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El Charro Cafe

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

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  • 61
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  • 59
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 12
    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
Nice restaurant!

This is a very nice mexican restaurant. The food is great, plus service. We had a bit of a wait last time we were there, but they were busy. Prices are a little high, but worth it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
cindyt_93
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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Durant, Oklahoma
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Went with some colleagues and we were all from out of state. This restaurant had been recommended as a great place to eat. We must have caught them at a bad time because they were out of some of the drinks we wanted and the service was a little slow. Waiter was extremely nice and polite. Food was good but... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a very nice mexican restaurant. The food is great, plus service. We had a bit of a wait last time we were there, but they were busy. Prices are a little high, but worth it!

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Greer, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A friend recommended El Charro so we stopped for a late lunch. The hostess was very friendly and explained the history of El Charro and the menu. Service was good but not great despite a sparse crowd. They have a $5 small plate menu for a limited time. Two of our party had a item from this menu including Grandma.... More 

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Phoenix has some great Mexican options for food but this is the best I have encountered here in the Southwest! The waiter was knowledgeable of the menu items and provided us a taste of the dish we were contemplating ordering. The carne seca platter and chicken tinga were outstanding! It was such fun to interact with the waiter and hear... More 

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My cousins were here and wanted to go to El Charro because the night before they had been to the original one downtown. They were staying in a condo in Oro Valley and the 6 of us didn't want to drive downtown. They said it was as good as the one downtown, I haven't been to that one yet. But,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A group of us (6 adults and 2 kids) attended El Charro for father's day. We were sat promptly as we made a reservation before hand. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful to all the people in our group. Quickly our drinks were brought out and our order was taken. Everyone seemed happy with their food when it arrived.... More 

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Tucson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Perfect food and margaritas. They really take care of you at this location. I like the food better at this location than the downtown restaurant. No complaints. Will come here often.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We took all our employees and their spouses (14 total) for our usual year-end group dinner in late December 2014, on a weekday night. Had a reservation for a "private area" but were seated in the middle of the restaurant. The place was packed and the service was poor. Drinks took forever and a day. I had to personally take... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We were taken for lunch by our tour guide, Michael from Reisen Arizona Tours. The setting is cool and you can feel the history. It was great to get the backstory while we were there. The Carne Seca was really good and tasty. I'd skip the Chicken Mole, as though pleasant enough, it wasn't stellar. The service was friendly and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

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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Additional Information about El Charro Cafe

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

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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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