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Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

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Peruvian, South American, Ecuadorean
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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Excellent food

Try the llapingachos, which are these potatoes with a peanut sauce, and they are AMAZING. The empanadas are also a must try here. Food is authentic, as Ive been to Ecuador and can attest, and always fresh. The ambiance is low key, and the prices are right around $10-$12 for a large plate of great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Casey Y
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Des Moines
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Iowa
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went here after reading tons of reviews expecting something special. I won't say the food is bad, but, I will say that I think much of the hype surrounding this place is due to it's appearance on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. I ordered the Empanadas and Picadillo de Hornado. The Empanadas were gigantic - I received one of... More 

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Thank Aaron B
Des Moines
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try the llapingachos, which are these potatoes with a peanut sauce, and they are AMAZING. The empanadas are also a must try here. Food is authentic, as Ive been to Ecuador and can attest, and always fresh. The ambiance is low key, and the prices are right around $10-$12 for a large plate of great food.

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Thank Casey Y
Panora, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem of a restaurant tucked in a congested strip mall. We have walked past thia place countless times but today we decided to try it and boy were we glad we did. The service was 5 start and the food was beyond excellant. I had the pollo rice and hubby had the pulled pork made famouse by being... More 

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Thank baddingirl
Niagara Falls
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131 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good fish and plantains. 4 of us have visited several times and always enjoyed it. Unpretentious, just good food.

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Thank Blancaontheroad
Parker
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been wanting to try this place on one of my trips to Des Moines ever since seeing it on DDD. Finally got the chance and I was not disappointed. I had Hornado Con Mote, aka pulled pork with white rice, corn, salad and hot sauce on the side. It was really good. I'll be back, more entrees I'd like... More 

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Thank Michael K
Des Moines
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

After a disappointing visit months ago, a rerun viewing of Mi Patria on Guy Fieri's "Triple D" piqued my curiosity again. Different day of the week, different waitor, MUCH different experience. Empanadas, once again, awesome! I had a marinated pork and hominy entree, and my wife had a steak. Mouth-watering!! The homemade hot sauce is so good. Can't wait to... More 

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Thank liverbritts
Pau
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41 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

So nice to get to try their Ecuadorian food, very well served and tasty. I also really enjoyed the service there. Our waitress was super nice and helpful for recommendations.

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Thank Misstarte64
Columbia, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Amazing food and service. My husband and I wanted to try the best food in West Des Moines, and we're not disappointed!! Make sure to save room for dessert!

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Thank Rhonda M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Food was very good, although the rice pudding was disappointing. Would definitely eat here again. Service was good.

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Thank Lou Ann K
Alexandria, Virginia
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Although I grew up in the states, I am Ecuadorian and grew up eating Ecuadorian food, both at home and in Ecuador. This restaurant did not disappoint at all!! I went in a little skeptical - it is in Des Moines after all! But this place is awesome! Every dish we tried tasted just like back home. The llapingachos are... More 

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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 20
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American, Ecuadorean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?