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“Good variety, good service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Mariachi

El Mariachi
Ranked #22 of 389 Restaurants in Rockville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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172 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good variety, good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I visited El Mariachi on a weekday for lunch with friends. I had been there before many years ago with a large group, but this time there were only three of us. It was not busy, possibly due to the fact that the number of lunch places in the area has grown exponentially. Maybe because of the relatively quiet afternoon, our server was most helpful as one of my companions was wheelchair bound, requiring some accommodation, and the other had various dietary requests. I would have been happy to have just sat there enjoying bottomless fresh baked nachos, salsa and sangria, but ordered the lomo saltado, and my companions the masitas de puerco and the pescado veracruzana {rainbow trout]. We were all most pleased with our choices, but as the menu seemed quite extensive, there were many other items I would have loved to have tried as well. Perhaps another time! White tablecloths and napkins, and nice presentation, gave it a more formal touch.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank pmr2
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English first
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84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great casual TexMex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a local favorite for Hispanic style food. The owners are very friendly and helpful with large parties or special occasions. The food is very reliable and they have a good variety. Good sangria and margaritas as well.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Bob F
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Rockville, Maryland
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Classy take on Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We've been going here 3-4x a year for at least 15 years. The menu hasn't changed much if at all, but why should it - we like the tasty well-appointed food, good house wines, and friendly service. Portions tend to be large - but there's always tomorrow!

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank Roadrunner32
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Maryland
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Consistently fantastic and reasonably priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

A wonderful place! Shrimp and steak fajitas, seafood with a Peruvian sauce/seasoning perfectly cooked, fabulous fresh beans/rice, and the best guacamola on the planet. Superb service with a smile. Tres Leches cake to die for, best chocolate mousse in town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Bigfoot001
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Lynbrook, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We Can't stay Away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My Wife and I have been dining here for about 12 Years now while we where dating and now with our 3 children. Has always been warm and inviting; the owner Poncho always a gentlemen and my kids are crazy about him. Most importantly the food is fresh and good tasting. We haven't had a bad meal there once & has always been consistent in which we feel is the testament to the commitment and hard work of ownership to keep in high standards the quality of their cuisine day after day. 9 out of every ten dinners we have in Rockville center are in El Mariachi. We love Mexican and really enjoy this place.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Joe L
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