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El Charro Cafe - The Original

) #11 of 1,579 Restaurants in Tucson $$ - $$$ , Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is my second time there. I don't get to Tucson very often, but this place is high on my list. First, I had a fantastic 95th anniversary Amber Lager. Very smooth and full. Then, the waiter twisted my arm and I had their signature...More

Thank armstrongca
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time here but others in our party have been many times. Food was wonderful and the Mojito was the best I have ever tasted. Our dinners were large and very tasty.

Thank LeanneMaree1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to other El Charro locations, but never the original one Downtown. We had friends coming in from out of town, one of whom was vegan, who wanted to eat somewhere "Tucsony." I looked up El Charro and discovered that their menu has a...More

Thank ArizonaMouse
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is a must when visiting Tucson. The atmosphere is quite lively and fun. It was very crowded on a Wednesday night, which is a good sign. Once seated they immediately bring you warm chips and salsa. The salsa was outstanding!!! We tried the...More

Thank foxymamaruth
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to El Charro based on a recommendation from the desk staff at Hampton Inn Tucson Airport, and we were pleased that we had made the trip to N Court Avenue. Service was prompt and professional, cant fault it at all. Crispy nachos and...More

Thank purple_traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to all locations many times and like the one downtown the best for the atmosphere. The food is excellent and service is always great.

Thank Gerald H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely Mexican food, dessert platters intimidatingly large. Very nice quality and not too expensive. It's a shame that they use so much polystyrene/styrofoam for drinks and plates at the bar. It's just such a killer for the earth, that's my only complaint. The rest was...More

Thank remarkable_travels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our son recommended this place and we love Mexican food! And we have to say that Mexican food out west is the best! We live in the south and haven't found anything comparable to the kind of food we used to have out west. You...More

Thank h_happycampers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I eat here once a month and love to sit out on the patio. The food is delicious, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the restaurant is very clean. The portions are such that my friend and I always share a...More

Thank kailsmom2nt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is classic Tucson. It has great food and a full bar. It is suitable for all occasions. Two dishes that are a must: Carne Seca ( Beef dried on the roof of the restaurant) and Tamale Stuffed Chicken.

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Jeannine G
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Response from rickmoritz | Reviewed this property |
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7 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.
19 February 2017|
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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
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Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
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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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