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Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

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Latin, Ecuadorean, South American
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1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took family that was in town for the weekend and they had no problem serving our large group. Everybody loved what they had and our server was very friendly. I was amazed at the variety of flavors and left feeling very satisfied. We will definitely be coming back.

Thank Joseph J
Ne Ohio
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128 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mi Patria's has fantastic Ecuadorian fair. The Hornado con mote (pulled pork) was out of this world. The Arroxcon con pollo (pulled chicken) was a close second. Super service. Prices pretty good also.

Thank Ryan B
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned that Ecuadorian food is not generally spicy; in fact, there was only one dish on the menu listed as spicy (and was made with jalapenos). They do serve a house-made hot sauce which was delicious. My dining partner and I had the fried plantain appetizer, which was a huge portion and very tasty. I ordered the shrimp ceviche... More 

Thank Mel M
Des Moines, Iowa
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

My husband and I visited the restaurant for the first time a few weeks ago. The service was great; waiter was very friendly. We got our food fairly fast and it was piping hot and fresh. We both ordered the rice with shrimp, it was great! It was full of flavor with all the spices, and the plantains were cooked... More 

Thank Roxyjc
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We had food from Mi Patria, which serves Ecuadorian food, at a wedding we attended. It was amazing food. I don't know anything about prices, since it was a catered meal, but I will say that 99% of the time, feeding a crowd at a wedding cannot be done with good results. This is the 1% exception. The meat, the... More 

Thank Kathleen M. B
Las Vegas, Nevada
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

I was in Des Moines on business and came here based on the great reviews. I ordered the mixed Ceviche and fried plantains. Great food and great staff. I might come back for lunch before I leave!

Thank Chris C
Columbus, Ohio
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Ate here for lunch one day. The service was fairly quick, but the food was amazing. We had the empanadas and I had the sopa de polla. The rice was delicious as was the chicken. Good value for the money and a nice break from the day to day food options.

Thank PLM2534
Brecon, Wales
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Excellent authentic food, great prices and portion sizes. My only problem was not being able to eat everything on the menu. Thankfully the waiter was helpful and explained the menu.

Thank Brecon_Man
Ames, Iowa
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I had been told by multiple people that this place was very great...and it was okay. The food is decent, nothing that made me go wow. Certainly doesn't compare to the Ecuadorian/Mexican/Cuban food you get in Florida. The service isn't particularly great either. Our water was never refilled without asking, hot sauce was never brought to our table until we... More 

Thank EbzManda
Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I visited this restaurant because I had never had Ecuadorian food. It was delicious. I ordered the carne asada and the person I was with had the Hornado con Mote. Both meals were fantastic including the sides. The portions were large, prices reasonable, and the service friendly and efficient.

Thank Sue S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Latin, Ecuadorean, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-222-2755

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