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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

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friendly service, tasty food

We decided to try out this place as it was near to where we were staying during our visit to Tucson. On a Friday night we expected a possible wait for a table but were seated quite soon after arriving. Our server was very friendly and helpful in describing the dishes on the menu and answering... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Mission, Canada
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting food, tasted some new flavor combos. But, the service was terribly slow. Everyone was nice, but dinner took way way too long (especially in seeing how many open tables there were towards the end).

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went on a Friday evening about 8 PM and the place was crowded, so it must be locally popular. Once the girls at the door quit socializing, we were seated in about 10 minutes, not too bad. About 30 minutes later, our drink order was taken, so that's on the slow side. They seemed slightly understaffed and tired and... More 

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portland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place seems to draw a crowd. We ate here on a Saturday night and ordered the Guac to start. It was great, we only wish there was more. I had fish tacos and my daughter had the beef tacos. Both dishes were very good. Our server was very attentive despite the busy atmosphere.

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Mission, Canada
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240 reviews 240 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We decided to try out this place as it was near to where we were staying during our visit to Tucson. On a Friday night we expected a possible wait for a table but were seated quite soon after arriving. Our server was very friendly and helpful in describing the dishes on the menu and answering our questions. My friend... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have always enjoyed the food at El Charro however the last two visits our wait time from when our order was taken to when the food was brought to the table was terrible. So while the food is still tasty the service needs much improvement!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We had heard great things about El Charro and decided it was time to visit during our trip to Tucson earlier this week. We had a 20 minute wait on a Monday night and then a server greeted us quickly after we were seated. Our 2.5 year old daughter was hungry, so we ordered her meal first and it was... More 

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Sierra Vista, Az
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I am writing this review to reach out to the owners of the three restaurants they have in Tucson. I will also submit a review for the original location. I have eaten at El Charros since the late '90s. It has always been a "go to" place. Today (3/8/15, 1 PM) I went there with my son's family (3 people)... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We arrived before the crowd and were seated quickly. However, it took a very long time before a waiter made it to our table to take our drink order. Followed by an even longer time to order our food. I can say the food arrived quickly once our order was placed and the food was outstanding. This would be a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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140 reviews 140 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Lunch at El Charro was very good and authentic. Their original Carne Seca was very good, served in a burron and in sufficient size. Their Carne Seca is what made them famous Our guests enjoyed the meal as did we. Very nice setting newly decorated and very friendly. We did feel that for a luncheon entree it was a little... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The bad service was only surpassed by the terrible food. How this place stays open is beyond me. Avoid at all costs as not eating is a better answer.

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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
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?