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1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
641-752-0011
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11:00 am - 9:00 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

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  • 8
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
local Mexican

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
David T
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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Iowa
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Plymouth, Minnesota
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166 reviews 166 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Just had dinner in El Portal, if you know what you are looking for the sign at the mall points you there. Inside it is like a mix of a Mexican cantina and a classic American diner so the atmosphere is so so but the food is good, the service quick and friendly. Overall this is a place for a... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

One of us got a standard lunch combo with an enchilada and a tamale. This was all fine but nothing to write home about. It was the typical bland midwestern Mexican you can get anywhere. The beans that came on the side were actually the best part of that dish. We also ordered Tacos al Pastor from their regular meal.... More 

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Garwin, Iowa
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140 reviews 140 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Service was still fast and friendly. But the food was disappointing! DD's quesidilla had very little cheese and they'd changed the refried bean recipe and want worth eating. The Grande Appetizer platter was much smaller than in the past and was also lacking cheese. The Burritos Mexicanos had a new sauce over the top or it was leftover slightly burnt... More 

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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
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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