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El Perico

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

I've been here a few times, it's like when you walk through the doors, you're stepping out from Marion and into Mexico. The food is very good. The service is slow but it's worth it when you get your food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Jeffrey D
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Marion, Iowa, United States
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Hyderabad, India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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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Marion, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Marion, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Marion, Iowa, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been here a few times, it's like when you walk through the doors, you're stepping out from Marion and into Mexico. The food is very good. The service is slow but it's worth it when you get your food.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is the most authentic Mexican food you will find in the Cedar Rapids metro area. The service is always the let down. Super slow no matter when I have been. Staff is polite.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Let me start by saying that the food was ok. It's decent Mexican in a town with hardly any decent options. That being said, I doubt we will be back due to the service. My family was greeted promptly and ordered drinks, but we didn't see as much as a water for 15 minutes. At that time, we ordered all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I lived in marion for many years and just now decided to try this place. I only wish I had been here sooner. Their menu beats all other Mexican restaurants in town, lots of variety and delicious!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We had heard several times that this was a great place to eat. We had a B1G1 coupon from a local fundraising book so we set out to see for ourselves. The food is very authentic Mexican food. And it was delicious. Reminded me of our trips to Cancun. The atmosphere was fun and bright and the music of course... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great Mexican food, this is one of my families favorite local Restaurants. The food is always good, the service is very polite, we have never had any issues. The prices are great, it is nice to have a place to take the family for good food at a nice price.

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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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