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El Molinito

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
+1 520-744-1188
11:00 am - 10:00 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the best service in the area. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Specials are great. One of my favorite items are the green corn tamales you can get 2 with side of beans, which are out of this world good, for a great price. Actually, everything we have ordered was good. Everyone has their own taste when it... More 

Thank Debby C
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Tucson for more than 30 years and have had my share of substandard dining experiences, but this one is right up near the top. Grimy silverware, industrial grade guacamole, and THE worst fish tacos I think I have ever experienced (piles of what looked like pan fried tilapia). Wow. The enchiladas ordered by one of our party... More 

Thank Jim O
Casa Grande, Arizona
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and service is among the best restaurants in Arizona. The value is amazing. Tucson, in our opinion is the home to the best Mexican food in the nation and we feel that El Molinito's is at the top of that list in the Old Pueblo. They have four locations in the area.

Thank David I
Tucson, Arizona
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71 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having been in Tucson for 20 plus years I know my way around the restaurant scene. I love a great Mexican restaurant. This isn't one of them. Ok, I actually sent my meal back and paid for my our drinks and left the last time a ate here. But let's give them another chance. It hasn't changed. Unfortunately I was... More 

Thank sonofbeach57
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, this is a review only of the red beef tamales. We wanted to purchase tamales for Christmas but thought we had better try one before buying a dozen. Wow! The tamale was delicious and larger than most. It had a firm masa and a ton of shredded beef that still had a nice texture. The spice level was just... More 

Thank parkcityut
Tucson, United States
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

We eat here about once a week and have found it to be one of our favorite places to go for Mexican style meals. Food has always been good and is hot when served. The wait staff goes out of their way to please you the customer.

Thank Ivan J
Tucson, Arizona
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254 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

My sister in law and I came here for lunch last month. It has been about 2 years or so since we were here last and the food is just as good as I remembered. It is a family place so there were lots of kids when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. One thing about the place is... More 

Thank MDavisTucson_AZ
Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

My man judges Mexican restaurants by their salsa. This one gets an A+. Food is good. Service is okay when they aren't slammed. Great place to take the family.

Thank Melissa P
Tucson, Arizona
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Nice place to go for Mexican food. It gets pretty crowded with locals and families. Love their carne asana burritos .

Thank Maria S
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Great Food, Great service, and Great value! This restaurant is one of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to. I love Mexican food, and I stop by every time I'm in Tucson.

Thank William K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, 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: 3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-744-1188

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?