We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Cactus

104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
+1 319-354-0444
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (4 reviews)
“beans” (2 reviews)
“iowa city” (6 reviews)
All hours
104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (34)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 34 reviews

Reviewed 15 August 2017

LOVE the margaritas here! Great guacamole & queso besides. Three locations...this one in Coralville & two in Iowa City. Can avoid the college scene with this location.

Thank Tricia0813
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Was in Iowa City on vacation and stopped if for dinner. Was great food and service. Some of the best Mexican meal I had had in years!

Thank 802brucep
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Several times I told the server I was gluten free. Ordered fish and shrimp tacos. Specified I needed corn tacos for gf. Tacos came with deep fried fish and deep fried shrimp which I can't eat unless from gf kitchen. Tomatoes tasteless. Pico de gallo...More

Thank IowaCityProf
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We both had enchiladas with rice and refried beans. Free chips with fresh salsa. Good service and food tastes excellent.

Thank jbear8989
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The lunch was awesome. The Seafood Chimichanga was perfect. The food was quick and hot. The beans were just like the ones I had in Mexico. Overall great meals

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This place is exactly a run of the mill Mexican place in California. But its simply the best one I've tried in Iowa. That's exactly what you get when there are actually real-live Mexicans running the place! The steak is pretty good, and the salsa...More

Thank B6430QQdavidk
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is a great place to grab lunch. My wife and I love to try the various combination platters. The service is friendly, the food is hot. The enchiladas are very flavorful. The portions are perfect. Filling but not to the point you are uncomfortably...More

Thank Francisco O
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

By far the best Mexican food I've eaten in iowa city! The salsa is SO GOOD! The margaritas are also very tasty. On Tuesdays they have .99 tacos. I mean how can you go wrong with that? The service isn't always the fastest, but if...More

Thank Seth V
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We live in Coralville and frequent this place. It is our favorite! Great food, atmosphere, drinks, service!

Thank Vicki H
Reviewed 23 December 2015

We used to frequent this place about once a month,then switched our Mexican cravings to Blue Azul, North of this place about 1/2 mile. The food is ordinary, burritos, tacos and the like. Menu is as expected. Prices are low although there have been increases...More

Thank RichSH20
Nearby HotelsSee all 21 hotels in Coralville
Heartland Inn - Coralville
212 reviews
.41 km away
Baymont Inn & Suites Iowa City / Coralville
1,196 reviews
.90 km away
Super 8 Iowa City/Coralville
476 reviews
1.09 km away
Days Inn & Suites Coralville
551 reviews
1.27 km away
Nearby Restaurants
248 reviews
.31 km away
Chez Grace
37 reviews
.29 km away
Bruegger's Bagels
23 reviews
.58 km away
Exotic India
45 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby Attractions
University of Iowa
170 reviews
1.22 km away
Old Capitol Museum
126 reviews
2.76 km away
Nile Kinnick Stadium
103 reviews
1.72 km away
Iowa Firefighters Memorial
12 reviews
2.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from El Cactus staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Coralville
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-0444
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing