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El Chapala Mexican Restaurant

282 Smokey Park Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806-1162
+1 828-665-0430
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“fajitas” (9 reviews)
“crispy chips” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
282 Smokey Park Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806-1162
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was okay. Service was okay. Didn't ask name for the order, just asked what I ordered. I'm giving it a 4 because it was the best cheese sauce ever!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped to grab a quick bite to eat as this was close to our hotel. The restaurant is missing its neon sign in front but easy to find from google maps. The interior was bright and the food quite good - huge portions. The salsa...More

Thank Urszula C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food really tasted bad. Simple as that. Chicken enchiladas were short on chicken and long on canned sauce flavor. Watery refried beans and paper flat rice.

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We visit El Chapala at least 2-3 times a month and never have a complaint. This is our favorite local Mexican restaurant, it's always fast, it's always hot, and it's always delicious! If you like something with a huge flavor then order the Chorro Polo!...More

Thank Heather J
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

The servers were not prepared. The food was average at best for an American style menu. No authenticity. Taco Bell with beer.

Thank Chelada2017
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Great food. 8 pages of menu. Full bar. Good service. Great place for family and friends. Excellent prices.

Thank diana M
Reviewed 21 February 2017

3 of us stopped in to eat dinner Sunday evening. They were understaffed and it took 20 minutes to be seated even though there were several empty tables available. My friend ordered half order of Chimichanga chicken, I had chicken nachos and my other friend...More

Thank dcbeau
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This was an average Mexican meal with average service. I got the single steak fajitas and I would say that they were good with a very large portion for the price. They provide chips with a bean dip on the table and then have a...More

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I wouldn't even give it a star if I didn't have to. Me and my boyfriend has been going to this place for many years! Not to mention our family, friends, co-workers, etc. I will never go again after what happened tonight. First of all...More

Thank Tabitha M
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

While visiting Asheville we came upon this place and thought we'd try. This restaurant wasn't fancy but the food was excellent. The shrimp quesadilla was delicious with the refried beans inside the tortilla and the price was really reasonable. Homemade sangria was excellent too. Fast...More

Thank Deb D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 282 Smokey Park Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806-1162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-665-0430
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