Chapala Restaurant has become a well-known landmark in Salinas and throughout the Monterey Bay. Located only three blocks from the Steinbeck Center and in the heart of downtown Salinas, its central location in South Salinas has led to its popularity. Its reputation of serving the finest Mexican food and providing quality service has attracted such prestigious customers as former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of Housing Henry Cisneros, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, former White House Chief of Staff and CIA Director Leon Panetta, Congressman Sam Farr and actor Edward James Olmos – to name a few. Chapala Restaurant has also been recognized as the “Unofficial City Hall” where local elected officials from all political parties and political candidates conduct their business and hold events, meetings, dining and discuss important political issues. Chapala Restaurant also caters to the agricultural industry and attracts many of the local growers in the area.