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“Our favorite place to go”

El Charro Cafe - The Original
Ranked #14 of 2,042 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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!"
Reviewed June 30, 2013

El Charro is our hands down favorite place to go in Tucson (we live here). The food is always good, the service always wonderful, we love the setting and feeling while we are there. We go to the Ventana location most frequently, but have also gone to the original more than once. Right now they have their summer specials- try the watermelon margarita- it is yummy!

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I make it down to Tucson at least twice a year & I always stop for dinner at El Charro! They are definitely famous for their Carne Seca, I crave it so much sometimes I'll eat here on the way into town & back out with an order to go! Great history, being the oldest family Mexican restaurant & the bar is always hopping. This is the place I take every out of town guest every time I go to Tucson. Service is great, food is delish, you can't go wrong. Be sure to get there early, they get busy!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

There were 3 of us and we each ordered a different dish. All the dishes were well presented and delicious. The large portions made us take "to go" boxes. A fabulous expericene.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The restaurant is in an old house in El Presidio neighborhood on the edge of downtown Tucson. Visitors need to see how downtown Tucson is becoming a great downtown. El Charro literally wrote a book on Tequila and margaritas, so here you can get a real tequila drink without the pale green food colored mix. We all had the "Natural" which has Milagro Organic 100% Agave Silver, Reposado, Agave & lime. Not too sweet and served in a real tall glass. We usually get the carne seca since it is the best and dried right there on the roof. Two of us got the carne seca which was superb, but for a change I got a Pescado dish. Everything was simply perfect including the refried beans, the service, and the tres leches cake. Our guest loved the whole experience!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This place never disappoints. We were here within an hour after our plane landed. It is the real thing, with well prepared food presented lovingly.

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