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El Banditos

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327 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 358 2836
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A taste of upscale Mexican

El Banditos is the best Mexican restaurant in Iowa City, including serving tasty food for vegetarians and vegans. They also have a wonderful weekend breakfast menu - don't miss the eggs benedict, with eggs and sauce over spinach and polenta, with home fries. MM-MMM GOOD. The chips and salsa are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Madison, WI
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Madison, WI
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

El Banditos is the best Mexican restaurant in Iowa City, including serving tasty food for vegetarians and vegans. They also have a wonderful weekend breakfast menu - don't miss the eggs benedict, with eggs and sauce over spinach and polenta, with home fries. MM-MMM GOOD. The chips and salsa are good, but they don't give you an abundance of them... More 

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Detroit
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I was really looking forward to this place but was not too impressed. The food was kind of bland and there weren't many vegetarian options.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I consider myself a Mexican food snob, especially when it comes to fish tacos. Banditos' shrimp tacos rock. Their chile rellenos are awesome as well. I recommend ordering two items, like the tacos and a chili relleno, or a taco and a tamale. You will get more than enough food. I don't recommend the margaritas, unless you like them big... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

With a name like "El Banditos," and a location in Iowa City, my expectations for authentic Mexican cuisine were minimal. What a surprise! Have now been there 3-4 times and always look forward to a return visit. Very family friendly and surprisingly delicious food. Quite a bit different than "typical," American Mexican fare, with recipes that truly taste of "home... More 

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Midwest
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94 reviews 94 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the first Mexican restaurant to impress me in this area. I haven't been to all of them in Iowa City, but most in Cedar Rapids. Stopped here for a late dinner. The chips and salsa were fresh. The street tacos use locally sourced pork and are well seasoned. The guacamole is also very fresh and perfectly made. I... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Knowledgeable, attentive server provided great guidance on ordering drinks and dinner. Deliciously tart margarita ( make their own mix from lemons & limes- no premixed stuff here) was awesome and the enchiladas verde ( local pork) with pinto beans & rice were oh so yummy! Visiting the U if Iowa hospital, and would return again our business travels bring us... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 327 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: (319) 358 2836

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?