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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#15 of 1,542 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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Seattle, Washington
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152 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While I was not floored by the food (I ate lunch there--a tamale and some other corn based cake). There was also a large and more extensive menu. El Charro appears to be a restaurant that has been there for a long time, in the older part of town. It also appears to have a loyal following and I can... More 

Thank syncomm1
Manhattan, Kansas
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I ate in this restaurant a couple of years ago and thought it was wonderful. A few days ago I met friends in Tucson and when we were trying to decide where to eat I suggested El Charro. We went there and everyone enjoyed their food. The waiter was very helpful with suggestions. I definitely hope I have another opportunity... More 

Thank Carol R
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Checked this restaurant out for happy hour. I went to the original, which is in the central downtown part of Tucson. It is charmingly decorated in the traditional Mexican decor. They have a nice selection of nibbles, well priced, and the bar is cozy if one is alone. The margaritas are very good.

Thank irxprt
Vail, Arizona
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239 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently, visited the original El Charro downtown with a group of friends. We made reservations for our group of 14 on a very busy Friday evening. We arrived and they had a small room set aside for just our group. Service was excellent - our waiter quickly took our drink order and kept checking our drinks all evening. He took... More 

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Lodi, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really popular place and they do take reservations. I did not have reservations, but I was solo, so I was able to eat at the bar with no wait. Anyway, the food is worth waiting for. I had the Carne Seca Tacos and I would highly recommend those. They have great house beer too.

Thank RFDRacing
Missoula, Montana
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the reviews and checking out the menu I was looking forward to Happy Hour. The menu looked great. I was very disappointed with the food, portions were appetizer size, no problem, but the taste was lacking. Had the street tacos but they were too dry. They needed salsa which we did not have. We were not given chips... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was pretty good, not the best Mexican food I've ever had, but I would have no qualms about recommending the place. I would recommend the corn tacos prepared "the Charro" way for a taste of something unique to the place. The portion size is perfect as well. I hate restaurants that think quantity makes up for quality. The... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a large outdoor seating area in the back which means you can be loud and have fun with friends. The servers kind of forget about you out there. The food is okay.

Thank tbjones2017
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place was packed, but we were able to be seated almost immediately. The menu offered a variety of Mexican food and I found a meal I really enjoyed. I think it was called grilled chicken tamale something. It was unlike any other chicken I've been served in a restaurant and it was accompanied by three delicious sides. Yum Yum

Thank Patty B
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to El Charo for late dinner on patio. 4 of us had dinner with a couple drinks... $88 plus tip... The chicken flautas with rice and beans 👍Food, chips, Service was very good. Great place to eat in Tucson.

Thank Bowser1716

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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