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El Charro Cafe - The Original

) #12 of 1,575 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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Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm rarely in this part of town during the lunch hour, so I thought I'd give this restaurant a try. Maybe they were having a bad day because it didn't prove to be a good decision because I don't like greasy food, so I left...More

Thank umakethecall
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have had several dishes and were never disappointed. I find that lots of SW restaurants tend to back off on the seasonings a bit, but we do not hesitate to let our server know what to add to make the difference between bland and...More

Thank jannab309
Reviewed 3 days ago

El Charro has been a staple in Tucson for decades & with good reason. The charro beans are always on point-tasting great. The topopo salad is fresh & I suggest adding there famous carne seca which bursts with flavor. We try and go between 3pm...More

Thank KoolRick
Reviewed 4 days ago

The downtown El Charro is a popular tourist destination, but I think you need to choose your dish with care. Food can be overpriced here in my opinion. I had Carlotta's Clasico Chicken Mole, which, frankly, had little to no taste. Also, some customers should...More

Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Dissappointing. No flavor grayish bkackening unfresh guacamole. Pathetic. Save you money go anywhere else.

Thank CS_Paris_2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

Host/hostess station was maybe in transition between staff when we arrived, and there was a slightly unfriendly greeting and an attempt to seat the two local looking blondes that arrived after us first, but once I put my foot down and requested a front patio...More

Thank P-and-J-Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us went while visited Tucson for business and found it a pleasant surprise with great Mexican food and the margaritas were pretty good as well

Thank jpbaird5
Reviewed 1 week ago

enjoyed the atmosphere and service, food was fantastic, tried the beef seca, new vegan mushroom app and desert trio thanks to the waiter. love to go to a classic establishment in a town we don't know and this did not disappoint.

Thank kim b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all enjoyed our meals and look forward to going back. My chili relleno was excellent, made with an exceptionally delicious chili. The chips and salsa were average. The location is close enough to I-10 to not feel like you are going out of the...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky to beat the crowds and be seated in the front patio area. Opted for the combinations 1 & 2 and were not disappointed. Great service, food came before I finished the first beer, and it was both different and delicious. Definitely a...More

Thank EAA-AV8R
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Happy hour specials
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.
Do you take reservations on Sat?
February 18, 2017|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
Yes, as long as you are not calling on the day of.
Do you take reservations?
October 26, 2016|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
We take reservations as long as it is not for the same day that you are calling. Reservations are not required, but we do recommend them. Walk-ins are always welcome. Please call the store directly to place your... More
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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, 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
  • E-mail
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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