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El Charro

2010 Southeast Delaware Avenue, Suite 230, Ankeny, IA
(515) 964-4264
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Ranked #25 of 99 restaurants in Ankeny
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 8, 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We have been to all of the Mexican restaurants in Ankeny, and think this one is the best. The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, the service is excellent, and while Mexican food in the Des Moines area is average this restaurant is the best Mexican cuisine in the area. The salsa was very fresh and flavorful. I had the... More

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IOWA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We dined at El Charro on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The food was very good, our server attentive to our needs, and the atmosphere took us on an afternoon getaway to Mexico. It was pleasurable to eat with Spanish influenced music playing rather than American Hip Hop. Prior to our meal arriving, we enjoyed a basket of tortilla chips and... More

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Grinnell, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Very nice mexican place with great authentic mexican food. Salsa and chips are fantastic! Very large menu.

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Ankeny
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

There are five mexican resturants in Ankeny, and we think this one is the best. Their food is great tasting and not to spicy. We love their salsa. The portions are large, and prices are very reasonable. Not much more to say other than we will be back. I do agree with other reviews, that the servers get to jacking... More

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Brecon, Wales
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Great tasting Mexican food, Amazing value for money. Will come again when I am next in the area.My only complaint was the food was not spicy but there was chilli on the table if I wanted to liven it up!

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USA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Some years ago I worked in Monterrey, Mexico for a few weeks. A drink to which I was introduced was the BANDERA (that's FLAG in Spanish). It is three shot glasses of liquid; sangrita (not the sangria wine), white tequila, and lime juice. Each is in their own separate glass and represent the flag of Mexico. This is the only... More

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Ankeny, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is, without a doubt, my favorite Mexican Restaurant in the greater Des Moines area. The Chicken Fajita Taco Salad is second to none. You need a knife to cut the chicken, to fully appreciate the Chicken Tortilla Soup -- delicious!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Love the chips and Cilantro heavy salsa! Love the Hawaiian Pork Tacos! Taco salads are ok- like everywhere. Great service and friendly! Oh, they have free WiFi too:)!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

Stopped here while on a short visit to the area. Wasn't too busy for a Saturday night. The food was fine but the service was poor and the waiters uninterested. Between bringing wrong orders and no refills, I wasn't all that impressed. Somebody needs to give the staff and management a pep talk.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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345 reviews 345 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

This is the same food you have had at every other mexican place around town.

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