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Bandit Burrito

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5340 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
+1 515-254-9999
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Burrito bowl with lot of veg. Always tasty, large helping but just right really as it is loaded with veg.

Thank Jerry U
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Bandit Burrito is tucked in just north of I-80 on the west side of Merle Hay Ave, sharing a building with a Jimmy John's. Don't be tempted by your familiarity--of the two establishments, Bandit is definitely the better choice. The staff is very friendly, quick to meet your needs, and knowledgeable about what they're serving. The food is outstanding and... More 

Thank Will M
Polk City, IA
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

I visited Bandit Burrito for the first time today. The ingredients tasted fresh, and there were many choices. Multiple choices for tortilla, even two kinds of rice. Lots of extras to add. Quite tasty.

Thank IslandTan
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Friendly staff and many options on tortilla. I found the taste to be good and texture great. There is a tv to watch news and relax. Food is fresh and cooked right there.

Thank MD K
Johnston, Iowa
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

My daughter and granddaughter and I are frequent visitors to Bandit Burrito = love their freshly prepared food. My granddaughter prefers their pork nachos while I prefer their chicken burritos. Great time had by all!!

Thank FrancineJohansonButl
Johnston, Iowa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Bandit is your basic burrito restaurant similar to Chipotle. I personally think it's better the ingredients are fresh and the portions are plenty.

Thank TheBandit78
Saint Peter, Minnesota
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

We stopped for a quick dinner break on a very long drive from Oklahoma to Minnesota. Bandit Burrito was 0.2 miles from where we filled with gas. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had chicken quesadillas and my husband had a burrito. They were both excellent.

Thank Barbara L
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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143 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2014 via mobile

After hearing much praise for the burritos from my family, I thought I would give it a try while I was passing through. The different kinds of tortillas is awesome. The meat is pretty good as well. If you like the chains like Chipotle or Quedoba, then you would enjoy this place.

Thank Keaton C
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Saw great reviews for burritos and nachos. My husband had the burrito and would rate it a little above average. He really liked the jalapeño salsa. I would rate the nachos below average which came out to an average rating for both meals. The cheese for the nachos was a fake queso. The chips were not close to the great... More 

Thank NatlParkTravelers
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27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

I was in town and looking for local places to eat. Des Moines had a ton of chain restaurants to choose from, but I was seeking the local flavor. The online reviews brought me here and they were dead on. The food was so good. I like that you can choose your toppings and they had more choices than QDoba... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$12
Mexican, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5340 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-254-9999
Visit us at Bandit Burrito, located just two blocks north of I-80 on Merle Hay Road, in Johnston. Your taste buds will thank you! Over 35 items for you to custom build the best burrito of your life! All salsas, meats, and other burrito fillings are made in-house on a daily basis. Also on the menu are quesadillas, salads and a version of nachos that will knock the socks off any nacho lover.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?