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El Vaquero Authentic Mexican

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925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
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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
Reviewed August 22, 2017

We had a large group and they sat us quickly. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I will definitely come here again!!

Thank djt68
Reviewed August 17, 2017

It was after eight o'clock and we found that several restaurants in town close at eight, so we were happy to see the "Open" sign was still lit at El Vaquero, as they are open until nine. We chose to sit outside on the elevated...More

Thank olblueiiii
Reviewed August 14, 2017

We visited this place while vacationing in Arnold. It is a low-key, friendly Mexican place. The service was solid. They have both inside seating and an outdoor patio. The food is good to very good- not mind blowing, but solid mexican food that the family...More

Thank vacationman18
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Central location in Arnold. Restaurant ambiance average, as is the quality of food and service. El Jardins in Columbia or Murphys offer superb Mexican food and ambiance is great.

Thank danielwald71
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Hungry for Mexican food? Then go for it but don't expect anything special in my opinion. We were not impressed.

Thank sndovale
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This restaurant has the best Mexican food that I've had anywhere. We like to go and go often along with our friends. I'm looking forward to going back.

Thank Sandy M
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Excellent food! Quickly served! Lovely atmosphere! Authentic setting! Varied menu! Easily accessible; good parking!

Thank landc68
Reviewed January 17, 2017

This restaurant use to be wonderful. Now all you taste is chili powder and lime. My family had 5 different meals and nothing was good. The wait staff and owners are great, atmosphere is good but the food needs help.

Thank Cindi H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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)  >  Arnold
  • Phone Number: 7953303209
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