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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” (19 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-1836
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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Another great meal. We ate at the new Cedar Falls location which was also very good. If you like Mexican food this is a place for you.

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 26 April 2017

My meal was huge! It tasted good too. They give you free chips & salsa too! Service was excellent. Only down side, if I eat Mexican food, I want an horchata but they didn't have it.

Thank bobschultzdbq
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Coming from SoCal and having a place in Baja, Mexico it's always a challenge to find a decent Mecican Restaurant in other parts of the country! What a pleasant surprise to find a great little place in Waterloo, Iowa in a small strip center. Good...More

1  Thank Olaf H
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We love fajitas, on our way home from Florida, we researched Mexican restaurants in Waterloo. Chapala's was highly rated, the viewers weren't wrong.

1  Thank Doug M
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Went in on a very busy Thursday night. While we were in no hurry our waiter made a great effort to let us know when our meal would be coming and was very pleasant. Our meals tasted great! Best Mexican restaurant in Iowa that I've...More

1  Thank alfonsos1
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We recently ate here while out running errands in town. We have never been here before. We had great service from the hostess to our waiter. Very quick prompt service along with great food. Huge portions. We were not able to eat it all and...More

1  Thank sunnydaystraveler
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place from many different friends...finally made it over and was pleasantly surprised. Good portions and a fair price. The salsa has a good kick to it. I had the picadillo filled Burito or Chimi (I forget) and it was very good!

1  Thank FlashBack351
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
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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, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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