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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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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    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
Very Good

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
Paul P
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Newark, Delaware
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Waldo, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Newark, Delaware
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84 reviews 84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Royal Oak, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

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