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El Ranchero

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21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
+1 319-338-4324
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible14%
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“fajitas” (7 reviews)
“steak” (3 reviews)
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21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

This establishment is run by a hardworking couple. The used to run Fiesta Del Sol in Cedar Rapids, and are really missed by their customers. They have now taken over this restaurant, that was just marginal. Then taken to new heights. I am glad I...More

Thank James L
Reviewed May 7, 2018

Atmosphere ok....clean....music a tad loud...only around 20 people.excellent day for yard work I’m guessing....server very knowledgeable...salsa just ok....but the queso was outstanding.....prices very good...My chimichanga was the best (steak)....best Mexican we’ve had for some time...will go back...

Thank Bmm1930
Reviewed April 23, 2018

We got to the restaurant about 2:30 for a late lunch. The service was very slow and there were only a few tables. The fish tacos were very good. The tamales had more masa than meat.

Thank Leigh Ann B
Reviewed September 12, 2017

My wife and I visited El Ranchero this past Sunday, around 6pm. It was fairly busy. We were seated right away and our server took very good care of us from start to finish. He did a great job with our table. The chips and...More

Thank iowacityia
Reviewed August 24, 2017

Warm, prompt service. Nothing fancy, but the kind of place that you can see yourself on a regular basis. Reasonable prices. Don't be thrown offby few cars parked in front; most patrons paark in back.

Thank Lee L
Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

Best queso dip we have had in quite a while!! Wish the fajitas had more veggie options, so we opted for enchiladas instead. Margaritas were delicious. My favorite Mexican stop in Iowa so far. Vegetarian options are abundant!

Thank DrumNDance
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

The restrooms we're absolutely filthy. Floors and walls had something all over them. Just generally not well kept. If this is what the customer facing areas look like I'd hate to see the food prep area.

Thank jimsayre56
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

This place is worth visiting for the guacamole alone! Superb! We visited during the afternoon. The wait staff was good, we had nachos and salsa immediately and drinks as well. The main meals were great, tasty and well prepared, except for this steak and shrimp...More

Thank asnq8
Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

Awful nachos..chips topped with shredded chicken, runny sauce, & artificial cheese.. No they don't have guacamole, aren't friendly, no atmosphere, and this place just looks dirty. Will never return...should have never gone!

Thank Escape34515
Reviewed May 15, 2016

I agree with everyone that says the food was great. If that was all I was using to judge this restaurant, I would rate it a 5+. Unfortunately, there were two problems that we experienced. One was that our waiter didn't seem overly friendly. He...More

Thank Terry B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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 - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-338-4324
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