El Chupacabra

★★★☆☆

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The meals that we ordered the last time that we were here were amazing to say the least. The kitchen crew of this place deserves the recognition.

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★★★★★

The meals that we ordered the last time that we were here were amazing to say the least. The kitchen crew of this place deserves the recognition.

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I absolutely LOVED el cupacabra, it definitley has the appeal of being a Seattle hole in the wall type of place. It definitley doesn't conform to what traditional mexican restaurants offer (which I love and it stands out from a sea of

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★★★★★

I absolutely LOVED el cupacabra, it definitley has the appeal of being a Seattle hole in the wall type of place. It definitley doesn't conform to what traditional mexican restaurants offer (which I love and it stands out from a sea of

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Day of the Dead inspired skulls and candles decorate this repurposed home on Phinney Ridge. There??s metal on the jukebox and the liberally tattooed staff may seem apathetic to your presence - El Chupacabra makes weird work. The food is tasty (try the guac) and I??ve found the service to be efficient and competent. Entrees are reasonably priced, around $7 for ample portions of Mexican standards ?? burritos, tacos, enchiladas and the like, with your choice of meats or a meat-like substitute. Wash it all down with an $8 pitcher of PBR or a classier draft, if that??s more your speed. Happy Hour happens twice a day and the kitchen is open until 10:30. Enjoy a margarita on the deck when the sun shines.

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★★★★☆

Day of the Dead inspired skulls and candles decorate this repurposed home on Phinney Ridge. There??s metal on the jukebox and the liberally tattooed staff may seem apathetic to your presence - El Chupacabra makes weird work. The food is tasty (try the guac) and I??ve found the service to be efficient and competent. Entrees are reasonably priced, around $7 for ample portions of Mexican standards ?? burritos, tacos, enchiladas and the like, with your choice of meats or a meat-like substitute. Wash it all down with an $8 pitcher of PBR or a classier draft, if that??s more your speed. Happy Hour happens twice a day and the kitchen is open until 10:30. Enjoy a margarita on the deck when the sun shines.

Pros: Great (cheap) Mex food, cheap beer, margaritas, happy hour

Cons: Small, sometimes crowded

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I can't even review the food because the service was so terrible we never made it to the table. It was a busy night, but our wait was made interminable by the fact that the waitstaff (who I had been patient with because they were clearly understaffed) chose to seat half a dozen parties ahead of our party of 3 who were farther back on the waitlist. This included an obnoxious party of children whose parents lied about how many of them there were, and some people who obviously had friends at the restaurant who waltzed in and sat down while many people had been waiting to be seated for over an hour. When we tried to press our case with the waiter, as we'd been "next" for a good 45 minutes, we were rudely yelled at and told to leave. They had plenty of customers waiting for a table that night, but the way they were going, I don't know who would come back for more.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I can't even review the food because the service was so terrible we never made it to the table. It was a busy night, but our wait was made interminable by the fact that the waitstaff (who I had been patient with because they were clearly understaffed) chose to seat half a dozen parties ahead of our party of 3 who were farther back on the waitlist. This included an obnoxious party of children whose parents lied about how many of them there were, and some people who obviously had friends at the restaurant who waltzed in and sat down while many people had been waiting to be seated for over an hour. When we tried to press our case with the waiter, as we'd been "next" for a good 45 minutes, we were rudely yelled at and told to leave. They had plenty of customers waiting for a table that night, but the way they were going, I don't know who would come back for more.

Pros: It's in Seattle

Cons: Mean, mean people

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I don't know who these people think they are. They have TERRIBLE attitudes and service. They are rude and once a guy tried to charge our party of five 20% gratuity on our bill after ruining our evening with almost nonexistent service. These poser dregs have no business in the service industry and they look like a filthy bunch as well. No one I know will ever go there again. Don't waste your precious time or money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't know who these people think they are. They have TERRIBLE attitudes and service. They are rude and once a guy tried to charge our party of five 20% gratuity on our bill after ruining our evening with almost nonexistent service. These poser dregs have no business in the service industry and they look like a filthy bunch as well. No one I know will ever go there again. Don't waste your precious time or money.

Pros: interesting space. Outdoor seating.

Cons: Aloof and incompetent servers.

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The waitress rudely reminded us that the longer we stayed, the more money we were taking out of her pocket. So sorry... I apologize that our several-hundred dollar bill and automatic 18% tip was so irritating to you.

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★☆☆☆☆

The waitress rudely reminded us that the longer we stayed, the more money we were taking out of her pocket. So sorry... I apologize that our several-hundred dollar bill and automatic 18% tip was so irritating to you.

Pros: Good food...

Cons: Rudest waitress I've ever had in my life

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Actually some decent Mexican Food in Seattle! Great small joint in Phinny Ridge/ Greenlake area, across the street from Red Mill.

2
★★★★★

Actually some decent Mexican Food in Seattle! Great small joint in Phinny Ridge/ Greenlake area, across the street from Red Mill.

Pros: Great Food, Great Small Restaurant

Cons: Not the best Salsa

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We used to love this place. But there's been a lot of turnover lately and the owner seems to be hiring anything with a pulse. We've been there when the bartender was so drunk/stoned she couldn't pour beer. We've had our orders completely mixed up (i.e. no one got what they ordered, just bits and pieces of each other's order), delivered after a lengthy wait. We've had to explain the menu to servers.

Our last visit was in the late afternoon, with our eight-year-old - we'd been there as a family dozens of times. In addition to slow service (because they had yet another new, inexperienced server) the bartender-controlled music was blaring some song with the "F-word" prominently repeated in its refrain. Hey, I'm a biker and not easy to offend, but I'm also a parent: since this place bills itself as family friendly I would think they could be a bit more considerate during 'family prime time' (play what you like after, say, 8 or 9 PM).

When I refer to this as our 'last visit', I mean that in all senses of the phrase. El Chupacabra has lost its groove, and I would not be surprised to see another tenant in that building by year's end.

