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 burrito joint that serves 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.

We have a traditional Mexican breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday.

Is there a Happy Hour?

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

Do you allow kids?

Yes, we allow kids while the kitchen is open on the patio and dining room tables. They cant sit at the bar unfortuantly…

Can I bring my pet?

No pets inside the dining room or on the patio (even if they are in your purse or a carrying case!) We follow the ADA guidelines for service animals

You’re welcome to tie your well-behaved pet, or emotional support animal,  or therapy dog up outside the fence of any our patios as they are not alowed where food is served. We’ll even bring them water upon request.

Service animals are always welcome inside and on the patio with their human companions.

Do you take reservations?

No, we operate on a first come first serve basis.  Don’t fret, we have a list to make sure everyone is sat in order of arrival and party size.  If it’s busy, grab a drink at the bar while you’re 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 😉 )

Do you do take out?

Yes! Just call or come in to place your order for take out.

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.

We do not provide off-site catering.

Can I order pre-order food over the phone and come to sit down?

No, if you plan on eating at a table we cannot take your order over the phone beforehand.

Do you deliver?

We are now on Grubhub and you can use the app for delivery! Note that prices will be higher based on the service fees they add.

We are also listed on Postmates but are not directly affiliated with them, they have an incorrect menu so use them at your own risk (we reached out but they have yet to update anything or take us off of the platform, sorry!)

If you decide to use a third-party service and an order is incorrect, call the service you used so they can refund or fix orders as we do not have control over those requests. The number for Grubhub customer service is 1(877)585-1085

Do you add gratuity?

We may add an 18% gratuity to large parties.  This is based on server discretion, 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.

We will also add 18% to any tabs left open at the end of the night.

Allergies & dietary restrictions:

Keep in mind that we do prepare food in a shared kitchen space, there is always a possibility of cross-contamination in a small space. If our shared kitchen space is ok for you then you have many options to pick from!

Vegans and Vegetarians: We offer veggie options including mock meats, vegan cheese, & sour cream on our menu.  Plus– all of our beans, rice, sauces, and salsas are made without dairy or animal products so accommodating is simple.

Gluten Free/ Wheat Free Diets: We have many gluten-free options on the menu.

Nut Allergies:  We do not have any ingredients that include nuts and use canola oil in our fryer.

***Highly sensitive individuals: Please keep in mind that we use shellfish, dairy, soy and gluten ingredients 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 and human error, something that’s not 100% possible in a busy kitchen.

If you are highly sensitive to any of the ingredients we use in our kitchen, there is risk of cross-contamination or human error that may occur during food preparation and service. We will do our best to accommodate you but please dine at your own discretion.

Where do I get one of those kick-ass chupacabra shirts or a gift card?

El Chupacabra merch and gift cards are available in house for purchace, just ask your server or bartender!

Can I get an itemized receipt at a later date?

Unfortunately, we do not reissue receipts after the date of your transaction.  The staff will always provide you with both an itemized and credit card receipt at the time of sale,  please keep these copies for your records.

There is a disclaimer printed on each receipt that states “Keep this copy for your records! We cannot provide itemized copies on a later date. sorry!”

Who owns El Chupacabra?

El Chupacabra opened in 2005 on Phinney Ridge in Seattle, El Chupacabra Alki was opened in 2011 on Alki Beach, both are owned and operated by Aaron Wright.