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El Charro Cafe

7725 N Oracle Rd # 101, Oro Valley, AZ
520-229-1922
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Ranked #7 of 41 restaurants in Oro Valley
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We are creatures of habit, I guess. We go at happy hour, order guacamole, the tasting platter called el Grupo, and 2 of their own beers. $17 and we have tasty food, and all we need. Someday we will try something different but we have a good thing going.

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Tempe, AZ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We love the El Charro restaurants in Tucson. Normally, we go to the location downtown and sometimes on a slow Saturday we'll drive down from Tempe just to have a late lunch and then go back home. This week we were staying at resort up on Ina Road, so we went to the Oracle Road location. For once, a real... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

They claim to have created the chimichanga. Their regional specialty is sort of a beef jerky in tacos, burros, etc. Not my cup of tea but the other food was very good. If you are going downtown, try El Charro there as it is more historic. Service is very good which isn't common in Tucson. Recommend!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Having been to the el Charro in downtown Tucson many times, decided to give the North Oracle Road location a try for a quick lunch ...had chips & salsa & the 2 enchilada platter w/ refried beans & rice. Service, chips, enchiladas, & refried bean were excellent! Salsa was a bit watery for my taste .... Will definitely come back... More

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Tucson for Mexican food. When locals are looking for a delicious meal at a good price, this is where they go. The decor is charming, complete with replica advertising posters for the original El Charro Cafe, located in downtown Tucson, which opened in 1922. The "G" Burro is my favorite dish, and... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We picked this spot based on an add in a book in our hotel room. The chips were thick and the salsa was on the watery side. I had the beef fajitas and my wife had an enchilada and tamale plate. She like hers but my fajitas were way overcooked since the onions and peppers were mushy. Chili's is better.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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215 reviews 215 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Only our second return having been her in June of 2012. So happy to have returned to the flavor explosion and prevention delight that is El Charro. This time i found the interior enchanting and very somehow comforting, even though the first time it hit me as a bit over the top i now realize that actually is the charm... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We ate here twice and loved it both times. There is an interesting selection of margaritas and draft beers which compliment the Mexican food. Try the house special which is a dried beef dish. My husband had it in a burrito and it was great. I especially enjoyed the chili rellenos. We will definitely eat here when we visit Tucson... More

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Las Vegas, NV
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I would have preferred to eat at the original restaurant but since we were close to this location, we ate here. The food was good, service good. We enjoyed our food except for my friend who ordered their famous carne seca. She thought it was too dry and salty. In fairness, the menu said it was dry and the waitress... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I celebrated Mother's day at El Charro Café in Oro Valley. We have eaten there many times but, this time it was a little different. Both of our meals came with eye catching presentation and, it was clear, the chef has increased the focus of their meals to delight the customers. In the past, although the Mexican... More

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