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El Vaquero

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3302 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH 43606-1517
+1 419-536-0471
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Been there many times, food is aleays good. Stooped there for lunch, surprise they were not busy. Been there for dinner and were very busy. Service was great. Food arrive quickly and was very good.

Thank Robert O
Royal Oak, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, fast and attentive service, playful camaraderie among the staff... We had fajitas (which came with great guacamole, pico de gallo, beans and rice) and margaritas, and a flan. The tortilla chips appeared to be halves of small tortillas. If ordering vegan, be sure to specify no cheese or sour cream (of course).

Thank Heather B
Toledo, Ohio
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Definitely not the best margaritas. They don't use good tequila. The food was fair got the create your own platter. Rice was dry. They do take reservations for parties of 8+. Will think twice about returning

Thank 833tina
Stony Ridge, Ohio
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I've been here a handful of times now, and I've ordered a different (vegetarian) entree each time. Dining companions have ordered chicken and beef dishes. There hasn't been a disappointing plate. The tableside guacamole is definitely worth trying if you enjoy guac, and the portion is generous (see pic). Service is consistently solid, and they have various food and drink... More 

Thank Christina S
Toledo, Ohio
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Awsome people working here. Service is great - food is great. Very friendly and helpful. Say no more.

Thank Michael P
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Went for dinner and ordered the avocado rolls and fajitas. We received the fajitas before the appetizer! The steak and the chicken was precooked, and overdone and dried out. The shrimp were freshly cooked. There were supposed to be a variety of peppers and tomatoes. Only green peppers and 2 small tomato pieces were included. The avocado rolls were freshly... More 

Thank Chris B
Toledo, Ohio
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

A go to place in the area. Wonderful menu selection and the service is fast even when the place is filled. The margaritas were disappointing and I won't order again (then again, I am very picky about my margaritas). We recommend regularly as a place to meet up with friends. A separate bar area if you just want to zip... More 

Thank happyhappy66
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95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

I would eat here only if my friends insist. But, I will not get the chicken again. I am very picky about meat and can taste the difference between fresh chicken and frozen chicken or chicken that has been sitting in the fridge for a few days. I had to spit it out. I had chicken on a salad and... More 

Thank Patrice L
Flint, Michigan
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

We stopped in Toledo for gas and dinner while on our way from Pittsburgh to Michigan and wandered in to this place on Secor near Central. WHAT A GREAT FIND! Authentic (as advertised) Mexican food served by a real staff of Mexicanos. The chips were fresh and light and the salsa was just right. The chile rellenos were mui bien... More 

Whitehouse, Ohio
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124 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

Holy Moley -- $50 for 2 dinners and 4 drinks! And that doesn't count tax and tip. The waiter got my drink order way wrong, then was nowhere to be found to get a new drink. Margaritas seemed very weak compared to Loma Linda's. Overall, poor value and poor service.

Thank Mwietro

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3302 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH 43606-1517
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Toledo
  • Phone Number: +1 419-536-0471

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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?