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El Chaparral Mexican

15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bean soup” (22 reviews)
“enchiladas” (35 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of co-workers and some family had lunch at El Chaparral in Helotes 12/6/2017. We had called about a week in advance about our large group and were assured it would not be a problem. A few of us arrived early to get it...More

Thank DanielleWY_13
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for calling ahead to let us know about your larger group, Danielle. We really appreciate the notice so we can make sure we're prepared to show everyone a great time! I'm delighted Juan took great care of you and never let a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I judge Mexican restaurants by their beans and enchiladas. El Chaparral has excellent offerings. Their Mexican rice is not that great but that’s true of most Mexican restaurants. I wouldn’t order a Marquita again. It’s too acidic. Overall excellent, try the mole sauce, it’s not...More

Thank vaceodude
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

While I wish you were a bigger fan of our rice, I appreciate your mole recommendation. I'm thankful you're a fan of what we're doing here, and I look forward to your next visit! All the best, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live in SC and whenever we come visit our friends in San Antonio, this is where I want to go. We have tried a lot over the years but this is my go-to!!! I love the margaritas, the staff at the bar are always...More

Thank was4wendy
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm humbled we're one of your San Antonio staples. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, but we definitely wish you were closer by so you could pop in for a margarita every once in a while. I guess that's what makes it such...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I always love whatever I order! I usually get cheese enchiladas and a crispy taco. The margaritas are great too. As soon as you sit down they bring a bean soup that I absolutely love.

Thank Mary R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I'm delighted those enchiladas and margaritas have always kept you coming back, Mary. It's wonderful our team and food have been consistently on point, and I can't wait to have you back again soon. See you then, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Our family has been coming here for nearly 30 years now... Back when it was run like a mom and pop family restaurant... But wait! It still is!! Staff has increased and the little house has expanded to a luxurious and authentic Texas restaurant with...More

Thank msl6103
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you for joining us for almost 3 decades! That kind of loyalty means so much to us, and it really is a testament to our flavor and service. Your review really brought a smile to our faces, and we all look forward to serving...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

We went to this restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner and everything was great. The food was perfectly prepared and very fresh. Love those carne asada street tacos. Service was great and prices reasonable. We will definitely be back!

Thank ladiblue
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you so much for having lunch with us! I really appreciate you leaving such a kind review. If you're ever again passing through the area, please don't hesitate to stop by once more. Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We waited for 1 1/2 hours and they still did not seat us. Thank you for treating us like crap!!! This is the finest example of incompetence in San Antonio. They should be held accountable for this type of thing. Even if you go to...More

Thank P1520TPandrewk
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

I'm really sorry to see this, and I apologize for the delayed service. Please know our only intention is making every one of our customers feel like they're at home, so this was definitely an oversight on our part. Know that this sort of thing...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

If you are visiting San Antonio and want a genuine Mexican experience, go out to Helotes and enjoy El Chaparral - it is the best! Locals know this as the crowds attest! Food is excellent and is served promptly by very friendly and efficient staff....More

Thank Matob
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

This is the kind of review that really invigorates us, Matob, so thanks so much for the review. If you're ever again in the area, know you'll always be welcome here! Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, we sat outside on a Saturday night, front row seat to band, service was excellent, food was even better. Delicious enchiladas!

Thank WMH_AK
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thanks so much for the fantastic review! If you're ever again in the area, know that we'd love to have you back. Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Wow, what great Mexican Food, never had enchiladas any better anywhere. The Staff are all friendly and attentive. They start you off with chips and dip and the best bean soup I have ever had. Charlie and his Twin sons run this establishment and circulate...More

Thank johnbitter
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

I'm so happy seeing how much you enjoyed our enchiladas, John, and I love how kind you were in describing our service! If you're ever again in the area, you're always welcome here! Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Helotes
  • Phone Number: +1 210-695-8302
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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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