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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#13 of 1,539 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
+1 520-622-1922
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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This icon really delivers. This restaurant is full of history, has a great menu and the service is very good. Oldest family owned restaurant in the USA!

Thank joanmckibben
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So we went to El charros with friends who recommended it. The salsa and chips were great. But the dinner was not the expected flavor we've found throughout the southwest. A little wierd. But the "natural" margaritas were a shock. Little or no tequila. But worse sooo expensive. We spilt a meal and picked up the tab on one pitcher... More 

Thank Rich and Donna P
West Chester, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to El Charro with fried after a day at The Gem show. The happy hour frinks and appetizers were great and generous. The nachos are fabulous.

Thank Corgifanatic
Norman, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Raul was great, the food was great, drinks are cold and good. Overall, a great experience if you like Mexican food.

Thank Ron K
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were told we had to eat here by the hotel. They were spot on. Great menu and the service was attentive. The food however was the crowing jewel. The tacos were not only authentic but the flavor was incredible.

Thank Kermit J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

They had great cheese crisps and excellent food. It is the oldest Mexican restaurant in USA. Also great margaritas.

Thank elmhurst,IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Varied menu with a great appetizer combination. Margaritas are excellent and the table side guacamole is not to be missed. A great show and delicious guacamole

Thank Bernadette H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived on Valentine's Day for lunch. We stood at the door for 10 minutes waiting for someone to seat us - we finally walked into the restaurant and seated ourselves. It was busy, but not full. We sat at the table for 15 minutes before our server finally stopped by and brought us menus. We ordered beverages and waited... More 

Thank mint427
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Breakfast...lunch...dinner...you name it. Can't beat the great food, service, and location. Friendly atmosphere - eat inside or out. Another Tucson eating delight - we make it a habit to visit!

Thank Craig T
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Any business that has been operating for nearly one hundred years, deserves respect and admiration. El Charro Cafe can proudly boast it is among the few who have accomplished this amazing task, opening their doors in 1922. Obviously hundreds of reviews have been written over the years and one more will have little or no impact on their day to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
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
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-622-1922
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?