What is a Chupacabra?

from Wikipedia
The Chupacabra or Chupacabras from chupar “to suck” and cabra “goat”, literally “goat sucker” is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico Mexico, and the United States, The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
BUT: in Seattle the Chupacabra is a kick ass burrito joint that servers up tasty margaritas, kick ass tacos, and enormous burritos, all made fresh in house.

What kind of food does El Chupacabra serve?

Here at El Chupacabra we specialize in Mexican food with our own fresh spin. You’ll love our overstuffed burritos, tasty tacos, and cheesy enchiladas. We use the highest quality meat, dairy and fresh produce available. We prepare all of our sauces, salsas, beans, rice, and meats in house daily.

If you are vegan, gluten free, or have nut allergies we’ve got you covered too. We serve up the best meatless and dairy free options in Seattle. From our original fake meat to our spicy mock chicken and vegan cheese there’s a ton of options! All of our beans, rice, sauces and salsas are made without dairy or animal products so accommodating for everyone is simple. Nut allergies or gluten free? Not to worry, there are no nuts or peanut oil used in our kitchen and many of our menu items are gluten free.

Do you take reservations?

We operate on a first come first serve basis at the Greenwood and Alki locations for tables.  Don’t fret, we have a list to make sure everyone is sat in order.  If it’s busy, grab a drink at the bar while your waiting for a spot to open up!  Wait times are generally short. (No call aheads– you have to come in to be put on the list 😉 )

We take reservations for the inside tables on South Lake Union! Great for parties up to 16 people. With views of South Lake Union and the Space Needle you’ll have the best spot in town.   Please visit this page for Reservation Information at SLU

COMING SOON!  You may be able to book the upstairs area at Alki spring 2018, visit Booking The Upstairs at Alki for more information.

Is there a Happy Hour?

Yes! We have Happy Hour seven days a week at all locations.
Happy Hour is 4-6 and 10-midnight every day.

Do you serve lunch?

Yes, we are open for lunch and dinner year round all day long!

Do you serve brunch?

We have a traditional Mexican breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm at all locations. Plus– we have delicious Bloody Marys and pitchers of mimosas too.

Do you allow kids?

Yes, all locations allow kids while the kitchen is open at any patio or inside table. Sorry no kiddos at the bar top though 😉

Can I bring my puppy?

No dogs inside the designated patio areas or dining room– yes even if they are in your purse or a carrying case. (They scare the little chupacbaras and the Health Board doesn’t like it much either.)

Service dogs and miniature horses are always welcome with their human companions.

For clarity, the Americans with Disabilities Act defines service dogs as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal who is trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”  (FYI: Therapy dogs “whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA” and are therefore not allowed inside or on the patios per Heath Board rules.)

That being said…  You’re welcome to tie your well behaved pet up outside the fence of any our patios. We’ll even bring them water upon request.

Where do I park?

All locations have street parking only. Most of the time there is plenty of parking a few blocks off the main drag.

Where do I get one of those kick ass chupacabra shirts?

The shirts are available at all locations, just ask your server or bartender. In house sale only.

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes, gift cards are available in any amount. Just your server or bartender. In house sale only.

Do you deliver with P0stmates or Doordash?

El Chupacabra is not affiliated with any third party delivery companies and not held responsible for order errors, miscommunication, damaged food, & additional fees that result from using these services.

Do you do take out?

Yes, our entire menu is available to take to the beach, park or home. Just ask the server or bartender to place a take out order. You can call into any of our locations to pick up as well.

Due to high volume during peak hours we prioritize in house customers. So if you are not getting through on the phone please try back at another time or visit us in person.

Do you add gratuity?

Due to the amount of large parties at our South Lake Union location we may add an 18% gratuity.  This is based on server discretion of parties of 6 or more, it will be noted on each of your receipts above the total line.  Once a receipt is signed it is a finalized transaction–so please read your bill before signing!

A 10% gratuity to all to-go orders for the extra service packaging orders. You will see the 10% at the above your total on the check.

Gluten, shellfish, nut allergies:

If a shared kitchen space has been ok for you in the past then you have many options to pick from!

If you have a severe allergy please keep in mind that we use shellfish and gluten ingredients for some items and prepare all foods in a shared kitchen space.  Grills, fryers, pots and pans are used for all items. Our cooks clean between prep but we understand that keeping food truly safe means avoiding all cross-contamination, including particles that may be in the air, something that’s not 100% possible in a busy kitchen.

We do not have any ingredients that include nuts, and use canola oil in our fryer, so we are safe for customers that have nut allergies.

Who owns El Chupacabra?

The Chupacabra was opened by Aaron Wright and a business partner in 2005, he is now the sole owner of all three locations.  Aaron is a California native who has lived in Seattle since 1991.