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El Chaparral Mexican

$$ - $$$Mexican,
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bean soup” (23 reviews)
“enchiladas” (33 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner came for dinner because we were in the area and we live off 1604 and saw this restaurant and looked busy... As a GM of a restaurant myself, that was a good sign so we stopped. Upon looking at the menu,...More

Thank Stephen R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

I apologize if our prices were a bit higher than you expected, Stephen. We use only high-quality, fresh ingredients and make each dish to order. So, while many guests would refer to us as a "Tex-Mex" restaurant, the quality of our food goes far beyond...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018

While visiting family in Helotes, they took us to eat at El Chaparral. Even at 5 pm there the parking lot was full and there was a 45 minute wait. The wait is made bearable by some seating areas and an excellent bar. Upon being...More

Thank Dave L
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

I'm glad I was able to catch you at the end of your dinner, Dave -- it was great meeting you and your family! It sounds like everything went smoothly from seating and service to your actual meal. Next time you're visiting Texas, I hope...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We went for a family lunch and I was not impressed with the food or service. Service was slow and food was mediocre. I wasn’t happy to learn almost everything contained animal lard, including the vegetarian enchiladas. Food was greasy and lacking in flavor. I...More

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Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

This certainly isn't the kind of impression we hope to leave with our guests. We're very conscious of dietary restrictions, so if you have any concerns or questions, I encourage you to reach out directly -- I'd be happy to clear anything up. I know...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018

We always visit whenever we are visiting family in Pipe Creek.. The food reminds me of San Antonio in the 60's and it is food that I remember. I am never disappointed the menu and the food is served HOT !! This Tex-Mex as it...More

Thank Don C
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

We're honored to be a go-to stop of yours when you're in the neighborhood, Don. We stay true to our roots and appreciate the support from loyal guests like you. Can't wait for your next visit! Until then, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 3 February 2018

This is our favorite restaurant to take visitors to when you want them to have a great dining experience. We have never been disappointed and are guests are always grateful and thoroughly enjoy the food.

Thank Steven B
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

It's a huge compliment that we're one of your go-to spots to bring visitors, Steven. I'm excited you've always had wonderful experiences, and I look forward to providing many more. Can't wait to see you again! All the best, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 4 January 2018

WE went here right before a Willie Nelson concert. The service was efficient and the food was good texmex. It was a fun place to warm up for a concert.

Thank John J
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

John, you definitely need some good food to fuel up for a Willie concert, and I'm glad ours hit the spot. I hope you'll stop by to visit us again another time! Looking forward to it, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 3 January 2018

This place is really busy but the wait wasn't too bad ( 45 minutes) for an evening. Great service. Will be back.

Thank Tammy D
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Despite the crowd, we continue working to keep things moving throughout the evening, so you don't have to wait longer than expected, Tammy. I'm delighted you enjoyed your experience and looking forward to your next visit. All the best, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 29 December 2017

Seems like every visit with family in Helotes includes dinner at El Chaparral. Not gourmet, but good Mexican meals, everything from tacos to Cabrito Asado.

Thank Robert A
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

It sounds like you have some pretty awesome family visits, Robert! We're honored to be a family favorite, and we can't wait to have everyone back next time. See you then, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Took an out-of-town guest to El Chaparral restaurant over the holidays. She loved the atmosphere and really enjoyed the food. She loved the bean soup (who doesn't!!). Full restaurant but service was spot on and food came out of the kitchen hot.More

Thank Mare1599
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

It's a huge compliment that you chose to bring your visitor here! I'm delighted our team stayed on top of things throughout the evening and that your friend enjoyed the bean soup. We hope you'll both come back next time she's in town! All the...More

Reviewed 22 December 2017

This started out as a small restaurant, and has grown because of the great food. It is still run by the sons of the original owners/cooks. Their Mexican food is delicious, and the staff is friendly.

Thank surelyacollectible
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

It sounds like you really know your stuff! We really appreciate all the support and are thankful you've been a fan for so long. Looking forward to seeing you again next time. Can't wait, Carlos, Owner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 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 - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
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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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