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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
+1 515-232-0116
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Tucson, Arizona
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to this area for years and just stumbled on this gem with my last stay. We had a diverse party of 25 (babies, seniors, handicapped, and picky eaters) and the restaurant took great care of us! They do not take reservations even for a large party so we showed up at 4:00 on a Sunday to... More 

Thank 432rosef
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit Ames and are looking for a great place for Mexican food, then make sure you stop here. You will not be disappointed, but please make sure you bring someone with you.

Thank Darrell D
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant with a great menu. We take the family here when visiting Ames. Not a big fan of their salsa but love the cheese sauce. Clean and fun atmosphere. Would recommend if you want a sit down Mexican meal.

Thank rebecca d
Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Owners are super friendly! We crave the Huevos Rancheros and Poncho's Lemon Lime Chicken. Everything is served super fast and hot. Best Margaritas in Ames. I like the original location on S. Dayton because that is where we first started going. My wife likes the location in north Ames because of the newness of the restaurant. We usually go to... More 

Thank grandski
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56 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Although they are friendly, the food really underwhelms! The salsa has a good kick, but the rest of the food is almost tasteless! The beef is bland, the peppers are mushy and the retried beans are watery! We ate it, but we won't be back!😝

Thank Kevin N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

So it appears there is two Azteca's in Ames. Don't go to the one on Dayton Avenue that looks like an old Embers from 1983. Food & service was terrible. Had to flag down my server to order, food arrived in 2 minutes. guessing the fajita's are NOT made to order, as they came out sloppy & could tell they... More 

Thank Mplstraveler1234
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Food is excellent. I have many favorites, fajitas, arose con pollo, carnitas. Service is very good and fast. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Terry W
Kansas City, Kansas
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161 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Big group including family enjoyed our experience at this Mexican restaurant. Food was very good and service was strong. Did a good job of facilitating our large party and the chaos we created. Drake's mom said it's so good you can just "suck it" (inside joke but you will certainly enjoy El Azteca).

Thank aah987
Granger, IN, United States
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Eat here when I am in town. Food is good and cheap. After work the Margaritas are also worth the visit.

Thank 920cheriem
Ames, Iowa
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The same family runs this one as does the north location. You get the same fast, friendly service. The food is good, and the portions are large. This location is a little more dated than the Stange restaurant, but the location has great access to I-35 & Hwy 30.

Thank Keo_05

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-0116

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