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) #4 of 114 Restaurants in Waterloo $$ - $$$, Mexican
900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (15 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I believe Chapala's has some of the best and most authentic Mexican entrees offered in the Cedar Valley! The servings are very generous and the margaritas are delightful!

1  Thank Deb B
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a local favorite, good for couples, families, and groups. Lunch and dinner are served, and bar service is available. The food is fresh, tasty and attractively presented. Some booths are tight so be sure to adjust seating to your preference.

1  Thank Baldy47
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy great fajitas or carne asada this is the place for you. The cooks are excellent and the staff is courteous and very prompt. I can't believe how fast they can make the orders for having a fast delicious lunch.

1  Thank CouplesDateNights
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Best Mexican restaurant in the Cedar Valley Area. Good, food, good service, and great margaritas!!!!

Thank jacdyl
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant many times. We have also eaten at other Mexican restaurants in the area any none compare to Chapala. They have a great selection of great tasting food and the service is great. The margaritas are the best around and...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a great place to go and have drinks and eat. They even have margaritas in a pitcher if you need that for your table... hehe The servings are large and food is consistently good, even if you customize it.

Thank Greg A
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Waterloo and desk clerk at our hotel suggested Chaplain. We live 6 hours away and are trying to think of a reason to return. From the moment we entered restaurant u til we left we received the best service. Margarita was...More

Thank Rhonda G
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We are frequent guests of this restaurant and are always more than pleased with food, drinks and service. Everything we have ordered is delicious and huge portions. The service is the best as they are kind, courteous and super fast. Love the Mexican food! I...More

Thank Tammy S
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Never disappoints! Service is sometimes iffy but the food is great. I love their fajita quesadilla...enough food to feed an army but so worth it! Doesn't heat up the best so just be sure you go hungry!! Their rice is on point and the refried...More

Thank wanderingslife
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Our food was served super quick and super hot! Our serv was fantastic and the chips and salsa were great, too!!

Thank LostLucy
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Can gift cards be purchased on line? If so where? Thank you
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I can not say if you can. I'm sure you could call and ask!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-287-8005
  • E-mail