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El Chico Mexican Restaurant

#42 of 316 Restaurants in Waco
Certificate of Excellence
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2111 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706-3379
+1 254-662-2750
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 26
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  • 7
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  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and service

Enjoyed our meal of steak enchiladas with queso and tacos! We were a bit nervous about having issues in the parking lot like previous diners so my husband checked on and moved our vehicle directly under a light! We didn't linger over our dinner😄 no problems.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
grandmaf2014
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our meal of steak enchiladas with queso and tacos! We were a bit nervous about having issues in the parking lot like previous diners so my husband checked on and moved our vehicle directly under a light! We didn't linger over our dinner😄 no problems.

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Thank grandmaf2014
Niskayuna, New York
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96 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't realize we were entering a chain restaurant until we had been seated. It was our final night in Texas and we wanted Tex-Mex food, but this was not special. The server, however, was polite and very attentive. There was an expensive guac option on the menu but he told us he would bring us just a little for... More 

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CA
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Dark parking lot and no stripes to show where the parking spots were located. Don't order the combo fajita with rib, chicken and beef because it will not come out sizzling. We should have just ordered the chicken or the beef fajita only. Lesson learned as we smelled the table next to us receive a sizzling fajita plate.

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Thank NinaCa
Whitney T, Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Nina, Thank you for visiting us and I am sorry to hear that your Fajitas did not come out sizzling. We strive to be excellent in everything we do and I will speak to our staff to make sure all Fajitas go to our tables sizzling. Our standard is sizzling Fajitas all the time to every table. thank you again... More 

Victoria, Texas
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We ate in the restaurant on a Friday and greatly enjoyed the Friday Fajitas for Two. They are a steak--like fajita and were served hot and delicious. They come with the typical fixings and we appreciated that beans served were either charro or refried. Chips were hot and fresh. We enjoyed the meal. That's the good news. Now the bad.... More 

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Whitney T, Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback about your most recent visit with us. I am glad we were able to serve you well in the store and your experience dining with us met your expectations. We are sorry again for what happened to your vehicle and want you to know we have addressed the issues... More 

Euless, Texas
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165 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The original El Chico restaurant was fun to visit but has changed a lot in the last 40 years. The service and food was still very good and I even had one of there fun drinks. I think it was a strawberry daiquiri. The restaurant was very clean and the menu was outstanding as were the prices. For a wonderfully... More 

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Thank cliffsiler
Whitney T, General Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review!! Thank you for choosing us again and i will pass this along to our cooks and waitstaff as well. See you soon!! More 

Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

parking lot was less than half full on a Friday evening; that should have been a tip off. décor and interior is dated, to say the least. cleanliness appeared to be an issue. boy scout kid going table to table selling candy bars was annoying. had chorizo quesadilla, not as bad as I expected. pretty sure I'll never go again.

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Thank michael p
major42, General Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Michael, thank you for your feedback and I will address your concerns as soon as possible. I will use this to coach and teach our staff so that we can always exceed our guests expectations. Again thank you and for your feedback. Brian Thomson General Manager El Chico More 

austin
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

My girlfriend and I ate here last weekend on our way to Dallas. She got sick before we were in Dallas and was miserable for the next day as well. We had the usual chips & salsa, enchiladas and an awesome dessert (fried something with ice cream) but something was a miss... by the time we were 30 mins up... More 

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Thank 1983007
Whitney T, General Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for letting us know about your experience while dining at El Chico. We are sorry to hear about your girlfriend not feeling well. We have systems in place that monitors our food quality and we check our quality 4 times a day throughout the day to ensure we are providing the freshest and safest food for our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

7/26/2015 4pm meal. Prompt, friendly service. Food was piping hot when brought to our table - the way we like it. AND, the food was deeelicious! Just the way i remembered it from the last time i ate at an El Chico over 20 years ago. We will definitely eat here again on our next trip to Waco.

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Thank Brenda R
Waco
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very nice older style El Chico makes it quaint. Nice outdoor patio. Great selection of Mexican/tex mex favorites. Service good. Food and chips and salsa was g r e a t !

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Thank Mark B
Liberty, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Great food we had a party of 5 and all got something different. Everyone thought the food was great. We were all stuffed and the service was good too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2111 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706-3379
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco
  • Phone Number: +1 254-662-2750

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?