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El Patio Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$Mexican,
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
+1 515-274-2303
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible13%
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“flautas” (3 reviews)
“beans” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
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Reviewed January 31, 2018

A local restaurant that has been there for years one half block off the beaten track . Popular with locals. Street parking and parking in the rear without a sign showing you. It is in an old house with lots of quant small homey rooms....More

Thank GGDesMoines
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Very disapointed. We have been here twice, both times service is slow. The first time the food was bad, this time around, not much better. I had the blue corn enchiladas with pork which were decent, but the food lacked soul. My husband had the...More

Thank Jill C
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Highly diluted margs. 1960s-era ceiling tiles about to fall into your warmed up food from a can. Beans, cheese, and guac does not equal Mexican Food.

Thank Douglas G
Reviewed June 26, 2017

El Patio has been in Des Moines since the '40's and at the current location at about 37th and INgertsol since sometime in the '50's. It's a fun place to go with friends. It's actually a house that has been converted to a restaurant. There...More

Thank CinKS
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We love this restaurant mainly because of the gregarious owner. It is always good food and in summer their patio can't be beat. Try the chocolate cake for dessert. It is out of this world deliciously decadent.

Thank PAT S
Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by El Patio! It is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The seating inside was great for date night and the food was delicious. Large portions, too! I had the black bean flautas which I'd highly recommend. Husband had the chicken fajitas...More

Thank Kate S
Reviewed January 18, 2017

This is a nice restaurant to visit with a fun atmosphere and interesting paintings / ornaments all over the place. The food is very good but could use a bit more effort to better reflect New Mexico and Santa Fe cuisine. For example, it does...More

Thank Carlos S
Reviewed October 9, 2016

El Patio has been in business for many, many decades. That alone says a lot about a place. While the food is not to everyone's taste, there are a lot of fans that have kept them going so long. The food is more Southwestern than...More

Thank seacorp
Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

My brother and sister- in- law took us to El Patio after a day outside on 80 degree high humidity weather day. Got there at 6pm on a Saturday and got seated on the patio immediately. The service was outstanding!! So good that we tipped...More

Thank Kerry C
Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

A local off the beaten track restaurant that has been there for years is the house known as El Patio. A favorite among locals this is one of the bucket list places to go when in Des Moines. Brook and Becky provide great food at...More

Thank Dick S
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Response from PAT S | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. You would have to call them.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-274-2303
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