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El Chapin

4.5

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 908-7975
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Photo of Marth Bet Marth Bet
Jul 22, 2019 5

Delicious and great prices. Everything has a great taste.

Photo of A Cooper A Cooper
Mar 14, 2019 4

This place is definitely authentic! We ordered a multitude of meal options to get a good flavor of this restaurant's roots. I ordered two options that was very similar to each other like the tamales. There were other dishes that were very similar to the tamales in terms of the masa corn meal and lard mixture. I also ordered a beef tostada that was luke warm. The plantains were cooked perfectly! We also ordered something that resembled a pancake, but it had beans and cheese in it and also a side of rice, that was Good! The rice had a really good Zest about it that was a nice change from the usual rice. All the food on the menu is made in house. Some desserts are from other places and some are made in house. The other side of this restaurant is a Guatamala grocery store. It has so many options! From medicine to chips to drinks, they have it all!

Photo of Megan Hoekstra Megan Hoekstra
Apr 8, 2020 5

Oh. My. God. This food is absolutely amazing. Can’t believe I waited years to try. Will definitely be a regular spot now.

Photo of Mellya Mellya Mellya Mellya
Apr 25, 2020 5

Amazing food and great service! I truly recommend this place for your next food experience. 😄

Photo of Elizabeth Medina Elizabeth Medina
May 3, 2020 5

This place is sooo good!! The taste is like no other, the Papas Locas are the best! I will say it is more expensive than other places but it is definitely worth it. The staff is really nice and they have a great atmosphere! Go try them out :)

Photo of Jennifer Crowe Jennifer Crowe
Aug 24, 2020 5

Delicious Guatemalan food and spectacular service. Be sure to get some baked goods and try all the sausages. It is truly healthy and yummy 😋 !

Photo of shawn shawn
Sep 16, 2020 5

this food is fire maneee, dont sleep on this place💪🏼👻

Photo of Carol Reiner Carol Reiner
Oct 14, 2020 5

Great Food! Best prices! Friendly staff! Carol Reiner HR Tires/Owner

Photo of Clarence Dillard Clarence Dillard
Oct 10, 2020 5

Delicious food. Very friendly staff. Contactless ordering through Grubhub. Also has a small grocery and bakery. Great deals.

Photo of Jameson Brown Jameson Brown
Nov 12, 2020 5

Everything from service, food and price is good with this place. I've never experienced anything bad like how some apparently have. The second I walk in I get greeted right away. The food always comes out quick even though sometimes they apologize for it coming out too late. Honestly, I don't mind waiting. I'd rather have the cooks take their time and feel like they can relax instead of being under so much stress.

Photo of Alexito Rico Alexito Rico
Nov 3, 2020 5

Delicious Authentic food! I highly recommend.

Photo of Julissa Steiman Julissa Steiman
Dec 22, 2020 4

Took my mom in for lunch today, we are Guatemalan and my mother taught authentic Guatemalan cooking in Antigua Guatemala. The staff there was very friendly and very accommodating. There is a great selection of Guatemalan dry goods for sale and the menu is very impressive. We had tostadas which were very fresh and made to order. The tamale was good too. We ordered some food to go including chuchitos, tamales, and atol de elote. All were delicious. Only one item my mother and I did not like at all, the rellenito. It is supposed to be a dessert and it lacked sugar, the plantain wasn't cooked with sugar and the bean filling also lacked sugar and chocolate like a traditional rellenito. But I will definitely be returning. The restaurant was clean, and the staff was following covid protocol. If your in the area give this place a try. We drove 45 minutes and it was worth it.

Photo of Gabriela Whelan Gabriela Whelan
Mar 12, 2021 5

Omg so I came to visit my dad and he took me here, im from Guatemala and the food was just to die for. SO delicious can't wait to come back. They even bake their own sweet breads

Photo of Shane Stille Shane Stille
Mar 27, 2021 5

I had some Guatemalan friends coming down to visit from Virginia and decided to take them here to eat. We loved the authentic food and great service. My friends were thrilled and even bought food to go after we ate. What a great experience for us. Thank you to the waitstaff- one young Guatemalan lady and a lady from El Salvador. We will be back next time they visit or sooner.

Photo of Jackson Spradley Jackson Spradley
Mar 19, 2021 5

A true gem in Durham. Delicious food, very friendly staff, very clean space...all for an affordable price. Will become part of our usual rotation from here on out.

Photo of TARA CARR-LEMKE TARA CARR-LEMKE
May 27, 2021 5

Totally delicious food in a charming, family-friendly, chill atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff and an all-around relaxed vibe. Order one dish to eat in and another to go!

Photo of m m m m
May 27, 2021 5

Amazing food, just out of this world. Great pupusas, delicious tamales, excellent ceviche. If you haven't been, you're missing out

Photo of Alexander Dan Alexander Dan
Jun 2, 2021 5

Really awesome place to eat. Huge portions, great flavors. Definitely a good place to go. The pollo en pepian was really tasty.

Photo of Marlena Isley Marlena Isley
Jun 13, 2021 4

Love this place! Consistently amazing food prepared to order. You will not be disappointed!

