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El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221-4020
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Columbus, Ohio
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96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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207 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 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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11 reviews
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 6 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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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Great drinker's place with heavy pour margaritas. Good but not great Tex Mex style food. Bartender really friendly but don't take the kids.

Thank Bigecols
Fairport, New York
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236 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

On a Friday night, the El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant is a chain, this review is about the one on Riverside Drive, Columbus OH was quite noisy with lots of kids and HVAC blower didn’t help; in fact, you couldn't even hear the Mexican background music. By 7PM there was a line to get in. There are two bars, one is... More 

Thank CaptnGphs
Columbus, Ohio
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015

We go here all of the time. They are super fast and more restaurants need to take note of speed of cleaning tables and food service with smiles. Order by number and remember your number when they bring the food. This is a family run place. They cook your food at the speed of light. Food is always good and... More 

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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, Families with children, Large groups, 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: 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?