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1716 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
641-752-0011
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Today
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

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  • 8
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 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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Marshalltown, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 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
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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
12 helpful votes 12 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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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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