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El Chico

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1549 S Bowen Rd, Pantego, TX 76013-3335
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Mansfield, Texas
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123 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

El Chico is an icon of TexMex, and this place, old as it is, isn't the high standard of the Cuellars, but it's still a solid comfortable reliable place for the standards. Like all the TexMex places, this one has added a slew of new menu items like brisket tacos, carnitas, and fish tacos. I've never had them as that's... More 

Thank Texzilla H
Falls Church, Virginia
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109 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had take out for my Mom, who is in a rest home and wanted some non-institutional food. The restaurant staff was very friendly and the food excellent. Tacos, taquitos, and guacamole. Put a big smile on Mom's face. Highly recommend.

Thank dejindc
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

this is a quality Texas Chain, very old, and this is a good local location. Lots of locals. It has a full bar, and just consistent Tex Mex. Family and Kids friendly. Staff is nice. Clean location and food is good value for money. Not expensive. Excellent specials almost every weekday night. They have been serving North Texas for generations.

Thank randy k
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We have been eating at this location for 20 years. It has delicious food, great service, and is fun for the kids!

Thank Carol W
Arlington, Texas
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480 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is the place is where a deep love of tortilla soup 1st started. I have tried this soup in many, many places over the years, but El Chico holds the title of one of the best. Tonight, it was just as good as always. The grilled chicken salad was plentiful, and good , though the bottom of the bowl... More 

Thank happytraveler4209
Arlington, Texas
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

I really like this Mexican restaurant. They have different takes on some meals than other places, making them a fun place to try new things. I highly recommend their chicken plates, of which they have several.

Thank johnniemcen
Denton, Texas, United States
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This El Chico has been around for some time now. I used to come here as a kid, but I hadn't been back until recently. The food is awesome and the service was really friendly.

Thank Cariluvzu
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

We stopped for early dinner. The service was acceptable, the food was OK and portions OK. However, there are so many great TexMex choices.. an "ok" restaurant doesn't usually call me for a second visit.

Thank S B
Arlington, Texas
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

The daily lunch specials are GREAT and very reasonably priced. My favorite is enchlada and taco combination plate.

Thank Blair1768
Arlington, Texas
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

For some reason, this franchise continues to be better than most of it's classmates. Better Chips, better service, better drinks and just plain better food. Of course, it may be that we use the same waiter, time, after time, after time. Oh yes, we have had some hit and miss nights with the other waiters, but the owner and the... More 

Thank Jnalljr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 S Bowen Rd, Pantego, TX 76013-3335
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Pantego

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