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El Molinito

Mexican, Southwestern
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3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
520-744-1188
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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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Tucson
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Tucson over 20 plus years now. I have eaten at plenty of Mexican food restaurants in that time. However this place is by far the best that Tucson has to offer as far as I'm concerned. As a mater of fact I have even tried to imitate their salsa and enchiladas de' la casa. Not to mention... More 

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Thank Lawrence L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We had the catering service which was excellent. The service was right on time and the food was fresh and hot on delivery. The staff were very helpful and took care of the necessary set up. I would recommend thier service to all my friends.Yo don't have to worry about cleaning or picking up after the dinner is over. They... More 

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Thank RichardV4
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Nasty. We ordered carne ceca burritos. We've never had anything like it anywhere else. It was like a tomato sauce with onions, green peppers, and I'm not sure what else. Not only was the food bad but the hostess and waitstaff sucked. No welcome. No followup and no thank you. We won't be going back!

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Thank Kathy J
Ennis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Wait staff could not have been more friendly. But the high ratings the food receives on TripAdvisor seem unwarranted. The sauce all tastes canned and tinny; all dishes were pretty much the same. Very very ordinary and a step below home cooked.

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Thank Karen M
Katikati, New Zealand
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We were keen to try Mexican food, and this restaurant was a very good choice. The services were plentiful, and the staff were helpful in making choices. We would certainly go there again.

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Thank Alan G
Aspen Hill, Maryland
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

If you are looking for cheap food and quantity this is the place. We've eaten here several times over the years and found the quality of food to not be worth the experience. The chicken fajita was the best of the items we've tried but the creamy light colored beans and pico de g don't taste freshly made and the... More 

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Thank Elan H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

Great chili con carne-- we tried both the red & green and both were very good. Good rice & beans. We got this as take-out. The combination plate is large-- enough for 2 people who are not huge eaters.

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Thank Wade G
Tucson, Arizona
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were just here, and they did not disappoint. Their re-fried beans are very creamy and delicious. Their rice is good too. They are always busy, but you get in quickly and their service is fast and good. This is our "go to" place for Mexican when we want to stick close to home.

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Thank TucsonGrammy
Tucson, Arizona
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173 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Went there for dinner. The beans looked as if they had been put through a blender and were pretty bland. The Fajitas were pretty good but the service was slow and the margaritas tasted as if they were poured out of a bottle. There are better choices.

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Thank OneXMarine
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We had a great lunch with good service and excellent Mexican food. I had the Taco salad and it was almost more than I could eat, but I forced myself. hehehe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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: 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?