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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
217-234-7290
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  • 8
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  • 3
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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
Most recent review
It's a Family Favorite

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
Elizabeth L
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Mattoon, Wisconsin
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mattoon, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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205 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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