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El Molinito

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3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
520-744-1188
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great inexpensive Mexican Dinner

I was invited to El Molinito by some locals just before heading to the airport. I really enjoyed the meal. Great salsa and plenty of chips to go along. I got the Combo #2 (two tacos and a tamale) and was stuffed when finished. The lettuce and cheese on the tacos was very generous and the tamale was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I was invited to El Molinito by some locals just before heading to the airport. I really enjoyed the meal. Great salsa and plenty of chips to go along. I got the Combo #2 (two tacos and a tamale) and was stuffed when finished. The lettuce and cheese on the tacos was very generous and the tamale was good with... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

El Molinito is a wonderful Mexican food restaurant, and is good for dining in, carry out, or even catering (I've had all 3)! It's Mexican food the way it should be - tasty and NOT expensive. The salsa is one of my favorites anywhere, and the chips it comes with are pretty good, too! I've had a number of different... More 

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Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Excellent food, friendly caring staff, reasonable prices - what more could anyone want? Check this one out next time you are in Tucson/Marana!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

The wife stopped by on sat 3-7-15 to order 2 each carne seca chimi's which cost $16.54 and drives home and we sit down to eat--- the take out containers are packed full of rice and lettuce and a way over fried empty chimichanga-- Yep nothing inside. Both EMPTY. We called back and spoke to a really nice girl Cecilia... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were a group of 5 very tired and hungry people. Service was good and the food was Great. Probably the best grilled shrimp I have ever had. Prices very reasonable for the quantity and quality. We will be back.

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Holland, Michigan
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55 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The salsa is a good introduction to the authentic tasting food served at this convenient restaurant. As another reviewer mentioned, many of the servers have heavy accents which required careful listening. Our dishes were adequately spiced and accurate according to our inquiry of the waiter when we ordered. This is a busy place at dinner time and they were a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is one of the finest "Mexican" restaurants at a mid price level I have ever been in. The food was just like Mexico City. From taste, texture and appearance, it was Mexico. The wait staff has very strong accents, so they area little difficult to understand, unless you are used to Spanish speakers. It is clean, good drinks and... More 

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texas
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40 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Dined here while visiting Tucson and person we met at resort recommended it. Large portions at good price point. Those are the highlights I am sad to say. Not bad but far from memorable.

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

This was the second visit here with friends. Food still as good as the 1st time....salsa is SO good. Has a little kick, but I'm a wimp, and I think it's delicious....lots of cilantro, if you like that. Enjoyed the 3 fish taco entree. Very good! Had to ask several times for more chips, otherwise service good.

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Maryland
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

El Molinito rivals my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant-- Mi Rancho in suburban D.C, started off with chips and salsa , which was thick and extra spicy. Waiter brought water without asking! Husband had the carne asada which he characterized as very good. My entree was the signature carne asada which I thoroughly enjoyed. The restaurant was crowded when we arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-744-1188

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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