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El Charro Mexican Dining

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3339 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-4011
+1 925-283-2345
11:00 - 21:00
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Martinez, California
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been to this restaurant many times but this was the best meal ever. Went for lunch and decided to try Shrimp & Rice, something different that sounded yummy 😋 It was fantastic. Usually when I order something like that, I can count the number of Shrimp since there are so few. It was a lot of Shrimp sautéed in wine... More 

Thank Expediatraveler06
Laura S, Owner at El Charro Mexican Dining, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for this wonderful review & rating! We work hard to serve our guests a wide variety of fantastic dishes, and it's wonderful to hear you've had such great experiences with us. Your kind words & recommendation are sincerely appreciated and we hope to see you in again soon for another tasty lunch! Take care. More 

Orinda, California
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482 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Fun with friends and fun with your kids or even girls night..atmosphere makes this place..and chips and salsa . ...you had me at chips.. margaritas are good, isn't super expensive and plenty of parking. We always enjoy a meal here. It's fattening Mexican w refried beans and cheese .. not fresh mex or lower calorie by any means.

Thank drmader
Laura S, Owner at El Charro Mexican Dining, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for this great 4-star review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the chips & our famous margaritas as well as the friendly atmosphere! It's wonderful to hear you and your friends/family always enjoy a meal here and we hope to see you in again soon. Thanks again! More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Visited with family / friends. Genuine place dating back to 1947 - food very good, recommend the seafood dishes, were the best of the courses we had. And their guacamole is brilliant.

Thank lamboren
Laura S, Owner at El Charro Mexican Dining, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! We are very proud of our fresh & flavorful seafood dishes as well as our homemade guacamole. Your kind words and recommendation are sincerely appreciated and we hope to see you in again soon! Take care. More 

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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I like this place but it's really nothing special. I had the opportunity to live in SoCal for awhile so there's really no Mexican food in NorCal that I've found that's really good. However, if I want to go eat Mexican and sit down in a restaurant setting this is where I'll go. Prices are fair but the pitcher of... More 

Thank Jeremiah D
Laura S, Owner at El Charro Mexican Dining, responded to this review

Hi Jeremiah, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. While I'm glad to hear you liked your experience I am sorry if our Mexican fare didn't quite live up to expectations. Please know we do take customer reviews seriously, and if you have any specific feedback to help us really wow your taste buds, please don't hesitate... More 

El Sobrante, California
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253 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We go here a lot - standard Mexican food, lots of choices, good service. Close to home, large parking lot.

Thank yvonne p
Lafayette, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Have lived in Lafayette for over 20 years and El Charros was always the go to place for Mexican food. Unfortunately, the last two times I have taken friends from out of town there the food was not good. They were as shocked as I was. First experience they said the food was so bland and unexciting. Except for the... More 

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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Of the dozen or so Mexican restaurants in the Lamorinda area, El Charro is hands down the best there is. Warm, relaxing setting, great service and exceptional food make this a stand-out - one of the top five mexican restaurants I've visited in the country (and I've visited mexican restaurants from Maine to Washington and Miami to San Diego). Extensive... More 

Thank charlie s
Bangkok, Thailand
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We visited for lunch midweek as a party of five and sat outdoors in the back deck area. Although it was a hot day, it was very pleasant to sit in the shade of the large trees around El Charro. Relaxing and well decorated, with sounds of a fountain in the background. We had plenty of time to enjoy it... More 

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Corona, California
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147 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We ordered. vareity of dishes including relanos, chimichanga, tacos, enchiladas. This was a party of seven and we were all pleased. Also we had one person order a hamburger and fries and it was good.

Thank richardlewis115
Lafayette, California
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

El Charro is a legend in Lafayette. Opened in 1965 and going strong ever since. They are very packed both for lunch and dinner. Solid Mexican food with fresh ingredients. Great drinks and a nice bar also. The food is prepared and piping hot when served. Love it. My favorite are the chicken and cheese enchiladas. Cooked to perfection always... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3339 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-4011
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-283-2345
El Charro Mexican Dining in Lafayette, CA is a local staple with an illustrious history dating back to 1947. For a taste of how we've delighted taste buds for the last 67 years, try our traditional sampler platter, the Super Burrito, Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas, or the Tacos Veracruz. You'll crave our chips and salsa paired with our special blue cheese garlic dip, a taste unique to El Charro.

Join us at our cantina, a spacious outdoor patio and bar to soak up some rays while you sip on one of our famous margaritas. Choose from the Rooftop, Cadillac, Ultimate, Skinny, Gold, and Grande. With all the options, there's a perfect margarita for everyone. We also serve house made sangria, specialty cocktails, and bottled and draught beers.

We are you best destination for large group parties of 15 or more with our specially designed menus. Choose from the Family Fiesta or the Fajitas Fiesta and let us take care of everything for you. When your group arrives the tables are preset with baskets of chips, salsa and our secret recipe cheese dip. El Charro Mexican Dining is the best place for friends and family to meet and eat. We pride ourselves in providing you a delicious and enjoyable meal in a fun and welcoming environment.

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