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El Chaparral Mexican

15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bean soup” (23 reviews)
“enchiladas” (33 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Everytime friends come from out of town we bring 'em to El Chaparral. The place is dripping with atmosphere and full on authentic Tex-Mex cousine. The back yard outdoor seating is also another bonus as you can see a nice stretch of the Hill Country.

Thank Chico S
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

It means a lot that we're one of your go-to places to bring friends and family, Chico. I love hearing how much you enjoy the atmosphere and food. Come back again anytime! We'll see you soon, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hostess was awesome, waiter was extremely nice and the food was AWESOME! It was my husbands 30th birthday and they made sure to embarrass him just the way I wanted - sombrero and all. Highly recommend- the staff even was honest enough to say we...More

Thank txblondehusky
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're happy to embarrass the birthday boy upon request! It's awesome hearing that both the food and service exceeded expectations and really made your husband's birthday special. We appreciate your patience as your server got caught up as well. Come back to visit us again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

worst experience of my life the beans were under cooked someone in my family got 3 flat sodas from the same machine use commonsense!!!!!!!!!!LAST BUT DEFINITELY not least they spilled 3/4 of the big pitcher of tea on me and she was like oh sorry...More

Thank Jose C
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jose, I'm truly sorry your last few visits haven't been on par with those of the last six months. While we're known for our friendly, efficient service, we aren't exempt from off-days. That's certainly no excuse, and we'll be sure to be more careful when...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love there retried beans! There many provides many options. I like you can also stay on the healthy side with grilled chicken or fish!

Thank Michelle G
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Whether you're indulging or eating light, there's something for everyone, Michelle. Come back again when you're craving more refried beans! Can't wait, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed May 9, 2018

With ample seating inside and a lovely patio overlooking a green valley for those who want to dine outside, this should be an ideal location. The bar is full service, and the menu is extensive. We eat a lot of Tex-Mex, and this restaurant had...More

Thank jetsly
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2018

Thanks for coming by to dine our our lovely patio. While I'm glad you did enjoy your meal, I'm sorry service was less than attentive. I hope for another chance at impressing you with our typically faster service. Until then, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner came for dinner because we were in the area and we live off 1604 and saw this restaurant and looked busy... As a GM of a restaurant myself, that was a good sign so we stopped. Upon looking at the menu,...More

Thank Stephen R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

I apologize if our prices were a bit higher than you expected, Stephen. We use only high-quality, fresh ingredients and make each dish to order. So, while many guests would refer to us as a "Tex-Mex" restaurant, the quality of our food goes far beyond...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018

While visiting family in Helotes, they took us to eat at El Chaparral. Even at 5 pm there the parking lot was full and there was a 45 minute wait. The wait is made bearable by some seating areas and an excellent bar. Upon being...More

Thank Dave L
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2018

I'm glad I was able to catch you at the end of your dinner, Dave -- it was great meeting you and your family! It sounds like everything went smoothly from seating and service to your actual meal. Next time you're visiting Texas, I hope...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We went for a family lunch and I was not impressed with the food or service. Service was slow and food was mediocre. I wasn’t happy to learn almost everything contained animal lard, including the vegetarian enchiladas. Food was greasy and lacking in flavor. I...More

1  Thank Redlotus78
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

This certainly isn't the kind of impression we hope to leave with our guests. We're very conscious of dietary restrictions, so if you have any concerns or questions, I encourage you to reach out directly -- I'd be happy to clear anything up. I know...More

Reviewed February 5, 2018

We always visit whenever we are visiting family in Pipe Creek.. The food reminds me of San Antonio in the 60's and it is food that I remember. I am never disappointed the menu and the food is served HOT !! This Tex-Mex as it...More

Thank Don C
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

We're honored to be a go-to stop of yours when you're in the neighborhood, Don. We stay true to our roots and appreciate the support from loyal guests like you. Can't wait for your next visit! Until then, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed February 3, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant to take visitors to when you want them to have a great dining experience. We have never been disappointed and are guests are always grateful and thoroughly enjoy the food.

Thank Steven B
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

It's a huge compliment that we're one of your go-to spots to bring visitors, Steven. I'm excited you've always had wonderful experiences, and I look forward to providing many more. Can't wait to see you again! All the best, Carlos, Owner

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Great questions but I'm not sure. We usually go on the spur of the moment. Perhaps their website could be of some help.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 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 - 10:00 PM
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
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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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