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El Chico Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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2111 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706-3379
+1 254-662-2750
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11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Seagoville
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Drove to Waco to visit family and went to eat at El Chico. We had nine in our dining group. We were seated immediately; and our order taken quickly. The server making the top shelf guacamole, did a great job of entertaining while making the appetizer. El Chico had a two eat for $20 menu, so the price for so... More 

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Thank cf24tea
Waco, Texas
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I go there for happy hour. They have a great appetizer platter that we share. Beer is usually cold. It's worth the trip for us.

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Thank Melinda B
Austin, Texas, USA
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377 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped for a bite thinking it would be fun to listen to live music. Unfortunately the music was very disappointing. We happened to be there when the band ate and drank. What we heard was very unimpressive. The light food we had was also not memorable.

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Thank Gloria L
Georgetown, Texas
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209 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Been going to El Chico for years and years. The quality of the food and the service has declined. Its declined from real good to just good. Its easy to get to and my experience is that it is seldom crowded. We have a history with El Chico and every once and a while we stop in. But I will... More 

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Thank BandaidKid
Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

We had a great lunch with family. The taco salad was HUGE! Convenient location. Ok service for a chain restaurant. Still would recommend for family and friends gathering.

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Thank V925P
Texas
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We drove in the parking lot it was really hard to avoid all the large potholes. I grew up eating at this chain so I said let's try it. Waited at the front for an extended time for someone to notice us. There was only bartender and one waitress. Ordered our food it was ok. Waitress's service was good. Not... More 

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Thank Marie H
Missouri
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134 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

We called late to place a take out order. We ordered the taco plate to go. It wasn't quite correct but was quickly remedied and the server was friendly about it. It came with chips and salsa to go as well. Thank you for a pleasant attitude for coming in at the last minute.

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1 Thank Barney_Thelma_Lou
Whitney T, Manager at El Chico Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Thelma Lou for your feedback. We hope to see you again and will always make it right for you. See you real soon! More 

Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

The food here was beyond terrible! I had the Top Shelf Fajitas and they tasted like they were off the floor - tough, tasteless, basically inedible. My wife had tacos and could not eat them. This was the worst Mexican food that I have EVER had!

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Thank Carl P
Rosenort, Canada
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87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our meal of steak enchiladas with queso and tacos! We were a bit nervous about having issues in the parking lot like previous diners so my husband checked on and moved our vehicle directly under a light! We didn't linger over our dinner😄 no problems.

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Thank Sharon F
Niskayuna, New York
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138 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We didn't realize we were entering a chain restaurant until we had been seated. It was our final night in Texas and we wanted Tex-Mex food, but this was not special. The server, however, was polite and very attentive. There was an expensive guac option on the menu but he told us he would bring us just a little for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2111 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706-3379
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco
  • Phone Number: +1 254-662-2750

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