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900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
+1 319-287-8005
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (18 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
“parrilla” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

This place is by far and away the best Mexican food I've ever had! Big variety and the food got to the table fast and hot. I love Mexican food and have eaten in many, many places. The décor is nice and the service was...More

Thank ScubaKMF
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I am sure the food at Chapala is great but bad service can ruin the experience. Just left.. first time here and, being from out of town, probably my last. What it comes down to is we simply waited.. and waited... to place food order...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped for supper on the recommendation of the clerk at Motel 6. Good choice. Salsa is spicy with the complimentary chips, yum. Tecate beer was only $2 each. My wife loved her enchiladas and I had Huervos Rancheros for supper Service...More

Thank Rich P
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I'm all about great Mexican food and this fit the bill, from the chips and salsa in the beginning through dinner (we were too full to even consider dessert). Great food, drinks, and service! Will definitely consider stopping again when we are in Waterloo.

Thank Dreamer72
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

The reviews were great and I agree. Ordered my favorite the shredded beef chimichanga, it came with beans, rice, guac and sour cream. The taste, texture and quantity was excelkent. Can't be the price either! I will definitely be back on my next trip to...More

Thank Starabella
Reviewed 13 June 2017

By far our favorite Mexican restaurant in Waterloo!! They have the best Seafood Mexican Cuisine to choose from on their very large menu!!!

Thank _iaholic57
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I enjoy the food and service at Chapala, the fajitas are delicious! The menu is so much to choose from and margaritas are amazing!

Thank Dannielle M
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Being from South Texas, we have enjoyed good Mexican food all of our lives. Now that we are full-time RVers...we haven't been very happy with the food in other states. So, it was nice to find a restaurant we can brag on.... Chapala is worth...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We decided to get takeout instead of taking our young children out for dinner. The food was hot & tasty when we got home & complimentary chips & salsa were included. Our meal for three adults & three children was $50 plus tip--very reasonable.

Thank Alicia N
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

A great place for great food!! We go here quite a bit and always have awesome food. Relaxing atmosphere and good service every time we visit.

Thank pjrgns
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-287-8005
  • E-mail
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