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“Still good after several years” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Mariachi

El Mariachi
Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C (Edmonston Dr.), Rockville, MD 20852
301-738-7177
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Ranked #18 of 349 Restaurants in Rockville
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Guadalajara, Mexico
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78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Still good after several years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I'm never sure what to call this Mexican/Central America cuisine, but it's very good, and the quality hasn't declined in the four years since I last visited. Paper-thin tortilla chips with made-in-the-kitchen pico de gallo are a nice way to start, with maybe an appetizer (I prefer the mussels with a hint of ginger in the broth) before moving to the main menu. Generous portions on both the daily brunch menu featuring moderately-priced entrees (try the Omelette Acapulco or the Pescado Criollo), or on the main menu featuring seafood enchiladas or sizzling fajitas platters with chicken or beef. All are muy rico! Nine entrees, two appetizers and a couple of beers, came to just over $180 including tax and 20% tip. As I was leaving, I asked the waiter about the type of cuisine and he said El Salvador and TexMex. For me, this is better than most Mexican/Central American food I've eaten in other parts of the USA. Enjoy!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Potomac MD
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“El Mariachi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a favourite restaurant in our family , especially if I do not feel like cooking. Freshest of ingredients , perfectly flavoured, always very tasty, warm friendly staff, they always remember us.Comfortable atmosphere. They are very willing to adjust spices. There is a large vegetarian menu , well prepared. I especially love the fajitas, always perfectly prepared just off the grill

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“authentic mexican food and atmospher”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

wonderful mexican restaurant in convenient shopping center with decent parking. nothing overdone; salsa and chips delightful;
seafood done well. no big surprises on the menu, but the full meals and appetizers taste and look authentic.
great place to go when you want real mexican food.

Visited February 2014
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Rockville, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Mexican/Caribbean cuisine done well!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been dining at El Mariachi for 20 plus years and never tire of the extremely well prepared cuisine. Service is always efficient, pleasant and timely. Before they expanded a few years back the gratis fried tortilla chips were freshly prepared and delicious. Not so anymore but still good. Poc Chuc Yuca Teco is awesome and the Cuban inspired "mascitas de puerco" are very good. The seafood enchilada is not to be missed.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best Tex Mex Restaurant In Rockville and DC Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

El Mariachi is the best kept secret in Rockville, possibly the entire DC area, when it comes to authentic and well prepared Tex Mex food. While the owners have branched out with other restaurants in Frederick, MD and Delaware, this the original location. It is not much to look at from the outside, tucked behind an IHOP n a strip mall full of ethnic restaurants, but inside it is always warm and friendly. Linen tablecloths, but not formal. Dress casual is appropriate attire. The food is consistently excellent, and the service outstanding. We have been patronizing this restaurant since they started more than two decades ago. My favorites for appetizers include the mussels, ceviche and quesadillas, for my entree salmon, masitas de puerco, and fajitas. Others have their own preferences. Have heard nothing but raves from friends and family (primaryly from New York and California) who we have brought to this restaurant. We try to sample the array of restaurants throughout the region, but always come back here.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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