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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#14 of 1,556 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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Canmore, Canada
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was highly rated. We were very disappointed with our food. Not much better than fast food. Smothered in sauce. I could not taste what was underneath. Atmosphere is bright and crowded. Would not recommend. Have had way better food.

Thank Melanie B
Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Charro is always pleasant and cheerful. Most of the time the food is good. Fish chowder is tasty.

Thank thedesert2016
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I chose to arrive @ 9, just at the tail end of the Saturday night dinner crush. Glad we did as we were promptly seated at a desirable table - and service was friendly and well paced. The combination fajita plate (shrimp and steak) was delightful... We also shared a side salad with a chipotle cream dressing.... More 

Thank Rob S
Washington State
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved this place for the food although $18-20 for an entree at a Mexican restaurant is getting a little pricey. When I went there was no wait so I cannot speak to the long wait times although I can see how this place could get pretty crowded at peak times. Their special Asada (hung on a fence for weeks or... More 

Thank kayenine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at El Charro at about 6:30 on a Thursday evening and were told that it would be a 25 minute wait. The atmosphere was quite attractive and our Tucson friend assured us that the food was good so we stayed. What a mistake! Our friend's order was not as she ordered. My husband reported that his chicken mole... More 

Thank Travelernanj
White Rock, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The tortilla soup was not that great, and the interesting sounding chicken dish stuffed with a tamale was spoiled by being overcooked. On the upside, the atmosphere is great as always and the margaritas were very good. We have eaten here before when it was good, but not this time.

Thank Tom B
Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I tried this restaurant several times and left unsatisfied with the food and the service. Some people love their food but I have eaten much better Mexican food, elsewhere in town.

Thank Fancynancy2812
Tucson, Arizona
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136 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good authentic Sonoran Mexican food. This family owned restaurant has been around since 1922. The clean surroundings take you back to that time. It has gained national recognition. The staff makes you feel like a long time customer. As it is one of a few popular downtown Mexican restaurants, get there a little early for lunch.

Thank AZ1912
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was fantastic. I had the carne seca - best ever! Portions were large. Staff was very friendly. Highly recommend this place for authentic Mexican food.

Thank jordo77
Colorado Springs, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read about El Charro and their food a while ago in Gourmet Magazine. I then researched best Mexican restaurant in Tucson and it came up. Such history and great reviews, had to try and bring my family after day at Tombstone. This was an amazing end to an amazing day. Hands down some of the most authentic and incredible... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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, Special occasions, Kids, 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
  • 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?