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El Patron Taco & Tequila Bar

$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
109 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
+1 319-338-5967
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good20%
  • Average31%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible16%
Nov 18, 2017
Jun 24, 2018
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
109 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner while our daughter was at her UI orientation. Our server was very friendly and the tacos were hella good!!! The best tacos de asada we’ve ever had! And the price was perfect for what it was. 😀😀👏🏻👏🏻

Thank Wacipiwinyan
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

The only place open before 5pm for a snack on Friday night. The salsa was good and the quack average. Ordered a few tacos which were great but served on the cold side. Beer was cold. Nothing special.

Thank Cullen F
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

another nice experience with a lovely margarita and a Moscow mule...besides I had a nice variety of tacos...very friendly staff....excellent service...it is highly recommended

Thank Issa M
Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

if you like Mexican cuisine go there for fajitas, tacos and other lovely items...some days you can have a taco for one dollar...I tried the tavos and they were delicious the soft and hard ones...good service...friendly staff...It is recommended

Thank Issa M
Reviewed August 9, 2017

It is pretty hard to mess up Mexican the way that El Patron did but our dinner tonight was terrible! What was once a very decent margarita, the "Boss" is now a giant glass of sickly sweet and diluted mix. The chips tasted of well...More

Thank hmbd2016
Reviewed July 30, 2017

There is nothing exquisite about this place. Yet, we had fun there. Food was pretty ok and not expensive at all. That is probably due to the fact that it belongs to the students' town and prices are adjusted to their standard. The weird thing...More

Thank Samira S
Reviewed July 10, 2017

A group of us (adults and kids) were in town for a wedding and wanted margaritas. We were staying at the Sheraton and this was close by and we liked the outdoor patio. The waitress was kind enough to let us pull a few tables...More

Thank Reau482
Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Walk past this place! Comfortable seating and nicely decorated (it's the old Giovanni's) but that's were it ended. Salsa was flat, chips stale and they served my husbands dinner on a child's plastic divided plate..really? My chicken enchiladas were luke warm, water is served in...More

Thank MajellaMarie
Reviewed April 28, 2017

This is a fun atmosphere with great service, the salsa is good and they keep the chips & salsa flowing. They serve a nice variety of margaritas and other drinks. You can upgrade your margi to 20 oz for only $1. Say no more. I...More

Thank Tana G
Management response:Responded May 1, 2017

Thank you for the support! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time. If there is any other feedback that can help us improve, we would love to hear it. We appreciate your business!

Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

There was nothing positive about this restaurant. They should have been ashamed to serve the Nachos supreme. They were far from supreme. The Mayor margarita was horrible. Our server was slow and just bad. We had to ask for silverware and napkins as if that...More

Thank ChicagoSpaLover
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 AM
5:00 PM - 9:00 AM
5:00 PM - 9:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-338-5967
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A fun & friendly fresh take on Mexican food located in downtown Iowa City's famous pedestrian mall. Featuring the area's largest selection of tequilas including custom Barrel Select tequilas created exclusively for El Patrón. Easily affordable, with fast and friendly service in a truly unique and award winning atmosphere.
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