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El Charro Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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7725 N Oracle Rd Ste 101, Oro Valley, AZ 85704-6987
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food is wonderful but staff and customer service is not! I had two large drinks spilled all over me by our waitress when we first arrived and my pants were completely soaked. They apologized but that was all. We stayed for the meal but the manager never came by to acknowledge what had happened. When the bill came they did... More 

Thank Jane S
Tucson, Arizona
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262 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hubby and I stopped by today for lunch. We ordered off the lunch menu. He had chicken quesidilla and I had beef burrito. Both came with beans, rice, salsa and chips. It was very good. Service was fast and attentive. Very good and very filling. Will go back.

Thank Bobkatevan
Tucson, Arizona
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were hungry for Mexican food and decided to try this restaurant after hearing good things about it. They were busy, but we didn't have to wait for a table since the restaurant is large there were several tables open. We admired the beautiful decorations, especially the punched-tin light shades, while we waited for our meals to arrive. The staff... More 

Thank Leanne R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Waited a long time to be served and spotty service after we ordered. I had the number one combo. It was prepared well and served fast.

Thank Bradley P
Tucson, Arizona
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

But, not the best Mexican food. It's not that I wouldn't ever go back...I just don't find it close to an authentic Mexican Style restaurant experience. The restaurant is spacious and well appointed for large gatherings. (I have noted this in my brain for future reference.) Nice decor and the chairs are very comfortable. The service was quite good. Fast... More 

Thank JKaySpokane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I did not eat at this specific El Charro Cafe, but I ate at the original one located in downtown Tuscson. But, let me say this is the best Mexican restaurant I have ever eaten at. The waiter we had was superb and he made recommendations for us based on our likes and how hungry we were! I had two... More 

Thank ringwac
Columbia, Missouri
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295 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We come here every time we visit Tucson. The happy hour prices are really incredible and we often stuff ourselves on the appetizers but then somehow manage to shovel in entrees as well. Margaritas are reasonably priced during happy hour and the chips and salsa are very good. The downtown location is always a zoo and the north location has... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and service we went there on a Saturday nt and got in fairly fast. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Good service Had a lot of the old posters harking back to the original El Charro downtown with a nice atmosphere

Thank wej862016
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My wife and I flew in from Seattle for some sun and couildn't wait to eat here. It was so good we ate there all three nights. This place does not have your plain vanilla mexican food. Every dish we had was bursting with flavor. With every bite it was like a party in my mouth. Can't wait to come... More 

Thank Michael S
Reston, Virginia
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263 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We wanted to try a lot of different authentic dishes so we started with the El Grupo “The Tasting Plate” which allowed us to try many of their different meats. The mole was outstanding! In fact, all of the meat options were wonderful. We then had the fish tacos and the ribs. This place serves HUGE portions at great prices.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7725 N Oracle Rd Ste 101, Oro Valley, AZ 85704-6987
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Oro Valley
  • Phone Number: 520-229-1922

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?