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El Cactus

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104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
+1 319-354-0444
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
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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
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...More

1  Thank oriole1129
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
Reviewed September 9, 2014

Traveling I-80 West, I wanted something close to hotel and having good reviews on Trip Advisor. Although not a large number of reviews to date I especially liked "where the locals eat". We have found those to be very good places. We were promptly seated...More

Thank R W
Reviewed April 10, 2014

This place is fantastic! The service is always excellent and they have the best margaritas and pollo loco I've ever had at a Mexican restaurant. Homemade salsa is also very good. Became our regular place when I was in college and I always make it...More

Thank Back2Back00
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Tucked away gem. A simple menu but with great tasting food. Friendly and efficient staff. Would certainly not hesitate to recommend.

Thank htur61
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Parking was ok and location was good. Entered the restaurant and was not greeted and wasn't sure if it was seat yourself. Bar was small but looked ok and seating area was small but sufficient. Service brought chips right away and salsa was very good...More

Thank RobHarley
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a lot of taste buds screaming for Mexican. Cactus was easy to find and looked like the real deal. After going inside and speaking with Carlos I knew it was. After eating the burrito,tacos and real home made chips I have to say...More

Thank denny f
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is by far the best Mexican in the Iowa City/Coralville area. Do not confuse this restaurant with the 'Cactus' restaurants downtown and on the East side of Iowa City--you'll find a completely different experience! The staff and food are incredible and the margaritas can't...More

Thank Salina M
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a good place to eat. Food is very nice, service is good. Location is good but they really need to repair their parking lot.

Thank Sammy369
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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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