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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#82 of 1,582 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Spanish
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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    Very good
  • 146
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  • 85
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  • 42
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
solid mexican food

Menu with a wide variety of choices of authentic Mexican food from both central Mexico and along the border. You will enjoy just about everything.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
jarczyknd
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Tucson, Arizona, USA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

El Charro welcomes you into an old Hacienda... decorated in a Mexican Flare.... and is delightful. The wait staff made sure that our food was good and hot and our table was right by a window so that we could enjoy the outdoors as we dined. We have gone back and taken others with us. VERY GOOD

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Columbia, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Maybe it is because several from group I was going to this restaurant with had raved about the food and atmosphere, but I was underwhelmed. It isn't that the food and drinks were bad, just nothing to write home about.

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Tucson, Arizona, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Menu with a wide variety of choices of authentic Mexican food from both central Mexico and along the border. You will enjoy just about everything.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We did get set in a corner on a little table that wobbled. That said, the first thing our waiter did was to stabilize the table and provided us with excellent care. The food was amazing. My date had fajitas and I had a chimichanga. We both agreed they were some of the best we had ever had. I highly... More 

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Tucson
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very favorite restaurant in Tucson, very colorful and centrally located, but although a lot of people frequent this place, the service is not the best, and the food does not impress me greatly. But, it is fun to eat there because of the atmosphere, like in the old days (1930?).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Both the presentation and flavor are unique. It's an excellent choice! We've eaten there before and always like their choices and their atmosphere.

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Tucson
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Food was very good and the service we exceptional. Great improvement over the last time I ate here. We tried several items off the "sides" portion of the menu and shared. They even gave us lids for the plates so the items wouldn't get cold. I'll definitely go back.

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DuPage County, IL
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100 reviews 100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by the front desk person at our hotel. I guess it's supposed to be some kind of institution in Tucson and "home of the chimichanga." What a disappointment. We ate in the courtyard at a table that sloped down from the middle, so it was hard to find a level place to put our glasses. Service... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This is the real thing -- it's been operating for about 100 years. Good food, good service, interesting decor. Good margaritas. No reservations, but we got a window table for two without waiting. This was the U of A graduation weekend, so their were several large parties there, but we could still hear each other OK. I find this is... More 

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Maple Park, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed by all 4 generations of our family, ages 18 mos to 92. We had a great time, loved the authentic Mexican food, delicious Margaritas and ambiance of the patio.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: (520) 622-1922

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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