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900 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702
+1 319-287-8005
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank CouplesDateNights
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Best Mexican restaurant in the Cedar Valley Area. Good, food, good service, and great margaritas!!!!

Thank jacdyl
Waterloo, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant many times. We have also eaten at other Mexican restaurants in the area any none compare to Chapala. They have a great selection of great tasting food and the service is great. The margaritas are the best around and reasonably priced. Its a great place!

Thank David M
LaPorte City, United States
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a great place to go and have drinks and eat. They even have margaritas in a pitcher if you need that for your table... hehe The servings are large and food is consistently good, even if you customize it.

Thank Greg A
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Waterloo and desk clerk at our hotel suggested Chaplain. We live 6 hours away and are trying to think of a reason to return. From the moment we entered restaurant u til we left we received the best service. Margarita was top notch patron and pineapple juice. Salsa was amazing that came with the chips at... More 

Thank Rhonda G
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We are frequent guests of this restaurant and are always more than pleased with food, drinks and service. Everything we have ordered is delicious and huge portions. The service is the best as they are kind, courteous and super fast. Love the Mexican food! I will say the salsa is hot, but its really good. I would definitely recommend this... More 

Thank Tammy S
United States
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Never disappoints! Service is sometimes iffy but the food is great. I love their fajita quesadilla...enough food to feed an army but so worth it! Doesn't heat up the best so just be sure you go hungry!! Their rice is on point and the refried beans - oh lordy!

Thank wanderingslife
Warner, South Dakota
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Our food was served super quick and super hot! Our serv was fantastic and the chips and salsa were great, too!!

Thank LostLucy
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Arrived about 7 o'clock on a Saturday night. They were busy but we were seated right away. All of the food was good and very hot. They did mess up on a couple of special requests for no tomatoes and extra guacamole but other than that everything was good. All in all a good restaurant that we would recommend.

1 Thank Karyl S
Goose Creek, South Carolina
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140 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My family enjoyed the chicken fajitas while visiting family in the area. The food was very fresh and the serve was timely.

Thank David G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-287-8005

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