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El Charro Cafe - The Original

#11 of 1,553 Restaurants in Tucson}
$$ - $$$, Latin, Spanish
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
+1 520-622-1922
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“carne seca” (306 reviews)
“chimichanga” (109 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (92 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1016
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked right in with a reservation on a very crowded Friday night of Parent's Weekend! We were VERY fortunate to have Steven as our waiter! What a Pro! He carefully explained the menu and offered up suggestions (which we took) and man are we...More

Thank CruisenFamily
Reviewed yesterday

We have tried virtually every Mexican Food Restaurant we can find in the Tucson Area, and El Charro ranks up there as one of the Best in our Opinion. We drove downtown to experience the original restaurant and found the food and service to be...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed yesterday

Sounded great, good reviews, so we drove there and I was disappointed. It was busy, but I felt the service was lacking. The manager was running around barking at his workers, but not doing a thing. The food was more American Mexican than authentic Mexican....More

Thank Enrique D
Reviewed yesterday

El Charro made me really angry about 15 years ago and, as I hold a grudge, it's hard to praise the place, but my immaturity now revealed, I have to say that El Charro is a downtown mainstay of many decades' standing, and while I'm...More

Thank jemimajones2016
Reviewed 2 days ago

Five of us went to El Charro for dinner. Upon our arrival we were greeted and sat very quickly without reservations, albeit just prior to 6PM and on a Monday night. The hostess was very nice as was the entire staff. Our waiter was courteous...More

Thank John J
Reviewed 2 days ago

The service and food were excellent. I especially liked the original tacos. They were nice and crispy the way I like them but not too crispy. The green chili cheese crisp was just right as it wasn't too cheesy or too crisp. Our group of...More

Thank Maureenclaire
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great food, great service! I got tamales, husband got a burrito. We both enjoyed queso and margaritas. Love that it's set in an old house too! Would definitely return!

Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Small menu but decent variety. All meet entrees cooked over wood. Have eaten here twice and will again. Food is very good and reasonably price. Can dress casual or dress up at feel comfortable here.

Thank blstarkey
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great, a lot of different options for everyone. We split the Chimichanga's and cheese enchilada's Mexican flag style which were both great. But the Churro was what made us really glad that we stopped in.

Thank Brad F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hearty Mexican with an authentic twist. Fresh ingredients, some cured on site. Very friendly service and nice setting. Come hungry.

Thank i-witness30
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Jeannine G
19 August 2017|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
We were there for dinner, so, unfortunately, I didn't see any mention of Happy Hour drinks.
6 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.
18 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
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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