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El Chaparral Mexican

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited on a Thursday night about 7. The parking lot looked full; we decided to take a chance and see how long the expected wait would be. Thirty minutes did not seem unreasonable, and were pleasantly surprised to get a table on the patio in less than half that time. It appears that the parking lot appearance was misleading-... More 

Thank amybryanterry
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I apologize for the extinguished flame, Amy, but I'm thrilled to see you enjoyed the rest of your visit here for the most part. The satisfaction, comfort, and enjoyment of our customers really means the world to us, and reading reviews like these always bring a smile to my face. if you're ever again near us, we'd love to have... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good food. Margarita prices are high. Every time my wife and I have gone, the bar is super slow or the waiter/waitress isn't the friendliest or they are slow.

Thank michaeljay2016
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Michael, it's great to hear that our food won you over, though I wish our service had left a similar impression. I appreciate you sharing this with me, and I can assure you that we'll address it with our staff to ensure we're on the same page moving forward. That said, I hope you'll come back and see us again... More 

Boerne, Texas
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95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch meeting for our office staff, the wait staff is incredible, very friendly and efficient. The food is the best Mexican style food in the SA area, we will be back.

Thank johnbitter
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I love it when we're able to feed an office, and I appreciate you all stopping by, John! Thank you so much for the review -- we can't wait to welcome you all back again. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I went for dinner, our server was not in a good mood and it showed she did not want to be there. I left my sweater on the chair and I called a few minutes after I left, the person that answered said, "I don't see why you can't come back and look for it, but I guess... More 

Thank anitramr1
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I am so sorry to hear that this happened and want you to know that is not at all how we treat our customers -- warm, friendly service is a major component of what we do and why we've been around for so long. I'm so glad you enjoyed our food the last time you were here, but I really... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Parking lot was packed on a Mon night which was a good sign. Lots of seating options including outdoor which I didn't try. Quick service and good food. I had to ask for more spicy sauce as the regular salsa that came with chips wasn't spicy enough. Chicken Fajita had great seasoning as it wasn't just bland like in some... More 

Thank Traveler2here
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

I love seeing that you were so taken by our chicken fajitas! Thanks so much for dining with us and for leaving this awesome review! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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49 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

El Chaparral is an institution in Helotes! Years ago, Charlie started his restaurant as a very small building ... and over the years it has more than quadrupled in size but, under his watchful eye, he has managed to maintain the hometown feel and the same great food. Every night, Charlie stays in touch with his patrons by walking to... More 

1 Thank BRLG2004
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

It's an honor being considered an institution, and I'm so happy reading such a thorough reviews of our cuisine, service, and history. Anytime you're craving some of that delicious, Mexican authenticity, you know where to find us! Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

A true gem tucked away from the bustle of San Antonio. This restaurant in Helotes is a great place to take kids. If you get patio seating, your kids can play on the playground while you have a drink or two then order. The kids can play right up until it's time to eat. We had 7 kids ages 13-5... More 

Thank Sheri M
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping by with the family, Sheri! This is such a stellar review, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such positivity on our Trip Advisor page! If you're ever again back in town, we'd love to serve you once more. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Katy, Texas
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164 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Clean restaurant with that San Antonio / Central Texas colorful atmosphere. The service was fine...competent, quick and friendly while the food was good, not over the top WOW but quality and most importantly, not greasy. It does seem like a local place which is always a plus and I enjoyed my dinner here.

1 Thank Olineman
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

We love that you enjoyed your meal with us, and I'm so appreciative of your for leaving such an awesome review! Thank you so much for joining us while you were in town -- please be sure to stop on by if you're ever again in the neighborhood! Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Helotes, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

If you love beans, this is the place to be!!! You can make a meal out of their bean soup alone. The history of their original Helotes location is impressive and a tribute to our local culture. Enjoy the drive out to old Helotes; grab a meal and a drink and visit their outdoor patio - it's a very pleasant,... More 

Thank Ladybug55
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

We love our beans, and I'm thrilled to see you do too! Thanks so much for enjoying our soup and our cuisine and for taking the time to write about it. Anytime you're in town, don't hesitate to pay us another visit. Sincerely, Carlos Owner More 

Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I visited El Chaparral a few times since moving to San Antonio and not once have they disappointed. Always great, local Tex Mex that's fresh and super flavorful. If you're going to dine here, show up early (especially on the holidays) because you can bet there's going to be a bit of a wait...but it's well worth it. Order any... More 

Thank Ron R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this review

Thanks so much for regularly stopping by since your move, Ron -- I love that we're one of your tastes of the city! We all look forward to having you back again soon. Warm Regards, Carlos Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
Three decades and two generations of experience and passion go into every smiling face and mouth-watering bite that make-up El Chaparral. Our family history is etched into everything we do. In 1972, our parents, Charlie and Mary Garcia, followed their dream to a small eatery in Helotes, Texas.

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