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“Completely Reliable”
Review of El Mariachi

El Mariachi
Ranked #40 of 408 Restaurants in Rockville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 35
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Silver Spring, Maryland
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Completely Reliable”
Reviewed 29 November 2011

My wife and I have been eating at El Mariachi several times a year for many years. It is one of a very few restaurants in our area whose food is consistently satisfying and where service is always prompt and friendly, even at the height of the dinner hour, with special requests unfailingly met. The menu is large, including both standard Tex-Mex and both traditional and innovative Mexican dishes. The fajitas are particularly good and so are items like masitas de puerco, duck with olives, and shrimp with mango. The bar makes a fine margarita. Lunch features inexpensive platters and salads. Though this is a large-ish restaurant and tables are fairly close together, noise levels are quite reasonable even when the restaurant is full: one doesn't have to be part of the conversation at the next table. The clientele is highly varied, from young children to seniors and a full range of racial/ethnic groups. El Mariachi is a great place for solid, everyday dining.

  • Visited November 2011
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English first
Rockville, Maryland
1 review
“Bad manners, poor food”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Went into El Mariachi based on high reviews. The server was rude and
answered our brief questions with an attitude. We had over 4 dishes and
each dish was consistently salty-actually extremely salty. I've tried many
restaurants from Mexican to Peruvian cuisine and this place took the
bottom. If you must try, order one carryout first to see if it suits your taste.

La Canela and other similar restaurants near are a much better choice!

  • Visited November 2011
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Bethesda, Maryland
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food in a suburban strip mall”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Although this place is in the corner of a strip mall, the Mexican food is wonderful. It not only has the traditional Mexican dishes, but also has a wonderful duck with olives and good shrimp dishes. The salsa and chips put on the table when you arrive are home made and very tasty as well. Finally, the staff is very friendly and welcoming. But get there early on a weekend unless you want to wait. Lots of people seem to have found this place already.

  • Visited October 2011
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Mid-Atlantic Areal
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“So consistently good!”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

If Tex-Mex cooked perfectly and a huge, frosty pitcher of the best margaritas you've ever had in a white-tablecloth, cozy, clean restaurant makes your day, El Mariachi should be your next dining destination. Tucked in a strip mall right off convenient Rockville Pike, parking is ample and secure in this bustling mecca of ethnic restaurants and shops. They start you with complimentary nachos and salsa, and then the fun begins! Settle in because other appetizers, wonderful soups or salads, or delectable shrimp, beef, fish entrees or awesome chicken tamales await. In fact, try any of the numerous, generous platters, which come with either red or black beans and rice, for an authenic, spicy taste of the best Tex-Mex cuisine in Montgomery County. Did I mention that the prices are very reasonable and the wait staff as friendly and energetic as can be? El Mariachi is truly a hidden gem.

  • Visited July 2011
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Rincon
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Simple is More”
Reviewed 15 August 2011

This is a great restaurant for any occasion. The food is delicious and authentic and the staff is quick and friendly. The outside is nothing to write home about and the inside barely has anything on the walls but the atmosphere is perfect. Is it classy, authentic and fairly quiet so you can enjoy the company at your table.

  • Visited October 2010
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