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El Perico

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835 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302-5748
319-373-8143
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  • 5
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  • 4
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food okay, service was poor

We had been wanting to try this authentic Mexican restaurant after some friends recommended it. Unfortunately, nothing about our dining experience lived up to the hype our friends had made over the place. Service was terribly slow and food was so-so. We won't be going back.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Amanda F
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Iowa
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We had been wanting to try this authentic Mexican restaurant after some friends recommended it. Unfortunately, nothing about our dining experience lived up to the hype our friends had made over the place. Service was terribly slow and food was so-so. We won't be going back.

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Thank Amanda F
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Great food. Just know you can't be in a rush. They will even tell you "This is not fast food" when they seat you. Be prepared for a relaxing evening when you go as well as some of the BEST Mexican food you can find. All the food, including the ranch dressing and tortillas is made from scratch.

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Thank iaradtech
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

1 hour to get food for one, 10 minutes for a bottled beer delivered to the table and a tablespoon of guacamole with my greasy chips. I am fine with the food wait if it was delicious and I could have a couple beers while waiting. Not worth the wait - go somewhere else or BYOB! ;) Hire some wait... More 

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Thank Jeffrey P
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

On a friend's recommendation my husband, myself and her went. Ofcourse we were warned of wait but we were pleasantly surprized. The food arrived much earlier than expected. Both our friend and my husband ordered chicken fajitas which they claimed were fabulous (and its hard to please my husband.. He is a connoisseur of taste) and I had ordered seafood... More 

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Thank eusnban
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

The food was GREAT! But we didn't even receive drinks until the dinner came out. Waiting that long with 2 kids was tough. Most Mexican restaurants are pretty quick so we were surprised by this. Wait staff seemed bothered by requests, irritated, and confused. Really great food tho. Hire some more waiters!! Maybe some with a little experience.

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Thank Lk20151
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I have been here twice and the food is very good and the servers are nice, but prepare to wait. They have a decent margarita that can be enjoyed while waiting and waiting and waiting.

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Thank Jay R
Hyderabad, India
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

The only thing about the food here is its just amazing. Though I had the right company of my friend from Mexico but truly this was the best Mexican food I ever had. My favorite the supreme nachos, chicken mole and the best Horchata drink to go with it. Good ambience too. A must visit if you are close this... More 

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Thank ARC2183
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

First ever review, written only to warn everyone of this place. This restaurant used to be the place to check out, but the last couple times our family has went there, it has been a horrible experience. Bad food, even worse service, dirty environment, and just no understanding on how to run a successful business. The place was dead(should have... More 

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1 Thank Tim T
Marion, Iowa, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Our first experience here was pretty horrible. They were understaffed and service was slow. The waiter argued with me about the nature of Mexican food, saying that it is normally bland and not spicy at all. That may be a regional difference, but this America-born and Marion-raised waiter stuck to his guns. Service was very, very slow and the food... More 

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1 Thank 185Craig
Marion, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Everything is made from scratch and is real mexican food! I suggest the burritos are they are large and very good! You may have to wait a while for your food if they are busy!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 835 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302-5748
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marion
  • Phone Number: 319-373-8143

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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