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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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11:00 am - 10:00 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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180 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Made the mistake of going on a Friday night. It was really crowded for "just average" Mexican food. It had been a while since we visited and three of us were disappointed on the quality of the food. The "Nachos Compuestos" and "Carlos Special" were pretty much tasteless. Considering the number of people in the restaurant, we couldn't understand how... More 

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boca raton florida
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79 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had read the reviews and the fact that it was often packed raised my hopes. It was very busy this Friday night. The boracho beans were good but the salsa was mighty spicy. The manager said that the jalapeños get hotter in the summer. I had a cheese enchilada and steak fajitas as well as rice and beans. The... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Drive by El Cha[parral Mexican Restaurant at almost any hour of any day and you will find the parking lot jammed full or cars and trucks. Weekends and evenings find them parked all over the area because of the Tex-Mex food begining with the cup of boracho beans, chips and salsa that appear as soon as you are seated. The... More 

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

We're so proud to be a staple here in Helotes, and we really appreciate this review, James! Thank you so much for writing this and join us again sometime soon! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very nice location. Food is good but just average for mexican food in San Antonio. Very busy on weekends.

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Thank TexasfamilyXmas2015
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback and for dining with us! We apologize for how busy weekends can get, but know that we do an incredible job of maintaining our regular level of service! Can't wait to have you back. Regards, Carlos Owner More 

Lubbock, Texas
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK yall, We love mexican food! We really thought this might have been the best we ever had. We had a good sized group and many different items were ordered and shared. The beef fajitas were fantastic, The enchiladas of many different types were so good. We were so impressed with the homemade corn tortillas not the hard type we... More 

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Thank DanandLaurie3
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I can't wait to have you back, Dan and Laurie -- it's always really nice when I'm able to impress such big fans of Mexican food!! This review is awesome, and I really appreciate you two taking the time to write it. I'm thrilled to see you enjoyed our beef fajitas and enchiladas so much! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent fajitas and great bar. The bean soup appetizer starts the journey. On nice nights the patio is excellent for a small group.

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

Excellent review, Stephen! Thanks for stopping by and enjoying our fajitas and some drinks! Hope we see you all again sometime soon. Carlos Owner More 

dallas, texas
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219 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner there tonight. There were 8 of us including kids. We arrived at 6 and we were seated within 5 minutes. We had to wait a few minutes on our waitor to arrive to the table but once he got there we had great service. He actually was training a new waiter so we will give them a... More 

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Thank dan85leah
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I really appreciate your patience, Dan, and I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your experience here for the most part -- especially your grandson! Can't wait to have you all back for some more puffy tacos. Thank you for your review. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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295 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The spinach enchiladas are always terrific. The salsa was a bit hot, but still tasty. The owners are always so friendly as they walk around to the tables to greet customers, friends and family. I love this place.

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

Sorry about that spicy salsa, J -- we do our best to warn our guests! Thanks so much for the review, and for stopping by and being a friend of ours in the first place! See you again soon. Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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690 reviews
491 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been here in awhile and decided to stop in for breakfast, which they serve on Sundays. It was not crowded but there were several tables of customers. This restaurant has been around since the 1970's and they did a beautiful remodel of it several years back. We noticed they had a sign about live music on the... More 

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Thank LAH28
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

This means the world to see -- thanks for paying us a visit for breakfast! Glad you enjoyed your visit and I can't wait to have you all back in here again! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten there and ordered take out. Eat in... the take out had issues. But what fun! I'm a slave for the street tacos. I know, not healthy. But so so so good to eat. The taco salad was memorable, but street tacos are my main order from now on.

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

Glad you're a fan of our street tacos, Candy! Thanks so much for taking the plunge with us -- I can't wait to have you back! Sincerely, 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, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?