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1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama 506-0015 , Gifu Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 577-34-9800
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We found out about this place in our travel guide. Hungry for something other than ramen we hunted and located this great mexican place. The chips and guac were a nice change and the Corona with a lime had me feeling like I was home. The owner/chef/waiter/one man show running the whole thing was very nice and we loved this... More 

1 Thank josiah97
Perth, Australia
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Was after a change from the Japanese cuisine as it was coming to the end of our trip. This Mexican restaurant was a nice surprise. We had the fried squid, tomato salad, Burritos, enchiladas, 2 coronas and was about $45 Australian dollars. The owner was warm and attentive and kept the tunes going. Nice atmosphere. No complaints.

Thank sashaJ79
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154 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Very very decent tempura squid with a cracking tomato salsa, a really really good tomato salad, two lovely beef burritos (with just a hint of miso) and two G&Ts and two Bloody Marys, served quickly and smoothly by a nice freindly couple in a buzzy, pleasant litle eaterie, all for just over £25? That'll do nicely! (will come back one... More 

1 Thank pxyzyzygy
Paris, France
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

After a week in Japan, we wanted to try something different than Japanese cuisine. We were convinced by the many good reviews, and decided to try Chapala. We loved it: the atmosphere, the food, everything was great! The owner does everything: he cooks, serves, chooses the music (Mexican sounds). Everything we ate was great, but try the guacamole with freshly... More 

1 Thank DiscoverAlways
Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

The vegetarian burritos were great as was the chilli con carne. The food was fresh and tasty and the owner/chef made a good margarita as well. Highly recommended, particularly for people looking for something other than Hida beef.

Thank dimark09
Takayama, Japan
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

Great fresh Mexican Food prepared by the Japanese owner who has traveled in Mexico and speaks Spanish, the Vege Burritos and Nachos are great and so are the Margheritas.

1 Thank walkeraustralia2016
Canberra, Australia
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We decided on Chapala as we were a little tired of the repetitive cuisine of Takayama (hida beef served in all it's forms). Chapala is a little gem hidden away down some backstreets of the main Takayama food precinct. The restaurant was perhaps a little difficult to find as other reviews have mentioned - however we really didn't have that... More 

Thank VincentVasco
Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This little place is a bit hard to find, but once you're in the door the experience is brilliant. The owner seems to run the place entirely on his own (he was there by himself at peak dinner time) but he does an amazing job balancing greeting patrons, cooking and serving food. The prices are very cheap for the servings... More 

2 Thank oliveles84
Harrow, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2015

I thought I would try something different so stumbled across this place and thought it would be worth a try. The decor and atmosphere is great and would be a lovely spot to have a few drinks but I was left underwhelmed by the food, hence only 3 star rating given.

Thank 4mHere2There
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113 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

Pros: Cozy feeling, Mexican Tapas--ordered a few small plates and turned into a tasty dinner, Owner has music collection and memories of his trips to Mexico 22 years ago that turned into a restaurant. Special feeling.... Cons: might be difficult in future to run this business as the trend is increasingly travellers are coming from Asia with different tastes than... More 

1 Thank Starhawk029

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Hanakawamachi, Takayama 506-0015, Gifu Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Gifu Prefecture  >  Takayama
  • Phone Number: +81 577-34-9800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?