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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
+1 217-234-7290
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excelent Mexican food

We were in Mattoon for weekend to attend an Eastern Illinois wedding. This restaurant was recommended to us and the good reviews sent us there for a family meal. The reviews were right on : excellent food, great service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Laurelandbetsy
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Fairborn, Ohio
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Fairborn, Ohio
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97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were in Mattoon for weekend to attend an Eastern Illinois wedding. This restaurant was recommended to us and the good reviews sent us there for a family meal. The reviews were right on : excellent food, great service.

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Thank Laurelandbetsy
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review. I hope you come back soon. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We go there about every time we visit my son at Eastern University. Food is always great, staff always pleasant. Not a fancy place but highly recommended for good Mexican food. Prices also good.

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Thank KurtB1234
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We were in Mattoon and decided we wanted to go for lunch. We looked up reviews on establishments in the town and this place came up as #1. We went in on a Sunday afternoon and there was some customers, but it was not overly busy, which we preferred. We had a nice server that was good about being attentive... More 

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Illinois
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Just a good Mexican restaurant. Food was hot and good. Service was quick. Can't ask for anything better

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Thank Out4Awhile
Mattoon, Illinois
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

food was very good and recieveed a lot for a lunch not too pricey and chips and salsa were good. good place for lunch or dinner

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Thank john y
Mattoon, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

El Vaquero is small but the service is quick. The menu has standard Mexican fare for the U.S. Sometimes there is a wait to be seated or to pay out. But it is a good choice.

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Thank David C
Mattoon, Illinois
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Best place for authentic Mexican food and fun atmosphere. The owners are wonderful and make sure you are taken care of very well.

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Thank Robert S
Illinois
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Good food. Larger Mexican place was packed around the corner so we went here. Best thing we did. Food was awesome. Wait staff was on it. Good prices. Was not disappointed.

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Thank Out4Awhile
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are a locally owned business and appreciate your business. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We get food from there all the time! Its so good, not expensive and the staff is always nice! We dont go anywhere else. For sure the best in Mattoon and around this area!

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Thank mommaLL
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for you great review. We always appreciate our customers feedback. Our customers keep us on our toes! If we didn't have loyal customers like you we would be here. Thanks again! More 

Cool Ridge, West Virginia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We had not ordered here before when weve stayed in Mattoon...So we decided to eat there, small clean restaurant & A friendly staff...every 5 minutes one would stop back & asked if we were doing ok....lol...It was ok though... The food was delicious & we had so much we took the rest to the motel... But to me it seemed... More 

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Thank Jennifer M
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor! We alway enjoy reading the reviews. I hope you return soon. Thanks again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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