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9825 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74129-1617
+1 918-663-7755
11:00 - 22:00
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

They have pretty good food, a little bit of a spin on classic Tex Mex. Do not recommend the queso, it has a funky taste. Was excited to try the watermelon jalapeno margarita, but was pretty disappointed. It was so overwhelmed by the low quality tequila that you couldn't taste anything else. Overall, a fine experience, but there are so... More 

Thank superk4u
Lawton, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Called in 6 meals. The waitress got crappy with my secretary who picked up the order. 2 of the orders were not what we ordered and I paid a lot of money for what I was given. It was terrible. I just moved back to Tulsa from Lawton where the service was the best in town. I was so disappointed... More 

Thank Ly8325
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

I have been eating at El Chico's for well over 50 years, becoming a fan when in college and occasionally they would have an enchilada dinner special for $1.29 or something like that. One of the few places I could afford to eat at a real restaurant. I remain a fan today. So I may not be completely objective! Their... More 

Thank William W
Management response:

That's incredible -- 50 years? You're an original, William! There's nothing better than an enchilada dinner and some iced tea, so I hope we'll get to see you for some soon. The next time you're in Tulsa, be sure to drop by and say hello! All the best, Gil, Owner/Operator More 

Ada, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Had to wait over an hour for a table as they had two groups that totaled about 8 - 10 persons each and the waitress did not want more tables, it actually took a manager to finally get us seated. The waitress ended up spilling drinks all over one of our party, but you know accidents happen. The problem was... More 

Thank Brett T
Management response:

I'm sorry about the wait, Brett. We're understaffed this week due to the holiday and only have limited space in our restaurant. It's likely that our server was doing the best she could to take care of all of our customers, but I assure you that our service is usually quick, attentive, and welcoming. I hope that you'll give us... More 

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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Service was slow however we did have a large number of people for lunch 10 people. Food was just ok. I would have rather went to taco bueno. The food did not have a fresh food taste. Tasted like they heated up our food.

Thank Kallie W
Management response:

I'm sorry to hear this, Kallie. I assure you that all of our meals are made from scratch and to order. It's possible that, with such a large party, some of your food may have been put on a warmer until it was ready to be served together. I hope you'll consider coming by again, as we're used to providing... More 

South Haven, Michigan
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173 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

We just spent six weeks in Arizona. And besides one restaurant near Tubac called Wisdom, this is our favorite Mexican restaurant in the last two months.

Thank JBMyers
Management response:

Wow -- what a high compliment, JB! Thanks for stopping by during your time here. I hope you have a safe trip back home! Please stop by and see us again on your next trip through. Best, Gil, Owner/Operator More 

Oklahoma City
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164 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

We go here a lot - we like it because it never seems busy and the food and service are always consistently good.

Thank lthornton79
Management response:

It's been a while, but I just had to respond to this. We want our customers to always find the same delicious food here, so I'm really glad you're consistently pleased with what you order. Hope to see you again soon! Be well, Gil, Owner/Operator More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2015

If you haven't tried the Sizzlin Chicken Salad, you really need to. The chicken is added to the salad hot from the pan at your table, and it is so awesome. My waiter wasn't the most attentive, but the meal made up for it!

Thank Elise B
Management response:

I'm thrilled that our Sizzlin' Chicken Salad is exactly what you're looking for, Elise -- that's great! That being said, we want our customers to have a fantastic dining experience, and that includes attentive service. I'll speak with my staff about this, and I hope you'll give us another chance to show you the five-star experience we're used to providing!... More 

West Des Moines, IA, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2015

This si the second time we've eaten here when staying overnight inTulsa. The food is good, service is quick and prices are reasonable.

Thank Harvey W
Management response:

It's been a little while, but I wanted to thank you for this review, Harvey! We want our food to be as accessible and delicious as possible, so it's great to hear that we're your go-to when you're staying in Tulsa. Hope to see you again on your next trip! Best, Gil, Owner/Operator More 

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Little to no wait to be seated and the atmosphere was great. Our waiter was attentive but overworked and food was typical tex-mex as usual with one exception: the beans which come with the rice tasted totally different than normal- we did not like the new beans. Otherwise it was very good especially the chips and salsa. (ask for the... More 

Thank April M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9825 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74129-1617
  • Location: United States  >  Oklahoma (OK)  >  Tulsa
  • Phone Number: +1 918-663-7755
El Chico at 21st & Mingo offers high quality Tex-Mex food and large portion sizes at a value that is unsurpassed. Ask about our happy hour specials!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?