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El Portal

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1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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Can't Go Wrong

Service has always been excellent; quick and courteous. Good food with generous portions and priced right.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Ron O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

We eat at El Portal at least once a week. The food is good and fast. The servers anticipate your needs. There is a large side room for groups. The restaurant is quite busy during the lunch hour, but it is still as fast as fast food. Complimentary chips and salsa are delicious. You will like this Mexican food!

Thank GmaCarol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Service has always been excellent; quick and courteous. Good food with generous portions and priced right.

Thank Ron O
Lebanon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Situated in a mall that has seen better days, the lunch crowd was significant and the wait for food was a little slow. There is nothing inspiring about the menu or the decor. A sit-down version of Taco Bell.

Thank Deborah M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We go for lunch or dinner every few weeks. The service is good and fast, the selection is just your average Mexican style food. The lunch and margarita specials are usually pretty good. But like most of these places, the margaritas are already pre-mixed before you get there. If your looking for more authentic Mexican fare, then head downtown to... More 

Thank hiracheta@gmail.com
Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife & I took our kids out for dinner one evening to El Portal. We ordered the fajitas for 2 and had enough left over for 2 more meals. The food here is dependable and for a very reasonable price. We would recommend El Portal to anyone looking for a Mexican meal when in Marshalltown.

Thank kpsiemsen
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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!

Thank Clarissa B
Des Moines
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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.

Thank Proteeus3
Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank alicia p
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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 

Thank primalclaws1974
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.

Thank David T

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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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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