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El Chico Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Southwestern
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3303 S 31st St, Temple, TX 76502-1927
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Belton, Texas
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are frequent flyers to El Chico. Excellent wait staff and great food. But our favorite two items are not on the menu (sortof). The flavorful salsa is to die for. I could ever an entire quart at each sitting. They give you individual salsa bowls so double dipping is completely legal. Chips are hot, fresh and thin!!! Yum!! Second... More 

1 Thank Suz4Him
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When they say grilled Fajitas, they aren't lying!! Great fire-grilled taste on the steak and chicken. The sides are great as well especially the serving size of them. Found out they have half price Fajitas on Thurs after 5pm so that might become a weekly tradition.

Thank William J
Belton, Texas
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116 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

New menu items. Good food, great service, friendly manager, good location. Always accomodating if need to change menu item - flour vs corn tortillias , sauces, etc.

Thank Rita W
Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I have eaten dinner here on two separate occasions traveling to Austin recently. I have always eaten at El Chico for consistent and reliable "go to" Tex-Mex for years. As everyone knows even though it's a chain, consistency can vary between locations in different parts of the state or country. This El Chico is well run with friendly service and... More 

Thank WeatherGirl944
Temple, Texas
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Quick lunch. Started with queso. Love their tortilla soup--get the cup… The bowl is really big. Husband got the beef enchilada dinner--his favorite!

Thank CariSB9671
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Food took FOREVER getting to us. Waitress was way too friendly instead of tending to order. Chips before meal? Forget about it. They came with the meal. Expensive and not family friendly.

Thank Gay G
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265 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

This El Chico has been here for a while and the food is always good. The manager is very friendly and always walking around and checking on his customers. It's a great place with great food! Definitely worth a try!

Thank Chad W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

I had the shrimp fajitas and they were really good. The service was good and for dessert the sopapillas, they are awesome. Will be coming back..

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Little Rock, Arkansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Staff is friendly, we like ED, he is a great waiter. The salsa and chips are the best around. Food is always good, cooked to perfection, and a great price for the whole family to sit down for dinner.

Thank Nikki T
Groesbeck, United States
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Good food with a great bargain! The food has more spice than the old recipes but it is also much more varied. The appetizers (nachos and chicken/jalapeno bites) are great, especially with the guacamole spread. Not a fan of the spicy refried beans but the burritos are very good. Wife loved the enchiladas. The dessert (chocolate brownie cake with ice... More 

Thank Charles B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: 3303 S 31st St, Temple, TX 76502-1927
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Temple
  • Phone Number: 254-771-3080

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