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El Banditos

$$ - $$$Mexican,
327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
+1 319-358-2836
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“carnitas” (6 reviews)
“beans” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here today with a colleague. We got there a little before noon and were the only ones there. Service was quick and the waiter attentive - even as the restaurant filled up. The tomatillo salsa is so good! Not sure what the food...More

Thank person777
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We loved our breakfast. We had breakfast tacos, breakfast burrito, and o let's with peppers. All were very flavorful with the right amount of spice. The little potatoes and zucchini served on the side was delicious also. Friendly service also

Thank Leigh Ann B
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We ordered three different tacos, the chicken soup and the chips/salsa. The food was fresh and tasty. It did take a bit to get the food but not an outlandish time; and this did not surprise us too much since we ordered three different tacos..shrimp,...More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I had an all meat fajita and it was ok...the beef meat was better than the chicken...friendly staff...they charged me for the chips and salsa and I was surprised because the first time I had them for free...friendly staff...nice service...

Thank Issa M
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Ordered the Carnitas Bowl which was supposed to come with a toasted poblano crema and arbol child's, but came plain with neither, just a side of potatoes. The meal was so bland, not AT ALL like the description in the menu!

1  Thank Terre A
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Short story, Sunday mid-am, busy but not crazy, took forever to get served, never asked for refill on coffee, food was luke warm when it finally arrived. To many other places in city to come here again.

Thank M O
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

They sourced food locally have outdoor seating and the best tacos We love biking out there for taco Tuesday

Thank alisaMeg
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

First time visit. Food was very good, flavorful. The pancakes are a must share. The service was friendly and attentive, though a little slow at times. So if your not in a hurry, want to talk and enjoy your morning with some good, flavorful dishes...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Walked in on a weekday at 12:40pm. Waiter brought us dinner menus. They always hand out dinner menus, and you always have to ask for the lunch menu. They forgot to bring my drink, and even with the place only half full, it took forty...More

Thank iowahawkeye48
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This place was highly recommended and close to Mercy Hospital. The food was bland and the service was slow. Part of the food came out and part of it didn't and we had to wave down our waiter to get the rest of it. Drinks...More

Thank Bill P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-358-2836
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