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Chavela's

#146 of 4,122 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
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736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-3100
Today
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Best Taco Joint in Brooklyn

Some of the best tacos around the borough...Place is usually packed, due to that and the margaritas. Service is usually really good and the ambience is wonderful

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Stephen S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Some of the best tacos around the borough...Place is usually packed, due to that and the margaritas. Service is usually really good and the ambience is wonderful

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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food at excellent prices. Great drinks. Easier to get in for lunch than dinner. Young crowd but we ' more mature' also enjoy it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There's always a great vibe here and I love stopping in for a drink. Being an LA native though I'm super picky about my Mexican food. Chavela's does an ok job of it. My palate's adjusted to NY Mexican food standards sadly. There's good flavor on the meat and the specials are usually yummy. I've never had anything blow my... More 

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Paris
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Best Mexican food I've had in a long time. Reasonable prices, great services. Fab Margaritas. Nice place.

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Niskayuna, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We have been to Chavela's multiple times and have had consitently wonderful food every time. Either breakfast, lunch or dinner offers a menu that is varied with a mixture of flavors and spices that will please any palate. The restaurant is small and somewhat cramped but the decor is really pretty and vibrant and makes you feel happy. It can... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Probably our fourth or fifth visit to this restaurant for lunch... whichever combination you choose, you won't be disappointed by the quality. 'Nuff said.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

We went to Chavela's as a last minute option after reading Yelp reviews about it. The restaurant was busy but we were seated within 10 minutes, so not bad. Our waitress was a tad forgetful which makes it for a interesting experience depending on what kind of mood you're in. I do not recommend the salsa trio and tamale appetizers... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I've been to Chavela's several times and have had a consistently positive experience. I've tried both lunch/brunch and dinner. It can get crowded, but they usually find a table for you sooner than you expect and it's worth the brief wait. The food is really flavorful, the interior is cute and the service is always good. It's a highlight on... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great Mexican food in NYC! Most Mexican falls substantially short of quality (I am from Texas), but Chavela's really packs a punch with its perfect rice/beans and queso dishes. Great atmosphere, too, in an up-and-coming area.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Nice place for comfort food and conversation. Met family and friends, enjoyed mescal, and even the lactose intolerant vegetarian was well served. Enjoy!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: (718) 622-3100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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