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 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 sentitive to wheat, dairy, or meat 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 chupacabras and the Health Board doesn’t like it much either.) Service animals are always welcome with their human companions!

We follow the ADA guidelines for service animals:

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.”

Our staff may ask you two questions under the law: (1) is this a service animal and (2) what work or task has it been trained to perform?

Please take note: ‘Therapy Dog’, ‘Comfort Animal’, and ‘ESA (Emotional Support Animal)’ whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed inside or on the patios per Heath Board rules.  

That being said…  You’re welcome to tie your well-behaved pet, or ESA, 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 Greenwood and Alki.  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 😉 )

You can book the upstairs area at Alki for private parties up to 50 guests!

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. 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 to 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 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 as we do not work directly with them and cannot contact them for refunds or order corrections on your bill.

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.

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 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.

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?

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