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El Vaquero Authentic Mexican

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925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
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Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Quick Visit

Great food. Service was good. Pretty authentic a little american/Mexican. Chili Relano was good and wet burrito was good

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Hamilton, Michigan
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Arnold, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

El Vaquero is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant that has been in operation for about five years. While nothing on the menu is spectacular, all of the food is good and you get good value for the dollar. You can get the enchlidas and tamalies with either red or green sauce. My favorite is the green, which is... More 

Thank Michael M
Livermore, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Delicious enchiladas and " street tacos" I ordered one street taco and it was so good I asked for another one! The staff were very friendly and busy! Portion size huge!

Thank ACDavary
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

decent salsa but the meat was cooked off the bone. Friendly staff. Not worth a return visit, I would rather eat trail mix in the car.

Thank Climbert8
Hamilton, Michigan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great food. Service was good. Pretty authentic a little american/Mexican. Chili Relano was good and wet burrito was good

Thank JasonT49419
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I took my grandson here for dinner. He is a very picky eater, but he ate everything that was served and said that he wished he'd had more refried beans...they were so good. I had the chicken mole, which was very flavorful. My grandson took a bite and actually liked it. What a surprise!

Thank Sandra N
Sacramento, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

El Vaquero is a very cute and clean restaurant. The night we ate there, the shrimp was a bit overcooked. Other entrees in our party were great.

Thank Patty Z
Bear Valley, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This may be my favorite restaurant in Arnold. The fish tacos are absolutely delicious. I love them and order them almost every time, because they're not deep fat fried. The chicken mole also is fantastic. The staff are really friendly and nice, and the prices are very reasonable. The owners have upgraded the interior since they purchased it about 5... More 

Thank BV_Mtn_Girl
Sacramento, California
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68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

The menu contains several items which aren't included at most Mexican restaurants, and many "standards" differ here from the norm. That said, we've enjoyed everything we've tried. The food is tasty and the kitchen turns it out quickly.

Thank 13Boopsie
Arnold, California
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Awesome. Great Mexican food. Enjoy breakfasts, lunch, and dinner. They are always busy, but always accommodating.

Thank Joglo2012
Danville, California
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This is the BEST Mexican Food in Calaveras County! Fajitas are the best I have ever had. Service excellent and prices very reasonsble! A little gem of a restaurant!

Thank Jeristrong

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Arnold

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?