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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#16 of 1,568 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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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Lansing, Michigan
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here while in Tuscon and loved it! I had the Carne Seca Platter - the best! Huge portion - My wife had the Steak Fajitas and loved it....We also had a pitcher of some amazing sangria! Request to sit in the courtyard!!!!!!!!

Thank lancewqueen
Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Picking up friends at the airport and whisking them to El Charro for a delicious Mexican meal is a "must". The original downtown location is a wonderful throw back to visions of 1920's Tucson. If the weather is suitable, sit in the courtyard and enjoy the sights and sounds as you devour your yummy Carne Asada. Look up and you... More 

1 Thank susangsays
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have eaten here on several occasions when visiting Tucson. Service was great, food was ok. Ordered from the value menu. Don't think the Sonoran Dog is the next big thing.

Thank Stacey F
Milford DE
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My girlfriend and I went after a craft fair at the Tucson Art Museum. It was very hot outside, so it was very refreshing to sit inside at El Charro. There were also outside tables available. This was on a weekend, crowded but not a wait. Our waiter was very attentive and provided good service. Food was good, but I... More 

Thank hollyfolly45
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

El Charro downtown location is the best of all Charro restaurants. Foods, ambience and services are top notch. Lorenzo is one of the server, he makes you feel at home. Thank you Lorenzo, you are the best.

Thank 902ngah
Albany, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early and were seated quickly. The wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. Food and drinks were very good. A nice selection of foods for a vegan, All of us ordered different items from menu and all were delicious and filling. Have been to both of their locations and found both very good. Being downtown is nice so... More 

1 Thank Julia G
Tucson, Arizona
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We're always looking for an easy and convenient good place to meet after a day of hiking at Sabino Canyon & El Charro Cafe is just the spot. Easy parking, reasonable wait to be seated when busy (don't recommend it if you're in a hurry), good food and decent prices. Can get so busy & loud that we often are... More 

1 Thank Mac776
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took an out of town friend here when we were in Tucson for a conference this June (I live near Phoenix but had been to El Charro before). The experience was great. Although it was a busy Friday evening, we only had a 15-20 minute wait for a table. The service was fine, and we had water, chips, and... More 

Thank Mike1953
Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

How I judge a good Mexican restaurant is by the rice. OMG El Charro's is the best. The rest of the food is of course good and they invented the chimi but the rice is outstanding. The building is wonderful the ambiance is amazing...I love the place

Thank Mousemacphee
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This original El Charro location is superb! Roomy restaurant, including basement seating, enclosed front porch, main house as well as outdoor patio and several quaint rooms for a party of 8-12. There is a small bar area too, this is the place to start while waiting for your table. Happy hour Margaritas start @ 4$ and are quite tasty! Staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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: 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 15206221922
Established in 1922, El Charro Cafe of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Cafe is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: "A Taste Explosion".

We are innovators and originators and have proven this with our efforts in maintaining old world quality with new found concepts such as recipes lower in trans fat or designing dishes for those who need to dine gluten free!

Whatever your needs, El Charro Cafe and family are prepared to show you that; "We are not the best because we are the oldest, We are the oldest because WE ARE THE BEST!"

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