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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
+1 217-234-7290
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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They have the best food ever!!! If you ever are in mattoon you need to go here. They have nice staff, great food, great prices and they have great service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

They have the best food ever!!! If you ever are in mattoon you need to go here. They have nice staff, great food, great prices and they have great service.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great atmosphere & service! We eat at El Vaquero a couple of times a month if not more. We've never had a meal there that wasn't delicious. Very reasonable as well.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I like the Mexican Food here better than any National Chain restaurant. Menu is well suited for just about any taste and beer is served along with the usual soft drinks etc. Plenty of parking and conveniently located just west of I-57 exit 190 on IL-16 on the west side of the Mall parking lot.

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Moweaqua, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We went to lunch on a busy Saturday afternoon. We got seated right away but took awhile for server to come to us. After placing order the food got to us quickly. After reading all the reviews I have to say I was disappointed. It was good but not great. Prices are typical. Mid ranges for everything. Atmosphere was cramped... More 

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Mattoon, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My family tends to eat here almost once a week. It generally always has a good crowd. The waiter's are friendly and they remember you if you are a frequent visitor. The food is delicious and the prices are decent. Check it out!

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Mattoon, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon
  • Phone Number: +1 217-234-7290

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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