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El Vaquero Authentic Mexican

925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“enchiladas” (10 reviews)
“machaca” (2 reviews)
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925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terrific food, cheerful atmosphere, great service & a nice patio for outdoor dining. They served a cabbage salsa which I'd never had before. Very tasty!

Thank HappyTravelers4now
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed the enchiladas and chiles rellenos. I’ve had these two dishes at many Mexican restaurants and this was probably the best I’ve had. Service was good too. Would definitely go back!

Thank megbryant1
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I also tried a Chile relleno, but I would not order that again. Stick to the tostada. Chips and the pickled coleslaw that are complimentary are very good. Reasonably priced dining option.

Thank Roberta Y
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We came by El Vaquero for a late breakfast (Machaca and Chorizo), Sunday morning. We were looking someplace not crowded with good food and this fit the bill. Our meals were plated well and tasty. The food was prepared as it was ordered, no prefab...More

Thank Prius909
Reviewed August 8, 2018

We were staying in Bear Valley, and went here two nights in a row for dinner. Great dinner plates and staff,

Thank kevindooley
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal here very much. The menu is varied and should have whatever you are looking for. (They have verde, colorado, enchilada, and mole sauces to go with steak, chicken, or pork.)

Thank Jim W
Reviewed July 10, 2018

This place was great. We sat outside and really enjoyed ourselves. As a group of 5, it was great to have the space of a larger table. We ordered a variety of things, I got a burrito. Nobody finished their food because the portions were...More

Thank TummyTraveler
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a really great restaurant and one I can always count on to be open, offer great food, great service with a smile and at a great price. This is my go to place when I’m up in Arnold for a quick meal on...More

Thank Jason P
Reviewed October 18, 2017

I eat here about once a week and have always had a great meal AND great service. It is a family-owned restaurant that serves fresh chips, salsa and a spicy cabbage side when you sit down. The specials for lunch are very reasonable and they...More

Thank rjfish4011
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Food was good, service good as well. Had Chili Verde for dinner and it was quite good.The place was very busy but the staff was going a great job of keeping up with the crowd.

Thank terraflash
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Calaveras County  >  Arnold
  • Phone Number: 7953303209
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