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El Mariachi

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
+1 301-738-7177
11:30 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Potomac, Maryland
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333 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We come here often, because the food is always good. A bit pricey, but discount coupons are usually available. Service was much slower than usual last night, even though not that busy (too cold?).

Thank RonFG
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

You feel cramped in this little strip mall restaurant. Service was good but the food shared by 6 of us was nothing to write home about. I was surprised that they were getting over $20+ per entrée for average Mexican food. There were only a few shrimp in my selection. The calamari was very tough and tasteless. We were there... More 

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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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232 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Want great Mexican food? This is the place. For starters, great chips and salsa and no charge if you need more. Food is great. Service is too. We don't get to go here often but when we want good Mexican food, this is our place.

Thank JC82010
Potomac, Maryland
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333 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We come here regularly, because the food is always good and homemade. We like the combination platters, which can be modified, and the steak fajitas. Margaritas are also tasty. Service is always friendly.

Thank RonFG
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This restaurant is one of our standbys as a consistently great Mexican restaurant.The Pato with olives is outstanding....duck is never fatty and in a wine sauce. The fajitas are all wonderful...the beef, chicken and shrimp are all fresh and tasty. The margaritas are also delicious.

Thank Dr Larrie G
Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I love Mexican food but can't get my husband to join me. He says Mexican restaurants in America are an unappealing heap of retried beans and cheese. I had stumbled upon El Mariachi one day and begged him to give it one more try. He was seriously impressed - we had the best carne Asada I have had outside of... More 

Thank ArizonaDF
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Great service. We had three different meals which were all good. Chips were great, as was the salsa.

Thank Mike K
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The restaurant, atmosphere, and service were notably good. I was pleased with these. However, while the food was tasty, there are other restaurants in the greater Maryland area that we visit, and they have tastier choices and better preparation. Chips and salsa preceded the meal; chips were delicate and well made; salsa was full of onions which I do not... More 

Thank bus937jrq
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Went with many couples who are regulars.Many dishes came out undercooked.When we complained to the owner,rather than apologize ,he became irate and insulting and out of control and actually insulted us and he accused us of trying to get free meals.We paid our bill and left.The four couples have probably gone here hundreds of times and will NEVER return.None of... More 

Thank Robert K
Potomac, Maryland
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333 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Always good Mexican food. Beef fajitas are outstanding. Chips and homemade salsa are great for snacking before meal. Prices have gotten higher over the years, but discount coupons are available and on spotluck. Nice people.

Thank RonFG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ritchie Center, 765 Rockville Pike, Ste. C Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Rockville
  • Phone Number: +1 301-738-7177

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?