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El Mariachi

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5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
+1 515-276-3887
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Detroit, Michigan
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60 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch with some friends while I was in town visiting. The staff was helpful and quick. The menu was reasonably priced and the food was good. Overall a good place for Mexican food.

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Thank George1371
Johnston, Iowa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When it comes to Mexican I'm pretty fussy since I had a babysitter from Mexico when I was young. I usually stick with the same food. My norm is shredded beef chimie chonga. Drenched in luscious white caso. I always get extra bowl of caso and pico digio. One time I had the shrimp and there was so many of... More 

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Thank caymankim
Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, Huge portions for the price. Margarita was exceptional. Salsa was just ok, typical flavor, small basket of chips and had to request more twice. Non attentive wait staff but perhaps due to the time of day, although there were many employees visible. Atmosphere not too cozy and feels industrial, but will defintely try again because of the portions... More 

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Thank kemeny1055
Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Order the Mariachi Fajitas, you won't be disappointed. My friend had said the tamale was the best he had ever eaten.

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Thank Lisa007grl
Des Moines
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well first the place is MUCH cleaner than most mexican restaraunts. Restrooms were clean and not pieced together or rigged someway. Food was wonderful. Meals ordered were El Mariachi burrito, taco salad, chimichanga, fajitas. Food was cooked and served to perfection.

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Thank Donna M
Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go here for lunch a lot during work. You can almost always secure a large or small table. The food is fast, authentic, and delicious. Portions are huge, and prices are low. If you want delicious Mexican, THIS is the place to go.

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Thank TheFightingElizas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Loved the food! The Margaritas were to die for. Very nice atmosphere. We have had great service every time we have gone.

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Thank Dalyn1018
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The service is always good. The food is always hot and quickly served. Margaritas are half-priced on Saturdays and the joint is usually jumping! The patio is a great place to dine when it's warmer. Enjoy!

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Thank Robert F
Grimes, Iowa
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Service and quality of food are of utmost priority at this restaurant! Whether you order in house or take out, we've never had a bad meal! The prices are unbelievably reasonable and worth every penny! We will not go to any other restaurant in town because this one is close and terrific!

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Thank happytrailrunner
Marion, Iowa
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172 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Was visiting the area on business and went here with my husband. Was a Monday night and somewhat busy. Not too far from the Stoney Creek hotel we were staying at so pretty easy to get to if you are traveling. Ample parking. We were seated right away. It was Monday and apparently Margarita night. I had TWO raspberry margaritas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-276-3887

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