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El Mariachi

5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3887
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  • English first
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English first
Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

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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6 restaurant reviews
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Iowa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Authentic Mexican food, served in a quick manner, and great service! Staff is friendly, and drinks are wonderful too!

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Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

El Mar is such a great place to take family and friends. So easy to get into and the service is always the best. They have the best chips and salsa in town. The fajitas are as good as you'll find at any Mexican restaurant. The price, service, and food quality always makes us come back for more!!! Great place... More 

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Grimes, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is your typical Mexican restaurant, but the food is far from ordinary. It's always fresh, hot and a real bargain for the price. The margaritas are pretty good too!

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Johnston, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

By far the worst Mexican food I have ever had. They use Velveeta in everything. Margarita tastes like dirty dishwater.

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Grimes, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a good restaurant for quick Mexican dishes at a reasonable price. The margaritas are good too!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

This is our "go to" place for lunch. With tip my individual bill usually comes between $6-8 depending on my beverage choice. Staff is very friendly and recognizes the regulars. Essentially the food is average, but very cheap (whole meal cheaper than fast food choices). Fridays are very busy so it takes longer to get food, you usually still never... More 

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Junction City, Kansas
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53 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I am extremely picky when it comes to Mexican restaurants. So I was a bit apprehensive when my brother-in-law said he had found a "good one". As it turns out, my brother-in-law picked a good spot and here is what I thought of it. FOOD: 4/5 I base all my first impressions off the chips and salsa they start you... More 

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

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