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El Banditos

327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
+1 319-358-2836
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“tacos” (9 reviews)
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327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had dinner here with colleagues. Food came quickly despite the restaurant being busy. Love the salsa verde!

Thank person777
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was excellent and exceeded my expectations. The spicy shrimp tacos were perfect and so were the Margaritas!

Thank Guide788760
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Thought we'd try someplace different, but El Banditos was nothing special. As might be expected at a Mexican restaurant, there were no initial chips and salsa. It is often fun to enjoy/compare this initial impression. The menus were black ink on a dark brown background...More

Thank Kevin G
Reviewed July 10, 2018

nice guacamole with chips, steak and pork tacos were nice, my wife had the chicken fajita salad. We sat out on the boulevard seating which was ideal after driving 700 miles. They had my favourite Mexican Beer Pacifico and a decent chardonnay. Spicing was nice...More

Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Banditos has been a pretty standard go to place for weekend breakfast for brunch for one big reason, the pancakes! People always get confused when I tell them I’m going to Banditos for the pancakes, but believe me, they are probably the best pancakes I’ve...More

Thank jamisonpark
Reviewed April 11, 2018

The waitress was very efficient and attentive. The new environment was spacious and fairly quiet. Sorry to see the many TVs however. The lunch chicken tamale and taco with black beans and rice was fine. Both sauces that came with the chips and salsa were...More

Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Went to brunch with my girlfriends and although the atmosphere and staff were very welcoming the food and wait time were difficult to swallow.

Thank Meghann V
Reviewed November 15, 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 October 11, 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 August 12, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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