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El Mariachi

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
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Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
301-738-7177
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been coming here for over a decade - before they even expanded to double the size. Great service, great food (even for vegetarians), best Margaritas around.

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Thank skyswan42
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I live near by and never knew about his place. I hope for them more people find out, but I also like that it is a hidden gem. We have small kids and it's a great place for us to meet out another family and have a nice time in a comfortable space. The food is good. I feel like... More 

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Thank Mark M
The Villages, Florida
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

If you want really good Mexican and Central American food, this is the place. We love the fajitas, especially the camarones al Cancun. Service is very good and friendly, and the meal is always something that brightens the day.

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Thank Howard M
Rockville, Maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Last visit to el Mariachi, was really bad.... I ordered, POC CHUC YUCATECO,some kind of pork dish.....Presentation of dish was terrible, took my appetite away...Gave it a try anyways....the taste was not good at all....Pork pieces swimming in a lot of sauce, badly seasoned....17.95 not well spent....I have been going to this restaurant since it opened over 15 years ago... More 

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Thank Maria Z
Rockville, Maryland
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

I came with my sons and their grandmothers. The waiter had an attitude, and was brisk. I would have let it go if not for the empty glasses of water through our lunch. I may come back but only after trying the other Mexican restaurants in the area.

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Thank Irineu d
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109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

I am a meat eater but I decided to try the spinach enchiladas and they were divine. The service was outstanding , and I love how often the server's came back to check on us to make sure we were okay.

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Thank Mary M
Rockville, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

My wife and I have eaten here many times. The service has always been polite and efficient. Occasionally there has been a wait for a table at lunch time. Some Mexican dishes hail from the Yucatan and Vera Cruz, and several fish/seafood selections are available in addition to the more standard tacos and burritos. I've not been disappointed with any... More 

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Thank Edward W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

I discovered El Mariachi years ago, and have been a regular since. The food is consistently good. There are some real standouts, such as the Tia Juana Platter which is a shrimp and beef fajita platter that comes out steaming as the vegetables finish cooking on the plate. The Salmon Pacifico is a terrific, generous hunk of broiled salmon in... More 

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Thank Richard K
D.C.
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Perfect place for a mid afternoon meal. Thirteen different orders, fine with staff and kitchen as they really seemed to want to show off their offerings. Every order beautiful and delicious. Nice to have a really socially total experience .

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Thank superretired
Potomac, Maryland
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224 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Our go-to Mexican restaurant. Friendly servers. Good chips and homemade salsa. Tasty main courses. Good beer and margaritas.

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Thank RonFG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Rockville
  • Phone Number: 301-738-7177

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