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El Charro Restaurant

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24401 Harper Ave, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080-3928
+1 586-779-5060
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Roseville, Michigan
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31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here countless times over the years. I've never been disappointed by the quality or amount of food. While not your everyday taco, I enjoy their puffy tacos with a tostada and the sides of beans and rice. I've had shaky service in the past, but the food is always good.

Thank chriswhite1203
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

They automatically give plastic ware during "lunch" hours. Not sure when there lunch hours are. I have gone through their drive through later in the day to pick up a meal for work. I work the evening shift. Did not get any plastic ware. I was told you have to ask for plastic ware during their non lunch hours. So... More 

Thank Kathy P
warren mi
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

this el charro is very similar to the other el charro on 14 mile but they do not serve alcohol it is mainly a lunch dinner place. you place order when you arrive and they bring your food to you free refills on drinks soda ice tea that is

Thank motorcityWarrenMi
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285 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

This place is in my old neighborhood and we used to go once in awhile when I was a kid - 40 years ago. Was in the area and wanted a fast quick lunch so figured why not. The place was a bit fancier inside but the puffy tacos were about what I remembered. Pretty glad I stopped it was... More 

Thank firestalker
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

The prices are up to 4x the price that they should be. This was the absolute Worst Mexican 'food'?, that my friend and I ever Ever had!!! The service was almost as bad as the food-very close. If you drive by this place on a regular basis, you'll notice their parking lot is mostly empty. That in itself is reflective... More 

Thank Mary-Joen116
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This restaurant is a perfect stop if you want good, fast, fresh Tex-Mex food without resorting to the slop that the fast food restaurants serve. El Charro does have a formal sit-down restaurant nearby in Fraser, but this is a good one for a basic meal. Food is ordered at the counter, and your entree is brought out to the... More 

Thank Wildcat_Rudy
Detroit, MI
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168 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

El Charro is known for their unique soft shell taco - like no other. 10+ all day every time! I had the grilled chicken burrito with zucchini, onions, mushrooms and green peppers topped with cheese. Absolutely deeee-lish. Although this is cafeteria style, when you place your order, you get complimentary chips/salsa and then the wait staff brings your food to... More 

Thank Showmesun
Eastpointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

My family & friends like to occasionally frequent El Charro Restaurant for good Mexican Food & their Marqueritas.

Thank PamelaVitaliBaker
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, United States
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2014

not sure how authentic the food is, but good service, you come in order at the counter and your food is brought to your table.. Had the Spanish rice and Chicken quesadilla, ok portions, not much taste.. would satisfy late night munchies. otherwise there are better places.

Thank Brian N
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19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014 via mobile

I have had Mexican food from all over the Detroit area. This place is by far the worst. The food is less of a quality than taco bell. The service is fine, atmosphere is good. But the food is a major deal breaker.

Thank Benjamin R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$14
Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24401 Harper Ave, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080-3928
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Saint Clair Shores
  • Phone Number: +1 586-779-5060
El Charro, owned and operated by the Martin family, is renown for consistently providing authentic, delicious Mexican cuisine & their famous tacos. El Charro has always been a Fraser community staple, with a beautiful decor and unique atmosphere, with original Mexican recipes derived from Delia's parents, Consuelo and Rosalio Rendon. Great reviews and guest satisfaction have always been a priority for El Charros & the Martin family and have become pillars for their growth. Since its conception, George and Delia Martin and their young family, Ed, Jeff, Mark and Lynn, worked long hours to establish a thriving family oriented business they are very proud of. Following in the family tradition, the grandchildren also work at the restaurant, making it truly a family business. The original Fraser, Michigan location opened in 1971, with financial backing from George's parents, George, Sr. and Lila Martin. It was then a small full service establishment with a seating capacity of just over 45 patrons. El Charro quickly began to grow & In 1978, the capacity doubled in sized to 90 seats. In 1980 a new 60-seat restaurant with a convenient drive-thru window opened in St. Clair Shores. By 1992, the original Fraser location, still not large enough to accommodate the growing crowds, led to the construction of a new 240-seat restaurant in downtown Fraser. Its third location in Macomb, with seating for 120 patrons, opened to quite the fanfare in 2004. El Charros newest location was established in Troy with a seating capacity of 96 and just celebrated its second year anniversary. The Martin family would like to thank you for your business and invites everyone to "Experience the Essence of Mexico" at El Charro.

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