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419 Grand Ave, Spencer, IA 51301-4026
+1 712-580-4990
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Good friendly staff. Small local downtown restaurant which serves good reasonably priced Mexican food. If I am in Spencer and want a quick reasonably priced lunch this is my go to restaurant.

Thank JEH65
Spencer, Iowa
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2016

I eat lunch here about once every 4-6 weeks. They offer fast service and cheap lunch specials. Plenty of options to consider. Salsa is a little heavy on cilantro, but not spicy.

Thank Jill T
Webster City, Iowa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Wednesday night 99 cent margaritas are amazing! To top them off, we LOVED our food everytime we went. The servers did a great job refilling our chips and salsa...and keeping sure our drinks were never empty!

Thank Sarah T
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

We went to the the el Parian in Spirit Lake. The food is plenteous. I wold recommend it. We have not been ever disappointed.

Thank Sadekok
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I went to this restaurant for a late afternoon snack and margarita with my husband and adult son. We ordered the grande nachos with chicken, beef and beans. They were topped off with lots of creamy cheese sauce and one slice of tomato. The taste was good for what was offered, but so very bland...no onions, jalepenos, pico de gallo,... More 

Thank Childbride82
Ankeny, Iowa
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We ate at the Spirit Lake location. The atmosphere is fun and inviting. Their dishes are fresh and hot. Chips and salsa included but highly recommend the quest fundeto. Margaritas are perfectly blended and a variety of flavors available. The guacamole and pico have great flavor!

Thank Heather M
Sioux City, Iowa
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

I ordered a salad that was supposed to come with chicken, steak and shrimp. My salad had virtually NO lettuce and was filled with onions and peppers and meat. Our waiter would not talk to us or give us refills on drinks. We had to 'track' him down every time we needed something. Then when went to pay, he only... More 

Thank gobraves2233
Ocheyedan, Iowa
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205 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Totally love this place! Very awesome service great food and drinks! We have never been disappointed here! Might get a little loud but hey it's a great Mexican place

Thank Marlin L
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1,000 reviews
484 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 605 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2014 via mobile

I usually order the chicken tortilla soup and it is very flavorful. I also enjoy the chili Colorado which I feel is expertly spiced. I haven't been disappointed with any of their entrees. This is truly an authentic Mexican restaurant

Thank minnesotans4
Spencer, IA
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

I love Mexican food and this is my favorite Mexican Restaurant. The food is very good and authentic and the service is always very fast and friendly. I have been to this restaurant many times in the last few years since this restaurant first opened and I have never had bad food or service here. I have liked everything on... More 

Thank drwlaw2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 419 Grand Ave, Spencer, IA 51301-4026
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spencer
  • Phone Number: +1 712-580-4990

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