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★★☆☆☆

We used to love this place. But there's been a lot of turnover lately and the owner seems to be hiring anything with a pulse. We've been there when the bartender was so drunk/stoned she couldn't pour beer. We've had our orders completely mixed up (i.e. no one got what they ordered, just bits and pieces of each other's order), delivered after a lengthy wait. We've had to explain the menu to servers.

Our last visit was in the late afternoon, with our eight-year-old - we'd been there as a family dozens of times. In addition to slow service (because they had yet another new, inexperienced server) the bartender-controlled music was blaring some song with the "F-word" prominently repeated in its refrain. Hey, I'm a biker and not easy to offend, but I'm also a parent: since this place bills itself as family friendly I would think they could be a bit more considerate during 'family prime time' (play what you like after, say, 8 or 9 PM).

When I refer to this as our 'last visit', I mean that in all senses of the phrase. El Chupacabra has lost its groove, and I would not be surprised to see another tenant in that building by year's end.

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I went here for the first time and it was terrible. We waited an hour for our food only to find out our order had been misplaced. The guacamole was more like watery avocado with tomatoes than good, chunky guacamole should be. Once our food finally came it was cold and disappointing. I will never eat here again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went here for the first time and it was terrible. We waited an hour for our food only to find out our order had been misplaced. The guacamole was more like watery avocado with tomatoes than good, chunky guacamole should be. Once our food finally came it was cold and disappointing. I will never eat here again.

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Well, the food is decent, the drinks are strong sometimes if you actually get served. But the service was so awful last time that I will never go back. I took some friends there from out of town on Sunday afternoon. We sat at the bar. At first, I thought we were just getting some punk attitude, which is pretty standard anywhere there's loud music and no frills. I've got tattoos too, but I'm not an a**hole. My buddy wanted a gimlet, and he was told "No." He settled for a beer after the bartender told him she didn't want to make anything. I asked for a mojito and was told there was no mint. I asked for a whiskey sour, and I waited. The bartender came back 3 times to ask me to remind her what I'd ordered. I waited almost 20 minutes for my drink. She also spent about 3 minutes giving my friend a hard time because she wanted a shot of Southern Comfort - not my thing, but I didn't think it was necessary to make fun of her. There was only one waiter (Jonathan) running his "tooshie" off and everybody else seemed to be standing around. It was clear the bartender was wasted and she was behind on giving everybody their drinks. Other people at the bar were exchanging glances and words about what the hell was going on. I had a couple stand behind me waiting for drink service for about 15 minutes, and when they were noticed, they were treated horribly. Others were asking me how long I'd been waiting. A while later I was waiting for my second whiskey sour, and when I had to remind her again what I wanted, I was told to "grow the f**k up." I decided to save my time and left instead. I like dives, loud music, and attitude. But I don't want to spend my days off in a place where I'll be treated like s**t. I think no matter what the theme of a bar is, customer service and smooth operations should still be striving towards a higher standard. It says a lot about a place when the employees clearly don't care about anything.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Well, the food is decent, the drinks are strong sometimes if you actually get served. But the service was so awful last time that I will never go back. I took some friends there from out of town on Sunday afternoon. We sat at the bar. At first, I thought we were just getting some punk attitude, which is pretty standard anywhere there's loud music and no frills. I've got tattoos too, but I'm not an a**hole. My buddy wanted a gimlet, and he was told "No." He settled for a beer after the bartender told him she didn't want to make anything. I asked for a mojito and was told there was no mint. I asked for a whiskey sour, and I waited. The bartender came back 3 times to ask me to remind her what I'd ordered. I waited almost 20 minutes for my drink. She also spent about 3 minutes giving my friend a hard time because she wanted a shot of Southern Comfort - not my thing, but I didn't think it was necessary to make fun of her. There was only one waiter (Jonathan) running his "tooshie" off and everybody else seemed to be standing around. It was clear the bartender was wasted and she was behind on giving everybody their drinks. Other people at the bar were exchanging glances and words about what the hell was going on. I had a couple stand behind me waiting for drink service for about 15 minutes, and when they were noticed, they were treated horribly. Others were asking me how long I'd been waiting. A while later I was waiting for my second whiskey sour, and when I had to remind her again what I wanted, I was told to "grow the f**k up." I decided to save my time and left instead. I like dives, loud music, and attitude. But I don't want to spend my days off in a place where I'll be treated like s**t. I think no matter what the theme of a bar is, customer service and smooth operations should still be striving towards a higher standard. It says a lot about a place when the employees clearly don't care about anything.

Pros: jukebox, patio, good food

Cons: awful service

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As a SoCal native I have looked high and low throughout Seattle to find "good" mexican food. I'm not looking for southwestern cuisine or New Mexican food or healthy mexican food. I want the greasy refried beans with red enchilada sauce and large flour tortillas with crispy tortilla chips and spicy salsa. I found it at El Chupacabra.

Frankly, you don't come here for the service. You come here for a cold mexican beer and a plate full of calories. Seat yourself at any open table and grab a menu if you see one lying around or ask the waitress. I tend to avoid the bar since it's a bit cramped and the bartender scares me a little bit (but I think this is all part of his plan.) The shrimp enchiladas have been on the specials board for as long as I can remember and thank goodness for that b/c they are damn delicious. The pork carnitas are great too though I found the tacos to be lacking in substance. If you want to chow down, order a burrito. Don't forget to order chips and salsa when you order drinks since they cost $1 or 2 and don't come automatically.

Don't be offended if you're not treated as their favorite customer - El Chupacabra serves no-nonsense Mexican food. I've never been treated poorly but I've also never asked for special accomodations. If people hate the service so much, they do offer takeout.

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★★★★☆

As a SoCal native I have looked high and low throughout Seattle to find "good" mexican food. I'm not looking for southwestern cuisine or New Mexican food or healthy mexican food. I want the greasy refried beans with red enchilada sauce and large flour tortillas with crispy tortilla chips and spicy salsa. I found it at El Chupacabra.

