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El Mariachi

5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3887
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English first
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
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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Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Additional Information about El Mariachi

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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