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El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

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2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
614-486-4547
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food and Great Service

This place has an exhaustive Mexican menu. They have a great selection of vegetarian options. Service is great also. We went back after years and were happy to see the food was as good as it has always been.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Hampton
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We go here all of the time. They are super fast and more restaurants need to take note of speed of cleaning tables and food service with smiles. Order by number and remember your number when they bring the food. This is a family run place. They cook your food at the speed of light. Food is always good and... More 

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Tavares, Florida
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

Has an ok lunch. The guac was too hot. The fish tacos were soggy and over priced for lunch. Biggest concern was watching my credit card being carried around. I was concerned about why he did not retun with my card for over 5 minutes. I spotted my server carrying it around and talking to a cooI. I did confront... More 

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Thank beanhead60
columbus
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

This place has an exhaustive Mexican menu. They have a great selection of vegetarian options. Service is great also. We went back after years and were happy to see the food was as good as it has always been.

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Thank GCV1
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241 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit. The staff were some of the best. The service was very quick. Great food ( I had the flautas ) Guacamole was very good. Highly recommend this place.

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Thank dsherley
Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I went with 4 friends for Cinco de Mayo lunch and drinks. They were busy when we got there (12:15/12:30) but only waited 5 minutes for a table. They kept the chips, salsa, and water coming at a good pace. I did not like how our table was positioned next to a serving area that was not sectioned off somehow... More 

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Thank Al H
Waldo, Ohio
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Like a typical stateside Mexican restaurant, the menu has lots of bean dishes. But it also has nice meats and deserts and beer. A nice place to visit for those that think Taco Bell is Mexican.

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1 Thank davelP1486CI
Newark, Delaware
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A colleague and I stopped in before proceeding to the airport. The place was packed which surprised me and was pretty loud from all the chatter. Our water was on the table before I could blink an eye and the waitress was very prompt as well. We placed our order and then I had to make a quick phone call.... More 

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1 Thank Paul P
Royal Oak, Michigan
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Traditional Mexican dining and they handled a party of 40 pretty well. The servings were reasonable the salsa and guacamole were really good and the chips never stopped flowing. A great bet!

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Waltham, MA
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99 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 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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Thank SailorToo
Marysville, Ohio
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241 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: 614-486-4547

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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

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