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El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
+1 563-243-1473
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Morrison, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I've traveled the globe and still find the best margaritas to be right here at El Toro in Clinton IA. Great salsa and chips compliment the drink selection along with the authentic Mexican food. Shiela always has a friendly smile on her face and is happy to assist with recommendations. Always feel at home at El Toro.

Thank Karl S
Erie, Illinois, Usa
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The atmosphere, service, and food are great. I've been there many times. The best thing to do is to talk to the waitress for options! Fresh shredded cabbage. if you like it spicy, ask for the the green sauce and pico de gallo. Add this to your tostitos appetizers or main course. Highly recommend. Their margaratis are tasty!

Thank MJB399
Parkville, Missouri
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

El Toro has a very good selection of dishes (enchiladas, burritos, etc.) that you'd normally expect for a Mexican restaurant. All of them are well-prepared, generous in size, and reasonably-priced. Their pollo loco and carne asada, however, are out of this world. The place is usually packed on weekend nights, and for good reason--excellent food, prices, and service. El Toro,... More 

Thank Gregory P
Clinton, Iowa
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It looks a bit divey/grungy from the outside (the new paint job helps, though), but don't be fooled. This is the best Mexican food north of El Paso! Absolutely the most authentic, family dishes I've ever had in the U.S.! Reasonable prices, good, friendly service and great margaritas!

Thank Nikita6319
Clinton, Iowa
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Great, great food. Lots of choices and endless combinations on the menu. If there is something your craving that you don't see listed, more likely than not, you can have it made. Very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Well stocked drink selection in the cantina. Tasty margaritas. Others have stated that there are no windows in the restaurant. This is... More 

Thank Jerry B
Rogersville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

I ate here for dinner and wasn't sure where the front door was but it's not in the front lol. You enter from the side and work your way back to the bar witch is a room with no windows, I was skeptical but trusted trip advisor and turns out I wasn't disappointed! The food is great with large quantities,... More 

Thank Darrin J
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Chips are homemade and were hot when they brought them out. The sauce was excellent too. We had taco salad and it was delicious. Only negative thing was atmosphere. There were no windows and I felt like I was in a lounge. But it was clean. I'd recommend it

Thank Becky G
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

My husband sent me on a mission for him and his coworkers to have authentic tacos. Of course they wanted the Barrio tacos El Toro offered. While waiting for the large order I thought to try a drink, the very wonderful server said I needed to try the fuzzy berry. OMG YUM!!! It is AMAZING. I myself ordered the Seafood... More 

2 Thank Brittany N
Tucson, Arizona
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great find in the downtown Clinton area. The food is excellent and the owners are very good at engaging with customers. The all you can eat taco bar at lunch time is a must do if you are hungry and want a lot of great options for tacos. Drinks are excellent. Suggest trying the creamy white cheese appetizer along with... More 

1 Thank J_GTucson_Arizona
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

So good real legit Mexican food outstanding margaritas very very good friendly service and super clean it's a must when in Clinton Iowa

Thank Jamesmurrayaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
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: 701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clinton
  • Phone Number: +1 563-243-1473

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