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El Patio Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$Mexican,
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
+1 515-274-2303
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good43%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible15%
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“beans” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

When we arrived in IA back in the 70's, this was the only Mexican restaurant in town. It was good then & still is. The place is a little worn around the edges but still has a certain charm. We live out of town so...More

1  Thank LoveMinis
Reviewed June 4, 2018

Being born and raised in Des Moines, my family and I decided to finally try out this place to see 'what all the hype was about' around here. We were sorely disappointed. The food was so-so, similar to what you'd get at any chain mexican...More

Thank Jessica V
Reviewed January 31, 2018

A local restaurant that has been there for years one half block off the beaten track . Popular with locals. Street parking and parking in the rear without a sign showing you. It is in an old house with lots of quant small homey rooms....More

Thank GGDesMoines
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Very disapointed. We have been here twice, both times service is slow. The first time the food was bad, this time around, not much better. I had the blue corn enchiladas with pork which were decent, but the food lacked soul. My husband had the...More

Thank Jill C
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Highly diluted margs. 1960s-era ceiling tiles about to fall into your warmed up food from a can. Beans, cheese, and guac does not equal Mexican Food.

Thank Douglas G
Reviewed June 26, 2017

El Patio has been in Des Moines since the '40's and at the current location at about 37th and INgertsol since sometime in the '50's. It's a fun place to go with friends. It's actually a house that has been converted to a restaurant. There...More

Thank CinKS
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We love this restaurant mainly because of the gregarious owner. It is always good food and in summer their patio can't be beat. Try the chocolate cake for dessert. It is out of this world deliciously decadent.

Thank PAT S
Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by El Patio! It is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The seating inside was great for date night and the food was delicious. Large portions, too! I had the black bean flautas which I'd highly recommend. Husband had the chicken fajitas...More

1  Thank M1944CYkates
Reviewed January 18, 2017

This is a nice restaurant to visit with a fun atmosphere and interesting paintings / ornaments all over the place. The food is very good but could use a bit more effort to better reflect New Mexico and Santa Fe cuisine. For example, it does...More

Thank Carlos S
Reviewed October 9, 2016

El Patio has been in business for many, many decades. That alone says a lot about a place. While the food is not to everyone's taste, there are a lot of fans that have kept them going so long. The food is more Southwestern than...More

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June 19, 2017|
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Response from PAT S | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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: +1 515-274-2303
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