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El Molinito

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
+1 520-744-1188
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Vail, Arizona
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Whenever someone mentions Mexican food, El Molinito's is the place that always set the standard in my mind. Unfortunately, the last two visits to this one are enough to change my mind. Now don't get me wrong, the food is still amazing, but the service at this location is horrid. For example, I recently stopped for lunch and was seated... More 

Thank Thomas A
Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is always a dependable, nice restaurant. Not fancy, but authentic wit great Mexican meals. My friends from Iowa loved the choices they had. Chips and salsa always free and waiters on top of things.

Thank NordicgirlluvsAZ
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Very good chip and salsa, good meal and friendly staff. Wait time is usually short but plan for some waiting. Bar available for wait time. Very enjoyable dining experience.

Thank Ivan J
Oro Valley, Arizona
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237 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Went to a community event catered by El M. Normally, I do not like Mex buffets but this one was above average. It was hot, flavorful and plenty. On the menu was rice, beans, tacos, enchiladas, chimis, and chips with salsa and guacamole. The taco shells were from a box (ugh) and the guacamole was not so good but the... More 

Thank maggiez99z
Stow, Ohio
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136 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

It looks like El Molinito gets a lot of mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. I guess different people have different ideas of what a Mexican restaurant should be. We have several good restaurants near our home, and this was as good as any. Nice tamales, tacos and chicken enchiladas. Comfortable atmosphere and attentive service.

Thank Dale L
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Some of the best service in the area. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Specials are great. One of my favorite items are the green corn tamales you can get 2 with side of beans, which are out of this world good, for a great price. Actually, everything we have ordered was good. Everyone has their own taste when it... More 

Thank Debby C
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I've lived in Tucson for more than 30 years and have had my share of substandard dining experiences, but this one is right up near the top. Grimy silverware, industrial grade guacamole, and THE worst fish tacos I think I have ever experienced (piles of what looked like pan fried tilapia). Wow. The enchiladas ordered by one of our party... More 

Thank Jim O
Casa Grande, Arizona
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The food and service is among the best restaurants in Arizona. The value is amazing. Tucson, in our opinion is the home to the best Mexican food in the nation and we feel that El Molinito's is at the top of that list in the Old Pueblo. They have four locations in the area.

Thank David I
Tucson, Arizona
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73 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Having been in Tucson for 20 plus years I know my way around the restaurant scene. I love a great Mexican restaurant. This isn't one of them. Ok, I actually sent my meal back and paid for my our drinks and left the last time a ate here. But let's give them another chance. It hasn't changed. Unfortunately I was... More 

Thank sonofbeach57
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

First, this is a review only of the red beef tamales. We wanted to purchase tamales for Christmas but thought we had better try one before buying a dozen. Wow! The tamale was delicious and larger than most. It had a firm masa and a ton of shredded beef that still had a nice texture. The spice level was just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741-2060
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-744-1188

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