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El Chaparral Mexican

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited El Chaparral a few times since moving to San Antonio and not once have they disappointed. Always great, local Tex Mex that's fresh and super flavorful. If you're going to dine here, show up early (especially on the holidays) because you can bet there's going to be a bit of a wait...but it's well worth it. Order any... More 

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Thank Ron R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks so much for regularly stopping by since your move, Ron -- I love that we're one of your tastes of the city! We all look forward to having you back again soon. Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good service, the owner is always there greeting you and making sure everything you ordered is to your expectations.

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Thank QUALITY PAINT &... W
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Our customers mean a lot to us, so we're always there to ensure their enjoyment. Thanks for the review and for enjoying our food and service so much. You're always welcome back. Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love the Ensalada Esmeralda as well as the flautas! Great family owned restaurant that is consistent and very busy.

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Thank jdrsmbdt
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Those are some spot-on choices, and I appreciate you letting us know what you like! Thanks for the review -- pay us another visit anytime. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went in with a large group and we didn't have to wait long. I wish I remembered I waitresses name because she was really great and did her job well. The food however took long and was not that great. I wish I could say it was worth the wait. The drinks were very good and I would go... More 

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Thank tracy f
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I apologize for any wait time, Tracy, as we're all about delicious food here, and I would never want that to take longer than it has to. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving some feedback, and I hope you'll give us another shot sometime. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I decided to do Valentine's Day dinner a day early to beat the crowds. We chose our local favorite El Chaparral. As always it did not disappoint. We ordered the family style fajitas. They were outstanding. Make sure you try the "Borracho" beans. They are unbeatable. I also highly recommend the cheese enchiladas. It serves traditional South... More 

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Thank coachwilson10
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I love that you and your family joined us for Valentine's Day! Thank you so much for loving our food and allowing us to impress you. Your review means so much to us, and we all look forward to feeding you again. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and his wife try and meet here once a week for late lunch so we joined them and it was pretty good. They know the waitress and request her so that really helps w/ service. Its a good lunch for a reasonable price. The place is always crowded so it good to go at an off time.

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Thank Texascouple9290
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm so glad you decided to join your brother and his wife -- it means the world to us when we feed family. Thank you so much for taking the time to review and for enjoying us while you were in town. Don't hesitate to pay us another visit sometime soon. Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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135 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous setting and lively place.We had their famous sizzling Fahita with combo meats.The Margarita was exceptional.The Mariachi music is a beautiful treat to the eyes and ears.They did take a promotional photo of me and hubby and even offered a complimentary photo😊.This is definitely my second most favorite Mexican restaurant in SA.Keep up the great taste,we will be back for... More 

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Thank DrAnju R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

This means so much to us -- thank you for the review. I appreciate you stopping by and enjoying our food and being such a fan of our decor. Can't wait to have you back again! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been a fixture in Helotes for years. The food is good but service is unreliable from visit to visit. They have a bar, but it is almost impossible to get service on many nights. However, the restaurant is somewhat the place to be seen in Helotes. It is very crowded on weekend nights. The signature dish is... More 

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Thank Mark O
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm glad to see you enjoy our food so much, Mark, but saddened to see our service was less than impressive. We're all about our diners having the best time possible here, and though we can get pretty busy from time to time, we do everything we can to ensure a warm, welcoming experience. I hope you'll join us again... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is a "standard" for the locals Helotes when craving Mexican fare. The food used to be very good but the last 2 times we've been there, The food was pretty bland. Crowds are always present but I think it's because the people in the area are just plain loyal. Service and cleanliness are still good, but drinks tasted... More 

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Thank Verdatrue
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Our food, service, and margaritas are just as good as they've always been, though I am very sorry if your last few visits have been disappointing. I hope we have another chance to serve you soon, because I want you to get a taste of how delicious we still are! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Homosassa Springs, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of very few places you can get cabrito but I think its more of a guisada type of dish. Great fajitas for families plate - you get the sides, tortillas and there's probably left overs. Margaritas are great and you can order by the pitcher and the kids can play outside. We also like the charro beans as an... More 

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Thank tiffanygaitan
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I'm thrilled to see this review, Tiffany, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave it! Anytime you and the family are craving a fun, delicious time out, you know where to find us! Thanks again, Carlos Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?