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El Charro Cafe - The Original

311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922
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Ranked #84 of 1,684 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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tucson
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

This is fabulous, rich, gooey, flavorful Mexican at it's finest. Don't count calories - just indulge!!

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Northville, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Every time we visit Tucson we make a point of eating here. Good Mexican food, great atmosphere and service. Reasonably priced.

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Prata di Pordenone, Italy
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100 reviews 100 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Went here on a Thursday afternoon as a group of 4. Parking in the area is primarily pay, so make sure you are prepared for that. It was still fairly busy for 1330 on a Thursday afternoon. A good sign in my opinion, we were seated promptly in the couryard. The wait staff was friendly and helpful, drinks were brought... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I've lived in Tucson since 1978 and have eaten at El Charro on Court Ave. on many, many occasions. At one time their carne seca was simply divine, no more. I used to especially enjoy their red chili baked carne seca enchiladas which were prepared in a small oval baking dish and came out piping hot and delicious. There were... More

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Maui, Hawaii
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

While traveling on a road trip we passed through Tucson. Since it was lunch time we decided we wanted some authentic Mexican food and decided on El Charro Cafe. This restaurant is close to downtown in a converted house. (It has been in business since 1922) We liked the quaint, old, rustic decor. My husband & I both ordered the... More

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Ft Worth, Tx
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were looking for something unique and stumbled up El Charro Cafe, we arrived about 9PM on a Friday night and there was a short wait, shorter than they told us it'd be. Our table was in what was once a house and had a beautiful interior. The service was excellent, I had the chicken mole and it was wonderfully... More

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Surprise, Arizona
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374 reviews 374 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is the real deal. Great old house with lots of charm and lots to see in it. Each room has something different in it. Big menu with lots of choices and unusual preparations. A must is their guacamole. Fantastic with hot chips and also their homemade salsas.Chose the Bandera Trio a tamale with green chiles , cream rice, also... More

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tucson, az
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Sat outside on a perfect Tucson afternoon. Cheerful waitress promptly brought water and chips and salsa and menu selections. We both enjoyed the ceviche salad with fresh shrimp and guacamole and tortilla soup. Tasty and well presented. Will definitely return.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The ambiance felt like that of a Mexican inspired Bennigan's. There was dark wood all around. Large replicas of memorabilia were hung on the walls that appeared to date back to the early days of the restaurant. While we were told this was one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area. Perhaps we made poor choices or perhaps they... More

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Lodi, Ca
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Went later in the evening after a number of meetings - enjoyed the guacamole, the Margarita's and especially the Fish Tacos. Well prepared - grilled fish, nice sauce and tender and moist. Our server was efficient and helpful. I would return in a heart beat.

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Additional Information about El Charro Cafe - The Original

Address: 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone Number: (520) 622-1922
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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