Tucson >Food & Dining > El Charro Cafe
311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8570132.225750 -110.974504
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Ward 1, El Presidio
DaRev1 – I saw this restaurant featured in 2 shows on the food network. I made the 90min. trip down from Phoenix to try it. What a waste of time. The food was mediocre at best. The service was terrible not to mention we were seated right next to the kitchen where the group of 19 year olds running the place were loud and obnoxious. This aside, I decided to try the specialty - a $16.95 carne seca chimichanga called the USA Today special. The carne seca tasted alot like soggy beef jerky. I paid about $12.00 too much for this experience. My gilfriend had the chile relleno. It was so stringy, her knife wouldn't cut through it. DON'T GO....SAVE YOURSELF
Why bother? – Why wait? Why have servers that are borderline nasty? Why do this to yourselves for an outdayed review from USA Today? Carne seca dried on the roof? Hmmm... tasted more like the roof itself! There are about a 1000 taco joints in this city all of which are at least equals to this well over rated Tucson Icon.
Want great inventive Mexican in a friendly atmosphere? Go to Cafe Poca Cosa.
Want traditional food? Go to La Puriza Suza.
went to the wilmont &broadway location, it is a nice place to eat, only if you are not in a hurry, it is not a really long wait as long as you are not trying to get there on saturday night at peak dinner time, the ambience is pretty cool and their cuisine is very aunthentic they have some house creations which are delightful and very rich, if you are not a spicy food person READ the menu carefully, some dishes can be blazing. The ambience is much better at night, lunch hour can be little slow. this is the place to go if you like vibrant music and see people moving around not a place for quiet candlelight dinner. but is very fun and kids friendly too.
Disregard naysayers – This is one of the best restaurants of any type in Tucson. I have been to El Charro more times than I can count over the years, and have never had a bad experience. We even held a business meeting there over lunch, and they were very accommodating and gracious. Each time I go, I swear I'll try something new on the menu, but I just can't stop ordering the carne seca burro, enchilada style. The carne seca, the specialty of the house, is air dried in a cage hanging over the roof. Go out on the patio and check it out. The one time I strayed from my carne seca addiction, I ordered from the modern section of the menu, and I was rewarded with an excellent meal that went beyond typical Mexican fare. Next time I go, I promise to try something new!
Restaurant Nut – This place was the best. Great food, service, and the most colorful place I've been to ever. Can't wait to go again.
SAD – We have been to EL CHARRO 3 times. Usually with quests. All three times we have found the food to be mediocre at best, the service to be poor and arrogant, and the prices far exceed the experience.
Boring and typical – If you're into boring chain restraunt style food El Charro's the place for you. The mexican food is edible but there's nothing special about it. An excessive amount of cheeze is found on almost any entree.
Extremely overrated. – If this place wasn't such an institution, it would have closed. The food is bland, the service mediocre, and the management seems not to care because people will still, for some reason I will never understand, flock to this place. El Charro wouldn't last a week in Phoenix.
native fav – where else can you get carne seca that is actually sun dried on the roof , enough said absolutely the best!!!!
10 – Awesome, the best Mexican Food in the USA! Everything is good, you will not be disappointed.
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