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El Charro Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish, Latin
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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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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Service was less than stellar, actually it was horrible. A lot of the restaurant staff was under 25. Normally, that would not be a conversation of discussion, but now brought up because their conversations seemed more important than taking care of customers. We noticed on our dinner on Friday night that a table of women of eight received precedence over... More 

Thank Leslie M
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting the area and stopped in for a late lunch. The service was excellent and they were very helpful with suggestions. I tried the prickly pear margarita and it was excellent. Not too sweet or too acidic. I had a couple of the tamales for my lunch and the flavors were perfect! The chips are warm and really... More 

Thank Pratta
Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorites. I must say that the downtown (original) El Charro is our real favorite and where we take out of town and foreign visitors. However, the Oracle restaurant is the one closest to our home and probably the restaurant we visit the most. The staff is consistently helpful, and prices are reasonable and mid-range.

Thank seb36
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Glad we decided to give El Charro a try! Went for happy hour, as recommended by another reviewer. The food was great and the fruit margaritas were yummy. Can't beat half price margaritas and drafts, and the happy hour menu - $5 pick three - was great. The sopapillas were good, too. The staff was friendly and service was great.... More 

Thank tj152
Oro Valley, Arizona
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

El Chatroom is still the place to go for Carne Seca, their signature dish. This is a standout in a great menu. The outdoor seating is a nice place to be on a pleasant Tucson evening.

Thank DesertRatfromVA
Santiago, Chile
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133 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to both locations and both are excellent!! The Oro Valley location has a great happy hour menu & is a great place to stop on your way home from work. Really great prices, great service & excellent food. A prickly pear margarita is a must have!!

Thank Kristen B
Duvall, Washington
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great recommendation by Westward Look staff! Food was delicious and wait staff very attentive and friendly!

Thank Sharon R
Oro Valley, Arizona
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We dine at El Charro pretty regularly and food and service are consistently good. Can't go wrong. Make sure you call the day before for reservations as they don't take same day reservations and at times the wait can be long.

Thank deerpat
Tucson, Arizona
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185 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Great place to meet friends. The food is light and delicious. I prefer the smaller portions. The prices are fair. The service was the very best. I needed to catch up with a friend and this was the place to do it. It is a favorite among friends.

Thank sun1967flower
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We loved this place and only wish we had time to stop there more than once. I liked trying something I can't get back home--the side dish made with the local squash!

Thank BanjosKids

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
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?