El Charro Café has been serving guests in Tucson since 1922. El Charro has four locations in Tucson. There is also another restaurant run by the same people called, Charro Steak, which is located in Downtown Tucson. The first El Charro Café is the original location which is located in downtown at 311 N Court Ave. There are also locations in Oro Valley, Ventana, and the Tucson International Airport. El Charro Café is one of the oldest restaurants, and it is special because the same family has run this restaurant after all of these years. This restaurant is known for its authentic Mexican food with some Sonoran flavors. El Charro Café has been mentioned in several magazines for its tasty food. According to the restaurant’s website, the orginial chef owner, Tia Monica Flin, created the first “Chimichanga”. A Chimichanga is essentially a fried burrito. The woman with the current title as chef is Flin’s great grandniece, Carlotta Flores. Flores and her family continue to keep the El Charro locations a success as they continue to be recognized in numerous magazines for their delicious Mexican food.


El Charro has a history in the town of Tucson but also stays up to date with its local college students. The menu stays up to date with the current eating trends, even having an entire vegan section. They also attract upperclassmen with their lengthy drink menu that includes a natural margarita with agave. El Charro has an outside patio that can host large parties for things like game days or birthday parties. It is also the perfect meeting spot from campus to downtown. Allowing students to hit up El Charro for dinner then head into downtown for the bar scene after.  


The Downtown location’s address is 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719.

The hours of this location are 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Monday through Thursday and Sunday. It is open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

The Oro Valley location’s address is 7725 N Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85704.

The hours of this location are 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Monday through Thursday and Sunday. It is open on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

The location in Ventana is located at 6910 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85710.

This location is open on Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM. It is also open on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

El Charro is also located at concourse B of the Tucson International Airport.

The hours of this location open at 4 AM and the closing depends on when the last plane leaves.


El Charro Café offers a unique full menu which can be found on their website. There is a regular menu, dessert menu, happy hour menu, kid’s menu, lunch menu, and a menu which includes party trays.

The menu is one that can appeal to customers who are vegan and gluten free. There are also items that can be considered breakfast, which can even be ordered at dinner time.

Items include enchiladas, salads, soups, a chimichanga platter, tacos, burgers, guacamole, nachos, cheesecrisps, and quesadillas.

The menu is reasonably prices with main entrees ranging from $12 to $16.

The restaurant also offers options to order online from sites such as Grubhub, Eatstreet, and Eat 24 so that customers can get their food delivered to their home or work.


I enjoy visiting El Charro Café. The food is delicious and authentic. I also love the exterior look of the restaurant because it gives off a fun and interesting vibe. The interior is simple, cute, and casual. This is a great restaurant that I enjoy bringing my family to when they come to visit because it is a great example of delicious Mexican food in Tucson. I understand why El Charro has the reputation that it does because of its consistency.