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“Fun and really good food”

El Charro Cafe - The Original
Ranked #66 of 2,099 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: 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!"
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sonora Mexican is my favorite and they do it right. Excellent service and authentic flavors. A must in Tucson. Go early-or wait!

Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is alive. It's quite large with separate rooms everywhere. It's absolutely delightful. The staff scammers around as fast as they can. The food may take a little time to get, but sit back have one of their great margarita's and delicious salsa and chips. The atmosphere can't be beat. Always a crowd but people move through fairly fast. Food is secondary to the drinks, music, and upbeat flavor of the place.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got a recommendation to try this restaurant and were not disappointed! We split a dish and had more than enough food. It was crowded, which is a good sign, but the wait was not long. Wonderful out door seating and great guaqamala! We would love to try it again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old-time Tucson adobe dwelling atmosphere. Have a margarita (frozen or not) and their famous carne seca or regular shredded beef in any of their authentic Mexican dishes. I go via Uber so I can have 2 margaritas. Lol.

Thank Adebouch d
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Margaritas are the best! Wonderful atmosphere, original old Tucson. Had a really nice time with friends.

Thank Barbara S
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