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El Mariachi

Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C (Edmonston Dr.), Rockville, MD 20852
301-738-7177
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Ranked #13 of 342 restaurants in Rockville
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Guadalajara, Mexico
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Potomac MD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a favourite restaurant in our family , especially if I do not feel like cooking. Freshest of ingredients , perfectly flavoured, always very tasty, warm friendly staff, they always remember us.Comfortable atmosphere. They are very willing to adjust spices. There is a large vegetarian menu , well prepared. I especially love the fajitas, always perfectly prepared just off... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

wonderful mexican restaurant in convenient shopping center with decent parking. nothing overdone; salsa and chips delightful; seafood done well. no big surprises on the menu, but the full meals and appetizers taste and look authentic. great place to go when you want real mexican food.

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Rockville, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been dining at El Mariachi for 20 plus years and never tire of the extremely well prepared cuisine. Service is always efficient, pleasant and timely. Before they expanded a few years back the gratis fried tortilla chips were freshly prepared and delicious. Not so anymore but still good. Poc Chuc Yuca Teco is awesome and the Cuban inspired... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

El Mariachi is the best kept secret in Rockville, possibly the entire DC area, when it comes to authentic and well prepared Tex Mex food. While the owners have branched out with other restaurants in Frederick, MD and Delaware, this the original location. It is not much to look at from the outside, tucked behind an IHOP n a strip... More

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New Windsor, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

El Mariachi Rockville Maryland ***** Mexican Food Done Right My niece from New Orleans was visiting her mom and brother and invited me down for Mexican food as it would be the only opportunity for me to see her on this visit. I'm always leery of Mexican food as the chain versions are somewhat questionable. The second re-fried beans hit... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We have been going there for aout 20 years at least monthly and it is excellent, both the food and service. Defintiely get the steak and shrimp fajitas, or the Chimichanga Mariscos (seafood). My wife loves the salmon. Mixed drinks are very good. Desserts are great, especially the tres leches cake, fried ice cream and flan. They take reservations and... More

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Potomac
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We've been there about two dozen times or more and it is consistently very good. The service is also very good. I plan to keep returning. I've gotten several different choices and have really liked them all (except on one occasion when the meat was tough).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I visited El Mariachi on a weekday for lunch with friends. I had been there before many years ago with a large group, but this time there were only three of us. It was not busy, possibly due to the fact that the number of lunch places in the area has grown exponentially. Maybe because of the relatively quiet afternoon,... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a local favorite for Hispanic style food. The owners are very friendly and helpful with large parties or special occasions. The food is very reliable and they have a good variety. Good sangria and margaritas as well.

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