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El Mariachi

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5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3887
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  • 10
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  • 13
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great for the whole family

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Amy K
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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Johnston, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?