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El Portal

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1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
641-752-0011
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Pretty good

My boyfriend loves Mexican food, and always picks this place for good reason. The staff is friendly and the food is good, the atmosphere is good. They are quick to wait on you and quick with the food! We've never had a bad meal here!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Clarissa B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend loves Mexican food, and always picks this place for good reason. The staff is friendly and the food is good, the atmosphere is good. They are quick to wait on you and quick with the food! We've never had a bad meal here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

If you like Mexican this is the place for you they serve great food at a reasonable price. The food is tasty.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

El portal has the best chips n salsa. Food freshly made. Nice friendly service il be going back for sure

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Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I have never been to this place before, but I was hungry for authentic Mexican, so I looked up what was available in Marshalltown. I noticed there were mixed reviews on this site, so I decided to give it a chance. We ordered for 2 adults and 2 children, straight from the menu. It was nothing fancy, and no special... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Fast service, hot food, free corn chips. Food is good value but nothing special. Worth a stop In the K-Mart Mall.

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Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love this place! Great food, service and margaritas. Very fast service, food is always hot and the portions are large.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a great place for excellent food and drinks. We ate here on a Friday night, it was a full house our meals were served quickly, the portions were large and the food was excellent.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

El Portal is located on the east side of Center Street in a small mall, directly north of KMart. Their menu is typical of Mexican restaurants that have been established in the Midwest but is good. There is seldom a wait for a cafe-style table or service. We dined there two nights ago and our three choices of entrees were... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Quite a busy restaurant located at one of the smaller Marshalltown Malls.Two sections are available with seating of booths and tables.We were quickly shown a booth and a server was there to greet us with in seconds.Many luncheon and dinner selections to choose from along with a combo selection.Be sure to check out their beverage section and try a huge... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food for a good price. Not exactly authentic, but this is the closest you will get in this town.

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Additional Information about El Portal

Address: 1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
Phone Number: 641-752-0011
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marshalltown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marshalltown
  • Phone Number: 641-752-0011

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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