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El Mexicano

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1520 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-3469
+1 309-636-8858
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Marion, Illinois
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230 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

El Mexicano is the best authentic Mexican restaurant in Peoria. The restaurant is small and easy to miss, but the food is great.

Thank AandE_G
Peoria, Illinois
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60 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We usually get pork tacos, steak tacos, and tamales, chips and salsa come with our order. The restaurant itself is small and easily passed by, but the flavor of the authentic Mexican food shouldn't be missed! They do take debit cards. Service is outstanding and quick.

Thank Anuket01
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Have the tacos and tamales. Bring cash. Don't wait too long to stop back. You'll not find better authentic Mexican food in all of Peoria.

Thank James L
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278 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I can here for lunch on a Friday.It is the only day they have fish tacos. I had a chicken gordita,a fish taco,a chicken taco,and Pico de Giao. Eating in you get chips and salsa. Salsa was mild and had a great flavor. The food has good flavor but you have to ask for celantro.the fish taco had slaw on... More 

Thank Jeff M
Morton, Illinois
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343 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

A trusted friend took me and I'm so glad he did or I may not have stopped. It's very small, with big flavors that I fell in love with. Now I have to go back, because that fajita was simply one of if not the best I've ever experienced, and after a month touring the southwest this May, that is... More 

Thank Will6468
Chicago, Illinois
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884 reviews
685 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

This place is certainly not the fanciest of restaurants but they certainly have some excellent food here! Great food, served quickly, reasonably priced, and excellent service.

Thank Bruce G
Peoria, Illinois
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

To look at the place you would never enter unless someone had recommended it. There are only about six tables. The service prompt and friendly, the food always tasty, and the prices are low. I have never had a meal there that I didn't like. In my opinion this is the best Mexican food in Peoria or anyplace nearby.

Thank L4366ZFjamesm
1 review
Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

Hole in the wall, ma and pa place but awesome food!!!!!! Best authentic Mexican food in Peoria by far!! My husband goes there as often as he can!

Thank Tibgirl00
Washington, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

While not situated in the best part of town, this little restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in the Peoria area. Seating is limited but the establishment is clean, the staff is nice and accommodating, and the prices are very inexpensive. If you've never been there, give it a shot... You'll be planning a second trip.

Thank Hondo45
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

My family loves this place! First, it is clean and brightly colored with a mix of families with young children, couples, and workers breaking for lunch. The food is delicious, fresh, and very very inexpensive. Service is fast and friendly. You start with a free basket of chips and salsa. I love the tacos. They are two corn tortillas loaded... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
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Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-3469
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: +1 309-636-8858

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