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El Vaquero West

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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215 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960-1205
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our family's favorite places to eat in Orange. They are always friendly and have speedy service. Not expensive at all.

Thank Tracy M
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting James Madison's Montpelier, we stayed in Orange VA. We had dinner at El Vaquero West and weren't disappointed. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated around 6PM on a Saturday night. Our waitress was especially helpful, attentive and courteous. We started out ordering margaritas. We went for the 27 oz Texas margarita for $7.50 - a great value... More 

Thank SEAN L
Herndon, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

I always go on Friday nights with a large group of friends and family (10 to 15 adults) and it is always busy and the food is excellent. The prices are very reasonable. The owner is very friendly and the wait staff is very good. .

Thank TravelAngst
fairfield, ct
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Lots of choices for dinner! Almost too many since I am indecisive. Finally decided to get the chimichanga and my husband ordered the Mexican steak. Both were very good! Good drink specials the night we were there. Festive atmosphere!

Thank k g
Orange, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Small town but it has El Vaquero West The place has been highly rated ever since they opened Service , food , and cost . You won't regret the stop

Thank ten227
Culpeper, Virginia
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Chips were stale, guacamole was watery, & the sangria was not worth drinking. To make matters worse, the to-go food that I brought home for my husband had him running to the bathroom. I won't be back.

Thank Isabayta
Fredericksburg, Virginia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

The food was really good. The service was even better. Must friendliest service I have had in a long time.

Thank Josh H
Orange, Virginia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

Very good location, varied menu, quick, friendly service. Alcoholic drinks are served. They have an outside patio space available for larger parties. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank Joyce D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

ABSOLUTELY the best Mexican restaurant in The Piedmont. Order any item... you will not be disappointed. Service is tops, parking plentiful, prices are LOW! I recommend the "Mexican Special". Beer, margaritas, are available.

Thank earthenergy
Arden, North Carolina
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177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2016

The guys working/serving were friendly and attentive, but the place is run down and has no atmosphere unless it's "cheap western." Food is authentic Mexican, but only average. But then who'd expect an outstanding Mexican place in Orange.

1 Thank PGinNC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960-1205
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: 540-672-3880

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