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El Azteca

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1520 S Dayton Pl, Ames, IA 50010-6438
(515) 232-0116
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I only have good things to say about this restaurant. Service was excellent and prompt with both food and drink replenishment. Price was a little lower than I expected, but within the normal range. Interior design was similar to most Perkins restsurants. Mostly I would say yes to returning again if within the area

Thank Larry S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food & the service was excellant! However, the bathrooms were absolutely disgusting, floors also could use a VERY DEEP CLEANING.

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Mulvane, Kansas
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent range of menu options! Very busy the time we ate, but service was friendly and quick. Friendly and attentive staff. Really enjoyed the chile rellenos!

Thank Nancy4Jayhawks
Ames, Iowa
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good service at the southeast location. The food is typical with quite traditional Tex-Mex cuisine and served in a mixed sports bar/Mexican restaurant setting. Service is quick and appropriately attentive. I especially like the Texas fajitas, but also recommend quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos.

Thank JohnBob_3
Chandler, Arizona
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm visiting from Phoenix. This probably isn't great in Phoenix but it was delicious here. Great service. Super busy on a Tuesday night. It's state fair time. Maybe that's it. Hotels are super busy and it's by a bunch of hotels

Thank Denise K
Waterloo, Iowa
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only is the food delicious at El Azteca, the service is impeccable. They're quick, they're accurate and they are definitely friendly. When our teenage son, who is an extremely picky eater, as to order a second round of tacos, we know we've scored! This is a return-to place for us when we are in Ames next time!

Thank love2travelalot216
Toronto, Canada
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220 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here on a recommendation from our friends. The restaurant was full (we went on a Friday night), but despite that, food service was fast. We started with chips, salsa and guacamole – the dips were delicious – and the salsa had some heat to it as well. I tried the beef chimichangas (which I highly recommend). My wife... More 

Thank AMToronto29
Sloan, Iowa
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113 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my daughter's favorite Mexican restaurant in Ames. We took her there for her 21st celebration. There were seven of us. The drinks were very good as we had margaritas and daiquiris. Everyone enjoyed there drinks. Everyone also enjoyed their food. I highly recommend the California Burrito! It is huge and delicious! They brought her a large Sombrero to... More 

Thank jlutt87
Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is large, spacious, and attractive and located in a highly desirable upscale area of the city. For that reason, this is the fanciest Mexican restaurant in the city. It's great that it is also run by Mexican people so it is authentic as well. However, the menu is pretty much the same food you'll find in most Mexican... More 

Thank Ch0ucr0ute
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Favorite restaurant. Service differs but workers are usually kind. However they have many customers so they are rushing and may seem impolite. That's no problem! The food comes quickest here. They know how to make their food quick and hot! Once walked into this restaurant with only 5-6 dollars with little change, and still was satisfied with the meal I... More 

Thank W729REJJ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 S Dayton Pl, Ames, IA 50010-6438
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: (515) 232-0116

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