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El Perico

835 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302-5748
319-373-8143
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Ranked #5 of 45 restaurants in Marion
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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English first
Marion, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Always friendly. Always fast. Great lunch place. Prices are reasonable so you can take the whole family. Mexican music piped in which I enjoy.

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Food is flavorful and made fresh. It can take awhile to get your meal. The chips are salsa are awesome! Love the salsa. We have had many different dishes here and nothing has disappointed. If you take your kids make sure they aren't starving as the food can take so time to get. Service is usually friendly and prompt.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

They offer a large menu with many seafood options. Everything I've tried had been delicious. Their margaritas are the best in cedar rapids.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We stopped here after reading the other reviews. Concerned about the wait time some people complained about I set the timer on my phone. It took 19 minutes for our food to reach the table. We were seated immediately when we walked in the door. The food is delicious and so fresh tasting! You could really tell it was homemade... More

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had a nice lunch. Had a BOGO coupon so ate two lunches for $6 plus tip. Good service. I had the chicken enchiladas with mole. The mole had good depth of flavor. This place is one of the better choices for Mexican food in the metro area.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Just to do something different, we tried out this Mexican restaurant after multiple recommendations. YUM! My partner and I ordered drinks (get the one that is made in the terra cotta cup, so fresh!) snacked on chips and salsa until our "Seafood for Two" dish made it's way to our table. I let our a 'holy [--]' as the giant... More

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Cedar Rapids, IA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

El Perico is located near the downtown Marion Square. This used to be a combination market and restaurant, but has been remodeled to seat more people in three distinct areas. The staff is very friendly and the food is superb and cooked fresh for each and every order. The food is delcious and definitely worth the wait of the cooking... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This location housed a great Chinese restaurant in my childhood. Now it's the home of an authentic Mexican restaurant in Marion, IA. Some menu items take a long time to make, so if you're in a hurry ask the server what they can prepare a bit faster. Good food does take time, though. Used to house a grocery store as... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This place looks like a little hole in the wall from the outside, but is actually very nice on the inside. Many authentic mexican items on the menu, things I have not seen since I actually lived in Mexico. They were moderately busy but food was fast enough and priced reasonable. Too many things I would like to try that... More

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Cedar Rapids, IA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My husband I enjoy mexican food, so we thought we would try El Perico. This was a big mistake! It took 10 minutes for some one to seat us, then, another 20 minutes for the waitress to wait on us! The food took over an 1 hour to cook. The waitress said everthing was made from scratch and this was... More

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