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El Charro Cafe - The Original

$$ - $$$, Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed yesterday

Visiting Tucson, we heard about El Charro; stopped in afternoon - nice to be there when the crowds were less hectic - actually a perfect time to go between 2 and 4 PM; started with Grand Marnier Magaritas - excellent; entrees were excellent; we enjoyed...More

Thank MDRV
Reviewed yesterday

We were there for lunch. I had Chipotle Quesadilla with Pollo Arizona and my girlfriend had Two for Tucson (one corn tamal & a Sonoran flat enchilada). They were both really really good.

Thank KS_Traveler2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

food was very good, service was lousy at best, waiter took order, brought food and never returned, hanging out at bar talking with coworkers, had three different bus boys get me refills, salsa, and a manager. table next to us had a great waitress, we...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The line to get in is a little misleading. It’s not that great. It is good however. I strongly suggest reservations but they must be made a day in advance. The food is good but the multiple dining rooms are a bit crowded and noisy....More

Thank Golfchief
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I got a reservation (good idea--lots of folks waiting outside) and had a wonderful evening. We were early enough to look at the happy hour menu ("fiesta hour" they call it) and tried the $7 cheese crisp which was huge and very...More

Thank swampy1965
Reviewed 5 days ago

Good choice of locally adapted and original Mexican food. Dried and pulled meat is house specialty. Comes in a giant loempia (spring roll) with salsa sauce. Restaurant is equally worthwhile thanks to its friendly and service oriented atmosphere.

Thank rudolf389
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great and only place to have chicken mole. Great ensalada ceviche, with a beer by Barrio only for them. Service outstanding by Caleb, ambience outstanding.

Thank Jacki K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best Mexican food!! The portions are huge and the flavour is so good! My steak was a bit tough and chewy, but otherwise everything was great. Our server did an amazing job and was always a step ahead.

Thank eek90
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is outstanding. The seafood #4 combo is absolutely delicious. Amazing salsa and tamales. Slow service but excellent, excellent food.

Thank dragontravel2012
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is usually very busy, because it is so good! Everything they serve is good! Service I great and it has the atmosphere you enjoy at a Mexican food restaurant! They made my cheese crisp in the shape of a heart! Fantastic!

Thank com4table
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Jeannine G
20 August 2017|
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Response from Carol55Travels | Reviewed this property |
Was there for a late lunch. Did not see any mention of Happy Hour. You might want to give them a call.
7 May 2017|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
Half off all draft beer, house wine, well liquor, house margaritas, and various appetizer discounts from 3-6pm every day.
19 February 2017|
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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
Yes, as long as you are not calling on the day of.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 25
Restaurant features
Delivery, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-622-1922
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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!"
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