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El Banditos

327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
+1 319-358-2836
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (4 reviews)
“carnitas” (6 reviews)
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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
$$ - $$$
327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

I used to really like this place but the menu changes and staff turn over has turned this place into somewhere that just shut down. Do not go here if you have food sensitivities or allergies. They cross contaminate.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank person777
DerekPerez, Owner at El Banditos, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hi, I am very sorry to hear you had a strange experience. We are well known to the Celiac community and vegetarians and vegans alike as a restaurant that does exactly what is expected of them. We havent changed the menu, which will happen soon,...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Surprisingly good food inside a restaurant which could be a copy of the nighthawks painting of Edward Hopper, because of the large windows looking to the East Market Street.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of visit: September 2018
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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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: May 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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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.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank 923meghannv
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

Date of visit: November 2017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 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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