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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 4
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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
Best Restaurant in Johnston

Fast service, great selections, authentic food! They are very supportive of large groups. Friendly servers. Great salsa.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
SLSteveson
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Iowa
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Iowa
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Fast service, great selections, authentic food! They are very supportive of large groups. Friendly servers. Great salsa.

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Thank SLSteveson
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I frequently visit El Mariachi with my husband, my family and my friends! The variety offers something for everyone, the service is exceptional and the food arrives in a timely manner! Prices are reasonable and the outdoor patio offers a fun place for gathering on the warm summer evenings. We have never been disappointed!

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Thank Jerri L
Johnston, Iowa
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Their food is always good, fresh, and hot. Service is fast and friendly. We go there once a week. Salsa is amazing!!!

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Thank joejoebay
Johnston
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We go to El Mariachi almost every Friday night, The food is excellent, the staff is friendly, and the prices are very reasonable. If you're hungry for Mexican, this is the place to go!

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Thank dennydebbie
Upplands-Vasby, Sweden
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Autentic Mexican food of a very high level. Nice and quick service. Delicious food with a great touch of Mexico.

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Thank 57Klas
Johnston, Iowa, United States
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

In my opinion this place has the best authentic Mexican food in town. The menu selection has many delicious choices, priced right and portions that will send you away with a very satisfied feeling.

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Thank 735DanielA
Des Moines
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I have ate here several times and have been equally impressed each time. Service is fast and the food is great.

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Thank Angela D
Johnston, Iowa
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Excellent quesadillas and great margaritas!! Great prices and very friendly staff - always crowded with lovely people too!

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Thank FrancineJohansonButl
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food here is so-so, even by bland Americanized Mexican standards. Atmosphere is LOUD, because everyone's shoved into one small-ish room. But, it's pretty much your only Mexican option in this part of town, so it works for a quick fix. The new patio outside is a nice touch, though!

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Thank Kayla O
Johnston
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for great Mexican food at a reasonable price, El Mariachi is the place to visit! Great atmosphere and staff! Chips and queso should be highly requested!!

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Thank Chris D

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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