Chela Modern Mexican

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4.7
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259 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
We are a modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. We have traditional, authentic Mexican dishes as well as innovative and creative takes on the classics. You'll find killer tacos, fresh-made guacamole, enchiladas and much more on our menu. Our bar has 40 types of tequilas and mezcals, as well as speciality cocktails featuring all different types of spirits, wine, beer and sangria. We look forward to serving you!

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Sun 4:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 259 People Are Saying
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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Chela. The guacamole was among the best I’ve ever had — singularly chunky and zesty and delicious. We had excellent mole enchiladas and an unusual octopus special. Warm, attentive service and a fun, celebratory vibe! Will return promptly.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing first time there would drf definitely come back.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff and hosts are excellent. They are warm and friendly. Lovely ambiance; it was fun and festive. Drinks were good. It seems like they have a signature drink for all or most evenings.

The roasted corn was a bit too roasted but other than that the food was fresh and delicious.

It was a great night!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner at Chela! Service, drinks, music, and food was on point!

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J
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good except the noise level. Very difficult to carry on a conversation. But it was a Saturday night, so we'll try a weeknight next time and see if it's a bit quieter.

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R
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn. I enjoy the seafood enchilada and pair it with margarita. The quality of food and price value is why I keep going back here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess that night was so accommodating despite managing a very hectic night! Please give her a raise!

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JD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find on our vacation. We loved the watermelon aqua frescas. Chips and salsa were great along with our chicken tacos.

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G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, and good drinks.
Quick services. Guacamole and corn were especially delicious

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DM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. My wife and I had the queso fundido to start with chorizo. Some of the best chorizo I've ever had. I had the mix of tacos from there. All were amazing. I would highly recommend

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d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was really good. Well prepared and spiced. The servers were great friendly efficient and knowledgeable. Only sticky point very very loud music

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere and great service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party was well cared-for and the food was excellent. Service was timely. Very good place for a get-together of a large (8 person) friends group!

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Spontaneous trip here. Found it on opentable and was in the mood for Mexican. Everything we had was absolutely delicious! Salsa, guac, chips, ribs, mixed tacos, sweet plantains, red wine, and frozen margaritas! Loved and will be back!

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TW
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very Loud Brunch

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Not your run of the mill tapas/Mexican restaurant.

The food was fantastic with fair portions. Be advised though, the dining area can get ridiculously hot so dress with that in mind

We had the mole poblano, queso rondillo, ceviche and others. The cheese was fantastic and the nachos is one of the best I've ever had. Would definitely recommend.

The ratio of waiters/waitresses per table was a bit distressing, it was hard to get their attention when one waitress took care of 6+ tables though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The enchiladas was the best enchiladas I’ve ever had!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food strong drinks 2 people bill was $77.00 not bad.

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R
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered Enchilada and fish tacos with mango frozen margarita for my cocktail! I enjoyed every thing. I will definitely go back!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, authentic flavors with modern twists. EXCELLENT cocktail list. Great for a date.

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ML
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant!

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AM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second time at Chela and we enjoyed both visits! For some reason the tacos seemed different this time (maybe a different recipe/new chef?) and they forgot the queso that we had ordered but ended up giving it to us for free. Overall a great deal for the amount of food and drinks we got, will definitely be back!

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C
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The reviews are correct: this place is delicious, unusual, kind, fun and their Margaritas are fabulous and/but strong. Will return often.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great drinks. Friendly staff.
Try mole poblano enchiladas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and drinks. Staff was friendly. Would recommend for nice casual or a special occasion.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always so delicious. I order something different every time and not once have I been disappointed. The service is great. The staff is friendly. Favorite restaurant!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! What an AMAZING experience!!! We had dinner at the bar with Alex and he was THE BEST!! Super attentive and friendly and gave us great recommendations!!
We had the guac, queso fundido, ribs and churros! Everything was DELICIOUS!! One of the best mexican restaurants I’ve ever been to!! Everyone was super friendly and nice and did I mention the delicious food???
I am definitely going back there again soon!

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every visit! Staff are amazing and accommodating. They switched up their complimentary salsa to a smokier flavor and it is incredible. Never had a disappointing meal here. Drinks are incredible and dessert was a perfect ending. Go for the mezcal margarita.

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B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an outstanding restaurant to enjoy a better class of Mexican food. The service was excellent and attentive. Only thing I didn’t like was they charge for ice (rocks) in your drinks an extra $2 per drink which I think is uncalled for.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great service. The drinks were also very good.

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MA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place. We really like the food. I had Bronzino. My husband had fish tacos and we finished it off with Churros. Went home happy. Only down side -high noise level.

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MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner!

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G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing food I’ve had in a long time!! Order the Ella y El drink! The best!!!!

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted to do a Saturday brunch day date with our baby, and came across Chela on Yelp. From start to finish the service was amazing. The hostess was super friendly, our server was exceptional, and we even met the owner because we inquired about hosting our son's 1st birthday. The food was beyond, if I could have the guacamole everyday I would. We literally ended up staying for hours because we were so comfortable, kept ordering the amazing sangria pitchers, and just enjoyed the entire day. We couldn't have gone to a better place for our day date. I 100% would recommend Chela to anyone. Can't wait to go back!

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s
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and really big portion sizes. Sangria was also really good and decent value for how much you get in a pitcher. Service was fantastic and the vibe is lovely. Also free chips and salsa ftw! Highly recommend

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J
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I think we put this restaurant to the test and they passed with high marks: We had a group of 10—our table was ready and we were seated immediately on a busy Friday night. Our group included teenagers and seniors, all hangry. Food came out very quickly. Our group loved the tacos and vegetarian enchiladas—flavors were great—this is not your typical smothered-in-cheese-and-beans kind of place. But the standout for me was the service—my father was having difficulty navigating the stairs to the restroom and a server showed him another bathroom. Two family members can not eat food with cilantro, our waitress was on top of it. Every single person we passed in the bar and restaurant said hello and then goodbye etc. Prices were a little higher than you might expect—but it's worth it.

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KP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice local place with good food. Freshly made and hot chips for the guacamole. Really good shrimp tacos. However, it was Very noisy in the front but quieter in the back. A little cramped, wait staff and customers hit my chair... a lot. No place to stand to use the restroom without getting hit by the door or a person, you’re always in the way no matter where you are. Prices could have been lower. Its a nice place to go if you don’t want to travel into the City. I would come back and request to sit in the back.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY good food and service. Slightly crowded/noisy but for NYC, not really. Great veggie options. Highly recommend.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing customer service! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. We loved the salsa, fresh chips and the market fish. The garden dining room was cool, a bit noisy but that wasn’t bothersome. Can’t wait to go back again!

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great Margaritas. What else can you ask for?

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