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El Charro Cafe

Mexican, Spanish
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7725 N Oracle Rd # 101, Oro Valley, AZ
520-229-1922
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It's a must-go

Others have said "don't bother...there are better Mexican restaurants to go to." Really?? We certainly haven't found them. Their chili rellenos (get them with the sauce on the side, so the outside is crispier) are among the best, and their fundido to start is worth the calories. Plus, really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
maderapam
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Tucson, Arizona
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Others have said "don't bother...there are better Mexican restaurants to go to." Really?? We certainly haven't found them. Their chili rellenos (get them with the sauce on the side, so the outside is crispier) are among the best, and their fundido to start is worth the calories. Plus, really, the atmosphere! It's fun, people, especially if you can sit outdoors... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Wonderful lunch here. Original taco plate, with rice and pinto bean sides, also the Two for Tucson plate with corn tamali, and sonoran enchilada. So good! Guac and chip starter, with tres leches cake, and churros plate for desert. Loved it all! Beautiful decor, and comfortable seating. Recommended!

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seattle
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We had a bad experience about a year ago so we thought we would give them another try....guess what...same bad service and very average food. This was our last try at this somewhat famous Tucson restaurant chain. We feel there are better Mexican restaurants in town and we will frequent them.

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

With El Charro now in a number of areas within Tucson makes it more convenient to dine. Very good value but watch the Margaritas !!!!!!!

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Durham, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We love this restaurant. I had the best Chimi I have ever had. Go with the green enchilada sauce. Also, best house Margarita. Carne Asada was a bit salty...skip that. Lovely decor.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

There are few places in the USA where you can get real Carne Seca. This place is one of them. They offer many good dishes and we sampled a few of them. The food was very good and they even have a local beer on tap. Very good!! The portions are large and we went away happy. Good service too.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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167 reviews 167 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We have been here many times and are never disappointed. The restaurant is gorgeous, food is great, and service provides. Although there are many carnivore dishes to choose from, this most recent visit surprised me with a dedicated vegan offering (including both the green and red enchilada sauce). There are vegetarian offerings as well and the Margaritas are excellent.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The food prepared by the expert El Charro Cafe chefs will sate the hungry with mouth watering Mexican food, this is not your usual taco joint, but, El Charro tacos are superb, try their many offerings of tamales, the true taste of Mexico, but right in Oro Valley!

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Bend, Oregon
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304 reviews 304 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
340 helpful votes 340 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Recently had lunch here on a Saturday. Apparently the management grossly underestimate how many would show up to eat that afternoon. We had to wait about 25 minutes for reinforcement staff to arrive. The service then picked up. The quality of my enchiladas was to my liking. The red sauce used had a bitter taste. Prices were fairly high for... More 

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BROKEN ARROW
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Asked people in the retirement community of Saddlebrooke where the great restaurants were in Tucson. This place was always mentioned. So while in Arizona last January, we went to El Charro's. Wow, what a wonderful place. Fabulous food, great atmosphere, and great staff. This is now one of our "must go to" restaurants when in Tucson!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7725 N Oracle Rd # 101, Oro Valley, AZ
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Oro Valley
  • Phone Number: 520-229-1922

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?