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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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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Generic Mexican-American menu, average marks all around. This is the typical restaurant you'll find around military communities, Johnston being one itself. The options at El Mariachi are better than the Hy-Vee café and other chain restaurants, but that's where it peaks. Ordered a combo platter, but food was not correct and the server was not understanding of menu or order.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

chips n Salsa and Margies are great! Quick service, also had Fajita Jalisco. Spouse had Shrimp taco. Beans and Slaw salad and rice is good. They do not serve cheese on anything though...

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Kansas
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 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
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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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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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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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