Chela Modern Mexican

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326 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 326 People Are Saying
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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious margaritas, delicious food!

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

Great experience. Thank you!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 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 6 September 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 6 September 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 5 September 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
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 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 1 September 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
1 review
Dined on 1 September 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 1 September 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
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great customer service and food was good as well

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

The food was excellent and the service was great.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 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 30 August 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 25 August 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.

WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in the Slope, hands down! The food and the staff are extraordinary. Return visits feel like coming home.

S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and can’t wait to come back! From the time of walking in and being greeted and a wonderful meal, the service and staff were phenomenal!

YH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was a bit bland for Mexican cuisine. Dishes seemed hurriedly preparation an uneven in overall flavoring. Very popular and packed on a Friday evening so maybe it’s a case of being a victim of their success. I did enjoy my spicy tamarind margarita. Nearly impossible to carry on a conversation so we did not linger for desert and coffee.

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

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Always consistent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's great place with good atmosphere.

RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
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.

Chela Modern Mexican
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hi Rachel, Thank you for the feedback. We are sorry to hear your meal was disturbed by the noise level. Was it the music or other patrons? If it was music, yes, sometimes it can get loud if you are seated under/near a speaker. For future reference, we are able to adjust the volume of individual speakers and would have happily turned down the speaker by you if we knew you were uncomfortable. You can also request a table away from the speakers in your reservation notes on Opentabe.

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NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
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 on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Best Taco Tuesday spot around!!

JM
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 4 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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
25 reviews
Dined on 3 August 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
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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

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

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

Love Chela!

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

Excellence

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 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 26 July 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 24 July 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 23 July 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 21 July 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 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, cannot wait to go back

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