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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: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    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
Truly authentic!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
SuzyDes
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Ontario
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Ontario
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
83 helpful votes 83 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
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Potomac MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?