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El Chaparral Mexican

) #1 of 34 Restaurants in Helotes $$ - $$$ Mexican,
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
+1 210-695-8302
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (24 reviews)
“bean soup” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3724
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I ordered the new Christina's plate. A stuffed chili pepper with jalapeño chicken covered with cheese. The beans are flavorful and best when served barracho style. I even swapped rice for grilled vegetables for a healthier option.

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were part of a birthday celebration with about 30 people. The waiters (one was named Joe; I can't remember the other name, sorry) did a superb job of taking orders, getting drinks, and serving our large crowd. The menu was EXTREMELY limited, perhaps just...More

Thank keepmovin63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fourteen of us ate here for a family dinner. We were served quickly and courteously. The restaurant is very popular so expect a short wait. They do not take reservations but the wait was well worthwhile considering the excellent food. The music is somewhat loud...More

Thank 549sb4
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I really appreciate you joining us for dinner with your family, and you taking the time out of your day to let us know how much you all enjoyed everything! I apologize for the slight wait and increased volume, but I hope you'll join us...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to find variety in the Hill Country. This place is always popping but still gets you seated promptly. The patio is very scenic, the food is a little on the greasy side but very tasty. The menu selection is extensive. You will enjoy...More

Thank Sofo32
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for enjoying your visit! It's a pleasure reading your review, and I appreciate you stopping by and trying us out in the first place. Please join us again the next time you're in town. Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This location was busy on a Thursday night. Although there was a crowd , the wait was only 15-20 minutes. Our group dined outside in the courtyard . There was a fan to cool us and live music. The complimentary fresh salsa was served with...More

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

I love reading reviews like these! Thanks so much for stopping by on a Thursday. I'm really glad we were able to make for a faster, more convenient visit, and I look forward to having you back again the next time you're in our area....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for lunch the other day. My son wanted chicken tenders...I know...who ordered chicken tenders at a Mexican restaurant...I guess only children do, it was on the kids menu. The chicken tenders were obviously old as my son went home complaining about his stomach,...More

Thank doofevoli
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hot, fresh, great service, reasonable prices. I get over there whenever I get to Helotes. Restaurant was busy, but the food was delivered in a timely manner, waiter was attentive, atmosphere is attractive. Nice place.

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

Thanks so much for making us one your "must-haves" here in Helotes! I really appreciate you taking the time to review us too! We all look forward to having you back again sometime soon! Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

You know when you see the parking lot always full, this has got to be good. The drinks were good--I loved that they knew how to make a "skinny" Margarita! They bring you a small bowl of bean soup first, and it was quite good....More

Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

A full parking lot IS always a good sign, Diane, so you clearly know your stuff! I really appreciate you taking the time to note how much you enjoyed your El Chaparral experience, and I want to thank you for stopping by and trying us...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

I'm pretty stingy with my 5 stars but this one definitely deserves it. The first impression I had was the menu. The choices and the prices- very fair! We had a party of 9 and even though I think my Pescado Acapulco was the best...More

Thank Linda R
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

We definitely appreciate you leaving us those five stars, Linda! It's such a pleasure seeing how much you enjoyed our menu and our service, and I can't wait to have you back again the next time you're in our area! Sincerely, Carlos, Owner

Reviewed 29 May 2017

We arrived on a Friday evening around 6:15 there were 9 of us including a 90 year old lady. We were told about 45 minutes. We put our name inside and outside. after an hour we checked inside and they told us it would be...More

Thank dan85leah
Gabe M, Owner at El Chaparral Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

I'm sorry to hear that we fell short on your most recent visit, Dan. While we do try to provide wait time estimates as a courtesy to our guests, there are always factors at play that can't be predicted, especially with larger parties. That said,...More

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Great questions but I'm not sure. We usually go on the spur of the moment. Perhaps their website could be of some help.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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
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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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