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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#13 of 1,579 Restaurants in Tucson}
$$ - $$$, Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited this place last year during a business trip to Tucson. It was so good I took a party of ten back again on this trip. Service was excellent as before... our server could not have been more helpful. Food was all excellent... we...More

Thank iankarrie
Reviewed 2 days ago

We've been to El Charro several times- each time we've visited Tucson over the last few years- but we've been disappointed almost every time. The service is mostly OK, and the menu choices are great, but the food is surprisingly tasteless and the restaurant is...More

Thank abqsage
Reviewed 4 days ago

Always rely on good food consistently at El Charro. This place is recommended for out of town guests. A good first exposure to Tucson/Mexican food.

Thank Vince-995545
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had friends in from Iowa and we had promised them great Mexican food on their visit. WELL.....food was OK (probably due to extremely slow service), but service was almost non-exist. We were seated quickly at 1:25 pm but had to ask for service 3X....More

Thank sanfordp155
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is large and everything is good. Open in Tucson since 1922 and part of the same family, this is the best.

Thank OldCajun
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is great for an evening dinner with cocktails dinning on the patio. Unfortunately the food or the margaritas matched the location. The margaritas had an unbalanced and rancid flavor profile. The lime was over-barring and the tequila was absent. The food was a...More

Thank NewYorkCityGypsy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucson, so where to find authentic Mexican food, well take your pick, but do yourself a favour, choose El Charro Cafe, as it's the best ! Lots of choice, tastes superb, friendly, great beer, and quick service (once in, it is popular !) 10/10 and...More

Thank GoonerMaddog
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it may be owned by the same family since 1922, my experience did not leave a favorable impression of the staff that gave intermittent and inconsistent service. The setting is authentic (we sat on the front porch) and the drink specials from 3-6PM offset...More

Thank 50StateVisitor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great chicken enchiladas and rellanos! Staff was nice and drinks were great! Had 12 people so large groups are ok and we were seated quickly ...

Thank Sueboren
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten here before and thought it was alright. This time I ordered a burrito enchilada still and was disappointed. Very American style Mexican food.

Thank Fred B
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Jeannine G
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
We were there for dinner, so, unfortunately, I didn't see any mention of Happy Hour drinks.
May 6, 2017|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
Half off all draft beer, house wine, well liquor, house margaritas, and various appetizer discounts from 3-6pm every day.
February 18, 2017|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
Yes, as long as you are not calling on the day of.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Delivery, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
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: +1 520-622-1922
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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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