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El Vaquero

200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
217-234-7290
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Ranked #1 of 58 Restaurants in Mattoon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Aug 8, 2014
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English first
Mattoon, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We eat here several times a week. Always treat family and out of towners to a meal here. Great food. Even better service!

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Lebanon, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I ate here on a current business trip to the area after reading the reviews on trip advisor. The reviews were spot on. The food was excellent and quick. I had fajitas and they were some of the best I have ever had in the Midwest. They also have a full bar. Great place to stop, you won't be disappointed!

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MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am happy you enjoyed El Vqauero! Come back soon. More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I travel a lot, and I happened to be here in Mattoon for a few days and decided to try El Vaquero. Chile relleno was very good, a part of the El Vaquero combo, which was excellent. The ground beef was a little dry but everything was fresh and tasty. It was much like a 100 other Mexican restaurants in... More

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Mattoon, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We are regular visitors to this restaurant we live in town but I can tell you that this is hands-down the best Mexican restaurant in the town of Mattoon you won't be disappointed eating here.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

As a recent vegan I am constantly in search of a really tasty veggie fajita. Tonight....I found it! The server was prompt and the kitchen delivered the perfect "spicy" veggie fajita's. Not just loaded with jalapeño but a great mix if veggies and just the tight amount of heat. I now have a permanent stop off on my travels down... More

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I love the food! Absolutely my favorite place to eat! The service is great too, very fast and the food comes to the table sizzling. I have eaten here many times and never had a bad experience. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are huge. I always take home a container of leftovers.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I have lived in Mattoon for almost 10 years now & I can say with confidence that this is the absolute best place to get Mexican food around. My favorite dish is the title of my review & I get it everytime. The service, food, drinks, portions, prices, seating, & atmosphere are all fantastic. A+++

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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326 reviews 326 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Dinner with friends and the service from when we walked in to when we checked out was outstanding. The Saturday special, a pork dish, was excellent. The fajitas were a bit dry but good flavor and generous. Recommend their margaritas. The atmosphere is typical Mexican restaurant style.

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Mattoon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is your typical mexican restaurant. Nothing special but always good. Not a great atmosphere, but great service.

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Hutsonville, IL
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115 reviews 115 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Ate here for the first time today. I had the tilapia lunch special. I was surprised how large the filet was and it was excellent! And served with lots of different vegetables. I asked for some guacamole with it and got a large portion. Chips and salsa were great, salsa was nice and fresh (bland but a little Yucatan Sauce... More

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