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El Charro Mexican Dining

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3339 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-4011
+1 925-283-2345
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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El Sobrante, California
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go here a lot - standard Mexican food, lots of choices, good service. Close to home, large parking lot.

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Thank yvonne p
Lafayette, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have lived in Lafayette for over 20 years and El Charros was always the go to place for Mexican food. Unfortunately, the last two times I have taken friends from out of town there the food was not good. They were as shocked as I was. First experience they said the food was so bland and unexciting. Except for the... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Of the dozen or so Mexican restaurants in the Lamorinda area, El Charro is hands down the best there is. Warm, relaxing setting, great service and exceptional food make this a stand-out - one of the top five mexican restaurants I've visited in the country (and I've visited mexican restaurants from Maine to Washington and Miami to San Diego). Extensive... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We visited for lunch midweek as a party of five and sat outdoors in the back deck area. Although it was a hot day, it was very pleasant to sit in the shade of the large trees around El Charro. Relaxing and well decorated, with sounds of a fountain in the background. We had plenty of time to enjoy it... More 

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Corona, California
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We ordered. vareity of dishes including relanos, chimichanga, tacos, enchiladas. This was a party of seven and we were all pleased. Also we had one person order a hamburger and fries and it was good.

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Lafayette, California
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

El Charro is a legend in Lafayette. Opened in 1965 and going strong ever since. They are very packed both for lunch and dinner. Solid Mexican food with fresh ingredients. Great drinks and a nice bar also. The food is prepared and piping hot when served. Love it. My favorite are the chicken and cheese enchiladas. Cooked to perfection always... More 

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Oakland, California
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I went here for dinner. It was awful. It started out with a really bad student server who, although authentic to the restaurant's ninth street roots, blinded me with her wardrobe choices and spoke so fast we could barely understand her. The patio was nice. About 45 minutes into ordering we asked where our food was and were told it... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

First time here, was with my girlfriend and her parents, 40+ years ago. I've had the burritos, tacos, enchiladas, chili verde. Of course, I couldn't have a beer then, but I do now :). I try never go here when I'm in a rush, or if it looks packed, but sometimes no choice and have never had a problem. Servers... More 

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Orinda, California
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118 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We love this place and have returned many times. The food is tasty and there is something for everyone. The service is terrific - very friendly and warm. Call ahead for a reservation though as the line can get long.

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WALNUT CREEK
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Very busy and popular Mexican restaurant. The sampler plater is great, can't beat the chili relano. If you like shrimp the shrimp salad is fabulous. Lots of medium size shrimp, avacados, cucumbers, tomatoes. It comes with spicy ranch but if you really want to taste the Fresh flavors go for regular ranch.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, American, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3339 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-4011
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-283-2345
Description
El Charro Mexican Dining in Lafayette, CA is a local staple with an illustrious history dating back to 1947. For a taste of how we've delighted taste buds for the last 67 years, try our traditional sampler platter, the Super Burrito, Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas, or the Tacos Veracruz. You'll crave our chips and salsa paired with our special blue cheese garlic dip, a taste unique to El Charro.

Join us at our cantina, a spacious outdoor patio and bar to soak up some rays while you sip on one of our famous margaritas. Choose from the Rooftop, Cadillac, Ultimate, Skinny, Gold, and Grande. With all the options, there's a perfect margarita for everyone. We also serve house made sangria, specialty cocktails, and bottled and draught beers.

We are you best destination for large group parties of 15 or more with our specially designed menus. Choose from the Family Fiesta or the Fajitas Fiesta and let us take care of everything for you. When your group arrives the tables are preset with baskets of chips, salsa and our secret recipe cheese dip. El Charro Mexican Dining is the best place for friends and family to meet and eat. We pride ourselves in providing you a delicious and enjoyable meal in a fun and welcoming environment.

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