Chavela's

Chavela's

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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  • Daniel K.
    "Get the red sangria and a plato don"(9 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)
    chris b.
    "make sure you try some campechana (1/2 sangria + 1/2 margarita)"(41 Tips)
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  • Noah W.
    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.
    Noah Weiss · June 26, 2015
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  • Gothamist
    $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
    Gothamist · August 1, 2014
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  • Alex R.
    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.
    Alex Rainert · November 4, 2012
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  • Mbali
    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.
    Mbali · November 7, 2014
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  • Meredith P.
    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)
    Meredith Powers · August 10, 2014
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  • Kosha S.
    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!!!
    Kosha Shah · October 11, 2014
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  • Lauren D.
    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.
    Lauren Downing · December 15, 2012
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  • The Corcoran Group
    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).
    The Corcoran Group · November 6, 2013
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  • Matt B.
    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.
    Matt B · December 25, 2014
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  • Katie M.
    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
    Katie Madges · February 10, 2015
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  • Mark H.
    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
    Mark H · September 1, 2011
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  • Kino
    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.
    Kino · March 11, 2015
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  • 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!
    Julie Morse · 2 weeks ago
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  • Lucas S.
    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!!
    Lucas Siegel · August 9, 2014
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  • Maria M.
    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.
    Maria Montesano · June 1, 2015
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  • Sean S.
    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.
    Sean Salmon · August 20, 2012
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  • jill n.
    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.
    jill n. · September 10, 2012
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  • Nicole
    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.
    Nicole · July 25, 2015
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  • Lauren D.
    Favorite restaurant in the neighborhood for happy hour, dinner, takeout or brunch. Go early for brunch. The guac is delicious year-round.
    Lauren Dellaquila · February 23, 2015
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  • __TR3V
    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
    __TR3V · March 20, 2015
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  • Cole K.
    The tacos are top notch, and only $2 during happy hour ($3 normally). Try the sweet chicken mole, the bistec, and the carne enchilada.
    Cole Kennedy · March 27, 2015
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  • Natalie
    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.
    Natalie · April 26, 2015
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  • EchoDA
    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!
    EchoDA · February 16, 2012
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  • Leila C.
    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!
    Leila C · 3 weeks ago
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  • Connie S.
    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
    Connie S · December 24, 2011
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  • Alison R.
    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.
    Alison R · October 4, 2011
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  • Kate W.
    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.
    Kate Willsky · November 26, 2013
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  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    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!
    ImSo_Brooklyn · October 7, 2014
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  • Serious Eats
    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.
    Serious Eats · May 6, 2013
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  • Sandy V.
    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.
    Sandy Varona · December 24, 2011
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  • 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
    Marcela Erazo · March 1
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  • Sonya B.
    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).
    Sonya Bonczek · November 4, 2012
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  • Damian B.
    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 👌🏻
    Damian Bayona · February 21
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  • Hilda U.
    Arrive before 11am, slightly after that the brunch crowd will fill up the whole place. Amazing drinks, amazing food, well-priced. Try everything.
    Hilda Ura · December 22, 2014
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  • Julie F.
    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.
    Julie F · April 22, 2012
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  • Santi A.
    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!
    Santi Amaya · September 22, 2015
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  • Summer K.
    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.
    Summer Kamigaki · November 13, 2014
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  • Nikki C.
    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
    Nikki Carroll · August 28, 2014
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  • Kayleigh M.
    The Don Pepino cocktail is refreshing and tasty, and the churros are a must-eat. Seriously. You must eat them.
    Kayleigh Metviner · September 3, 2014
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  • Ally M.
    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.
    Ally Millar · October 22, 2012
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  • Simon L.
    It's good and not expensive. But don't accept guacamole it is not free ($7,50). A bit noisy but super friendly.
    Simon Lafont · August 31, 2015
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  • Kyle T.
    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.
    Kyle Turman · December 2, 2014
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  • Paula L.
    Chicken enchiladas w/ salsa verde is top notch - tangy and savory at once. Pass on the guac and chips - needs more heat and bite
    Paula Lee · March 12
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  • Fodor's Travel
    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
    Fodor's Travel · September 9, 2015
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  • Raju N.
    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?
    Raju Narisetti · May 27, 2013
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  • Blake O.
    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.
    Blake Olmstead · January 27
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  • Deep G.
    If you are really hungry and want a large portion size order the "Plato Don" plates - it's about $16 and its enough food to feed 3 people.
    Deep Gujral · August 9, 2014
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  • Akshay
    This is one of the best Mexican places I've ever been to. Get their fish with the banana leaf umbrella over it. You can thank me later.
    Akshay · September 3, 2012
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  • Emily C.
    I grew up in Texas and was craving decent Tex Mex, this hit the spot! I was surprised that the margaritas were slightly carbonated
    Emily Charlton · July 27, 2015
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  • Avery G.
    Make sure the waitress tell you that things like lemon slices & salsa are extra. Love the place but the server we had wasn't on her A game.
    Avery Green · December 9, 2014
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