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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
+1 217-234-7290
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Tuscola, Illinois
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150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be in Mattoon a few years back and found this Mexican place close to the old mall. We did appreciate the outdoor seating available, but the food here really not worth the drive and we decided we would not be back anytime soon. Service was fine despite being outdoors.

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2 Thank tuscolaman
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Sorry for your bad experience. We appreciate your feedback. More 

Springfield, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was very good but the service was slow. It was a little late (9:00 PM) after the nearby mall closed and there were still several people there (Thursday night) Employees were friendly.

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2 Thank Joyce H
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed our food. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Mattoon, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is an awesome restaurant. Staff is always friendly and the food is excellent. Go early, it gets crowded pretty fast.

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1 Thank Deb K
Mattoon, Illinois
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

We are always seated very quickly! Our food is always spot on perfect! Your drink is never empty! Without a doubt the best place to eat in town!!

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1 Thank HeVe88
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We were seated promptly, I ordered a taco salad, friends had steak fajitas, tacos, and nachos. Nothing really stood out as to why it was the number one spot. I was full after I ate the salad. One of our party complained about not getting sour cream, other than that it was alright.

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1 Thank Gfy F
Denver, CO
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106 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This small restaurant was packed when I was there. The line was out the door! The waiter was very attentive, the glasses were always filled and the food was authentic. The only negative to the restaurant is the noise level of all of the people seems to be very loud. Overall, a very tasty experience

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1 Thank Knightrider2009
Gays, Illinois
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

The food is always good. I especially like their Speedy Gonzales lunch and their cheese dip and chips. Parking is easy but handicapped spaces are farthest from the door.

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Thank pinrep
Moweaqua, Illinois
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Wondered in and had supper after picked up train passenger. Good chips and salsa, and good service. It was after 8 so we were hungry. Left full...

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Fairborn, Ohio
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109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were in Mattoon for weekend to attend an Eastern Illinois wedding. This restaurant was recommended to us and the good reviews sent us there for a family meal. The reviews were right on : excellent food, great service.

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1 Thank Laurelandbetsy
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review. I hope you come back soon. More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We go there about every time we visit my son at Eastern University. Food is always great, staff always pleasant. Not a fancy place but highly recommended for good Mexican food. Prices also good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon
  • Phone Number: +1 217-234-7290

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