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Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

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1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
515-222-2755
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Our last visit

Visited Mi Patria with high expectations, but didn't live up to the hype. It was adequate, but nothing to write home about. The arroz con pollo was very oily and the empanadas were barely stuffed with meat. The yuca de tortilla was very bland in flavor. The service was not the greatest. After... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Simone B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Visited Mi Patria with high expectations, but didn't live up to the hype. It was adequate, but nothing to write home about. The arroz con pollo was very oily and the empanadas were barely stuffed with meat. The yuca de tortilla was very bland in flavor. The service was not the greatest. After visiting it makes me think maybe I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was one of the best places I've eaten at. The food was cooked perfectly. Everything was in complete unison as far as taste goes. Can't wait to go back again.

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Ames, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Awesome food! Authentic taste and flavors! One of the best restaurant meals we ever had! Very friendly service!! We went for dinner, the appetizer, main course and desert..were all excellent! Must try!!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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214 reviews 214 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoy eating here. The food is always delicious, no matter what is ordered. Service may not be the fastest, but it is always friendly. If we have a menu question, it's always answered politely and we've even been offered a taste of something we've not had before. We always try to recommend this restaurant to friends who like something... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I have a very few restaurants here in Iowa that we really love, Mi Patria is at the top of the list. Having never traveled to Ecuador, I can't testify to their authenticity, but I can say that every dish is unique and delicious. They have been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Outstanding flavor in every dish! Best empanadas my wife or I have ever had. Their special sauce (I believe is is called ají) really set off the pork tips too. I think we found our new favorite spot!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Don't let the fact that this casual eatery is in a strip mall with simple décor, the food is the star. We started off with empanadas for an appetizer and received 3 nice sized tasty treats. They ask you if you would like their home made hot sauce on the size and say yes. Tasting it on its own could... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I tried this restaurant for the first time last night. Not sure what took us so long to try it - it's only a few miles from our house. What a great restaurant! I had the Chaulafan (stir fried rice with pork, beef, chicken and shrimp) and my husband had Hornado Con Mote (pulled pork, white corn,... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

After seeing this place on TV, we decided to give it a whirl. It seems their business has picked up, but their staff hasn't met the demand yet. It took quite awhile for drink orders to be taken and the food wait was much longer than most places. Also, we noticed tables were left dirty for our entire meal and... More 

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Spring, Texas
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106 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My traveling companion saw this little place on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Very good fresh ingredients. Service also very good. Highly recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-222-2755

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?