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El Charro Cafe - The Original

311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922
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Ranked #81 of 1,697 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Our favorite Mexican eatery in Tucson. They have great margaritas, the best cheese tostadas and Carne Seca dishes in all of Tucson.

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Tucson
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

There is a good reason why there is nearly always a line to get in: they have the best Mexican food in the city! Although they are famous for their carne asada, I love their stuffed pablanos and chile rellenos. The wait is usually not too bad, and the bar/courtyard is a charming place to wait and have a drink.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I have to admit, REAL Mexican has eluded me...could it be I live in the SouthEast? When I visited Tucson for El Tour de Tucson ride, we asked several local, the concierge and even some tourists about a special place that defined Tucson Mexican. El Charro was the first out of most people's mouths. I admitted to the waiter, I... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

First time in Tucson and Arizona we we looking for genuine local experiences and we've found it plenty at El Charro - great atmosphere, great cuisine, great service. We wanted to taste local dishes and we've got the Carne Secco platter + the Bandiera sampler. Everything was great, full of flavor and not as overly spicy as we expected. Their... More 

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Ontario, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

You are transported from everyday life to an older exquisite black and red room adorned with interesting overhead lamps. We were quickly seated at a table as requested and had water, chips and salsa immediately. The chips were warm and the salsa a dark smokey smooth blend which was spicey and very delicious. We also got some guacamole which had... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

El Charro is great. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere is always fun. Been to the one on Oracle and the one downtown. I prefer the one downtown but the food is equally great at both.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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70 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Javierr was a superb host in this wonderful and authentic Mexican restaurant in the Presidio area. We tried the appetizer sampler along with the queso/cream platter - called it the Loco Gringo Special. These were the appetizers and we had just that - and had take away!

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Orlando, Florida
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15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

El Charro will always have a special place in my heart, as it's a restaurant I went to countless times with my grandparents before they passed. The food is delicious, and I've never found another Mexican restaurant that makes flat enchiladas or the amazing cheese crisp! A must try!

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Berkley, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Always stop at El Charro when I'm in Tucson. The carne seca is a must order. House margaritas are the best I've had; don't waste $$ upgrading to fancier ones. Make sure and patronize the downtown, original location, it's an interesting place.

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

I saw this place in a couple of different travel books and checked it out on Trip Adviser, so we decided to give it a go. We got there later in the evening, around 7ish on the Friday after Thanksgiving. There were two or three groups ahead of us with 10+, but my husband and I got seated after about... More 

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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
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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