Chela Modern Mexican

4.8
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350 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 350 People Are Saying
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EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Worth a visit for the chips and margaritas alone. Might seem expensive for Mexican food, but well worth the money.

b
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good happy hour. Very noisy. Recommend Taco Tuesday - good service. Will return.

MN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mexican brunch and were so happy we did. Eggs on a corncake could not have been more perfect. Fresh chips and salsa. Great bloody Maria. Great Paloma. Kids menu was pretty good (maybe a bit greasy) it was not too crowded and we felt chill the whole time. looks like they haev great happy hour offering Mon-Fri. Will def go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the staff are so friendly!

RL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic mexican! Great service. You will not be disappointed.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time, excellent food and atmosphere

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was a nice brunch overall, but the food and drinks were just not very good. We had several things at the table that went virtually untouched, which is a shame for Mexican brunch food!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Chela back when it was Rachel's (same owner/chef I believe). Love with they've done with the place. Every time we go, my boyfriend and I get something new -- never disappoints (this time we got the seafood enchiladas and the carne oaxaquena -- both fantastic)

DR
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Guacamole was so fresh and the chicken Mexican lasagna was surprisingly phenomenal. The chips were so good. Definitely will return.

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

Amazing food and staff!

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

The service was incredible! We got fantastic recommendations and enjoyed every part of the experience.

AT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice place to have really delicious food and the environment was simply amazing
Thank you,

Aleli

JV
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!!!!

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for taco tuesdays. 3 tacos for $9. They had a variety of tacos. All of them were delicious. Nice ambience and decor. A good happy hour special until 7pm

ZC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place to eat in Park Slope, with the tastiest food and the nicest staff. The Dust in Oaxaca cocktail is sublime.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon this place because it was close to a place we needed to be later. To our delight, it was an amazing restaurant. Great drinks and elevated Mexican fare. Definitely worth checking out whether you live in the area or not!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, and great service. Can’t wait to go back!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice casual restaurant that serves very good upscale Mexican food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, I got the seafood enchiladas. It was ok, I’ve had better. Never been here before and was trying it out. I Probably won’t be going back though

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Drinks were good, service and ambiance were good too. However, the tacos were far from authentic. Had the chicken and steak tacos. Pretty bland and the steak was tough. Would go back for drinks and appetizers. For dinner, probably not.

TV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is good. Enchiladas are a little heavy - we tried 3 types. The appetizers are delicious. Chips and salsa are excellent. Service was excellent. An enjoyable experience.

KF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! It’s our new fav Mexican restaurant and we will be back! The food is scrumptious, the cocktails are yummy, Samantha our server was delightful and every one of her recommendations knocked it out of the park. We had reservations, but there looked to be room for walk-ins when we arrived at 6pm. By the time we left the place looked full. We were seated near the front of the restaurant and the noise level was moderate when the place was full.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a 7-girl brunch on Sunday and they were so accommodating. The food and drinks were delicious. Definitely will be going back.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down - best Mexican ever! Look no further and eat here as often as possible.

S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The din was so loud, it felt like being in a frat party and we found it so oppressive, it completely diminished the pleasure of the meal

HC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious margaritas, delicious food!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Thank you!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and great service. Strong drinks yay!
One drawback- fries with tacos - a little weird. Everything else was delicious

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Second time here and staff service and most importantly food continues to impress!! Margaritas are scrumptious as well. Looking forward to my next meal here.

MA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's a great neighborhood place to eat. We love the fish tacos. Food is great. The staff are fun and accommodating. They make it a really nice experience. The only reason I rated the ambiance and noise level lower is because it is noisy. But people are having fun so I can't complain.

GF
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food, pretty good prices. The service was definitely friendly and attentive, but at the same time they seemed confused and unorganized. Like the first waiter who came to our table asked us if we had already ordered, but we hadn’t even been given menus yet. So, nothing bad, but several little things like that continued to happen (enough that it was very noticeable.) The guacamole was quite good and the Chicken Molé Enchiladas were very very good. Definitely recommend this place.

BA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal! Best nachos I ever had in my life. Good vibe from servers, too.

LR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals we've had in a while. Plus, the cocktails were good and the service was amazing! We will definitely be back.

ZC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to go in Park Slope, and my favorite place to bring folks from out of town. The margaritas were amazing, and the staff is just about the friendliest group of people you'll meet in a restaurant in all five boroughs.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Chela and customer service is top notch! We were celebrating birthdays and started the brunch with some frozen coconut margaritas and their delicious guacamole served with fresh crunchy chips. It was an assortment of orders such as steak and eggs in green sauce which was cooked to your preference, fish tacos, Chela salad with chicken, Fundido with chorizo and eggs. Another was chicken enchilada in green sauce. No complaints because everyone was busy filling their mouths with the delicious food and drinks. Lastly, they served us fresh hot cream filled churros and a flan for the birthday celebrants. Everything was great and everyone left happy and content! Till next time Chela ;-)

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great customer service and food was good as well

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service was great.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Chela is a neighbored staple. It has always been a great spot for great Mexican Foods, homemade chips and salsa, and a tasty margarita. My wife and I have been eating at Chela (formerly Rachel’s Taqueria) for more than 7 years. The menu and atmosphere changed after they rebranded and changed the restaurant to appeal to a seemingly more affluent clientele. The food and service was always good, but the new management team is outstanding. They recognize us by name and always do something to make our visit special.

A visit to Park Slope is incomplete without a stop at Chela.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 1

We were sat in a high-traffic, narrow, loud, dimly lit area despite there being a couple of empty tables in much better areas. The host simply said those were reserved for "special" reservations, even though one of the tables remained empty for almost our entire meal. It was so bizarre and insulting. The service was otherwise great and the food was pretty good but that initial experience really dampened my feeling about the place.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice time, the servers were great, the food was tasty, a bit spicier than we were expecting but everyone enjoyed their meals. Only thing we didn’t enjoy were the loud kids next to us but that’s not the restaurants fault.

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