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El Charro - Livermore

41 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups (50)
  • Neighborhood Gem (47)
  • Kid-friendly (44)

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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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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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Cross street
First Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 41 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Livermorejim (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 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.

STPMoore (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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.

Ridgeback12 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipJemonfu (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipSandy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2014

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

sister (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

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

sister (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Great food, service in this small family run spot.

Littleoldme (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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!

sister (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipGordo (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

Good relaxing atmosphere, good food

Nanourksa (Anchorage)
3.0  Dined 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.

KathaB2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

UnhappyHost (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 21, 2013

Good food, attentative wait service

vipLynn29 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

viprenabena (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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!

foodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2013

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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!

sassysteph (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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