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El Chihuahua Restaurant

(16 Reviews)

3926 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84124

(801) 272-8091

Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone: (385) 900-5302

Primary Phone: (385) 900-5302

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Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, Take Out, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
yumm yumm tamales and Low Rider

I always get the same very yummy tamales. and a low rider..
great people and a great crowd every night
gracias for the good food



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of My Favorite Places!

We have been going to the Chihuahua over the past 30 years or so. The Quinones (SP??) family that started the Chihuahua (and probably STILL own and operates the Chihuahua) previously operated the Guadalupe Center just west of the Salt Palace on First South and we were steady customers there too. That was an EXTREMELY popular place! We're going to the El Chihuahua tonight before watching my grandson's band next door at the Bar Named Sue and I JUST CAN'T WAIT!! It's ALWAYS delish Mexican food!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Will NEVER go back.

My husband used to frequent El Chihuahua with his ex-wife for several years. He stated they used to be good. But as a Latino, I thought the food was terrible and not even close to being authentic. I gave it a 2nd chance, but not only was the food not good, the waitress BOTH times, asked how his ex-wife was, completely acting as if I wasn't there, and told my husband to tell her she said hello. RUDE!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
For the dogs

""Party for six,"" I said.

""No problem,"" the hostess said. ""We'll get you in soon.""

An hour later, we were finally at our table.

OK, it was Cinco de Mayo. Maybe they didn't now how to handle this sort of dinner rush.

The server took forever to wait on us. A high chair for our child never materialized. The poor bus boy ended up getting us a refill on our chips (which weren't bad, although the salsa was watery) because he felt sorry for us.

Yes, yes. It was Cinco de Mayo. We'll give 'em a break.

The food finally came. The plates were hot, but the food was cold - and totally uninspired. It wasn't horrible, but if ""not horrible"" is your standard, there are far cheaper places to go in Salt Lake City. And if you're looking for great Mexican, there are far, far, oh-my-God far better choices in Salt Lake City.

The drinks could have been the saving grace - except that when the bill came, they had charged us too much. When I disputed the total, the girl behind the counter said I needed to talk to the manager.

""Great,"" I said, ""would you get her?""

""Oh,"" she said. ""She's very busy right now.""

When I told her that the drinks were the only good thing about the night, and that I'd be willing to give El Chihuahua another chance if she would respect a customer's dispute over the bill (we're talking $6 here, not $60) she said, ""Whatever, you'll be back.""

No, we won't.

This place is for the dogs.



Provided by Citysearch - 

What a fun and good restaurant, I totally reccomend it



Provided by Citysearch - 
If you don't mind price gouging on chips...

I have been a customer on and off for the past 20+ years, but I will never go back. The food is decent, but nothing all that special. It is a successful business mainly due to a lack of competition (there are few decent Mexican restaurants in SLC). The prices are a bit high for the quality and it wasn't helped by the fact that we were charged extra for more chips - without being notified that there would be an extra charge. It may be on the menu somewhere, but this is the first time I've been to a Mexican establishment that did this. Never again, especially after the attitude our waitress gave us when we asked about it!



Provided by Citysearch - 

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I've been eating here since I was little! It is without a doubt, the best Mexican food I've ever had! I moved from the Salt Lake Area but, still go back to visit and eat. My family and i love it! The yummiest enchiladas ever! Salads are great and don't leave without one of the delicious frostys! Give it a try and you wont regret it! It's not always the fastest but the food is really authentic! they make their own tortilla chips also and they are so much better than wht you usually get at mexican resturants! I give it an A++++!



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Good Food and Drinks

I went to this restaurant couple months ago, it was nice the food was good. I really liked the ""death star"" at the bar drink large enough for two. I was great!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best chili verde in town

I love the chili verde. My kids love it too! It is very authenic, or so they say. I'm a white girl so what do I know. I know like the chili verde and the salsa! Oh, really love the salsa and chips.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best in Utah

I have been going here for many year, my parents and grandparents too. We love this place, its become a family fav. I would recommend it to anyone. They have a wide variety of food and the best chips and salsa anywhere. The owner is wonderful, however the new servers could use some work, still love the ones who have been there forever. Want a good one ask for Letti and Rick in the cantina. We love it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very greasy and heavy

We gave this place two tries, but it will not get a third. The owner is really nice, but the staff isn't great, and the food is worse. The rice and beans are even gross, how do you mess up rice and beans?! I would heavily NOT RECOMMEND this place...



Provided by Citysearch - 
still the best after all these years

I am been going to El Chihuahua since i was probally about 5-7 years old and i am now 27. the food is still absolutly wonderful.. their salsa w/ the vegies in it , big and chunky is probally one of my favorites..
i introduced to my cousin and have now got her addicted to it..
keep at it!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
the best

everyone is friendly - a family owned restaurant. the regular salsa served w/the home-made chips is great, but ask for the hotter version ... it is most excellent. the mole on the enchiladas is not to be missed. we have sampled many dishes at this restaurant and have found them all to be above average. refried beans, which are usually a plate filler at other places, are delicious. servings are large, but you won't leave here w/that greasy, weighed-down feeling.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious and Authentic Mexican Food!

This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but your perception will change once you walk through the door. I went to El Chihuahua for lunch the other day- it was the first time I had eaten there. What a pleasant surprise! My meal was delicious and authentic and served hot. Their prices are very reasonable. If you love Mexican food like I do, then I highly recommend that you try El Chihuahua.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Best Chili Verde in town. Best Mexican food I have found in Salt Lake. Closest I have found to what you would be served in Mexico. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food give this restaurant a try.



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Best Marguerita's In Town!

The Marguerita's are the best around! Try them out! The Chimichunga's and cheese enchilada's are to die for!