Frankly, you don't come here for the service. You come here for a cold mexican beer and a plate full of calories. Seat yourself at any open table and grab a menu if you see one lying around or ask the waitress. I tend to avoid the bar since it's a bit cramped and the bartender scares me a little bit (but I think this is all part of his plan.) The shrimp enchiladas have been on the specials board for as long as I can remember and thank goodness for that b/c they are damn delicious. The pork carnitas are great too though I found the tacos to be lacking in substance. If you want to chow down, order a burrito. Don't forget to order chips and salsa when you order drinks since they cost $1 or 2 and don't come automatically.

Don't be offended if you're not treated as their favorite customer - El Chupacabra serves no-nonsense Mexican food. I've never been treated poorly but I've also never asked for special accomodations. If people hate the service so much, they do offer takeout.

Pros: Greasy Mexican Food!

Cons: Street parking is sometimes hard to come by

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My Wife & I went there for the 1st time on Sunday Sept 2nd (Labor day weekend). The Mohito immediately caught my eye. Now Seattle has a lot of places to get a Mohito these days, but I have only found 3 that are really any good: The Cactus (Madison Park), The Mohito Cafe (Near the Seattle P-I), and now El Chupacabra.

Was it a Fluke? Who knows, but I got a couple, and they were both good, and my wife enjoyed her Margarita.

Secondly, as a vegetarian, I am generally reluctant to try "meat substitutes", because I have been disappointed there as well. However, the waitress convinced me that their faux-meat (deep-fried morningstar faux-sausage) was worth the risk, so I got it in their standard Enchiladas. I was very pleased with the result. For meat eaters, it looked like everything came with a "choice of meat", of which the faux was just one.

Lastly, we really enjoyed the soundtrack. While there we heard Jimi H, AC/DC, and X, which was all fun and an interesting mix. My wife loved the Peach (or was it mango?) salsa, and that the bathrooms were clean.

Our only issue was that it really lit a fire under my acid reflux, but that is my own personal demon, and nothing that a Zantac couldn't handle.

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★★★★★

My Wife & I went there for the 1st time on Sunday Sept 2nd (Labor day weekend). The Mohito immediately caught my eye. Now Seattle has a lot of places to get a Mohito these days, but I have only found 3 that are really any good: The Cactus (Madison Park), The Mohito Cafe (Near the Seattle P-I), and now El Chupacabra.

Was it a Fluke? Who knows, but I got a couple, and they were both good, and my wife enjoyed her Margarita.

Secondly, as a vegetarian, I am generally reluctant to try "meat substitutes", because I have been disappointed there as well. However, the waitress convinced me that their faux-meat (deep-fried morningstar faux-sausage) was worth the risk, so I got it in their standard Enchiladas. I was very pleased with the result. For meat eaters, it looked like everything came with a "choice of meat", of which the faux was just one.

Lastly, we really enjoyed the soundtrack. While there we heard Jimi H, AC/DC, and X, which was all fun and an interesting mix. My wife loved the Peach (or was it mango?) salsa, and that the bathrooms were clean.

Our only issue was that it really lit a fire under my acid reflux, but that is my own personal demon, and nothing that a Zantac couldn't handle.

Pros: The Mohito, Faux-Meat and Jukebox. Outdoors in Summer.

Cons: Small space

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Good from afar, far from good--pretty much sums it up.

Looks great from the street, but get in there and the wait staff must have been trained by Stalin himself. Their Soviet-era customer service is deplorable. Seriously...it's bad. Seems like the waitresses are there because it's a job which enables them to buy cheap vodka...and the tips apparently go toward bad tatoos.

Now on to the ambiance: always choose the deck, as the inside is one of the waitresses personal punk/acid rock sound studio. Incredibly loud, obnoxious music pounds through the small cavity of a restaurant. You'll need about 5 margaritas to survive. Horrible.

The food: actually it's pretty good--the carnitas tacos are quite delicious. That said, it's served by beasts in a punk rock den.

For good margaritas--El Camino in Fremont is a much better choice.

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★☆☆☆☆

Good from afar, far from good--pretty much sums it up.

Looks great from the street, but get in there and the wait staff must have been trained by Stalin himself. Their Soviet-era customer service is deplorable. Seriously...it's bad. Seems like the waitresses are there because it's a job which enables them to buy cheap vodka...and the tips apparently go toward bad tatoos.

Now on to the ambiance: always choose the deck, as the inside is one of the waitresses personal punk/acid rock sound studio. Incredibly loud, obnoxious music pounds through the small cavity of a restaurant. You'll need about 5 margaritas to survive. Horrible.

The food: actually it's pretty good--the carnitas tacos are quite delicious. That said, it's served by beasts in a punk rock den.

For good margaritas--El Camino in Fremont is a much better choice.

Pros: Carnitas Tacos, Deck

Cons: Soviet era waitresses

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Perhaps the people who think this place is so amazing came on a night when the sour-puss, "trying so desperately to be trendy Seattle punk" waitresses were all out sick. Bad service completely ruins the reputation of a restaurant, and this place is no exception. After experiencing slow and unfriendly service for drinks and dinner, I waited for 20 minutes with my hand IN THE AIR with credit card in hand trying to get the attention of my high school drop-out waitress. When she finally could be bothered to take my card to run my tab, it took her another 20 minutes to come back. Seriously, where did she go? On a side trip to Russia? The restaurant is the size of my living room, and she only had three tables.

Some people have used the excuse that the food is "cheap" to excuse the bad service. The food isn't that cheap, you have to pay for chips and salsa, and the food is mediocre at best. You might as well pay a couple of extra dollars and go to Pesos, because although the service there is inattentive, you get far better food, much better drinks, and far friendlier service than El Chupacabra could ever dream to provide.

How do you fix this problem? Fire all those skanks that work there and hire some friendly, clean-cut faces who will represent your restaurant as a place that is deserving of being in the neighborhood. Teach your illegal immigrant kitchen workers how to cook, and hire a bartender who knows that when you make a margarita, there's supposed to be tequila in it and not just mixer and ice.

Oh yeah, and a free jukebox does not excuse crappy service, crappy food, and crappy drinks. It just doesn't.

