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El Chico Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
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45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
+1 870-492-4700
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Mountain Home, AR
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170 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a large group and we booked the room a week prior. We had a good meal and the food was as expected for the El Chico. The waitress was slow and was slow starting to gather our orders. The chips and salsa started late and we really did not get the time frame together that allowed appetizers., which... More 

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Thank RedHornet72653
Kansas City, Kansas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Typical experience for a chain-restaurant. Food was okay, priced appropriately. Service was good. Would recommend if you want no surprises, both good or bad.

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Thank Buzzzz2406
Mountain Home, Arkansas
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and decent service. Place could use a good cleaning tho ! Had Taco Salad last visit and it was fantastic .

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Thank PopiJ54
Springfield, Mo
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74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My Husband and I used to eat at El Chicos in our home town and it closed. :( We make a point to visit another location at least once a year. This El Chicos is awesome with great food and service. The chicken chimichangas are yummy. You should check them out. :)

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Thank mermaid272
DUMAS
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Our family ate here due to arriving in town late. I had read earlier on Trip Advisor that they were open late. Quick seating, small crowd that night. Waiters seemed to hurry our family to order, maybe due to the late hour, @ 1 hour before closing. Food was good. Waiter did a good job keeping our drink glasses full.

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Thank BILLY H
NLR
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155 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Tuesday night is fajitas 1/2 price. Two combination plates for $15. They brought out two servings, then said made too much food, and took one plate back. Ten minutes later brought out extra rice saying they made a mistake. Ten minutes later after owner arrived, they brought out extra meat again saying they made a mistake. We didn't receive our... More 

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Thank Adam054
Blytheville, Arkansas
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We eat here every chance we get when in town. Have never had a bad meal. Have brought several friends with us at different visits and all were happy with it. Must try the Mexican apple pie!! We also always get the top self guacamole (made table side) and it is very good. Have tried several entrees and been pleased... More 

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Thank gamegir67
Missouri
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151 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

I got the old fashion tacos. They are hand deep fried shells and are so crispy. I wish your chips were also hot and homemade.

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Thank 2014ksmith
Yellville, Arkansas
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Excellent service, food always hot and fresh tasting, and the homemade Juvenal hot salsa is awesome!

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Thank Harry S
Norfork
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

this is a great restaurant, the staff is excellent, and very friendly. the managers are great. they do an excellent job in catering and have a several dinning rooms for large group. I highly recommend this restaurant...family night too.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Mountain Home
  • Phone Number: +1 870-492-4700
Description
We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample parking (boats, buses, RV's welcome)and have a great kids menu selection (Mac and Cheese, chicken strips, burgers, etc.) and a many American items to please everyone in the group. We have a full bar with the best margaritas in town. We hope you'll join us!El Chico Cafe provides an upscale dining experience, serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh, new specialties of today. Conveniently located on Hwy 412/62 bypass in front of Home Depot and across from WalMart Supercenter.A Mexican food tradition since 1940 has grown into more than 75 restaurants, including more than 25 franchise locations. The El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar's homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas,following their mother's recipes for enchiladas with chile con carnesauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?