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El Chico Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican,
45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
+1 870-492-4700
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good23%
  • Average24%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible10%
Travelers talk about
“guacamole” (10 reviews)
“enchiladas” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

More than once I have enjoyed the best carnitas at this restaurant. I judge Mexican restaurants by the quality of their carnitas, this is at the top of the list.

Thank denniswwright
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

It started with incredible, fresh homemade salsa. It continued with a great dinner, and ended with a delicious dessert. Highly recommended!

Thank michelgC7417XF
Reviewed October 11, 2017

They have nothing to take me back as far as the food goes. I have had to go with friends because they do have a bar! That's the only thing to bring people in if you ask me.

Thank colleen s
Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

Stay away from this horrible chain. I lived in San Diego for 20 years so I'm spoiled and I will have to wait until I go back before I eat Mexican again. Taco Bell is better than this terrible excuse for Mexican food. Save your...More

Thank vbeckjr
Reviewed September 25, 2017

Stopped in on my own to have dinner. Was greeted at the door and seated promptly. My waitress was new on the job so I could tell she was nervous but she did a great job. Once again I ordered the top shelf guacamole which...More

Thank Heidi K
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

Driving all day we were needing lunch. We noted this place and stopped for,lunch. The prices were reasonable. I ordered a lunch special with a Chili stuffed with cheese, and fried, and taco it came with a salad and guacamole. Our meal was fine...not real...More

Thank Morcella
Reviewed August 30, 2017

Been here several times. Margaritas are good and the Mexican fair is the standard stuff. Not anything special but always good with no surprises.

Thank ozarklandman
Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile

I've eaten here many times. The food is really good and the service is good too. They also have a catering service, which I highly recommend! I've never had a bad experience working with this restaurant.

Thank MtnGolfer003
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Look it's el Chico. You know the food, mediocre at best, but when compared to the service the food is the hIgnore spot. Had our company Christmas party )25 employees) there and the manager treated or staff rudely. This past month on a very quiet...More

1  Thank Daniel b
ManagerECMH, Owner at El Chico Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2017

Daniel B. - I'm very troubled to hear that you have not had exceptional experiences with our staff. Everyone has an off day, but this sounds a little out of the ordinary. Would you please send a private message or email me at manager@elchicomh.com with...More

Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

We were the only table in the restaurant when we arrived. Two tables got their food before ours, which we only had 4 people at our table. We didn't feel like we ordered anything special, except maybe they consider a soup that was ordered as...More

Thank Suzanne G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Mountain Home
  • Phone Number: +1 870-492-4700
  • E-mail
We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample parking (boats, buses, RV's welcome)and have a great kids menu selection (Mac and Cheese, chicken strips, burgers, etc.) and a many American items to please everyone in the group. We have a full bar with the best margaritas in town. We hope you'll join us!El Chico Cafe provides an upscale dining experience, serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh, new specialties of today. Conveniently located on Hwy 412/62 bypass in front of Home Depot and across from WalMart Supercenter.A Mexican food tradition since 1940 has grown into more than 75 restaurants, including more than 25 franchise locations. The El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar's homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas,following their mother's recipes for enchiladas with chile con carnesauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today.
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