Chavela's

Chavela's

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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    Go here. Experience the sangria. It's worth it.
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    Argelys O.
    "The Plato Don is a must and it easily feeds two people."(11 Tips)
    Adrian U.
    "Salsa Verde Cheese Enchiladas and the chicken mole taco 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽"(9 Tips)
    EchoDA
    "This tiny restauran is great, and they prepare an excellent sangria!"(37 Tips)
    Ariane R.
    "Delicious sangria (and the half sangria, half marg 😍)"(57 Tips)
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  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DowningDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    As mayor, I know all the tips: come at lunch, sit at the bar, eat mole. The special is only $6. Come back early on for happy hour and again, sit at the bar for $2 chicken mole tacos and $3 beer.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJune 26, 2015
    Delicious authentic Mexican. Brunch is an absurdly good value: $13 for a huge entree, juice / coffee / tea, and a pastry. Huevos ahogados is a platter of everything delicious, big enough for two.
  • Argelys O.heart icon on user image
    Argelys OriachMay 29, 2016
    The Plato Don is a must and it easily feeds two people. If you're in the mood for something refreshing in the cocktails department, order the Don Pepino. It hits the spot.
  • Heba-I-amheart icon on user image
    Heba-I-amSeptember 14, 2017
    Tasty tacos! I had the steak and the napols 👍🏻 Tacos are $3 during happy hour and their draft margarita is $7 which is really good btw. The bartender was really nice too! Will definitely go again
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyMarch 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The tacos are top notch, and only $2 during happy hour ($3 normally). Try the sweet chicken mole, the bistec, and the carne enchilada.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    $12 will get you your choice of brunch selection at this Mexican Crown Heights spot, a solid enough deal for many an alcohol-drenched mind. But the real hangover killer here are the chilaquiles. Read more
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RainertNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is always great but boy do they have a killer brunch. Try the Chavela's Omelette (avocado, bacon and cheese) w/ a side of chorizo hash. Bonus: they put cinnamon in their coffee so it's mad cozy.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 6, 2013
    One of our favorite Mexican joints in Brooklyn. Come for brunch or for dinner, order the white sangria, guacamole, and any of the tacos (for dinner) or the breakfast enchiladas (for brunch).
  • Kosha S.heart icon on user image
    Kosha ShahOctober 11, 2014
    Delish! A cute little place tucked away in Crown Heights! Great margs and food@was great! Start off with guac and chips and end the night with their amazing fresh churros!!!
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John ColglazierJuly 14, 2018
    Ask for any margarita with ‘light’ agave. I like some heat and they offered the jalapeño tequila, which was incredible. Great food (chicken enchiladas w/ mole sauce).
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 15, 2020
    Try the pastel azteca. This dish is tortillas layered with roasted poblano peppers, corn, squash blossom, mushrooms, caramelized onions, queso Oaxaca, crema & topped with roasted tomato sauce.
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaFebruary 21, 2016
    Esquite, fish taco and a flor de calabaza quesadilla - split it at the bar with your main squeeze and wash it down with an icey margarita 👌🏻
  • Mbali
    MbaliNovember 7, 2014
    The half and half lunch special is surprisingly filling. The pescado torta is tasty (even without all the bread) and the Flor de Calabaza quesadilla is good with guacamole.
  • Marcela E.heart icon on user image
    Marcela ErazoMarch 1, 2016
    Chicken mojo dish, shrimp al ajillo is amazing (I literally eat the sauce with a spoon), tacos are good brunch is decent. Margaritas are on point
  • Julie M.heart icon on user image
    Julie MorseMay 10, 2016
    Saturdays around 4pm it gets very crowded, had to wait 15min for a table. However it was worth it! Great ceviche, chicken mole taco and the churros with chocolate sauce are to die for!
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MadgesFebruary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Do: add smoked trout to the guac, come for the $2 taco happy hour or the amazing $6.95 lunch specials. Don't: underestimate how often you will eat here if you leave in the area/delivery range
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BDecember 25, 2014
    Love the sangria, love the mole chicken enchiladas. I have yet to try much else because this combination is always perfect, but the family and friends I've brought here have never been disappointed.
  • Nikki
    NikkiAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Good food, good portions, good drinks, great prices, good service. There is normally a wait (even for bar seats) but it's worth it #whycrownheights
  • Meredith P.heart icon on user image
    Meredith PowersAugust 10, 2014
    the huevos divorciados are the perfect brunch choice for when you just can't commit to one sauce... and the sangria is always delicious. Lots of vegetarian choices, too (for brunch, lunch, and dinner)
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MateoMay 1, 2015
    Try the pork, fish, and steak tacos. And go pee, so you can see this chicken.
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YJuly 6, 2016
    Got a fish taco, quesadilla (more like empanada) w/ rice and beans for $12. For those who want a little bit of everything, mix and match! Their veggie plate is great as well.
  • Wesley A.heart icon on user image
    Wesley A'HarrahApril 28, 2018
    For eats, give the chilaquiles a look. For drinks, go for the margarita (on tap) or michelada. Pan dulce also available during weekend brunch.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VMarch 20, 2015
    very chill spot. great food. Tilapia tacos were on point. The spicy mayo really is really good. Also can't go wrong with their sangria
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    Lauren DellaquilaFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite restaurant in the neighborhood for happy hour, dinner, takeout or brunch. Go early for brunch. The guac is delicious year-round.