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★☆☆☆☆

Perhaps the people who think this place is so amazing came on a night when the sour-puss, "trying so desperately to be trendy Seattle punk" waitresses were all out sick. Bad service completely ruins the reputation of a restaurant, and this place is no exception. After experiencing slow and unfriendly service for drinks and dinner, I waited for 20 minutes with my hand IN THE AIR with credit card in hand trying to get the attention of my high school drop-out waitress. When she finally could be bothered to take my card to run my tab, it took her another 20 minutes to come back. Seriously, where did she go? On a side trip to Russia? The restaurant is the size of my living room, and she only had three tables.

Some people have used the excuse that the food is "cheap" to excuse the bad service. The food isn't that cheap, you have to pay for chips and salsa, and the food is mediocre at best. You might as well pay a couple of extra dollars and go to Pesos, because although the service there is inattentive, you get far better food, much better drinks, and far friendlier service than El Chupacabra could ever dream to provide.

How do you fix this problem? Fire all those skanks that work there and hire some friendly, clean-cut faces who will represent your restaurant as a place that is deserving of being in the neighborhood. Teach your illegal immigrant kitchen workers how to cook, and hire a bartender who knows that when you make a margarita, there's supposed to be tequila in it and not just mixer and ice.

Oh yeah, and a free jukebox does not excuse crappy service, crappy food, and crappy drinks. It just doesn't.

Pros: Hmm... how about "there's always room for improvement when you're so bad"??

Cons: Everything- skanky waitresses, bad food, terrible drinks.

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So we came to the restaurant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and we expected customer service to be slow, but not like this. The waitress took our orders, got them mixed up, and then delivered half the food while it took 20 minutes to deliver the rest. We commented that the customer service was poor. When we received the bill, we asked her to divide it four ways please (not unreasonable for a group of 8). The waitress looks at us and says: "You've got to be kidding me! Look how crowded it is." We tell her it will be worth it because she is receiving a 30% tip. A different waitress comes back 20 minutes later with our credit card receipts and says "Who is the fu$*king idiot who gave me an american express?" Offended, we told her that this is the worst customer service ever, the food took forever, and we were never coming back. She then called us a bunch of fu#@king a-holes and told us to get out of there. She also automatically added tip onto each of our credit cards because she apparently thought we weren't going to tip her. Never go to this "Neighborhood Gem" of a mexican restaurant. Ever. This is, officially, the worst dining experience I've had in my life. I hope those two servers we had are fired.

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★★★☆☆

So we came to the restaurant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and we expected customer service to be slow, but not like this. The waitress took our orders, got them mixed up, and then delivered half the food while it took 20 minutes to deliver the rest. We commented that the customer service was poor. When we received the bill, we asked her to divide it four ways please (not unreasonable for a group of 8). The waitress looks at us and says: "You've got to be kidding me! Look how crowded it is." We tell her it will be worth it because she is receiving a 30% tip. A different waitress comes back 20 minutes later with our credit card receipts and says "Who is the fu$*king idiot who gave me an american express?" Offended, we told her that this is the worst customer service ever, the food took forever, and we were never coming back. She then called us a bunch of fu#@king a-holes and told us to get out of there. She also automatically added tip onto each of our credit cards because she apparently thought we weren't going to tip her. Never go to this "Neighborhood Gem" of a mexican restaurant. Ever. This is, officially, the worst dining experience I've had in my life. I hope those two servers we had are fired.

Pros: None.

Cons: Waitress swore at us, food took forever, punk-metal music was blaring in our ears.

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Food-wise you either go legit traditional mexican or you put a gringo spin on it and this place falls blandly inbetween. Staff all seems like they want to be somewhere else - like practicing with their punk-rock band. I really wanted to like this place but after ten visits I sum it up as -- ambivelent attitude, weak drinks and marginal mexican.

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★★☆☆☆

Food-wise you either go legit traditional mexican or you put a gringo spin on it and this place falls blandly inbetween. Staff all seems like they want to be somewhere else - like practicing with their punk-rock band. I really wanted to like this place but after ten visits I sum it up as -- ambivelent attitude, weak drinks and marginal mexican.

Pros: Good jukebox...lots of tat's

Cons: Average food...cocky and complacent service that takes forever.

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The margaritas are a) extremely potent, b) extremely large and c) extremely delicious. oh and d) extremely affordable during happy hour. The food is sort of incidental to the margaritas in my mind but it makes excellent 'sop up the alcohol so you can drive home' fare. Pulled pork burrito is delish.

1
★★★☆☆

The margaritas are a) extremely potent, b) extremely large and c) extremely delicious. oh and d) extremely affordable during happy hour. The food is sort of incidental to the margaritas in my mind but it makes excellent 'sop up the alcohol so you can drive home' fare. Pulled pork burrito is delish.

Pros: The drinks, the food, outdoor patio

Cons: Staff can be a little surly, but hey--it's Seattle

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Come on....There's a free jukebox til 5:30 or 6:00. There's a free pool table til forever, and the eats are cheap as hell. Try the pork carnitas and the new carne asada burritos and tell me they aren't worth the under $7.00 price. (The chicken is better than average as well). They make their own salsa which include the salsa verde and the salsa tinga(the hotter one)-that they use in their various dishes and the oh so fabulous chipoltle pineapple...yes you get them in a squeeze bottle, but who cares..it's free. Wow, you pay a whole $1.00 for chips to start the meal (a subject that some complain about) but at least the chips are fried fresh and the salsas are made at there! This isn't fine dining and you're gonna get a loud, FREE jukebox but it's a young family and single 20's something venue. The place can come off under staffed in the summer, which it is, but they run their asses off. Why do people in Seattle have to find something to complain about all the time??? This is a place where you'll see kids eating along side people doing a shot of Speedy Gonzalesl. If that freaks you out, doon't go there. Oh yeah, and for the kid friendly, there aren't high-chairs or booster seats unfortunately. That being said, the aforementioned free pool-table has seen many children's happiness.....

