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“Delicious!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Charro Cafe - The Original

El Charro Cafe - The Original
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
15206221922
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Ranked #15 of 1,827 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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!"
Batavia, Illinois
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We were there for lunch. Food was absolutely delicious. They only give you a fork because everything is so tender. Our waiter was fast and very friendly. We figured because it was crowded it must be good, And it was. We really did not have to wait long to be seated.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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236 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Newer El Charro near Oro Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Great happy hour. Terrific house margaritas, beer,& house wine prices. Delicious half price appetizers. Lovely atmosphere inside and out. The patio is nice (with misters) even in the desert heat. Highly recommend this location.

  • Visited June 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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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Kent, Ohio
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186 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Solid Mexican restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

El Charro is a solid choice for Mexican food, and it's easy to see why it's so popular. It has all of the usual Mexican foods, plus nice touches like an option to make any burrito into a chimichanga, and moreover, with a choice of sauces. The aged shredded beef called Carne Seca was particularly excellent in my chimichanga. Also nice - the restaurant has multiple small rooms and eclectic decor, so you don't feel crowded. The only downside on our visit was that the server brought us the wrong check by mistake and then for some reason it took 15-20 minutes - with a manager assisting - for them to print the correct check for us.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona USA
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great good and incredible local color”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is the most unique of Mexican restaurants in Tucson. You must sit inside to experience the fabulous and bright colors - the walls, the decorations, the fireplace. The food is excellent. My favorite - spinach enchiladas.

Visited February 2013
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Lakewood, Colorado
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148 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Grande Grupo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

2 dinners-Memorial Day weekend

Nice patio, thank goodness for the umbrellas to block the sun. Waitress & waiter attentive
& polite on our two visits. First meal: chile relleno plate and #3 combo--both very good,
generous portions. Second meal: two appetizers: fresh made guacamole and the
el grupo--this was the truly outstanding meal--everything nicely presented and each
item had good, distinct flavors--portions were such that the two of us easily made a meal
of the two appetizers. It was a nice touch that the appetizers & house drinks were
half price during happy hour.
Location is good for downtown and not too far off the interstate.

  • Visited May 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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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