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El Charro - Livermore

3.9
41 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

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About

El Charro Mexican Food & Cantina is a warm and inviting eatery that dishes out authentic Mexican cuisine in Livermore. Try the fresh and gooey bean and cheese dip and the decadent guacamole, both served with homemade tortilla chips, for sensational starters. Award-winning enchiladas are a must-try at El Charro. Varieties include chicken, beef or just cheese stuffed options, slathered in the homemade tangy red sauce. El Charro Mexican Food & Cantina also crafts a popular selection of tacos burritos and tortas, like the popular sautéed prawn burrito with homemade pico de gallo and the super-loaded vegetarian taco plate.

Additionally, El Charro Mexican Food & Cantina has a full kids’ menu, serves breakfast and has an array of combo meals, perfect for any taste.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(925) 371-8297
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Semi-private room seats up to 60 people
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
First Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.3
ambience
2.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

This is a great find here in Livermore. Always gret service, great food and margaritas to die fore!

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2015

El Charro is very reliable. The fajitas were awesome. We don't like green bell peppers so they left them out and gave us just red. Happy to find a place that does that pre-mixed stuff that can't be changed. Great meal.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Good food for a quick night out. Not overly fancy, but a good place for more than 6 to 8 people.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2014

We sat in the back room and the noise was not as bad as the main room. Food was excellent. I have the shrimp and it was very good. Will have it again. Service was very fast and attentive.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2014

We went to El Charro for the first time to dinner. As with lunch, food was GREAT!! Service also very good, beer selection that is on tap is also very good. Definitely a neighborhood gem. They need to advertise. We didn't know they were there for years.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2014

The food was good, the service was fast and the staff was friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

Great service from Erick! Food and drink always very good and a great value.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Great food, service in this small family run spot.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2014

We decided to go here for a night out, our server was great, food was ok...
The noise level in the restaurant was way too loud and bright!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

We live in town and I drive by this place everyday. Never thought to give it a try until now
and sure glad we did. The service was amazing, thank you Eric. The drinks were ordered, they
came right away, placed dinner order and I swear it was sitting in front of us in less than 7 minutes!
A little load but for a Friday night that would be the norm. Can't wait to try something else on the menu.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Good relaxing atmosphere, good food

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2014

We enjoyed our meal enhanced by friendly, prompt service The chicken mole was just "ok". Prices were reasonable. The menu is standard California Mexican with a variety of margaritas. The location is good--close to First Street and the Livermore Cinema. Small parking lot, but parking is available on the side street.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2014

Our extended family of 10 visited El Charro on a Sunday afternoon, with reservations at 1:30. El Charro was ready for us, and had the table set up already, so as we arrived we could be seated immediately. We had a wonderful server (wish I could remember his name),who made our whole lunch even more special. We asked if the music could be turned down, and he took care of that; he checked with us to see if we were ready to order, and did not hurry us in any way; he explained any questions we had about our choices; and in general, we felt like we were at home in this restaurant. Very comfortable. He even suggested that he could separate the orders so we could pay individually. What a treat! The food was delicious, and we will return!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Great Mexican food. Pretty authentic. Severs always very friendly, attentive. My go-to for Mexican food cravings - which is at least weekly!

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2013

Good food, attentative wait service

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2013

First time visit for dinner for 6 people. Margaritas were excellent and the food was just about perfect. We were seated in a room with a large group of people who were extremely noisy and they happily moved us to another room. Nice to finally find a really good Mexican restaurant...tired of the other local Mexican restaurants in Livermore and Dublin.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2013

I love this place. We're such regulars here that everyone stops by to say hello. I have my favorite dishes but sometimes step outside the box to try other things. The bistek ranchero is my all time favorite dish, especially when the jalapenos are hot! I do wish they had a few more vegetarian dishes (maybe fajitas?) The fish tacos are pretty great too. Service is always spot on. Be prepared to wait a little for your food if they have a big party. It is worth the wait!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2013

