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El Cactus

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104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
+1 319-354-0444
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

We both had enchiladas with rice and refried beans. Free chips with fresh salsa. Good service and food tastes excellent.

Thank jbear8989
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55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

The lunch was awesome. The Seafood Chimichanga was perfect. The food was quick and hot. The beans were just like the ones I had in Mexico. Overall great meals

Thank Robin R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

This place is exactly a run of the mill Mexican place in California. But its simply the best one I've tried in Iowa. That's exactly what you get when there are actually real-live Mexicans running the place! The steak is pretty good, and the salsa is top notch! i recommend bringing family and friends! Try the flautas! (A flauta is... More 

Thank David K
Iowa City, Iowa
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56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a great place to grab lunch. My wife and I love to try the various combination platters. The service is friendly, the food is hot. The enchiladas are very flavorful. The portions are perfect. Filling but not to the point you are uncomfortably full. The decor is cozy but festive.

Thank Francisco O
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

By far the best Mexican food I've eaten in iowa city! The salsa is SO GOOD! The margaritas are also very tasty. On Tuesdays they have .99 tacos. I mean how can you go wrong with that? The service isn't always the fastest, but if you're looking to get a great lunch or dinner this is the place!

Thank Seth V
Coralville, IA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

We live in Coralville and frequent this place. It is our favorite! Great food, atmosphere, drinks, service!

Thank Vicki H
Iowa City, Iowa
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2015

We used to frequent this place about once a month,then switched our Mexican cravings to Blue Azul, North of this place about 1/2 mile. The food is ordinary, burritos, tacos and the like. Menu is as expected. Prices are low although there have been increases is some items since this past summer.

Thank RichSH20
Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2014

We enjoy the chips & salsa. The food is good, not great. The staff seem friendly. I wish they served fountain drinks, Dr. Pepper or Mr. Pibb.

Thank Tiffany T
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Was in this place twice and the first a customer complained of a fly in his rice and waiter came over with a spoon and removed fly from tic on customers plater and then said it's ok amigo. I fished it out for u the 2nd time in I watched a roach crawl a across floor I'm not going back... More 

Thank oriole1129
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501 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

El Cactus is our local goto place for Mexican. They have all the standard dishes you expect, and they are well done. They also have some less typical dishes including mole, gorditas, and some seafood dishes. Great margaritas too.

Thank IaTravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Coralville
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-0444

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