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El Cactus

104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
(319)354-0444
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Ranked #22 of 103 Restaurants in Coralville
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Cape May, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Traveling I-80 West, I wanted something close to hotel and having good reviews on Trip Advisor. Although not a large number of reviews to date I especially liked "where the locals eat". We have found those to be very good places. We were promptly seated and warm chips & salsa immediately arrived to table. Our drink orders were promptly taken... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This place is fantastic! The service is always excellent and they have the best margaritas and pollo loco I've ever had at a Mexican restaurant. Homemade salsa is also very good. Became our regular place when I was in college and I always make it a point to return and eat here anytime I come back to Iowa City.

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rustington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Tucked away gem. A simple menu but with great tasting food. Friendly and efficient staff. Would certainly not hesitate to recommend.

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Andalusia, Illinois
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99 reviews 99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Parking was ok and location was good. Entered the restaurant and was not greeted and wasn't sure if it was seat yourself. Bar was small but looked ok and seating area was small but sufficient. Service brought chips right away and salsa was very good and chips were warm. Staff was very pleasant. Ordered a ice tea and it was... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a lot of taste buds screaming for Mexican. Cactus was easy to find and looked like the real deal. After going inside and speaking with Carlos I knew it was. After eating the burrito,tacos and real home made chips I have to say this family business is a very good place to eat. Drove the Harley and had... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This is by far the best Mexican in the Iowa City/Coralville area. Do not confuse this restaurant with the 'Cactus' restaurants downtown and on the East side of Iowa City--you'll find a completely different experience! The staff and food are incredible and the margaritas can't be beat. The establishment is small-- probably 20-25 tables but well worth a wait if... More

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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a good place to eat. Food is very nice, service is good. Location is good but they really need to repair their parking lot.

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iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Great food and service. The food was outstanding and very authentic. The service was prompt and friendly. My favorite Mexican in Iowa City.

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Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

just another texmex joint, but the photo they've put up...... yow! What is it? crickets trying to run for cover under gravy-drenched clams? It ain't that bad.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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91 reviews 91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

My husband and I chose to eat at this restaurant based on the reviews we read on Trip Advisor. We couldn't have picked a worse place. Hubby had the chimi special. The chicken inside was so tough he was unable to eat it. My enchilada shells were doughy and the red sauce on top tasted like ketchup with a few... More

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