El Chico Cafe

(615) 859-1112 | View Website

928 Rivergate Pkwy, Goodlettsville, TN | Directions   37072

36.304117 -86.702303

Open Hours

Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm

Restaurants, Catering, Mexican  more

Price: $

Tags: Carry Out, Cheap Eats, Family Style Dining, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Carte Blanche, Cash, Check, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa



Reviews for El Chico Cafe

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Worst Food I've ever had! – This had to be the worst food I've ever eaten. I eat mexican at least once a week and sometimes even 3 or 4 times a week. My "Fajita Chimichanga" was awful! There wasn't a "fajita" aspect to it and it tasted like they bought it out of the freezer section at Walmart and cooked it in the microwave. I literally ate 2 bites.

I had also ordered the "fried icecream" - There was nothing "fried" about it. I took a bite of it and was finished. After seeing how much I didn't eat, the waitress told me I had this "full look" -- Are you kidding me? I took 3 bites of everything I ordered and you say I look "FULL"??? The worst $30 we've ever spent.

The resturant called me (after I left a comment on their website) and told me they'd send me free vouchers and that wasn't a typical service. I told them I didn't need the vouchers cause I wouldn't be back.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Horrible experence – First thing thru the door and a sour stench hit us in the face. Not sure what it was but it didnt get any better in the bathroom either. The mens bathroom smelled like a nasty nursing home. The urine smell was horrible. My 12 year old daughter said that the womens wasnt any better.

The waitress was nice and helpful at least. When our food arrived it was the worst Mexican we have ever had. I got the lunch fajitas and they were $9.95 and there was barely anything there for the money. My wife got the taco dinner w/rice and refried beans. The taco shells were burnt. The rice and beans tasted soured.

We have both eat at El Chico since we were children. This was the worst experence we have had. We eat at the El Chicos on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville all the time and have never had an issue. Go to the one on Murfreesboro Road instead and skip the one in Goodletsville!!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

El Chico is just O.K. – It was Cinco de Mayo so is was busy. The service was O.K., not great.

The food was also O.K., tasty, plentiful. The tortilla chip were kind of greasy and the salsa was really not good.

The margaritas were weak at best.

I probably would not go back since there are so many good Mexican restaurants in the general area.

over a year ago

Serving up heaping portions of Mexican favorites since 1940. – In Short
This Southern chain serves Tex-Mex and Mexican staples to large groups and families who come to gab over unlimited chips and hearty food staples. The Southwestern decor features bright colored walls and thick terracotta-tiled floors. Classic El Chico combinations, around since the company started in 1940, heap tamales, cheese enchiladas and refried beans on one plate. Tex-Mex items represent tastes for fajitas, soft tacos and enchiladas verde.

over a year ago

James Westborn's Review:

My family and I just bought a place in Cross Plains, Tenn. We are 30 miles North of this resturant. Coming from Southern California, we have had authentic Mexican food and some of the best is in Ca. My wife first visited this place and said I should try it, so we went. It was OK. Nothing to jump up and down about. Every Mexican place in Tenn. seems to have salsa out of a can. Ask your mexican cooks to make their own. Most will far out-do the canned stuff. The decor on this place was better than most places, so that was nice. Most Tenn. Mex places just have arches painted on the glass windows, as if that makes it offically Latino or something.

I have decided to check restrooms in all the resturants I go to. These were far above board. Clean throughout. On the way back to my table I noticed two tables that still had all the debris and dishes on them. They are a little slow cleaning the tables.

I had shrimp tacos and they were only fair...old shrimp.

My daughter had steak tacos and her's were good.

I also had a three tamale dish, with some sauce that tasted like it was out of a can.

My wife likes it but I guess I'm just spoiled from the real thing in Ca.

It is refreshing to NOW live in a state (TENN.) that is balanced and that far out weighs the fact, that the Mexican food here is average.

El Chico's is average.

The waiter was great!

over a year ago

El Cheapo's is what it should be called! – This has got to be the worst place I have eaten out in, in all of Nashville. McDonalds would have been better! The drinks were supossed to be 2 for 1 on the Margarita's, but the waitress failed to tell us that, so we ordered high priced drinks that tasted slightly better than fruit juice, NO alcohol in them. Then when we did order the margarita's, she told us they were $4.09 for 2, the bill came, they were $5.29, she said I forgot to tell you there was an extra charge for a flavored one, are you kidding me? The food was warm at best, small quantities, had to keep asking for everything, the waitress was like having a 5 year old serve you. El Chico's should be called El Cheapo's..if you want good Mexican food, at a terrific price, try Cinco De Mayo, even the service there was incredible! El Chico's I am sorry to say stinks. I wouldn't eat there if it was the last place on Earth!


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