Love El Charros, eat there often, friendly, good food, fun for groups. Little noisy when packed, but worth it.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2013

I frequented El Charro when it used to be on the other side of First Street; mainly for the excellent breakfast burrittos on hungover weekend mornings.
I hadn't been to the new location since they relocated so for my birthday I suggested El Charro! My friends and I were very happy with the food and the pitcher of Tres Agaves margaritas were muy bueno!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2013

Food I felt was average the service was slow and it was a warm day outside and the inside temperature matched

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2013

Good food and attentive service

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2013

Went here for my bday!! Good food good service

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2013

Decent food for the price. Service was okay but our table was not ready when we got there.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2013

This was our first time at El Charro, the service was very friendly. The food was good, solid American Mexican food. I had the Burrito Mojado with Carnitas, just exactly what I wanted, delish pork carnitas with the wonderful red sauce. My husband had the chicken flautas, he was a little dissapointed but I had a bite and they were well seasoned, crisp and good, just not knock your socks off good (it's a flauta!). However, the plate was lacking in appeal, the refried beans looked like they had been sitting awhile but they tasted fresh and very good, so can not complain.

We are from Arizona where you can find some really outstanding authentic Mexican food. But El Charro will absolutely be our go to Mexican food spot.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2013

Always good and generally busy on the weekends. There was a line going out the door waiting for tables on this visit, but OpenTable allowed us to walk right to the front and be seated within 2 minutes.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2013

We always have a great experience when we eat at El Charro. Their food and service is very good.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2012

We come here a lot and the food and service are always good. We came on a Saturday night and were seated right away. We had to wait longer than usual to get our food though. We made it in time for happy hour and got our $3 margaritas!

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3.0Dined on December 11, 2012

Service still sporadic to non-existent. Starting to wonder if they will ever sort it out. Food was good though.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2012

Reliable and better than most "gooey Mexican" food, all the elements are there and far better than a lot of other Tri-Valley choices.

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2.0Dined on November 9, 2012

Friday night reservation @ 18:30 for two. Very busy when we arrived with several people waiting for tables. Slow service, waiter kept saying he was sorry there was a big party in the restaurant but in reality he had too many tables to take care of. Took 50 min. to get our food. Prices were low but food was just OK. I had the prawn tacos, shrimp instead of prawns, taste was OK but hardly any shrimp in the meal. Wife had chicken mole, she is a mexican food fan, she wasn't impressed. Beer was $4.50 for a ice cold 16 oz. Dos Equis which was great. Place was crowded with seemingly happy customers so they are doing something right, but we'll continue trying different places and won't be returning.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2012

Best Mexican food at a sit-down restaurant in Livermore.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2012

The food is good and we love their happy hour! $3 margaritas are a winner!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2012

Service was great. We had a great experience at this place. Our waiter was the best.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2012

Delicious food, good service, reasonable pricing. Everything was fresh and well prepared.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2012

It has great Mexican food. It always fresh and good. They are consistent on service and the service is awesome.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2012

They had a table for 12 waiting for us at the time of our reservation and greeted the members of our party as they arrived and escorted them to the table. All of this was on Cinco de Mayo so of course they were already extremely busy. Our party was happy with the food except for a taco special - 3 for $5. They were not very tasting and certainly small. The wait person might mention their size when someone orders the special. I had the enchilada/chile rellano combination and it was good.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2012

Nice, clean restaurant with attentive staff and good food. Would definitely go back. They brought a special dessert for a birthday and the staff sang to her. Very festive atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2012

I love everything about this place! Monica is the best and will make this a once a week dinner spot.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2012

Had a group reservation on a busy weekend night, and were seated right away -- table was ready. Service was great, food was great, ambiance was great. Definitely noisy when busy, but at least it's boisterous. Been several times before and plan to keep returning!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2012

Always great home cooked Mexican food at reasonable prices. This is our "go to" spot for Mexican food in the area.

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