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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    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
Nice surprise

First time here. Was nicer than expected inside. Great variety in menu. Had the salmon with crab cream sauce. Was delicious and filling. Salmon was sitting in buttery sauce. Oh oh high fat calories. Vegetarian choices also available. Can't wait to try some of the other entrees. Spouse had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Lottieanne
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Rockville, MD
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Rockville, MD
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

First time here. Was nicer than expected inside. Great variety in menu. Had the salmon with crab cream sauce. Was delicious and filling. Salmon was sitting in buttery sauce. Oh oh high fat calories. Vegetarian choices also available. Can't wait to try some of the other entrees. Spouse had crab-stuffed shrimp which he liked very much. Reasonable prices.

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Thank Lottieanne
Germantown, MD
Level Contributor
19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We have been dining at El Mariachi for about 25 years, since they opened. The owners, management, and staff are friendly, courteous and on the ball. They remember your preferences from one visit to the next. The queso fundido con chorizo is among the best I have ever had. The fajitas are fantastic. They have a nice selection of Mexican... More 

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Thank Joe R
Potomac
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

El Mariachi has been a long-time favorite of ours and we seem to go there 10-12 times each year. It has been consistently great and their duck with loves and sherry sauce is one of their best dishes. If you like duck, the breast is huge and not fatty

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Thank Dr Larrie G
Potomac, Maryland
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148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We've been coming here for years whenever in the mood for Mexican. The food is always good, the prices have gotten higher, and the service is still erratic. No better place in our neighborhood.

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Thank RonFG
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

One of the better choices for Mexican in Rockville. This place is consistently good, I like the fresh salsa, and the chips are light. They serve a mix of Tex-mex and other south american dishes, with a lot of seafood options. Not a fancy place, but tablecloths and good service.

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Thank Tom M
Rockville, Maryland
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

As usual the food was delicious and authentic but the big surprise/plus is the newly redecorated interior. The origional restaurant room has been painted in a pleasing and modern shade of slate blue with very tasteful art mounted on the walls. The larger room (expansion room) is very vibrant in southwestern/Mexican shades of yellow and umber with traditional Mexican paintings.

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Thank RTBUSMC
Derwood, Maryland, USA
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I started going to El Mariachi many years ago when it first opened. The food has always been unique and very good. The service is always excellent with the owner often present. They always use white table cloths with a flower on the table. Roses are offered on special occasions. The food has become somewhat pricier over the years, but... More 

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1 Thank Frank N
Schenectady, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My daughter is vegetarian, we were able to find so many options. Food was delicious, service was good. Even with half the dining closed for renovations everything flowed so well. This is the third time we have been here and enjoy it more each time.

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Thank BSM1954
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

great food and very good margaritas, house margarita or top shelf margaritas are great. service is very good.

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Thank Leonel c
Potomac, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My wife and I have been to El Mariachi in Rockville, Maryland countless times over the past 20 years. The food is generally good - as is the service. We and our friends had a bad experience with the owner last night and will not be returning to El Mariachi. We ordered a carafe of house chardonnay and were shocked... 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?