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All 205 Iowa City Restaurants

El Banditos

327 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 358 2836
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Ranked #21 of 205 Restaurants in Iowa City
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

When we lived in IC, we ate here almost every week. It was such good, authentic Mexican food. The drinks were well done, and horchata was delicious! (rice milk and spices). I would definitely eat here over any of the other Mexican places in town.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I met a friend for a very relaxed and enjoyable lunch. There are daily lunch specials and I'd suggest anything that is served with black beans. I'm not sure how they are prepared, but I've never cleaned my plate before like I did with their black beans. The atmosphere is casual, and family friendly. I can’t wait to try dinner... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We just ate breakfast here for the first time and it was awesome! The Machaca and Eggs, the Anne Perez, and the Eggs in Hell were all fantastic. The little kids got the oatmeal pancakes and they were delicious as well. We don't give many five star reviews but this food earned it.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We like this place and intend to go back. They serve as much local food as possible and it is pretty darn good! It is a small place but the two times we went, we had no trouble getting a seat and the service was good. They also have a vegan menu for those interested in that. We've been told... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

El Banditos doesn't have good curb appeal, but once you enter the front door, you are greeted with open arms, very friendly wait staff. I ordered the Green Chile Spicy soup, very flavorful, and a nice spice! My main course was the Cowboy fajitas with homemade chorizo, the ribeye and chorizo blend made the fajitas melt in your mouth!! I... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I live in California so maybe my expectations are too high but the only real flavor in the cheese enchiladas was from very boring canned enchilada sauce (probably LA Palma). No fresh taste of cilantro, no fresh roasted Chile's, just plain dull. The salsa at the table was equally bland, certainly not home made. Food isn't bad and the service... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Wow! If you want a Mexican breakfast or just can't wait any longer for a table at Bluebird or Hamburg, you've gotta check this place out. Not much on charm but man the food is great and the bloody Mary's will make you want to renounce your citizenship.

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Bradenton, Florida
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238 reviews 238 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Ok, this place is definitely a little pricey, with prices ranging in the 3-5 dollar range for single tacos. However, the quality of the food and ingredients and overall taste, warrants it, in my opinion. I think if you are looking for chips and salsa and quantity over quality, this is not your type of Mexican place. If you appreciate... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is without doubt my favorite restaurant in Iowa City. The food is fresh and a great change of pace from traditional Midwestern fare or fast food style Mexican (both have their place). This is not a great choice if you’re looking for frozen margaritas with endless chips and (cheap) salsa, but an excellent option if you’re looking for well-seasoned... More

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Waukee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A group of six of us stopped in after a football game and the food was just terrible. It was just barely warm and had an after taste that stuck with me for hours. I felt sick after eating. None of us finished our meals. Taco Bell is more authentic Mexican than this place. The staff was more interested hanging... More

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