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El Charro Cafe - The Original

$$ - $$$, Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • 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 6 days ago

Ate here last night with out son. Had not been to El Charro for a couple of years and were extremely disappointed in our meal. This used to be a great place but not now. My wife had the enchilanda de rancho and it was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tej70
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dine at this restaurant at least once a week and each time it has been a great experience. The service is excellent and the food is excellent. Markus the Manager is very friendly and speaks with us. He is a very energetic person. Our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dancG8992YG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This establishment has been around for years and is in a charming building. The menu is varied and offers many options, and we had a wonderful server who made a perfect guacamole at our table and had good drink suggestions. It was a most delicious...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mayatravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was great - prepared with authenticity and care. The service was fine, if a bit slow. Definitely make reservations. We had to wait about an hour and unfortunately our choice of waiting in the bar may have led to permanent ear damage. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Gambelguy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Charro is 80 plus years old. We visited the location near Skyline. The Original is located in downtown Tucson. We found the food to be average, especially when you expect excellence from a restaurant that has been in existence over 80 years. The restaurant...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jimfH3677DC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is an excellent place with great food, great service and draws customers back and back again since 1922. Speaking of the downtown location on Court Ave that is. I can't imagine it getting a poor review. It is not a filthy dirty place with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Janet S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The original El Charro was a fun dinner out. Excellent food prepared well. Our waitress was a delight, explaining the menu and warning us of the generous portions. The restaurant is full of memorabilia and funky decor. They dry beef on the roof of the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ainslie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordered take out and they were super busy…the hostesses were the only service members that were not friendly- they were young, could not care less and were just generally off-putting as a first impression of the restaurant. However- every other staff member I interacted with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Wanderlust3483
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were told this restaurant was "a great local spot". If plastic cafeteria plates, filthy restrooms and floors, and food all over the floor is your idea of charming, you are in for a treat. The "manager" out front couldn't find our reservation, and was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nomad49419548300
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such fabulous food, authentic 85-year old establishment serves phenom margaritas, carne de seca (actually dried rooftop!) and mexican folk music offered table side. Don’t miss It!!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lisa S
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Jeannine G
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Carol55Travels | Reviewed this property |
Was there for a late lunch. Did not see any mention of Happy Hour. You might want to give them a call.
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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