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1716 S Center St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4258
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Marshalltown has several Mexican restaurants, but El Portal seems to be at the top. The food is always good and there is free iced tea on Tuesdays. I usually pick a combination platter, but most anything you choose would be good. The service is good and wait staff friendly. The bathrooms could be updated, but overall a great place to... More 

Thank 1213824
Ankeny, Iowa
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493 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

This is your average mexican food. Not 'traditional' like a taco truck but it is good. We always get the special. I hear the margaritas are good. Haven't had one yet. Food is fresh and hot. The chips and salsa can be bland so ask for the stepped up salsa. It is phenomenal. Staff always friendly. Very affordable.

Thank Suzan H
Gladbrook, Iowa
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

This is our Mexican food spot. Very reasonable with great lunch specials. Convenient when shopping. Great chips and salsa to start your meal.

Thank robkat72
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70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I spent a lot of time in Arizona and have had the best authentic Tex-Mex as well and for such a small town, El Portal is really close to the real deal. The prices are good, the accommodations are nice, and the service is always quick. Try the chorizo or the El Portal.

Thank SimpsonTide985
Bountiful, Utah
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

We ate at El Portal this past Mother's Day. It was very busy, but they did a good job of handling the crowd. The food was just as good as it was on other times we've eaten there.

Thank Diana P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This place has Bad service, the waiter didnt listen to our orders. I stressed how I wanted mmy meal and he still got it wrong. We arrived at least 20 minutes before the two tables of all white people beside us. But some how they got their food before us. not one but both tables. A child in our table... More 

Thank Traveling_chicana
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

Every time I come back to Marshalltown, I end up meeting family, friends, friends who are family or all three here! The food is good, staff is friendly, margaritas are tasty and it is budget-friendly!

Thank Kelly S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

We eat at El Portal at least once a week. The food is good and fast. The servers anticipate your needs. There is a large side room for groups. The restaurant is quite busy during the lunch hour, but it is still as fast as fast food. Complimentary chips and salsa are delicious. You will like this Mexican food!

Thank GmaCarol
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Service has always been excellent; quick and courteous. Good food with generous portions and priced right.

Thank Ron O
Lebanon, United States
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89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Situated in a mall that has seen better days, the lunch crowd was significant and the wait for food was a little slow. There is nothing inspiring about the menu or the decor. A sit-down version of Taco Bell.

Thank Deborah M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: 1716 S Center St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4258
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marshalltown
  • Phone Number: 641-752-0011

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