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“fast service, good food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Azteca

El Azteca
1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-0116
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Ranked #17 of 164 Restaurants in Ames
Cuisines: Mexican
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“fast service, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We walked to the restaurant from the hotel. The food was good and super fast service. Not a lot of talking by staff - they move to fast to talk!

Visited April 2014
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Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We live in Ames and love El Azteca. I recommend it to everyone. There are two locations, and I prefer the north Ames one as it is quieter. All of the food is fantastic, the waiters are awesome. My favorite place to eat! It is authentic Mexican food, not a chain!
I will put on my review that I was there in Feb 2014 but I have been there monthly if not weekly since they opened.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ames, Iowa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Fast service, decent margaritas, food so-so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Well, the place is inexpensive (the food is, anyway), and you get served fast. As for food quality, its hit and miss. I've never had a decent meal that included seafood in it, so stay away from that. But I did find a couple of the quesadilla dishes to be pretty good. Try the mushroom quesadillas!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“dont eat here”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Very bad food tacos fell apart and food came out do quick it was microwaved and not good. No shredded beef only ground hamburger which didn't taste like hamburger at all. Just not very authentic Mexican food....

Visited February 2014
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Park Rapids, MN
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“El Azteca scores”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We had the good fortune of being delayed on the way through Ames because of weather. We got a recommendation for El Azteca for dinner and gave it a try. The food was nothing short of outstanding. Although the names of dishes on the menu were mostly the usual, the delicacy and overall quality of the food was far and away better than the typical Mexican restaurant, at least away from the Border. The chef clearly has a talent for upgrading the basics into memorable, succulent flavors. From the salsa and chips to the delicate and sumptuous enchiladas and quesadillas to the chipotle chicken and even to the delightfully thin flour tortillas, dinner was to die for. We'll definitely head straight here on our next visit.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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