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El Vaquero Authentic Mexican

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925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
10:00 - 21:00
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Went with some friends and it was better than I expected. I live in Mexico part of the year and the food was good.

Thank MrPV
West Hartford, Connecticut
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Arnold does not offer great food, at least as far as I could tell. We ate at this place and at the Brewery, and neither one came close to wowing us. This place has large portions of gringo Mex. You've got to eat somewhere. I'm sure there are worse choices in town, not sure if there are better ones.

Thank MiksterCT
Santa Cruz, California
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Chile verde is my standard order be it tacos , tostadas or plated with rice and beans. This has just enough kick with the chilis and the pork is lean and tender. We arrived just as they were opening for lunch and by the time we were finished it was a hoping place with locals. It is a good place... More 

Thank pamelamR4732JY
Cambridge, Maryland
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We stopped in for a late dinner and even though it was close to closing time they still seated us with smiles. The service was good, and the food was very flavorful. If we lived in the area we would be regulars.

Thank An-Opinion2
Oakland, California
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Sometimes you just need to have Mexican food! Rice, beans, tortillas! This place is authentic and great food! You can sit outside and have a cold beer while your food comes out! It's delicious! The service is mostly friendly and quick! Love it!

Thank joanne_judt
Arnold, California
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

El Vaquero is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant that has been in operation for about five years. While nothing on the menu is spectacular, all of the food is good and you get good value for the dollar. You can get the enchlidas and tamalies with either red or green sauce. My favorite is the green, which is... More 

Thank Michael M
Livermore, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

Delicious enchiladas and " street tacos" I ordered one street taco and it was so good I asked for another one! The staff were very friendly and busy! Portion size huge!

Thank ACDavary
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

decent salsa but the meat was cooked off the bone. Friendly staff. Not worth a return visit, I would rather eat trail mix in the car.

Thank Climbert8
Hamilton, Michigan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Great food. Service was good. Pretty authentic a little american/Mexican. Chili Relano was good and wet burrito was good

Thank JasonT49419
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

I took my grandson here for dinner. He is a very picky eater, but he ate everything that was served and said that he wished he'd had more refried beans...they were so good. I had the chicken mole, which was very flavorful. My grandson took a bite and actually liked it. What a surprise!

Thank Sandra N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Arnold
  • Phone Number: 7953303209

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?