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El Mariachi

5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3887
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Ranked #12 of 42 restaurants in Johnston
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Mar 20, 2014
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Grimes, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great Mexican at a great price! Super good deal and great taste, what more can you want? Great service, fast too. would be good for lunch, my husband goes here for work lunch with the guys all the time and says is really cheap and tastes great, 5.50 for lunch and good portions, what more can you ask for? Can't... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We try to stop here when we are in the Des Moines area. The food is good and the drinks are better. We can usually get in and get out quickly. The service is good as well.

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Nixa, Missouri
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66 reviews 66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

The food was fresh. Unfortunately, it had poor flavor and just overall did not taste good. The restaurant looks to be an old burger joint, and doesn't really set the atmosphere. Service wasnt good and the waiter had difficulty keeping glasses full. I would recommend you not waste your time.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

The cheese dip should have been thicker (too runny) but otherwise the food was everything I was expecting and the prices were right. Mango margarita was a little on the strong side but that os not a complaint.

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Nevada, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The food was good, but not the best mexican food I have had. The restaurant was clean and the service was great.

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