We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
Improve this listing
Price range: $1 - $20
16 visitor photos
Restaurant details
Write a Review

55 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I LOVE this place! I am very fussy about wanting to eat "real" ethnic food, not "Americanized". This restaurant is tops! I would eat here every night if I lived in Des Moines. I'm sure that all of their dishes are delicious, but I can't bring myself to order anything other than the ceviche. It's that good! Do not miss... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

The food at Mi Patria is great. I especially recommend the arroz con pollo but all the meat dishes we've tried have been delicious. The portions are large and reasonably priced. I have taken my family twice and the kids have enjoyed the kid's meals. Both times the service has been extremely friendly and their food recommendations right on. It... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Omaha, Nebraska
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

When you see where this place is located-in a strip mall next to a Michael's-you might be put off. Don't be. The food was delicious and adventurous. We took a leap of faith and tried some things we had never eaten-and could not pronounce :) For an appetizer we had mashed potatoes with peanut sauce..something I would never have thought... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Des Moines, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Great portions and excellent and tasty food. The plantain preparations were something only found in Mexican restaurants. But this being an Ecuadorian place it had quite a unique flavor and taste. Try it and you will not regret. Good eating!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lansing, Michigan
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We ate here after a long day of driving. We were so pleased to find a locally owned and family run restaurant. The food was quite good. We had the Patria for 2, and my children had arroz con pollo y frijoles. The portions were on the large side, but the flavor was not compromised.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Louisville, KY
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had a solo dinner here one evening. The food was good and well-prepared (especially the pork; hornado con mote), but I found it a little bland for my taste, especially the vegetables. Service was friendly and efficient, and prices were reasonable. I would happily return although I might try to find some stronger flavors on the menu next time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We like spicy food and the complimentary hot sauce was absolutely fantastic. The waiter finally served us a bowl of the delicious condiment. We had an excellent chicken and rice dish (Arroz con pollo) as well as a flavourful pork entrée (Fritada con Mote). Both were excellently flavoured and delightful on the palette. The sides of fried plantains were a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lawrence, Kansas
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My mom and I visited this restaurant over Mother's day weekend when I was visiting her in Des Moines. I have had tried several kinds of Central/South American foods (El Salvadorian, Costa Rican), and had a general idea of what to expect, but I have never tried Ecuadorian food. Our server recommended several of the dishes, and his recommendations were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Des Moines, Iowa
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

You may have had Mexican or Spanish food, but have you had Ecuadorian? Mi Patria pulls back the veil on Latin American food to allow us to see past Mexico to the rich culinary world beyond. I’ve tried dishes from the menu, like the wonderful ceviche (seafood “cooked” by the acid in citrus fruit) and from their buffet. Nothing I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This restaurant is one of those magical little family-owned and operated places that you almost hate to mention, because you are afraid that you'll never be able to get a table again....but in all fairness, I have to say that you are doing yourself a great injustice if you don't stop reading this and get in the car right now....... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant also viewed


Been to Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing