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2195 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221
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Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
This is the best Mexican restaurant in Columbus. The food is always served fresh and hot. The service is the best. The Maragaritas are terrific, but the thing that brings us back 3-4 x a week is the way we are treated. We feel like we are a part of the Morales family. Perfecto.
03/08/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Recently I went to this El Vaquero and we were ""robbed"" by our server.
A group of friends and I shared a few pitchers of margaritas. When the bill came we agree to split the cost equally among us. The waitress added one more pitcher to our bill than what we consumed. I spoke up to correct the mistake, but no one wanted to dispute our server.
Our waitress tacked on an extra $16 pitcher...and we do not think this was not an ""honest mistake.""
The El Vaquero chain makes a good profit I am sure. I just hope this is not how they do it.
I will never patronize this El Vaquero again.
12/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This was once my favorite Mexican restaurant in Columbus. I have been away for a couple of years and won't go back. The place is clean, the servers were friendly and prompt. The chips were warm and seemed fresh, but the salsa seemed like it came out of a can. My entree was pathetic to be kind.
I ordered a beef burritto and beef enchilada. What I got was a burritto that consisted of a flour torilla wrapped around unseasoned (or perhaps very lightly seasoned) ground beef with a week almost spaghetti tasting sauce. The only difference between the burritto and the echilada was the enchilada used a corn tortilla. No beans, no rice. At $9.20 (including drink) this was a waste.
No one, my server or a manager, bothered to ask how my meal was, or I would have given them an ear full.
07/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We went to the location in Dublin 161/Sawmill Rd area. I used to LOVE this place. However, 7/23/2010 we went in late, around 9:30. I asked the gentleman at the door if they were still serving and he said ""yes.' I ordered a vaquero favorite of mine. It was AWFUL. Usually the portions are fantastic. There was about 2 tablespoons of rice, 4 zucchini’s, 1 mushroom and 5 or 6 pieces of chicken, the sauce was MISSING and it just tasted terrible. The salsa tasted like tomato sauce. They screwed up my husband’s order too. The guy at the door should have said ""We are about to close so we are going to serve you whatever leftovers from the day we can scrape up."" Highly unfortunate. Terrible way to treat a customer. We won't be going back anytime soon.
05/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Way back when, the place was decent. But now there are many more options about town that are far more authentic and much better.
If you like pre-fab margaritas and run of the mill food, you'll be fine here in your safety zone. But get out and explore, options in Mexican cuisine abound and it just takes alittle effort to find them.
11/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been a regular at El Vaquero (namely Riverside Drive location) for over 10 years. You will not find a more casual, fun, well priced place with better food or service in Columbus. That's why is packed 7 dats a week, every week. Sit at the bar and David will get your pitcher of Margarita out quick
08/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
A few years ago this was a good place to go. Now it is a place I will not go to. Last time in they had a dirty carpet and the tables were not clean. This location is the worst of the lot. Other locations are cleaner, but the food is formula and all the same, if you like that. Tried for the last time.
Used to have friendly wait people, not anymore. Used to know how to make a good margarita, nope. Used to have great chicken salad, no longer available. Guacamole is no better than a 4th grader could make.
They have become a chain and it really shows. Probably making money hand over fist but not from me. Try some real Mexican food. The chips are not even as good as they used to be. There are many places offering good service from friendly people with excellently prepared food and not formula food. Don't order the chili rellano. They have not a clue! Mashed potatoes?
As you can tell, I am no longer a fan.
07/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
the princes were great as well as the food... mmmmm the speedy gonzalez which was an enchilada, fried bean or rice, and a taco... were outstanding and it was the first and only thing i have been getting there. im from a very authentic italian family and my mom has NEVER tried mexican but she LOVED it. she actually at guacamole which she always used to think was terrible *idk y* but she ate it! MMMMM!!!!!! GO EL VAQUERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My friends recently visited the newly opened Dublin/Columbus location on 161 near Sawmill Rd. Their waiter repeatedly swore at them in Spanish throughout the meal.(replacing amigo with another word) They realized what he was saying, then listened closer to make sure they were hearing him correctly. I've been going to this El Vaquero's a few times a month since they've opened, the service is mediocre it takes forever to pay and the food is average. I wonder how many times I've been tipping 20% to have the waiters call me and my friends derogatory names.
02/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recently visited the Hilliard-Rome location. We arrived around 6pm on a Friday evening and ordered a margarita pitcher. However, this is not enough to constitute decent service. Around 730, our waiter Nacho, told us that there were other people waiting to be seated and we needed to leave. The gall! Apparently, my money is not wanted at this restaurant. This is UNACCEPTABLE behavior for someone in the service industry. Apparently El Vaquero?s want to fall prey to the economic downturn. I will also be writing to the ""Consumer Choice"" award folks. As this restaurant has somehow fooled them in to thinking they have great service.
PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THESE LOCATIONS!
I'll be going to Chipotle, where at least I won't be asked to leave...when I'm a paying customer!
12/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We go there almost every week and each week, even if we order the same dish, it never taste the same. The waiters were very impolite when we stay there for a long time. One of them even mentioned that they don't care if we come there, b'coz they have other customerts who pay more. Btw me and my friends always spend around $150 every week over there. This was a big shock for us. They need to hire employees who care about the name too.
08/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Been to Mexico many times, once for 2 months, and while this food is far from authentic, is is one of the best around here, and I have been to all their locations in central Ohio since they opened. Menu is rather static, but food is always cooked correctly, and served hot and fast. Coupons are always available, making their low prices even a better value. Service is also top notch...the mostly ethic specific staff is always hustling, and working hard to please you, however, if you don't know Spanish, there can be a language barrier, especially trying to order something special or custom. There chicken tacos are the most authentic, adding hot salsa (free, just ask for it when they serve the complementary chips). I actually prefer Casa Fiesta for food, but Vaquero's bars are better equipped for happy hours and the Friday after work social.
10/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Unlike other newly expanded regional chains, El Vaquero lost nothing when it expanded from this original location. The best cheap eats and drinks in Columbus. Grab a pitcher of the Texas Margaritas on the rocks, choose just about anything for a meal, and enjoy. The service is crazy fast and attentive, especially during lunches. Flat screen TVs throughout show sports. Food is not perfectly authentic but so good you won't really care, frankly. Fajitas are generous, anything with chorizo here is a winner, and the newer fish items are pretty good. Get a side of guacamole and some pico de gallo, which is occassionally hot enough to slowly lose your mind. You'll need that margarita. Environment is fun and often loud, good for parties. Great for after work stress relief, not for romantic evenings. Cinco de Mayo is a madhouse here. Weekends are slow: the perfect time to spend a hot (or cold!) Ohio afternoon. Grab a flan for dessert. If they made homemade sangria this place would be very close to heaven.
03/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I recently dined at El Vaquero for the first time on a Thursday night.
At first glance, the bar is hard to find b/c it's lowered down into the floor. We grabbed a drink before dinner and I would recommend the Texas Margarita. The Sangria is bad, not authentic at all. Once seated, the menu is a bit overwhelming with so many options but we decided on the Camerones Rancheros and the Hot/Spicy Chicken. The chicken dish was not spicy at all and tasted like chicken swimming in a red bbq sauce.
The shrimp dish was much better. Having a drink with dinner? I would skip the regular margaritas b/c they were extremely watery. Next time, I'll stick to a Corona or Negro Modelo.
Overall, we enjoyed it. Would go back to try different dishes and snack on chips & salsa. Drinks are less to be desired.