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El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
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Ranked #410 of 2,005 Restaurants in Columbus
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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Waltham, MA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We enjoyed most of the food here--not the best we've ever had, but quite tasty. However, the presentation was odd--ordered appetizers and entrees and very quickly one of the two entrees arrived. A while later one appetizer and the other entrée arrived simultaneously. Later the second appetizer showed up. The queso fundido was quite disappointing (basically a white cheese sauce,... More 

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Marysville, Ohio
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stopped because it was close to campus on the way to an Ohio State basketball game. It is overpriced compared to their other locations or they have raised their prices. My well traveled daughter stated the rice and beans did not have any flavor. They all offer about the same menu but I was surprised about the lack of... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I can't say enough about #171/the El Morro special. Chorizo, chicken, pineapple, and cheese. Oh. My. Goodness. It's my favorite dish in any Mexican restaurant by far and I've never had anything that compares elsewhere! Try it. You'll like it! The chips and salsa are always delicious and the food always comes SUPER quickly. Definitely my favorite Mexican place in... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Staff was very fast and attentive. Food was served fast. Chips were delivered when we sat down. Too much food but it was good enjoyed the drinks not too strong. Fun place easy access and large menu choices

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Athens, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is your average Mexican restaurant. The drinks are good but not too strong. The food is good but nothing special. Average prices. The location is great and the restaurant is very clean and lively.

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florida or ohio
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

this is an amazing mex restaurant. they just did a great remodeling job last year. they have decided that they will set the standard for fast service. when you enter, they ask how many in the party, and then the hostess mentions in the p.a. system how many people and where they are. you almost can't beat a server to... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a place we frequent in Columbus. The chips are always warm, the sauce is good and spicy option available on request. The vegetarian options are just amazing and quite elaborate on the preparation so that you know/can customize what you are getting. I'd recommend this any day. PS: the one on Hillard is good too!

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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Lots of choices, and all good. From the 'traditonal' that you can find anywhere, to unique items like their San Diego burrito (filled with Mexican sausage and smashed potatoes) - delish!!! Plus, if you like your beers big and cold, you'll love the 32oz frosted mug! We're also big fans of the mushroom quesadilla. Oh, and their barbacoa in the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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225 reviews 225 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Nice place, large menu and easy access. Close to the cluster of hotels and Wal-Mart. I didn't want to try one of the near by chains, so I opted for this. The open patio was full and lively. Happy hour was popular. They had Dos Equis Amber on draft - bonus! Chips and salsa were okay, not outstanding. My server... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We had a huge party of 15 people, half of them children. The hostess seated us promptly. It did take them quite a while to get our drink order, but once that was taken, everything went great. The food was wonderful. The server was nice and joked around with us. Our children made quite a mess, and the server was... More 

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Additional Information about El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

Address: 2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
Phone Number: 614-486-4547
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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