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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
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 3 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food and service are erratic. Have had good meals with poor service and poor meals with poor service. Have dined at the original restaurant and also at the north restaurant. My first meal (2017) was at the original restaurant. Service was terrible. A complaint to...More

Thank badscatcher
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant in a converted old family home is unique. It's menu is equally interesting with a great selection of margaritas and specialty dishes not found in other Mexican restaurants.

Thank Deanna_F5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was unremarkable, facility was in need of cleaning, and had trouble finding a chair that was not falling apart. Owners need to make investment in maintaining their place.

Thank 706joannek
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was good very prompt I can't say anything good about the food though because if is very dry. I've had a lot better Mexican food and paid less. I think people probably go there for the cocktails and location. Parking is kind of...More

Thank kc4ness
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Jeannine G
19 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.
6 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.
18 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

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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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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: 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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