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900 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702
11:00 - 22:00
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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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Hudson, IA
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219 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard about this place from many different friends...finally made it over and was pleasantly surprised. Good portions and a fair price. The salsa has a good kick to it. I had the picadillo filled Burito or Chimi (I forget) and it was very good!

Thank FlashBack351
Waterloo, Iowa
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I believe Chapala's has some of the best and most authentic Mexican entrees offered in the Cedar Valley! The servings are very generous and the margaritas are delightful!

Thank Deb B
Liberty, Missouri
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205 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a local favorite, good for couples, families, and groups. Lunch and dinner are served, and bar service is available. The food is fresh, tasty and attractively presented. Some booths are tight so be sure to adjust seating to your preference.

Thank Baldy47
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 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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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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 9 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 13 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 50 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

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
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: 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?