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.

We are open for lunch and dinner year round all day long! We have a traditional Mexican breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm at all locations.

If you are vegan or gluten free we’ve got options for you too! For more information please read the allergies & dietary restrictions section further down on this page.

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 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’, ‘comfort animals’, and ’emotional support animals’ “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.

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 can take parties up to 15, depending on availability, for indoor seating at South Lake Union (We do not take patio reservations).

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

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.

*We do not provide off site catering or large trays of prepared food at this time. Check out our menus for all the good stuff you can order. Pricing is location based and not listed online, we will provide menus with current item prices at each location when you come in.

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

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

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.

(If you decide to to use a third party service and an order is incorrect or damaged, call the service so they can refund you. We do not remake, replace, or refund items for non-affiliated companies to El Chupacabra.)

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 5 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.

Allergies & dietary restrictions:

Keep in mind that we do prepare food in a shared kitchen space, but are mindful about cross contamination. 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 are 100% safe for customers with nut allergies. We do not have any ingredients that include nuts and use canola oil in our fryer.

***Highly sensitive individuals with Celiacs or Shellfish allergies: 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.

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.

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.