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El Mariachi

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5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3887
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Dining options: Dinner

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  • 11
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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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 of 5 stars
Great food, fast/friendly service, and very reasonable prices -- what's not to like?

Supporting training at the nearby Camp Dodge ARNG facility, and one of the local guys recommended this restaurant -- we are glad that he did! It was fairly packed for lunch which was a good sign, but we were concerned about how long it would take to get our food. No worries! The service was fast... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Rich_Holden
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Leavenworth, Kansas
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I had the Speedy Gonzales $5.25. Taco, enchilada, and beans. It was a solid Mexican lunch. Lots of flavor and quick service.

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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164 reviews 164 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Supporting training at the nearby Camp Dodge ARNG facility, and one of the local guys recommended this restaurant -- we are glad that he did! It was fairly packed for lunch which was a good sign, but we were concerned about how long it would take to get our food. No worries! The service was fast and friendly, the food... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Always generous portions at very reasonable prices. Pleasant servers and prompt preparation. The only drawback is that there's just too much to enjoy ... guilty pleasures.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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670 reviews 670 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Wait staff and host are friendly and speak English well. Food is always freshly prepared and delicious. Margaritas could use a little more tequila. Prices are reasonable. Easy access in and out.

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Tried it for the first time last week and loved it! Great chips and salsa, and a great menu. Wonderful service and descent prices. Will come back!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The food here is excellent. One of my favorite dishes is the carne asada tacos. The staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When we visit our daughter's family in Johnston, the kids typically choose El Mariachi for dinners out. Service, food and prices are very good. They are very friendly and willing to adapt orders for special dietary needs. It's a good place for families, It's a bit noisy and the seating isn't the most comfortable, but their queso (cheese) dip is... More 

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Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

One of the best places to go in the Des Moines area! Consistantly good food and service! Be sure to add the cheese dip and Hot Salsa! Their beef and chicken fajita are the best !!! They now have a outdoor Patio which is a perfect summer venue!!😎

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Johnston, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's like good fast food. My family eats here about once a week we like it so much. You can't go wrong here at lunch or dinner even if your kids won't eat Mexican

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Johnston, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a great place to take the family and have a good meal at a great price. Food is excellent and the service is quick and friendly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: (515) 276-3887

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?