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★★★☆☆

Come on....There's a free jukebox til 5:30 or 6:00. There's a free pool table til forever, and the eats are cheap as hell. Try the pork carnitas and the new carne asada burritos and tell me they aren't worth the under $7.00 price. (The chicken is better than average as well). They make their own salsa which include the salsa verde and the salsa tinga(the hotter one)-that they use in their various dishes and the oh so fabulous chipoltle pineapple...yes you get them in a squeeze bottle, but who cares..it's free. Wow, you pay a whole $1.00 for chips to start the meal (a subject that some complain about) but at least the chips are fried fresh and the salsas are made at there! This isn't fine dining and you're gonna get a loud, FREE jukebox but it's a young family and single 20's something venue. The place can come off under staffed in the summer, which it is, but they run their asses off. Why do people in Seattle have to find something to complain about all the time??? This is a place where you'll see kids eating along side people doing a shot of Speedy Gonzalesl. If that freaks you out, doon't go there. Oh yeah, and for the kid friendly, there aren't high-chairs or booster seats unfortunately. That being said, the aforementioned free pool-table has seen many children's happiness.....

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Love the tacos ~ any variety. And that green salsa is addictive! This place is not for the tender or hard of hearing ~ but for an any-time deliscious and inexpensive bite, it rocks. The Pom Margarita is a delicious creation ~ even if a bit weak.

2
★★★★☆

Love the tacos ~ any variety. And that green salsa is addictive! This place is not for the tender or hard of hearing ~ but for an any-time deliscious and inexpensive bite, it rocks. The Pom Margarita is a delicious creation ~ even if a bit weak.

Pros: Bargain! Great quick eats and loud music that allows anyone to feel at home.

Cons: Loud. Slow service. But if you were looking for a fine experience, you went to the wrong spot.

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this place has really cool people--especially the servers....they have an outdoor patio deck and the inside is decorated in a hipster cool seattle way---i would go back!

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★★★★☆

this place has really cool people--especially the servers....they have an outdoor patio deck and the inside is decorated in a hipster cool seattle way---i would go back!

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The place is cute - very eclectic. The service was terrible. Upon arriving, we were ignored for the first 15 minutes. I couldn't figure out who actually worked there. Finally we walked to the back, started asking whomever passed us if they worked there and if we could get seated. He pointed to a table then shoved menus in our face, without even turning in our direction. I kept thinking, this has to be a joke - MTV's boiling point or something. Unfortunately it wasn't a joke. The tacos are cheap eats, but when you are served, you realize why. The steak tacos were cheap, chewy meat with a couple of avocado slices -- that's it. There are no vegetables, or anything that goes on the taco to spice it up. This was the most boring disappointing meal I've had in a long time. And with the service being so terrible on top of it, I will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place is cute - very eclectic. The service was terrible. Upon arriving, we were ignored for the first 15 minutes. I couldn't figure out who actually worked there. Finally we walked to the back, started asking whomever passed us if they worked there and if we could get seated. He pointed to a table then shoved menus in our face, without even turning in our direction. I kept thinking, this has to be a joke - MTV's boiling point or something. Unfortunately it wasn't a joke. The tacos are cheap eats, but when you are served, you realize why. The steak tacos were cheap, chewy meat with a couple of avocado slices -- that's it. There are no vegetables, or anything that goes on the taco to spice it up. This was the most boring disappointing meal I've had in a long time. And with the service being so terrible on top of it, I will never go back.

Pros: cute environment, anti-yuppy atmosphere

Cons: service, food

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The food was decent; but the atmosphere and waitress were lousy. Let's start with the fact that it was too loud for conversation when we sat down. Then the waitress turned the music up higher because her favorite song came on. (Another waiter came along and turned it down a minute later.) She mocked us for not reading the menu carefully; then made a suggestion for what to order. But, the food arrived without the ingredient she suggested. The kitchen was quick; but, we didn't get what we asked for. The beer was lukewarm. And she never came back to get us another round. So, don't waste your time at this place. I sure won't.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was decent; but the atmosphere and waitress were lousy. Let's start with the fact that it was too loud for conversation when we sat down. Then the waitress turned the music up higher because her favorite song came on. (Another waiter came along and turned it down a minute later.) She mocked us for not reading the menu carefully; then made a suggestion for what to order. But, the food arrived without the ingredient she suggested. The kitchen was quick; but, we didn't get what we asked for. The beer was lukewarm. And she never came back to get us another round. So, don't waste your time at this place. I sure won't.

Pros: Decor, food, beer selection

Cons: Hostile wait staff; loud music

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I love going to this place. I believe that it use to be a restaurant before. Located where phinney and greenwood meet, this bar looks like a house. Good food at a good price, which I think you can order until 10. Good barritos, nachoes, sandwiches. It can be pretty crowded around dinner time because most people are there for the food at that time. Never meet a person there that didn't mind having a random conversation. The clientele is usually a mix, but sometimes more on the punk/rock side. Always free pool. Mon-Fri they have happy hour from 4-7. Sun-Thur they have late night happy hour 10-12:30, each night having a different drink special. They have a good sized porch with about 8 tables, so you can still drink while your having a cigarette. A few times during the week they have a DJ, or two, I'm not sure. The batenders are great, helps if you are friendly and nice with them as it is with anyone you ever meet. They have some of the best music I have ever seen in a jute box. The owner hangs out on his days off sometimes, he's a great guy. I know that he use to own another bar awhile back some where in seattle, I'm sure you've heard of it, but at the moment I can't remember the name. You can ask the owner if you choose to go to El Chupacabra. Free street parking.

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★★★★★

I love going to this place. I believe that it use to be a restaurant before. Located where phinney and greenwood meet, this bar looks like a house. Good food at a good price, which I think you can order until 10. Good barritos, nachoes, sandwiches. It can be pretty crowded around dinner time because most people are there for the food at that time. Never meet a person there that didn't mind having a random conversation. The clientele is usually a mix, but sometimes more on the punk/rock side. Always free pool. Mon-Fri they have happy hour from 4-7. Sun-Thur they have late night happy hour 10-12:30, each night having a different drink special. They have a good sized porch with about 8 tables, so you can still drink while your having a cigarette. A few times during the week they have a DJ, or two, I'm not sure. The batenders are great, helps if you are friendly and nice with them as it is with anyone you ever meet. They have some of the best music I have ever seen in a jute box. The owner hangs out on his days off sometimes, he's a great guy. I know that he use to own another bar awhile back some where in seattle, I'm sure you've heard of it, but at the moment I can't remember the name. You can ask the owner if you choose to go to El Chupacabra. Free street parking.

