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El Patio Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Southwestern
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611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Paris, France
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This place was filthy. Nothing has been cleaned in years. Crust on the table. They only give one a fork, no spoon or knife. Chips were salty ,salsa bland from a can. Very bad service. They gave me an order without the salad, the enchiladas were not what I had ordered. The food was bland, over cooked, brown and cheesy.... More 

Thank caw1225
Winterset, Iowa
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69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I hadn't been to El Patio in years, and I wondered how it had survived the influx of Mexican Restaurants over the past several years. We went on a Tuesday evening with a large party, and none of us were disappointed. Brook and his family continue to serve good Mexican fare, and they provide great service.

Thank JDP1477
Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I am not sure why this place has been open for all the years it has been in business. I swear they use artificial cheese and the sauces are not that good. Service is pretty much like they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. Not a fan. Sorry.

Thank caroldesmoines
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Salsa is tick but flavorless. Black bean salsa good. Bill reickart dish good. Delish chips. Margarita disappointed.

Thank Jerry U
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I'll start with the positives. I love the ambiance of this place. It's an old house and there's a nice open-air patio out back for when the weather is nice. The margaritas are also very good - a requirement for a Mexican place in my mind. As for the negatives, the food is pretty average. It's not bad, just not... More 

Thank Josh R
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Best place to eat authentic Mexican good food. My family has been coming here for years and now it's family who comes home to visit have to go to El Patio.

Thank Di J
Altoona, IA
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I used to live up the street from el Patio, and have been eating there for decades. It's a fantastic restaurant in an old house, tastefully decorated with artwork that will have you convinced you are in Santa Fe. The food is always hot, fresh, and plentiful. One of my favorite dishes is the "Reicharito", named after Bill Reichardt, a... More 

Thank TREX22
Des Moines
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

A friend and I went here for lunch. We got there around 12 noon. We sat inside because it was bit too hot to sit outside. We did see the patio when we pulled in and it looked beautiful with all the flowers and umbrella coverings. We ordered off a lunch menu which had many options and none of them... More 

Thank Angela D
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed for the first time going. The service was odd. I believe the chips were tostinos from a bag. They use the same shell for a chimi and burrito . Food was bland. Took one bite and could not finish it. Also over priced. Will definitely not be returning.

Thank Margo D
Ames, Iowa
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223 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We have not eaten at this restaurant for many years, but liked it years past. We were just in Des Moines driving down Ingersoll Avenue, and decided to have dinner there. We were seated on the outside patio which is surrounded on three sides by veritable walls of potted and hanging flowers. A humming bird even visited the flowers near... More 

Thank DMGAmes_Iowa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-274-2303

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