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“Great food and atmosphere”

El Chaparral Mexican
Ranked #1 of 48 Restaurants in Helotes
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
San Antonio, TX
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237 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is one of our favorite Mexican food places in San Antonio/Helotes. Sometimes a wait, but it is always worth it. Quick service, good food, great atmosphere. There is a nice outdoor seating area, and a good playground for the kids while waiting for a table. Don't be intimidated by the parking. Sometimes it looks packed, but the wait is short.

Visited November 2013
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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
It's no small compliment to hear we're one of your favorites when it comes to a delicious Mexican meal! I'll be sure to pass along your praises to the rest of the team as well. Now that the weather is warming up, we hope to see you for more dinners on the patio!

Cheers,

Carlos
Owner
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Groves, Texas
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233 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“good food good service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

good food and great service. the bean soup was a good start and the fajitas were very good also. server was attentive even though it was very crowded

  • Visited December 2013
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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review! Good food and great service is what we're all about. I hope you'll think of joining us for another meal the next time you find yourself in Helotes. We'll have an order of Fajitas waiting for ya!

Cheers,

Carlos
Owner
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ktmoefun
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72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“By far my favorite restaurant in San Antonio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

I love chaparrals! The food is always excellent, the atmosphere is great, and they have a big playground/outdoor space for kids. We go several times a month. Love it!

Visited November 2013
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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We love having you as a regular! Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review back in November. It's always a pleasure having you stop in for a bite. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Cheers,

Carlos
Owner
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great says it all!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

From the hostess to the waiter and support staff very polite and courteous. The service was great. 7:30 pm Saturday night and waited 28 minutes to be seated. WOW! The food was wonderful. We had combination plate and puffy tacos. Both were good(puffy tacos were a little greasy) We had the pleasure of meeting the owner Mr Garcia. You can tell he is respected by his employees and they enjoy working there.

  • Visited October 2013
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Midland, Texas
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193 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Solid Mexican food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Very good restaurant. Very busy on a Friday night. 30 minute wait at 7pm. Had to park on the grass. With this many people they have to be doing something right. I was there for an event with over 100 people (we were not part of the wait). Event was held outside on a patio. Worked great for the number of people we had. Food and service were both very good, we ate buffet style so food may not have been the same as a menu item. Great place for a large gathering though, parking was a little difficult.

  • Visited September 2013
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