Pros: food, drinks, music

Cons: No happy hour Fri-Sat

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The food was great, the service was great, the owner and patio posse even spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get the outdoor heater working so we could sit outside on a rather chilly night. We waited about 10 mins for a table to open up...I found The Red One and her flailing, personality, skills with entertaining children and quickness on the floor totally refreshing. I even earned a nickname myself. I loved the place and recommend it for cheap, great eats. bThe pork carnitas burrito was excellent!! We'll definitely go back.
xo,
The Black One

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★★★★★

The food was great, the service was great, the owner and patio posse even spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get the outdoor heater working so we could sit outside on a rather chilly night. We waited about 10 mins for a table to open up...I found The Red One and her flailing, personality, skills with entertaining children and quickness on the floor totally refreshing. I even earned a nickname myself. I loved the place and recommend it for cheap, great eats. bThe pork carnitas burrito was excellent!! We'll definitely go back.
xo,
The Black One

Pros: service, food

Cons: size

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Most of the reviews you see about this bar are written by yuppie invaders that are trying to make us quit smoking, quit drinking, so our inhibitions are controlled at all times. The staff is down to earth unique. They act the same while working as they do on the street, trust me, I ran into the red one at the market she came flailing up to me recongnizing my face and what I had to drink, and thanked me for coming into the bar, my pleasure. If you want good food and your staff not care about you go to Gorditos, if you want to feel like you're in the center of the universe in some sort of fun, entertaining, organized chaos, go here. The staff is great (the two tattooed girls a fav for my husband and I) The food is great (yummy Enchiladas) The drinks are great.

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★★★★★

Most of the reviews you see about this bar are written by yuppie invaders that are trying to make us quit smoking, quit drinking, so our inhibitions are controlled at all times. The staff is down to earth unique. They act the same while working as they do on the street, trust me, I ran into the red one at the market she came flailing up to me recongnizing my face and what I had to drink, and thanked me for coming into the bar, my pleasure. If you want good food and your staff not care about you go to Gorditos, if you want to feel like you're in the center of the universe in some sort of fun, entertaining, organized chaos, go here. The staff is great (the two tattooed girls a fav for my husband and I) The food is great (yummy Enchiladas) The drinks are great.

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We've been to El Chupacabra a half dozen times and we always come away feeling that the service is horrible but the food and drinks are *almost* worth it. Usually the staff is simply too busy to be attentive (especially in summer) but last night the bartender -- who was loud and abrupt to us -- kept yelling over our heads to some personal friends of hers sitting at a table behind us. Combined with the louder-than-usual stereo, this made for an uncomfortable situation. We couldn't ignore the activity around us, but were in no way included in it either. It's a shame, because the food is inexpensive and tasty, and the Margaritas are great, but we've had too many bad experiences with the staff to consider it a regular destination.

1
★★★☆☆

We've been to El Chupacabra a half dozen times and we always come away feeling that the service is horrible but the food and drinks are *almost* worth it. Usually the staff is simply too busy to be attentive (especially in summer) but last night the bartender -- who was loud and abrupt to us -- kept yelling over our heads to some personal friends of hers sitting at a table behind us. Combined with the louder-than-usual stereo, this made for an uncomfortable situation. We couldn't ignore the activity around us, but were in no way included in it either. It's a shame, because the food is inexpensive and tasty, and the Margaritas are great, but we've had too many bad experiences with the staff to consider it a regular destination.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Abrasive Staff

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El Chupacabra is MY neighborhood bar. I love the food and the drinks are quite good if a little strong. The atmosphere is somewhat dark and good for a date as the lights are low. There is also free pool. One thing though is that this is a very popular destination so it can be crowded on the weekends. But I can understand why. The food is really tasty and the serving staff is very nice. I don't understand all these negative reviews of "mean beer wenches" I have been here MANY times, usually with large parties of more than 10 and we are always treated very well, despite outward appearances. Maybe people are just inimidated by tatoos and piercings. The serving staff has always been kind. Yeah tatooed bartender yells sometimes, but never to be mean. Anyway the food is great and the drinks are worth the price.

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★★★★★

El Chupacabra is MY neighborhood bar. I love the food and the drinks are quite good if a little strong. The atmosphere is somewhat dark and good for a date as the lights are low. There is also free pool. One thing though is that this is a very popular destination so it can be crowded on the weekends. But I can understand why. The food is really tasty and the serving staff is very nice. I don't understand all these negative reviews of "mean beer wenches" I have been here MANY times, usually with large parties of more than 10 and we are always treated very well, despite outward appearances. Maybe people are just inimidated by tatoos and piercings. The serving staff has always been kind. Yeah tatooed bartender yells sometimes, but never to be mean. Anyway the food is great and the drinks are worth the price.

Pros: good service, polite, strong drinks

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I waited tables for years and the Kylie is amazing!
For those of you looking for fine dining...seriously, go elsewhere, this is a bar.
Great food, great value, and super fast service from the fiery red-head...I'm not exaggerating, she handles the whole place single-handedly without pen and paper!
Oh and the bartender makes a fantastic margarita!
This is the place for drink, fun, and fast good eats.

2
★★★★★

I waited tables for years and the Kylie is amazing!
For those of you looking for fine dining...seriously, go elsewhere, this is a bar.
Great food, great value, and super fast service from the fiery red-head...I'm not exaggerating, she handles the whole place single-handedly without pen and paper!
Oh and the bartender makes a fantastic margarita!
This is the place for drink, fun, and fast good eats.