  • Maria M.heart icon on user image
    Maria MontesanoJune 1, 2015
    Happy hour tacos for $2 are good. I like the chicken mole, veggie and fish best. House margaritas on tap are kinda gross. Get a fresh made one. Guacamole is awesome too but pricey.
  • Lucas S.
    Lucas SiegelAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Holy cow. I've never been disappointed by anything here, but the Huevos Ahogados brunch item is one of the best Mexican meals or breakfast meals I've ever had! Make it a priority. So good!!
  • :Danielle S.
    :Danielle StrleOctober 1, 2022
    the Sopa Tortilla is verrrrrrry special. Liquid green enchiladas w perfect tortilla strips IN THE BEST WAY.
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangApril 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The steak option for brunch is the most ridiculous bang for your buck. Everything here is great too regardless.
  • Graylyn R.heart icon on user image
    Graylyn RooseJune 10, 2017
    Good happy hour deals and strong margaritas. Micheladas are flavorful without being too spicy. Quesadilla portions are small..order the guac or a trio of salsas to round out the meal.
  • Jeeleighanne D.heart icon on user image
    Jeeleighanne DuboiusApril 23, 2018
    Reasonably priced, great food, good vibe, lovely and pleasant servers. My first time here and it won’t be my last.
  • Tyritia G.heart icon on user image
    Tyritia GrovesApril 29, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has the most yummy drinks! I think the food is just ok, it's very bland. However, the drink keep bringing me back, esp the margarita and sangria mixed drink.
  • Kinoheart icon on user image
    KinoMarch 11, 2015
    Mexican corn here is tasty, thanks to the chipotle mayo. They serve cactus here, which is different & good. Quesadillas are small, but I liked the squash blossom. Shrimp ceviche is not worth ordering.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonAugust 20, 2012
    What you want: Pitcher of 1/2 Sangria & 1/2 Margarita and order of the fresh made guacamole & chips. If you do tacos, plan on getting some crazy hot habenero sauce on the side.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 15, 2020
    Get the chile relleno (roasted poblano pepper stuffed with queso fresco, served in tomato sauces with rice & beans) or chicken mole.
  • Blake O.heart icon on user image
    Blake OlmsteadJanuary 27, 2016
    Worth the trip to the neighborhood. Tamales and a side of rice and beans makes for a killer light dinner. Polish it off with a mescal cocktail.
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynOctober 7, 2014
    Great old fashioned. Food was amazing. Roasted chicken with rice and beans is to kill for. Orchata was very good as well as the hand breaded chicken sandwich!
  • Charlotte C.heart icon on user image
    Charlotte ChanDecember 14, 2017
    Sangria! Im still eating the taco and I already miss it. Everything was way above expectation. Amazing spot!!
  • Marie R.heart icon on user image
    Marie RicherDecember 8, 2016
    The molé here is so good. Also the margaritas are not too sweet and well mixed. Good service and nice warm feeling room.
  • Sageheart icon on user image
    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    Best Mexican in the neighborhood. I especially like the tortilla soup.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I usually say, see for yourself. Screw that! you need to go, be impregnated by the most delicious food baby you can dream of, and let the night (or afternoon) slip away with a pitcher of margarita
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 6, 2013
    Chavela's does Mexican classics well and inexpensively—not reinventing the wheel, perhaps not worth traveling for, but reliable and tasty while you're there.
  • Liany
    LianyNovember 22, 2018
    Sangria and guac are a must. The prices for food were pretty reasonable. Milanesa sandwich and shrimp tacos were yummy.
  • jill n.
    jill n.September 10, 2012
    Must add, the food was done very well (excellent guacamole, good tacos, many vegetarian friendly options and friends LOVED the Plato Don), but, unfortunately, worst margarita I've ever had.
  • Stephanie P.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie PereiraNovember 4, 2015
    Vegan options abound (with some minor modifications): Plato Don and Nopales salad are my faves.
  • Hilda U.heart icon on user image
    Hilda UraDecember 22, 2014
    Arrive before 11am, slightly after that the brunch crowd will fill up the whole place. Amazing drinks, amazing food, well-priced. Try everything.
  • Kyle T.heart icon on user image
    Kyle TurmanDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great value and great food. Ambience is very chill and anything you get is good- tacos or enchiladas are always a solid choice as well.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonNovember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for margs galore and yummy Mexican staples (brunch or dinner). For a delightfully refreshing cocktail, try the Don Pepino.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichNovember 13, 2014
    You never want to go to another Mexican spot after this. The food is amazing, the drinks are on point, and the ambiance is perfect and festive.
  • James K.heart icon on user image
    James KiernanMarch 13, 2016
    Red sangria was excellent. Also recommend pork enchilada taco. Very accommodating for children which is very much appreciated.
  • Kate W.
    Kate WillskyNovember 26, 2013
    Avocado tostada. Might sound light, plain, bland even--it's not. Filling and boasting a very generous serving of avocado, it's engineered for maximum deliciousness. Do it.
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