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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
+1 217-234-7290
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been taking my family there for almost 15 years now and we won't go to any other Mexican restaurant! we like the chips and salsa the best! They make my margaritas FUERTE (strong in spanish) I once did the heimlich maneuver on a teen choking on a tortilla chip (true story saved his life) but don't choke because... More 

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Thank Jorge V
Mattoon, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My all time favorite! This is by far the best Mexican restaurant I've ever eaten at. Don Sol does not compare.

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Thank Sophie61815
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The best place to eat, period. Amazing staff and amazing food!!! I have been enjoying El Vaquero for over 15 years!

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Thank Beth F
Mattoon, Illinois
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I consider El Vaquero our go-to for date nights. The food is always amazing, the servers are friendly, and the selection of margarita flavors are so yummy! Great atmosphere and extremely reasonable prices add to the reasons this is our favorite Mexican restaurant!

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2 Thank Twinmom7272
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

El Vaquero always has great food and great service. All of the waiters will help you. You don't have just one. The service was fast and friendly. El Vaquero is our favorite mexican resaurant.

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2 Thank Michelle B
Charleston, Illinois
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Service was just ok, I would not say it is in my top ten places to recommend to eat here. One our meals was cold. I am guessing it was waiting on the other one to get done? Our chips also tasted a little stale.

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1 Thank junkmailfromyou1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

They are always busy but great service and good food! Never been let down here! Only issue is that there is nowhere to wait when they are busy. Everyone piles up in the doorway.

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1 Thank Jaime B
Sullivan, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

My wife and I have visited El Vaquero on several occasions and have enjoyed the delicious food and great service every time. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering how much food you get, normally enough to take some home for leftovers. We don't drink alcohol so I cannot comment on any of the alcoholic drinks.

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1 Thank bluegrassfan76
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding - healthy fresh and super tasty. All Mexican dishes that I had not trued before - and this is my second night in a row here. I must express just how pleasant the staff are - they cannot do enough for you and are checking on you regularly- and you get the feeling it's because they... More 

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1 Thank Neil67
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I frequent this place quite often. It is hands down the best around. The staff is always friendly, the drinks are refreshing and the food is always amazing!

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1 Thank Marty W
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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon
  • Phone Number: +1 217-234-7290

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