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1716 S Center St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4258
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Ankeny, Iowa
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472 reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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 MarriedInBarbados
Gladbrook, Iowa
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars 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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69 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We go for lunch or dinner every few weeks. The service is good and fast, the selection is just your average Mexican style food. The lunch and margarita specials are usually pretty good. But like most of these places, the margaritas are already pre-mixed before you get there. If your looking for more authentic Mexican fare, then head downtown to... More 

Thank hiracheta@gmail.com

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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?