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El Mariachi

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Mexican, Southwestern
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Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C (Edmonston Dr.), Rockville, MD 20852
301-738-7177
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
More variety than the typical local Mexican restaurant

You know how sometimes you can go to a Mexican restaurant, read the menu and you could be in any of a hundred restaurants like it? This isn't one of those hundred. The menu is a little more varied, with more seafood and a few more vegetarian options, and the food is dependably good. Good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Travels-Lots3759
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rockville, Maryland
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went in for lunch on a Saturday and they seated us right away. Waiter took our order quickly. Got our food in S reasonable amount of time. It was ok nothing special. Got chimichangas came with rice and beans and was piping hot It just wasn't that flavorful. Prices were on the high side do not think I would... More 

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Ontario
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We weren't too sure what to expect. We were the only ones in the restaurant when we arrived. Service was fast, we got a huge plate of tacos and dip while we picked our choice of meals. Soon after many patrons came in and shortly after that the restaurant was full. And that said it all. Our food arrived hot... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I love this place. Rather I am going with friends at work or family. I always get the montezuma platter. Great tacos and enchiladas. The staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable.

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

You know how sometimes you can go to a Mexican restaurant, read the menu and you could be in any of a hundred restaurants like it? This isn't one of those hundred. The menu is a little more varied, with more seafood and a few more vegetarian options, and the food is dependably good. Good steak/shrimp combos, fish - not... More 

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you find yourself in the Rockville area and crave some amazing fajitas, come here. I grew up on this place, and I haven't found another Mexican place in the DC area that matches its fajitas or platanos. Don't be put off by the strip mall it's located in, it's actually a food hot spot, with great Pho, Peruvian chicken,... More 

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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Some of the very best Mexican food in the whole area, Our most favorite Mexican restaurant. Owner is accessible, friendly, and helpful. Prices are reasonable, especially with coupons. Great for couples, family, and business. Always has white tables cloths. Gives roses to women on special occasions. Truly a hidden treasure.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I'm just gonna get on with it. Nice place. Ambience is good. Too much water in salsa. Crackers were light and crisp. Mojito was good. Fish was good. Shrimp with the exoskeleton on was good. Rice was okay. Beans was bland. Gave it back. Steak was cut. Tacos were legit. Check was reasonable. Service was fair. Review is done

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North Fort Myers, Florida
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283 reviews 283 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We haven't been here in over a year. We had reservations at 6:30 PM for 5 on a Sat and it was packed. The crowd kept arriving until 7:30pm then there were only 1-2 available tables. We were seated right away and the service was excellent. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria and it arrived in 5 minutes and had... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have been to this restaurant a few times, over a period of about a year or a little more. We have enjoyed it every time. It is not too noisy and the food is well prepared. The menu is more interesting than average, for instance with excellent fresh crab soft tacos. We plan to return.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I'm never sure what to call this Mexican/Central America cuisine, but it's very good, and the quality hasn't declined in the four years since I last visited. Paper-thin tortilla chips with made-in-the-kitchen pico de gallo are a nice way to start, with maybe an appetizer (I prefer the mussels with a hint of ginger in the broth) before moving to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C (Edmonston Dr.), Rockville, MD 20852
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Rockville
  • Phone Number: 301-738-7177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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