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El Vaquero West

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215 North Madison Road, Orange, VA 22960
540-672-3880
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and Reasonable prices

Been here many times and always look forward to their Speedy Gonzalez or Enchilada Combination platter. Service is efficient without being overbearing, and I usually run into someone I know, so it's a familiar atmosphere. Best of all, I don't have to drive to C-Ville for the same food!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The place was packed as we entered. It looked like the locals enjoyed this restaurant. We were seated quickly. We were brought chips and salsa. As I swooped in with a chip to pick up some salsa I realized that there was something sticking out. OMG a piece of metal was in the salsa. The server quickly apologized and brought... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Been here many times and always look forward to their Speedy Gonzalez or Enchilada Combination platter. Service is efficient without being overbearing, and I usually run into someone I know, so it's a familiar atmosphere. Best of all, I don't have to drive to C-Ville for the same food!

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Fenwick Island, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I was back in Orange for another Physics workshop and we decided to go to El Vaquero again. Once again, the service was excellent, with a super-friendly staff. I was a little disappointed in the fajitas this time, though. I don't know if the spices are different or what, but I didn't like them as much as last time. The... More 

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Keswick, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We eaten at this restaurant several times over the years and the quality has definitely decreased over time.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Seriously, we eat A LOT of Mexican food at independent restaurants like this one, and we know quality food. El Vaquero is really poor quality. We were stunned at how bad it was, after reading such positive reviews. Portions were large for the money, if that's what someone is looking for. Otherwise, it's not worth a visit.

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West Hartford CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Loved El Vaquero. Staff was super friendly right when we walked in the door. We were in a rush but didn't even have to tell them. Homemade chips, that were still warm, and a salsa with just enough punch were at the table right away. I also love any Mexican place that offer Jarritos soda (Mandarina is my fav)! I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This place is just great for the whole family and the prices won't scare ya I've been here many times and never got a bad meal ,the staff are courteous and greet you as you walk in I highly recommend this restaurant. It has. a large menu lots of. Meals to chose from .lunch menu is great with marked down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Food was good. Good for families. Great margaritas. Salsa and chips very good. Servers were friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

A comfortable atmosphere and good Mexican food with trainable prices make this the Go-To restaurant for teens and families alike. The staff want to accommodate and the free chips and salsa are very good. Favorite dish is shrimp scampi in salsa. Not very Mexican but delish!

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Living in this area can be tough at times when the majority of restaurants close down before 10 PM. Not this place, my wife and I were pleasantly surprised with the meal. I tried the El Vaquero West, a bit of a sampler. There was not one bad item on it. We will definitely be back!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 North Madison Road, Orange, VA 22960
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: 540-672-3880

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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