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El Ranchero

21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
+1 319-338-4324
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible15%
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“fajitas” (7 reviews)
“steak” (2 reviews)
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21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

My wife and I visited El Ranchero this past Sunday, around 6pm. It was fairly busy. We were seated right away and our server took very good care of us from start to finish. He did a great job with our table. The chips and...More

Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Warm, prompt service. Nothing fancy, but the kind of place that you can see yourself on a regular basis. Reasonable prices. Don't be thrown offby few cars parked in front; most patrons paark in back.

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Best queso dip we have had in quite a while!! Wish the fajitas had more veggie options, so we opted for enchiladas instead. Margaritas were delicious. My favorite Mexican stop in Iowa so far. Vegetarian options are abundant!

Thank DrumNDance
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The restrooms we're absolutely filthy. Floors and walls had something all over them. Just generally not well kept. If this is what the customer facing areas look like I'd hate to see the food prep area.

Thank jimsayre56
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This place is worth visiting for the guacamole alone! Superb! We visited during the afternoon. The wait staff was good, we had nachos and salsa immediately and drinks as well. The main meals were great, tasty and well prepared, except for this steak and shrimp...More

Thank asnq8
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Awful nachos..chips topped with shredded chicken, runny sauce, & artificial cheese.. No they don't have guacamole, aren't friendly, no atmosphere, and this place just looks dirty. Will never return...should have never gone!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I agree with everyone that says the food was great. If that was all I was using to judge this restaurant, I would rate it a 5+. Unfortunately, there were two problems that we experienced. One was that our waiter didn't seem overly friendly. He...More

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 11 December 2015

This is my "go to" for a quick lunch. The food and service are great. The prices seem too low. I've never had a bad experience here and have visited over 25 times. Even if the parking lot looks full, we never have waited for...More

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 22 August 2015

I have lived, and worked closely with many Mexicans, which means that I got some good quality authentic Mexican grub. I have lost contact with most of those good people, but if I want to remember them, and the taste of excellent quality Mexican grub...then...More

Thank Acetriad
Reviewed 5 August 2015

We highly recommend this restaurant. Located in Iowa City area- this restaurant always meets our needs and hopes! Great food, reasonable prices, and wonderful friendly service is always present. El Ranchero reminds us of Cheers with a Mexican accent! We are always welcomed by Alex...More

2  Thank davids3187
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-338-4324
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