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El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
+1 614-486-4547
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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443 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is awesome. The staff is very friendly as well. Salsa is just so-so....a little on the plain side. Great place to eat, I'll be back next time I am in town.

Thank dsherley
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice lunch menu with prompt service for a business luncheon break. This is the better one of the local chain. Food quality is authentic.

Thank P H
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Me and a coworker went in for lunch. Ordered a big bowl of something. Came with tortilla shells. Shrimp, pork, chicken, beef. Barely could finish it. Excellent.

Thank search p
Columbus, Ohio
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104 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Extensive menu, attentive & fast service although server's English not always understood, good food, decent prices. One of my friends who I was dining with said this was the first time she had been to any of the El Vaquero locations and not had to wait on a table.

Thank AdlaiJN
Columbus, OH
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228 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

We come here all the time because we live close. Have a Happy Hour until 7pm. I usually get the fajita quesadilla with steak or shrimp but the chimichangas are great too. Everything I've ever tried here is good. Fast service & chips and salsa on your table before you can blink an eye. Can usually walk in anytime and... More 

Thank Gigglebox
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Came in late in the evening after a long trip. I had a very enjoyable meal. Good Margarita. The salsa was flavorful. Cheese enchilada needed more sauce, but was decent. Server was attentive yet laid back. No complaints.

Thank Kevin D
Gallipolis, Ohio
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

We tried El Vaquero on a whim, and really enjoyed our experience. We came at lunch and were quickly seated by a friendly staff. I didn't order off the lunch menu, but the food still came quickly and was delicious. Chips and salsa were plentiful and our drinks were never empty. I tried the Burrito San Diego with chorizo and... More 

Thank ecogreenchick
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

We spent more at this location than we spend at any other Mexican restaurant that we visit. This location was close to our hotel so we decided to visit this restaurant. I did notice a couple days later that there was a review to check the bill. I had not read this review but wished I would have prior to... More 

Thank ohiop32
Marysville, Ohio
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

The food was delicious, just what you would expect. Both visits we had there they messed up our bill and would not listen to our explanations. Cool environment and patio. Servers are fast and helpful, but he lady at the cash register is not pleasant and will question your bill or add wrong.

Thank Reesermadness
Columbus, Ohio
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

We've been coming here occasionally since the first month they opened, many years ago. We're never disappointed. Truly authentic Mexican food.

Thank cowmeadow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: +1 614-486-4547

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