Pros: fun, easy going, yummy food

Cons: can be a bit loud

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I've been to El Chupacabra several times and I just don't know why they expend so much energy being so unpleasant! Sometimes a little attitude is welcome and interesting, but not bone-crushing meanness! I get abused enough at work and in traffic...I don't like to go out for drinks and get yelled at by the waitress for no reason. The food is inexpensive and good and the margaritas (7$) are strong and tasty. The bartender there last Friday (3/31) was sweet and I feel bad for him that he has to work with the rude wench who yelled at us and then seated us. I was a bartender and server for years and I'll cheerfully put up with a lot - slow kitchens, rushed wait staff, an occasional hair in the food, - anything but mean servers. I'm not going back. Ever. Period.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've been to El Chupacabra several times and I just don't know why they expend so much energy being so unpleasant! Sometimes a little attitude is welcome and interesting, but not bone-crushing meanness! I get abused enough at work and in traffic...I don't like to go out for drinks and get yelled at by the waitress for no reason. The food is inexpensive and good and the margaritas (7$) are strong and tasty. The bartender there last Friday (3/31) was sweet and I feel bad for him that he has to work with the rude wench who yelled at us and then seated us. I was a bartender and server for years and I'll cheerfully put up with a lot - slow kitchens, rushed wait staff, an occasional hair in the food, - anything but mean servers. I'm not going back. Ever. Period.

Pros: Good Food, Veggie Options, Great Margaritas

Cons: Service, Crowded, Nachos are awful

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Nothing about this place stood out to me, except maybe its name and decorating. This tiny place would probably be better if it was strictly a bar with minimal food offerings. The food was unimpressive, the tables are too close together, which makes it seem as though you are dining with the whole room not just your companions.

1
★★★☆☆

Nothing about this place stood out to me, except maybe its name and decorating. This tiny place would probably be better if it was strictly a bar with minimal food offerings. The food was unimpressive, the tables are too close together, which makes it seem as though you are dining with the whole room not just your companions.

Pros: Price

Cons: Tiny

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We went to the Chupacabra tonight and had no issues with the food or service. Everything went great. The food is cheap and relatively good for the price, so you can't complain. This place will be an even better night spot when it goes non smoking along with all the others.

2
★★★★☆

We went to the Chupacabra tonight and had no issues with the food or service. Everything went great. The food is cheap and relatively good for the price, so you can't complain. This place will be an even better night spot when it goes non smoking along with all the others.

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The food wasn't bad bad, but it was cold. Salsa in a tube isn't my idea of salsa. Also what's up with no chips and salsa before the meal?!? Our waitress had no clue what she was doing and got our bill wrong three times. I would sayif you like El Gorditos you will be dissappointed in this place. The deal is El Chupacabra is a bar. It looks like a bar, smells like a bar and you have to yell like in a bar.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food wasn't bad bad, but it was cold. Salsa in a tube isn't my idea of salsa. Also what's up with no chips and salsa before the meal?!? Our waitress had no clue what she was doing and got our bill wrong three times. I would sayif you like El Gorditos you will be dissappointed in this place. The deal is El Chupacabra is a bar. It looks like a bar, smells like a bar and you have to yell like in a bar.

Pros: None

Cons: Late Happy Hour, Too Loud

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Its funny, you read these reviews and you get the impression that everyone expects 5 start full blown service here. Seems like everyone forgets that the food here averages around 6 dollars an item not 20 or more like you would pay for the full blown dining experience? What do you expect when your average tab is gonna be $25 and a 20% tip is thus $5? A finger bowl and a busboy? Go to Chupacabra and you will find great atmosphere, a damn fine jukebox ( even has the Dwarves ), some good cheep eats, and some strong drinks with some funny and relaxed staff. Go elsewhere if you want suit and tie treatment.

2
★★★★★

Its funny, you read these reviews and you get the impression that everyone expects 5 start full blown service here. Seems like everyone forgets that the food here averages around 6 dollars an item not 20 or more like you would pay for the full blown dining experience? What do you expect when your average tab is gonna be $25 and a 20% tip is thus $5? A finger bowl and a busboy? Go to Chupacabra and you will find great atmosphere, a damn fine jukebox ( even has the Dwarves ), some good cheep eats, and some strong drinks with some funny and relaxed staff. Go elsewhere if you want suit and tie treatment.

Pros: cheap, good times, strong drinks

Cons: parking, crowded

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Nice little place to have a drink and some good food, however don't expect service with a smile, in-fact don't expect any service. I have been there on many different occations and all but one was a stuggle with the staff. They are rude and not very willing to do their job. But you know, the drinks are great and the Jukebox has good tunes, so what are you going to do? Complain and hope they get new staff that is nice and actually does their job!

1
★★★☆☆

Nice little place to have a drink and some good food, however don't expect service with a smile, in-fact don't expect any service. I have been there on many different occations and all but one was a stuggle with the staff. They are rude and not very willing to do their job. But you know, the drinks are great and the Jukebox has good tunes, so what are you going to do? Complain and hope they get new staff that is nice and actually does their job!

Pros: Drinks, Food, Outdoor seating

Cons: Staff, Staff, Staff

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El Chupacabra, named for the mythical "goat sucker" of Central America, has great drinks, good food for a good price, and cool waitstaff. The salsa is spicy, the chips are free, margaritas are hand-muddled, and the jukebox packs a good selection.

Yes, it can take a while to get served when it is crowded. It is worth the wait. The drinks are strong, delicious, and will help you pass the time. Later in the night on weekdays it is less crowded.

They also have my favorite beer "Tonas" from Nicaragua.

I must stop now. I am just gushing. And I think I need a pomegranite margarita, some carnitas tacos, and a shot of top shelf Mezcal.

2
★★★★★

El Chupacabra, named for the mythical "goat sucker" of Central America, has great drinks, good food for a good price, and cool waitstaff. The salsa is spicy, the chips are free, margaritas are hand-muddled, and the jukebox packs a good selection.

Yes, it can take a while to get served when it is crowded. It is worth the wait. The drinks are strong, delicious, and will help you pass the time. Later in the night on weekdays it is less crowded.

They also have my favorite beer "Tonas" from Nicaragua.

