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El Charro Cafe - The Original

$$ - $$$, Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“carne seca” (303 reviews)
“chimichanga” (120 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (105 reviews)
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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 3 days ago via mobile

Margaritas are the best! Wonderful atmosphere, original old Tucson. Had a really nice time with friends.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had very high expectations after all the reviews and learning about the history of the restaurant, but don't feel they lived up to it (at least not the night we visited). The place is very cute with windows that open out onto the street...More

Thank DiznyGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting from San Diego and ate here twice. The food is exceptional. Servers were friendly and efficient. Ambiance is nice. Will def return!!

Thank sandiegokids2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed my meal at El Charro. Had some enchiladas that were flavored well, not greasy in the least and the service was on point. I found the building very interesting as well. After nearly 100 years in business they've expanded into this room and...More

Thank Olineman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a really good restaurant. We ate there twice while visiting Tucson. You can eat out on a wonderful veranda, a patio or in one of several comfy dining rooms. The food was all very fresh, well prepared, and very tasty, and the beer...More

Thank Joe I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My four Aussie colleagues and I dined at El Charro and loved it. Low key and not flashy but with very friendly and attentive service. Start with a pitcher of mojito to kick the night off, a plate of mini chimichangas and head for the...More

Thank GobiOne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Will definitely return to try other entrees on the menu. The food and service were excellent. Found this on trip advisor because the restaurant we were planning on was closed because of Presidents Day. Lucky for us. We will be returning again.

Thank Bill K
Reviewed 1 week ago

One can sit overlooking the street. The Birria and Carne Seca are superb. This place is so good they had to open 4 more. Do not miss this restaurant.

Thank Smokey1611
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was highly recommended. Tried to book it for a Tuesday evening but no one picking up at the restaurant. Called their sister restaurant and person said they'd get through for us - never heard back. Showed up, waited 70 minutes in the bar...More

Thank VJM02
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not lived in my hometown, Tucson, for many years. Visits with family take me back from time to time. Even as a young child, I looked forward to coming with my grandparents to enjoy the Mexican food at El Charro, a Tucson tradition....More

Thank Suzanne70
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Jeannine G
20 August 2017|
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Response from Carol55Travels | Reviewed this property |
Was there for a late lunch. Did not see any mention of Happy Hour. You might want to give them a call.
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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Response from FloresConcepts | Property representative |
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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