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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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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is a great place for tasty cuisine and friendly service. The fajitas are our favorites and when the weather is good we like to dine on the patio. We have tried the other locations and they aren't as good as the Helotes location.

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Thank kande12
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Nothing beats fajitas on our patio! Thanks so much for mentioning this here on TripAdvisor, and for dining with us in the first place. I really appreciate feedback like this and can't wait to have you back. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Tx
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've recently returned to this restaurant after an absence of four or five years....I have no idea why we stopped coming because it is consistently very good. Stopped for lunch on a crowded Thursday and sat in a small booth in the bar area trying to avoid the crowd. While there was just one bartender that I saw, he did... More 

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

I'm glad you finally returned! Thanks so much for ending your streak of absence and joining us for a meal! I love seeing that you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon -- at least sooner than four years! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

The Colony, Texas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to El Chaparral each time we come to San Antonio. This year we stopped in after floating the Medina River in Bandera. It never disappoints. My wife and daughter had the carne asada tacos and I had the beef enchiladas. Every thing was delicious. The bean soup left us wanting more. My 9 year old even ate... More 

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

Glad we're able to impress even the pickiest of kids! Thanks so much for making us one of your local staples, J, and for taking the time to write such a kind review. Stop by again whenever you're in town. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Their food is so incredibly good here and they have the best margaritas I have had in San Antonio. The sangria margarita is so amazing. The service is normally good, sometimes we have to wait a little bit but they tend to be pretty busy. The only real complaint I have is their parking spots are very small. I even... More 

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Thank JMS4409
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying our food and margaritas -- especially that sangria! We appreciate your patience during our occasional wait, and that you took the time to review us online! We're always working on improving parking, so your feedback wil definitely be taken into consideration. Stop by again whenever you're hungry. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San antonio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly there was no wait for a party of 9 on a Sunday afternoon. We were able to sit down quickly. They brought out drinks, free ranchero beans and chips. We ordered a pitcher of margaritas it was a little costly $40.00, but they were pretty strong, so you get your money worth of alcohol. We all ordered different plates... More 

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

I really appreciate the review, and you stopping by and dining with us in the first place -- on a family member's birthday, no less! I'm glad you enjoyed everything, and can't wait to have you back for more. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The refried beans and bean soup are excellent...very flavorful. I normally get the vegetable enchiladas. .. mushrooms, tomatoes , onions, jalapeño peppers with jalapeño cream sauce. They aren't on the menu, but they will still make them for those of us who love them. I don't ever remember to take a picture because I have to eat them immediately! Service... More 

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Thank Mare1599
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying our food and service! (And for being a fan of our veggie enchiladas!) I'm always so appreciative of reviews like these, and I can't wait to have you back again. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for good Mexican food however the service was less then be desired. We waited forever for someone to take our order and had to hunt someone down to get our check. If you are in by no means in a hurry, this is for you.

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

Thank you for stopping by and enjoying our food, David! I apologize for any service delays -- they are rare but they can happen occasionally. I really appreciate the feedback and can't wait to feed you again. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Bedford, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and excellent drinks. I had a taco and a spinach enchilada with guacamole and pico. All was good. Special was drink because of the fourth and it was good too and festive!

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

Thanks for stopping by on the Fourth! We're always so happy to entertain, and your review means so much to us. Stop by again whenever you're hungry Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Tompkinsville, Kentucky
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first night in San Antonio and some friends took us to the El Chaparral. It was hot outside (near 100), but comfortable inside. The atmosphere was pleasant and the food was Scrumptious. We eat regularly at a Mexican Restaurant at home, but this food was so much more sophisticated. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, the chips and dip, and... More 

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Thank WJW0126
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm honored to have been a part of your first meal here in SA! Thanks so much for joining your friends in taking a chance on us, and for writing about us online! Stop by again anytime. Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We would go here, perhaps, 3 or 4 times a year. Meals are very good. Drinks are too. Servers are friendly and attentive.

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

Thanks a bunch for making us one of your go-tos, Alfonso! Patrons like you are the reason we've been around for so long. We'll see you again the next time! Thanks again, Carlos Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
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.

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