Chela Modern Mexican

4.8
306 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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 306 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's great place with good atmosphere.

RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

So loud that we could not hear each other speak, at all. I would hesitate to recommend this restaurant because of the noice level - I might as well have been sitting by myself, it disturbed my experience, even though service was impeccable, and the food was good.

NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the staff was very attentive and friendly. We had a large party of 11 and they managed it very well. Margarita pitchers were on point.

MA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is great, waiters are wonderful always excited to go there

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Taco Tuesday spot around!!

JM
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I celebrated her birthday here and it was great! Staff is friendly and attentive, fresh chips and salsa were a great start. She got the white peach sangria and loved it, I had the Frank -Denise and ginger, also loved it. Our entrees were fish tacos and the mole poblano enchiladas and we’d order both again and thought they were very good. Definitely recommend!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for Dinner last week and everything was great! From the service to the food! No complaints! Will definitely be returning :)

SA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good drinks. If you're looking for a quiet intimate dinner this is not the place. It's very loud and the tables are close together. if you're ok with that then you won't have a problem

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food at Chela was delicious. We got the fish tacos and enchiladas - both items were flavorful and left us wanting more! Fresh chips and salsa to start were a nice bonus.

d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with a friend, staff was friendly and food was delicious. I would definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

QS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, great food.... I'll certainty dine there again,and send my friends!

OT
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Chela!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Mexican food with exceptional service and quality food. This is a must stop if you are in Brooklyn and if you are in Long Island, as we are, it is worth the trip.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for dinner by recommendation and was not disappointed. Highly recommend the ribs there. Fall of the bone goodness. And their salsa is so damn tasty.

IG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food! And the guacamole was the best we’ve had in a while

RM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Will NOT return to Chela. Although food was very good the noise level was EXTREMELY LOUD. Music was blaring and we had to SHOUT to hear each other. Also their coffee machine broke the day before and hadn’t been fixed. Unpleasant and not my idea of an enjoyable dinner.

LB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food’s delicious! Chips and salsa are extraordinary and frozen margaritas absolutely delicious.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, cannot wait to go back

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere are always on point. Had a great time and meal

J
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Chela were so attentive and nice. Checked up on us the right amount and always had fresh water and extra chips. They were prompt and super friendly. Making the reservations was super easy and they were very accommodating to all our requests. The food was fresh and delicious. I definitely recommend it and will happily go back soon. I had a great experience there.

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

The service was wonderful, I had ordered something I was not able to eat and it was fully refunded and replaced with a great dish. It was a bit warm inside and we didn’t know there wasn’t outdoor seating but otherwise very good time.

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My friend and I were seated in the covered back patio, and it was loud enough that we had to raise our voices to hear each other. There was a large, boisterous party seated nearby us. Hazard of dining out on a Saturday night!

The food was delicious. I had the vegetarian enchilada and a frozen passionfruit margarita. Both were flavorful and generously portioned. In addition, they brought us multiple rounds of crispy, salty tortilla chips with spicy salsa free of charge.

Prices were high, but prices in NYC are just high.

I will definitely be back and will recommend to friends!

AO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was awesome for my 21st birthday celebration!

SC
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was impecable with an emphasis on the former.

MB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just fantastic!! In every aspect, food, ambience, service, etc. Love this place!

P
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service at Chela is outstanding; the staff is flexible and work well together to make the customer's dining experience memorable. The FRESH MADE GUACAMOLE is good but the spicy is not toon spicy. The MOLE POBLANO ENCHILADAS is fantastic as was the NORTHERN MEXICAN ENCHILADAS. The best place to sit is downstairs in the back room.

n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a gem! Fabulous food, drinks, service and music—Authentic Salsa! Just can’t say enough about this place . Gourmet Mexican, once you have it, you will never go back. I swear Abuela is back there stirring up magic in those pots and sprinkling a hefty dose of love. Superb!

AS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chela is just a great place to eat. Nice lively atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, good and varied menu. We tried a number of the selections and it was all very good. Well prepared, spicy and tasty and visually appealing. Especially the Northern Mexican Enchiladas with beef, chicken and spicy chorizo were amazing. And last, but not least: very reasonable prices!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!! It was my second time here and the food and service is so great.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally came for dinner and the food was so great we came back a few days later for brunch.
Hands down best brunch we have had in ages. Jalapeño margarita and huevos fundido with a side of super fresh guacamole is my new brunch go to.
Delicious and a must try.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, local and fun

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great time from food to service! Samantha’s customer service was great and the chef killed it on the food side!

OT
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my friend here for her birthday and the everything was amazing! Wonderful staff, amazing food, great drinks, and they do bottomless brunch! Definitely will be returning here.

EF
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was amazing! Elevated Mexican cuisine with service to match!

CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and nice atmosphere. Some of the better Mexican food in Brooklyn. Yummy mock tails.

SC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. I’ve never written a food review before but I was so impressed i had to write about it! I was blown away by the flavorful dishes and cocktails that I’m planning to go back in a week to try other items on the menu that I didn’t order on the 1st visit! Our waitress Lena was personable and attentive and the bartender Carlos made great cocktails! Can’t wait to return!

QB
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at this restaurant and I really enjoyed it The Food was Great and Service was very Good! I was there with my Parents and my Mother who is Vegan Loved the different for options and really enjoyed her dish! We are definitely going to be Repeat Customers

EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing, from appetizers to dessert. The cocktails are one of a kind as well and the wait staff was so attentive. Will definitely be going back there soon. Best Mexican food I have ever had.

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