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“Worth the wait”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chapala

Chapala
Ranked #27 of 869 Restaurants in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
2 reviews
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“Worth the wait”
Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Tried to stop by for lunch and the owner told us to come by at 6:30... Came by at 6:40 and restaurant was dark, but thankfully as we waited trying to figure out what to do...lights started popping on. We came back at 7:00 and had the guacamole that we were thinking about having all day since lunchtime. Not at all disappointed, the guacamole was great, had Corona's with limes. The salsa needed a little heat, but he has hot sauces on the table. Everything was delicious and hot, and the atmosphere felt like you were in a little Mexican cantina.

Visited August 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Memorable meal in Japan”
Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Chef Owner does a very good job of providing a Mexican food experience in Japan

Cold coronas. Good guac and chips, quesadillas, excellent lettuce tomatoes and tortillas.

Nice change after a week of traditional Japanese food

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank emathewson
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Tasty, good value meal with cheerful service”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Takayama. It's off the beaten track so a little difficult to find but once you're there it's worth it. Great Mexican food...Nachos, Burritos, Enchiladas...washed down with Corona or Cassis Beer...quite a change from Hida beef and noodles...and half the price! Service is great too, the owner is extremely pleasant and very passionate about his visits to Mexico and the food. He's also fluent in Spanish so would welcome the practice with anyone who can speak the language! Overall a great experience, more people should visit!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Clare H
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DCandFam
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Opens at 630”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

We went but did not realize that dinner doesn't star until 630. Looks cute though and wish we could have tried it. Will do so next trip!

Visited April 2013
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Thank DCandFam
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cosy restaurant with excellent food, fast and friendly service!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Cosy restaurant with excellent food. The one man show was friendly and the service was great! Speaks good English. Well work the trip in the cold wet night:)

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JaxsBee
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