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El Charro Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, 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
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We waited for 7-10 minutes at the door. Another patron went off to look for someone to help everyone standing at entrance waiting. More than half the tables were empty. After being seated, we had to ask our waiter to repeat himself every time he spoke since he was rushed and distracted making it important to understand him. I hate... More 

Thank DorothyN001
Montclair, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at resturant and was told the wait was 25 - 30 minutes, was seated 45 minutes later. Waited another 45 minutes for the waiter to come and tell us that they are having trouble with the grille. I couldn't tell you how the food was, because we walked out. If a resturants food is good, but the service sucks,... More 

Thank dwtsn1
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191 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic authentic Mexican food! Enjoyed crispy gluten free chips with spicy salsa before ordering our meals. HUGE selection of gluten-free options which are noted on the menu. In fact, almost everything on the menu was gluten free. Waiter was attentive and swift. Delicious food! We enjoyed chicken fahitas and pork enchiladas. Worth the visit!

Thank Lovetotravelforfun
Grand Junction, Colorado
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The advertisement was that it is Tuscon's best Mexican food since 1922... featuring traditional northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tuscon-style Mexican food. We did not visit the downtown location, but went to the one on N. Oracle Road. The venue was bright and cheery - with contemporary Mexican decor, We were quickly seated (about a 10 minute wait) on a... More 

Thank tdb2013
Tucson, Arizona
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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634 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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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128 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 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 24 December 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, 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?