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El Charro Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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7725 N Oracle Rd # 101, Oro Valley, AZ
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Tucson, Arizona
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located in Oro Valley, El Charro has an awesome Happy Hour and if your a sports fan, TV and patio seating if you prefer! Native to Tucson, and we love going to any of the Charro Restaurants in Tucson!

Thank pattymhunter
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I cannot speak to the authenticity of the dishes, however el charro has been around for over 90 years. So we decided to try it and we were not disappointed. Great flavor, though my father said the tamales were not as good as the "neighborhood" tamales. Very attentive service. Would go again, they have great vegetarian options.

Thank WanderingSasquatch
Albany, New York
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631 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hotel concierge, a native Tucson resident, recommended El Charro and it was a delicious choice! We did not go to the original one as our traveling path took us by one of the satellites. It was in a newer strip mall area but the interior of the place was really nicely decorated. Very clean, including superior bathrooms. Staff was... More 

Thank mcdedrick
Columbus, Ohio
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had fun w friends but the food was just okay. The service was just okay, too. Maybe it was an off day or I ordered poorly so I am willing to try again. I like the story about the business - that the owner supposedly carried the stones to the construction sight to build the exterior walls. I will... More 

Thank Kathy G
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service sucks. Was told it would be a 10min wait. It took a half hour. Got drinks waited on chips. 15min before someone took or order. Now 45min in stillness food. Service is not good we'll see how the food is

Thank Tina P
Sault Sainte Marie
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a long fan of El Charro's, but this new location was a first visit. I am glad to see that they preserved the original design and style here, and the food was just as good. Well, the marguarita was a bit of a disappointment, but perhaps I should just have stuck to the original basic because all the... More 

Thank Silemi2013
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

My sister had chicken in a mole sauce which was intense but subtle. I had fish in a citrus sauce that was delightful. The service was quite attentive and prompt. The guitarist playing for the customers was a delight

Thank smdikaren
Oro Valley, Arizona
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125 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Had guests in town from Canada and thought we would try this place for Mexican food. Although a bit crowded we were seated quickly. Had a great waiter who was attentive and friendly. Drinks came quickly and we ordered. The nacho plates was huge and a real hit with everyone.Fresh chips too. My soft tacos were outstanding and so were... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, excellent service! I had the Arizona chicken quesadilla and it was very flavorful. J had an enchilada and totally cleaned his plate.

Thank KathyGee48
San Diego, California
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The chicken mole was dry, and had to ask for more mole sauce. Nice atmosphere. No parking, had to pay to park.

Thank Kip L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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: 7725 N Oracle Rd # 101, Oro Valley, AZ
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Oro Valley
  • Phone Number: 520-229-1922

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