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El Portal

1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
641-752-0011
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Ranked #6 of 52 Restaurants in Marshalltown
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- Jun 28, 2014
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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141 reviews 141 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Marshalltown, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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San Diego
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29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I read the other reviews with interest, but I cannot concur with the conclusions. I am not local to Marshalltown, this is an outlander's review. Pluses: Pleasant staff Inexpensive beer Minuses: Food Floor was dirty For me, this restaurant falls into a class of Mexican restaurants that I try to avoid: It almost doesn't matter what you order: most dishes... More

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Three of us went in for a late lunch. It wasn't empty but not packed. Service was very prompt! The free chips were served warm with their excellent salsa. The food was delivered very quickly and was delicious! It's also very reasonable!! Three adults for $30 + tip.

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Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Hit the place once a week and you get to go to any Mexican/Hispanic restaurant south of the boarder. Chips and salsa on the table when you sit, and I will guarantee you will not leave many when the food is gone. Friendly and fast service and food is hot on the table in minutes of the order, no matter... More

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