Photo of Levi Ellingboe Levi Ellingboe
Jul 18, 2021 4

Pretty good food and the price was acceptable. Seating is a little tight but that's just part of the atmosphere. The only weird thing is it's like a grocery store so you potentially sit with rows of shelves around you. Which is okay until someone comes bumbling around you searching for their Pelon Pelo Rico and is all in your space.

Photo of Jane Li Jane Li
Jun 24, 2021 5

Delicious, legit authentic, was pleasantly surprised how cheap it was. If you like flavorful food, get the pollo en pepian.

Photo of Randi D. Randi D.
Jul 31, 2021 4

Authentic food at an affordable price! My husband and I both ordered pupusas con queso, chicharrón, and frijoles but there was almost no queso or chicharrón in either of our orders. Other than that, the tamarindo, rice, and salsa were all delicious! We’ll go back!

Photo of DeBorah Smith DeBorah Smith
Aug 12, 2021 5

Visited twice. Will Definitely go again! The food is tasty, very well seasoned. The price is affordable and the Staff is courteous and engaging! Please go! You wont be disappointed!

Photo of Rose Degen Rose Degen
Sep 17, 2021 5

The food here was delicious and the portions are just excellent. And the staff is very friendly and professional. Casual Dinning with indoor and outdoor seating.

Photo of alex josue Rodríguez alex josue Rodríguez
Jun 18, 2019 4

Great food best price( but don't recoment meat soup)

Photo of Jack Zhang Jack Zhang
Mar 13, 2019 4

Only giving this place a 4 star rating because of the quality of the food. If you go at a busy time, their service can be very very lacking. Our table of four waited for 45 minutes to receive our food. When they asked if there's anything else that we needed, I asked for rice only to never get it. The food is pretty good though and should make up for your absent waiter/waitress if that helps. I recommend the carne guisada.

Photo of Denise Durant6 Denise Durant6
May 22, 2019 4

Nice selection, reasonable prices and clean

Photo of Mac Ruiz Mac Ruiz
May 10, 2019 5

Very tasty! Friendly stuff! I love the meat Parrillada with guac and plantains

Photo of Joshua Klein Joshua Klein
Mar 23, 2019 5

Wonderful staff, wonderful food. I ordered eggs that came with refried beans cheese and sour cream. I'll be there again.

Photo of Stacey Thompson Stacey Thompson
Jul 6, 2019 5

The food and service were outstanding. I can't wait to go back!

Photo of alex josue Rodríguez alex josue Rodríguez
Jun 18, 2019 4

Great food best price( but don't recoment meat soup too much fat) but beside that is so good

Photo of Ron Nickels Ron Nickels
Jul 7, 2019 4

Good fresh cooked food. Tasty

Photo of TheJohnnyGreat TheJohnnyGreat
Jul 14, 2019 4

The food it good but the thing is I had to wait for 20 minutes for a Tamale witch should be done already but other than that everything else was good and its a little small.

Photo of Alexander Paiz Alexander Paiz
Jul 24, 2019 5

It’s really good, a good place if you are looking for nostalgic food in Durham area.

Photo of Naveed iftikhar Naveed iftikhar
Jul 19, 2019 4

Amazing authentic gautemalan food. Great service

Photo of Meg McMahon Meg McMahon
Sep 29, 2019 5

I had a great time this morning at El Chaplin. We got two paches and they were extremely tasty! Everyone was super friendly too. We are definitely coming back!

Photo of Nolberto Guevara Nolberto Guevara
Sep 19, 2019 5

25 years ago I left Guatemala, and I did not have the opportunity to eat Guatemalan food for all those years, when I try the food it was like the taste from Guatemala it was awesome. I will recommend this place.

Photo of Jazer Virgen Jazer Virgen
Oct 18, 2019 5

The plate I got was really good(el tipico). Fast and good service.

Photo of Julia's art Julia's art
Sep 21, 2019 5

Great food, great service I am definitely coming back.

Photo of Yolanda Hooper Yolanda Hooper
Aug 30, 2019 4

Me and my Family liked it very much, They were very welcoming, We ordered 5 different authentic Guatemalan dishes and all were, well prepared, the Carne asada, has all the seasonings that We use in Guatemala, also You can shop Guatemalan groceries.

Photo of Caroline Higgins Caroline Higgins
Nov 10, 2019 5

Service was prompt and the food was delicious. I will definitely be coming back.

Photo of Pam Waller Pam Waller
Nov 22, 2019 5

First time eating here tonight....and the service friendly and food was delicious. Meats we’re seasoned and grilled to perfection. Will be going back soon.

Photo of Lisa Volaric Lisa Volaric
Nov 26, 2019 5

The food is excellent and the service is very friendly. I would highly recommend.

Photo of Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips
Jan 16, 2020 5

This is a great gateway to Korean food if you haven’t tried it before. I have never had a dish here I didn't like. The sprawling restaurant area is beautiful and unique. So glad our friends suggested we meet here. Food was outstanding!

Photo of Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips
Jan 18, 2020 5

My favorite place to visit. Great food, excellent service, and relaxing environment. I feel like I am on a vacation.

Photo of Luisa Tobon Luisa Tobon
Jan 25, 2020 5

Great service! Received our food within ten minutes, and it was absolutely delicious, decently priced too for a ton of food