I must stop now. I am just gushing. And I think I need a pomegranite margarita, some carnitas tacos, and a shot of top shelf Mezcal.

Pros: yummy food and drinks, fun atmosphere, GREAT bartending

Cons: , can get busy

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I went to El Chupacabra with a group that grew to only 5 people. The tables are very small and the place is crowded so we ending up switching tables 3 times to accomodate our group. This may be annoying to the wait staff but professionals are used to it and they deal. Not at this place! We were told rudely that there is a "three table limit". The "three table limit" waitress then brought us our check far before we were done and demanded that we pay it. We then ended up with another tab, both billing coming to around $70. However, they will never get that $70 again the service was the worst!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to El Chupacabra with a group that grew to only 5 people. The tables are very small and the place is crowded so we ending up switching tables 3 times to accomodate our group. This may be annoying to the wait staff but professionals are used to it and they deal. Not at this place! We were told rudely that there is a "three table limit". The "three table limit" waitress then brought us our check far before we were done and demanded that we pay it. We then ended up with another tab, both billing coming to around $70. However, they will never get that $70 again the service was the worst!

Pros: cheap food

Cons: awful service, slow, cold food

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Slim chance of that...Few redeeming qualities here. Excellent Margarhitas, but it took forever to get served. Then our glasses were empty for 15 minutes before we got another round. The food finally appeared after about a 45 min wait and it was cold. It might have been a good time if they had enough staff on. There were only two servers working like mad and they were not even close to keeping up. I liked the music and the prices were okay. Three simple tacos for $5. Just a tortilla with some meat and a sprinkle of onion and a little slice of avocado. Could have been good if they served it hot with some salsa. Oh well, I really wanted to like the place, which makes it all the more dissapointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Slim chance of that...Few redeeming qualities here. Excellent Margarhitas, but it took forever to get served. Then our glasses were empty for 15 minutes before we got another round. The food finally appeared after about a 45 min wait and it was cold. It might have been a good time if they had enough staff on. There were only two servers working like mad and they were not even close to keeping up. I liked the music and the prices were okay. Three simple tacos for $5. Just a tortilla with some meat and a sprinkle of onion and a little slice of avocado. Could have been good if they served it hot with some salsa. Oh well, I really wanted to like the place, which makes it all the more dissapointing.

Pros: Drinks, Funky, Fun Music

Cons: Understaffed, No Air Conditioning

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It has been awhile since my actual trip so I can't remember the actual name of what I ordered. It was a plate of tacos that basically consisted of a tortilla with a little pile of meat and a slice of avocado on top. Very boring and not worth the price. My friend and I got horrible service. The guy kept forgetting we were there or something. No water refills for us! I had to track down a waitress for my bill after a long time waiting with no food on my plate. Oh yeah, they charge extra for chips and instead of giving us multiple kinds of salsa like they mentioned on the menu and gave the other table we got 3 containers of the same kind. I was very disappointed with this place.

1
★★☆☆☆

It has been awhile since my actual trip so I can't remember the actual name of what I ordered. It was a plate of tacos that basically consisted of a tortilla with a little pile of meat and a slice of avocado on top. Very boring and not worth the price. My friend and I got horrible service. The guy kept forgetting we were there or something. No water refills for us! I had to track down a waitress for my bill after a long time waiting with no food on my plate. Oh yeah, they charge extra for chips and instead of giving us multiple kinds of salsa like they mentioned on the menu and gave the other table we got 3 containers of the same kind. I was very disappointed with this place.

Pros: Cozy, Good margaritas

Cons: Tiny menu, Bad service

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Formerly an organic/granola restaurant, and even more formerly some folks' living room, El Chupacabra keeps things simple -- a bar, six or so tables and small-portion Mexican food. Judging from its kitsch-spasm decor and unassuming hipness, it appears as though Ballard has crept up the hill and painted Greenwood's walls red. In the past few months, the clientele has crept up in age. Let's liven it up, folks, eh?

2
★★★★☆

Formerly an organic/granola restaurant, and even more formerly some folks' living room, El Chupacabra keeps things simple -- a bar, six or so tables and small-portion Mexican food. Judging from its kitsch-spasm decor and unassuming hipness, it appears as though Ballard has crept up the hill and painted Greenwood's walls red. In the past few months, the clientele has crept up in age. Let's liven it up, folks, eh?

Pros: Outdoor seating, Ambience, Reasonbly priced beer

Cons: Size, Parking

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Recently went for my first time and fell in love with the place. Extremely well designed (former house?) interior with a bar and dining area willed with a "day of the dead" type decor. Excellent beer selection and extremely tasty food that's very easy on your wallet. I managed to taste their tacos, quesedillas and burritos and were impressed by all, but their carnitas tacos really stand out. Very friendly staff kept the beer and food flowing! Can't wait to return.

2
★★★★☆

Recently went for my first time and fell in love with the place. Extremely well designed (former house?) interior with a bar and dining area willed with a "day of the dead" type decor. Excellent beer selection and extremely tasty food that's very easy on your wallet. I managed to taste their tacos, quesedillas and burritos and were impressed by all, but their carnitas tacos really stand out. Very friendly staff kept the beer and food flowing! Can't wait to return.

Pros: Cozy decor, Great food, Good service

Cons: None!

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I had the best margarita ever here and it was only 5.50. Plus they have free pool and a crazy jukebox. The staff is really frendly and cute too. I'll be here often.

2
★★★★★

I had the best margarita ever here and it was only 5.50. Plus they have free pool and a crazy jukebox. The staff is really frendly and cute too. I'll be here often.

Pros: cheap, delicious, great drinks

Cons: crowded

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This is a new place that just opened on greenwood. Really cool and funky atmosphere done day of the dead style. Great food and drinks too. This is the closest thing I've had to a SF burrito since I moved here!

2
★★★★☆

This is a new place that just opened on greenwood. Really cool and funky atmosphere done day of the dead style. Great food and drinks too. This is the closest thing I've had to a SF burrito since I moved here!

Pros: inexpensive, good food

Cons: crowded some nights

 

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