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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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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good dependable food

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
kpsiemsen
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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Lebanon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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 

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?