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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#14 of 1,558 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
+1 520-622-1922
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't go wrong with anything on this menu if you like Mexican food, but the carne asada is the best. Service is good. Don't miss the bar off the patio. Great place to meet for delicious drinks. Outside open air patio is beautiful on a summer evening in Tucson. Inside the restaurant can be a riot of activity and... More 

Thank Judith D
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are mexican food lover or just a regular eater, then you need to go to El Charro Cafe. The food is authentic mexican. Get the queso fundido melt. You will need to use the spoon to put it on the chip. You will just break the chip if you don't. I tried the chimichanga and it was good.... More 

Thank Dyngus
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We both had the carne seca and it was delicious. Great taste, loved it in a tortilla w/cheese. Cadillac margarita very good as well

1 Thank thomas l
Vail, Arizona
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here is never disappointing. We had a great server and the food was great! I suggest visiting the Original El Charro. It is situated in the old part Tucson and the building is great. The Carne Seca is the best, hands down! Also the Enchiladas Del Rancho has a great cause!

Thank Carl G
Canmore, Canada
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was highly rated. We were very disappointed with our food. Not much better than fast food. Smothered in sauce. I could not taste what was underneath. Atmosphere is bright and crowded. Would not recommend. Have had way better food.

Thank Melanie B
Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

El Charro is always pleasant and cheerful. Most of the time the food is good. Fish chowder is tasty.

Thank thedesert2016
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I chose to arrive @ 9, just at the tail end of the Saturday night dinner crush. Glad we did as we were promptly seated at a desirable table - and service was friendly and well paced. The combination fajita plate (shrimp and steak) was delightful... We also shared a side salad with a chipotle cream dressing.... More 

Thank Rob S
Washington State
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this place for the food although $18-20 for an entree at a Mexican restaurant is getting a little pricey. When I went there was no wait so I cannot speak to the long wait times although I can see how this place could get pretty crowded at peak times. Their special Asada (hung on a fence for weeks or... More 

Thank kayenine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at El Charro at about 6:30 on a Thursday evening and were told that it would be a 25 minute wait. The atmosphere was quite attractive and our Tucson friend assured us that the food was good so we stayed. What a mistake! Our friend's order was not as she ordered. My husband reported that his chicken mole... More 

Thank Travelernanj
White Rock, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tortilla soup was not that great, and the interesting sounding chicken dish stuffed with a tamale was spoiled by being overcooked. On the upside, the atmosphere is great as always and the margaritas were very good. We have eaten here before when it was good, but not this time.

Thank Tom B

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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
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, 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: 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-622-1922
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?