Chavela's

Chavela's

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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  • Sam O.
    "The Plato Don is a must and it easily feeds two people."(10 Tips)
    Cole K.
    "Try the sweet chicken mole, the bistec, and the carne enchilada."(7 Tips)
    EchoDA
    "This tiny restauran is great, and they prepare an excellent sangria!"(34 Tips)
    Joe Q.
    "Margarita and sangria is amazing too!"(44 Tips)
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  • 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
  • Noah W.
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertNovember 4, 2012
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Sam O.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Kosha S.
    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!!!
  • Meredith P.
    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)
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DowningDecember 15, 2012
    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.
  • 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).
  • Matt B.
    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.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MadgesFebruary 10, 2015
    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
  • Mark H.
    Mark HSeptember 1, 2011
    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
  • Kino
    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.
  • Julie M.
    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!
  • Lucas S.
    Lucas SiegelAugust 9, 2014
    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!!
  • Samantha Y.
    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.
  • Maria M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nicole
    NicoleJuly 25, 2015
    Maybe I went on an off night? Crowded/close tables, friendly staff, short wait. Margarita clásica tasted watered down. Appetizer & entree were drowned in oil/sauce. Sides & dessert were good, though.
  • __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
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMarch 27, 2015
    The tacos are top notch, and only $2 during happy hour ($3 normally). Try the sweet chicken mole, the bistec, and the carne enchilada.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DellaquilaFebruary 23, 2015
    Favorite restaurant in the neighborhood for happy hour, dinner, takeout or brunch. Go early for brunch. The guac is delicious year-round.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAFebruary 16, 2012
    In the mood for tacos? If you're up to wait a line for a bit, this tiny bur really energetic place will give you all the tacos you want, plus a very good white sangria!
  • Natalie
    NatalieApril 26, 2015
    Never ever ever come here on a Saturday night unless you want to wait 1.5 hours. Stick to weeknights & brunch or just order delivery. Fortunately the food and cocktails are well worth a long wait.
  • Leila C.
    Leila CApril 30
    Food was terrible! Eggs were not fresh. I felt ill after. would never recommend this place to anyone who enjoys good Mexican food. Temperature of the refried beans=a one way ticket to food poisoning!
  • Gayle A.
    Staff always avoid giving you regular out of the bottle hot sauce and want to charge you a sneaky $1 for their homemade one.. Other than this annoying practice the food is yummy ..
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Connie S.
    Connie SDecember 24, 2011
    The tomatillo tortilla soup is incredibly delicious - it's hearty and has a great spicy (but not overwhelming) kick to it, the tomatillos add a nice layer of flavor as well
  • Alison R.
    Alison ROctober 4, 2011
    Happy hour is a good deal. Most tacos are $2 and drinks are $3 to $5. Cactus tacos are awesome. Be sure to get the salsa trio. The tomatillo salsa is great.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Marcela E.
    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
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaFebruary 21
    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 👌🏻
  • Hilda U.
    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.
  • Sonya B.
    Sonya BonczekNovember 4, 2012
    The Don Pepino (cucumber, cilantro, tajin) is pretty great. Like a spicy cucumber green apple jolly rancher--I know that sounds fucking weird, but it works).
  • Sandy V.
    Sandy VaronaDecember 24, 2011
    Guac, cheese tamales, tacos and the Vera Cruz fish is amazing (pretty big so could be a good sharing plate) can't go wrong with a few margaritas. Yum.
  • 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.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaSeptember 22, 2015
    The pitcher or half-margarita/half sangria are nothing to get too excited about... Not worth the higher price point. All the tacos on the menu are incredible!
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CarrollAugust 28, 2014
    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
  • Julie F.
    Julie FApril 22, 2012
    Try the Bistec Taco And Chipotle Chicken Taco - Bistec taco was outstanding. Chicken was tasty but man the bistec was just so good it outshined the chicken.
  • Kayleigh M.
    Kayleigh MetvinerSeptember 3, 2014
    The Don Pepino cocktail is refreshing and tasty, and the churros are a must-eat. Seriously. You must eat them.
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadJanuary 27
    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.
  • Simon L.
    Simon LafontAugust 31, 2015
    It's good and not expensive. But don't accept guacamole it is not free ($7,50). A bit noisy but super friendly.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Weekend brunch draws a crowd, so come during the week if you can, when the lunch specials are half-price and include egg dishes. Read more
  • Raju N.
    Raju NarisettiMay 27, 2013
    It is stunning how people seem oblivious that it failed its NY kitchen test, appealed for two months and only managed a B. It must be an awful kitchen to end up with a B. Cheap and tasty, but healthy?
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanDecember 2, 2014
    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.
  • Paula L.
    Paula LeeMarch 12
    Chicken enchiladas w/ salsa verde is top notch - tangy and savory at once. Pass on the guac and chips - needs more heat and bite
  • Telle T.
    Telle ThomasAugust 8, 2015
    The red sangria is so damn tasty... I couldn't stay for a meal but I'm going to return b/c the food that was coming out look so....mmmmmmm cheese;)))
  • Ally M.
    Ally MillarOctober 22, 2012
    Brunch is a great deal, $11 a plate plus $3 drink specials. The jalapeno hollandaise on my eggs was worth the meal alone! Good guac too.
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