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Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

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550 36th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009-2626
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Family outing after a ballgame. Waiter was pleasant but always feel rushed when we are here, especially if they are busy. Food does come out quick but if you want to sit and visit after eating, not the place to go.

Thank Cher B
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We came here to eat on a whim as we normally choose Guadalajaras, I got a chicken chimichanga, the chicken within was so hard, dry and tuff to eat, there were SO many beans on my plate it was like a refried ocean, this place is gross and if you even consider this "authentic" mexican then you are probably not... More 

Thank Jessica s
Des Moines
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Had a very good dining experience here. I do not remember what it was called but had the dinner with a flauta, burrito, enchilada, taco, and Chile relleno. Was very good. I ate half and took the rest in a to go box for lunch the next day. The Chile relleno had different filling than most, potato I think, but... More 

Thank Moe J
Campbell, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

I tried this restaurant because it was near the Best Western Plus, had a good rating, and we were up for Mexican food. I was very surprised to see a dinner on the menuwith 5 main course items I thought I'd give it a try as I was quite hungry. What a shocker to be served 2 oval platters covered... More 

Thank Kevin O
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We were stranded during a blizzard and our hotel recommended Monterrey, which was only a block away. We were greeted, seated and served promptly. Our server was very attentive, the food was hot and tasty, and even on a lunch platter we were satisfied for hours. The only disappointment I had was that they were out of horchata, but props... More 

Thank DrummerElders
Altoona, Iowa
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This place is always crowed, but seating is quick and so is the hot food when ordered. You can tell they are working hard. Been there several times and never had a mistake! Luv this place

Thank LaVon M
Maricopa, Arizona
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I have not been to a lot of Mexican food restaurants in the area, but so far I believe this is the best around here. It is clean, has good service and their food is probably as close to the real Mexican food as is going to get. Good flavor. No regrets

Thank Ignacio G
Altoona, Iowa
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The food and service are great. Chips and salsa are on the table almost as soon as you are seated. The prices are reasonable. I have ordered many different items from the menu and have yet to be disappointed. The nice thing is that the left overs make a great lunch the next day!

Thank JudiW814
West Des Moines, Iowa
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

These guys are great. I say guys because I've only seen guys when my guy and I have eaten there. My guy lives n altoona. Love this place

Thank NisaV
Altoona, Iowa
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Your usual Mexican restaurant...they are super fast, super efficient, super cheap, and make excellent food! I absolutely love their salsa here! My fav dish is the Pollo Monterrey - cheesy, mushroomy, chickeny goodness! I forego the tortillas and just scoop it up with chips. DEVINE! You can order to go or dine in. Either way the service is FAST!

Thank JenSie1975

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 36th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009-2626
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: 515-967-5820

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