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Chapala

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900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
319-287-8005
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Port Byron
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Great food! Large portions and fast service. Have eaten there many times. We live 150 miles away and when we are in that area we try to have some great Mexican food. Never had anything I didn't like!

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Thank Z6519RXrobinb
Waterloo, Iowa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

The food here is always wonderful. Service is great they are on top of it. Even with big to go orders they do great.

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Thank KLS0210
Princeville, Illinois
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Hubby & I stopped here on our way to Minnesota. The tamales are outstanding. Hubby enjoyed his burrito. The chips and salsa paired well with our margaritas. The decor is fun "south of the border". Definitely a place you could bring children or just a night out. The service was spot on. We would definitely return.

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Okemos, Michigan
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156 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We stayed overnight in Waterloo on our way to Minnesota. We weren't sure where to have dinner, but didn't want to go to a chain. The Trip Advisor sticker on the door was reassuring. Our dinner was very good. I had a shrimp fajita that was very different than I've ever had before. There was a red sauce of some... More 

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Thank Stategt
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

I had an enchilada plate and it was very tasty. The salsa is a little thin and spicy but still good. The only downside is that the staff does but make you feel very welcome and they sat me at a dirty table

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Thank Kris T
Springfield, Missouri
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Good food and good service overall. I have had better and worst. Many menu options to consider. Reasonable priced entrees. We would eat here again on our next visit.

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Thank jrreset
Iowa
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Huge portions! So much food for the price. Not my favorite Mexican restaurant in town but if I am going with a group it will pass muster. I had the fajitas, little to no seasoning and nothing to make them stand out. Salsa was fairly bland as well. Ok if going with a group but would not be my go... More 

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Thank TTIOWA
Scottsdale, Arizona
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

I travel about 150 days per year and have eaten Mexican Food in almost every state in America. I put this restaurant in the top 10. I ordered shrimp fajitas and fresh guacamole dip. The fresh chips and spicy salsa were a great start. I barely finished the last chip in the basket and Eric, my server had another full... More 

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Thank Bisbeeboy
Waterloo, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Great place for chips and salsa and margaritas. The Fajitas are great, but you can't go wrong with the beef burritos and a tamale either. The food is served quick and is appropriately priced. Great place for a quick bite before a movie. The Food is very good, and the service is great. Ambiance is ok, it is themed ok,... More 

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Thank Tomkorin22
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped due to trip advisor. First time. Some of the best Mexican food ever. And we've had a lot. A guy behind us said it was his favorite restaurant in the entire country. We've got it on our phone to return anytime were in Waterloo. Excellent

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Thank Rick M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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

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