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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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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Celebrating Mexican Food and Cinema Culture

My wife and I were in town visiting relatives who took us to dinner at El Charro Cafe, the original founded in Tucson in 1922. Charro means more than a "cowboy" in a sombrero. It means an equestrian, a person with high skills of horsemanship, a national sport of Mexico. On the walls of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
RexGermanorium
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Midwest
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Midwest
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135 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I were in town visiting relatives who took us to dinner at El Charro Cafe, the original founded in Tucson in 1922. Charro means more than a "cowboy" in a sombrero. It means an equestrian, a person with high skills of horsemanship, a national sport of Mexico. On the walls of the restaurant are movie posters from... More 

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Thank RexGermanorium
South Haven, Michigan
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146 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped by this restaurant after visiting the Saguaro Nat'l Park East. The food is very good. My husband liked the favor more than anything we get back in Michigan.

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Thank JBMyers
Ontario, New York
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Traveling through the area, we remembered having been here before, a second opportunity for excellent food. We had late lunch around 3pm. Happy hour had terrific margaritas at half price with warm light chips, excellent salsa, wife had Dos, a mix of things, I had poblano which was superb. Service was excellent. What else is there to say. El Charo... More 

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Ballston Spa, New York
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What can you say? We were told about El Charro, Oro Valley by friends. We ate too much, but we'll sure be back. Our waiter Armando was very knowledgeable and answered any questions with professionalism. We were there for Happy Hour and the half price margaritas did not disappoint. And, the 5.00 selections were great. Then we decided on the... More 

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MI
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93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a chain restaurant serving good Mexican food in large portions to families, groups, and couples. I found it to be very good food and a very good value. It may not have the "authentic" experience some are looking for, but the food was great.

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Thank BizexecMi
Minnesota
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to El Charro two evenings in a row when visiting Tucson. Both nights we had excellent service. They seat as soon as possible. And, give you great wait service. The meals were delicious. My husband had something I believe was called steak tacos - excellent. I had a burrito one evening and some taco dishes the next. All... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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503 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go for the happy hour when you can get margaritas half price and the $5 menu. Everything we had from it was great and the portions were huge. Really like the cheese crisp with green chiles. Quest fundido was also a hit.

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Thank mja1982
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are many choices for Mexican food in Tucson. Returning to Tucson after many years we found this famous restaurant's location in Oro Valley. Enjoyed the atmosphere, marguerite and carne seca chimichanga. Oh, and don't forget the fabulous cheese crisp. To die for!!

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Thank 17emeralds
Bloomington, Indiana
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168 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there with 12 people, with only a few hours notice. We were readily accommodated. Only one server, a bit short on personality, but efficient nonetheless. If we needed anything, she managed it promptly. I had the chicken tinga burro, my spouse had the pulled pork burro; both were excellent. Only one salsa available; although tasty, it lacked the fire... More 

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Thank Gary H
tennessee
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94 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My husband and I loved the atmosphere and food at this place. He had fish tacos. I had tamales and enchiladas. We ate at the bar as we didn't have reservations. This was some of the best mexican food we have ever had. I like that the atmosphere was great and casual too.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?