hear that we haven't lost that special home cooked feeling. I sincerely appreciate your continued support, and I look forward to another visit soon! All the best, 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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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