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El Banditos

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327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
+1 319-358-2836
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
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Iowa City, Iowa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walked in on a weekday at 12:40pm. Waiter brought us dinner menus. They always hand out dinner menus, and you always have to ask for the lunch menu. They forgot to bring my drink, and even with the place only half full, it took forty (40) min for them to bring 2 items off the "fast" lunch menu. Then to... More 

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Thank iowahawkeye48
Sigourney, Iowa
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was highly recommended and close to Mercy Hospital. The food was bland and the service was slow. Part of the food came out and part of it didn't and we had to wave down our waiter to get the rest of it. Drinks sat empty and no-one offered to refill them.

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Thank Bill P
ABQ, NM
1 review
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Not you grandma, but decent - creative , Try the fish tacos, red snapper also my favorite is the beans and any tamale that they have they offer a special day – great margaritas

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Thank cynluna
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We've eaten here 2 times now just for the breakfast 2 weeks in a row. The food is Amazing and plentiful. The staff is very helpful and kind. If they are busy expect to wait a little bit for the food or anything from the bar but that's because it's so well made. I know everyone stands outside for blue... More 

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Thank beeskneesmom
Sèvres, Ile-de-France, France
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I went to this place with my wife and we like it but last time was not as good as usual. Portions were small, salad tasted like chlorine ... no more Mexican mojo. Don't know if it was a bad day or something else but it was really disappointing.

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Thank Philippe D
Iowa City
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I grew up in Texas and learned to cook from a Mexican teacher. This is not that food, but someone's idea of that food, and it's a pretty good idea. I recommend the enchiladas especially. Nice service, friendly place with good local beers on tap. Who needs authenticity? For that, go to Mazatlan.

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Thank Ciscoeats
1 review
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I rated this a four because it really does depend on who is working on any given day. I have been to this establishment numerous times, always for breakfast. The food is always good. I have had the Anne Perez, the Eggs Benedict, and my favorite: the oatmeal and brown sugar pancakes. I usually order the Anne Perez with all... More 

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Thank Diane T
Saint Charles
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We go here about once a month. Food above average by gringo standards, ordinary versus Dallas and Chicago area (Pilsen and West Chicago) joints. Limited al fresco dining; spartan atmosphere inside. Margaritas ony ordinary.

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Thank Lee L
Iowa City, Iowa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

I think this is Iowa City's best Mexican resturant because the food they serve is quite different from the fast food Mexican places.. They have a diverse menu of Mexican specialties, which are always fresh and served hot. Parking is not always easy in the evenings, but it is worth a littel effort to savor this fine Mexican cooking.

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1 Thank William H
Iowa City, Iowa
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170 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Love the atmosphere for this place, charming, warm, and a super cute bar. The margaritas while having excellent flavor and fairly priced, lacked the pow of enough tequila to get your dining groove on. Loved the flavor of the Picoso Marg, but craved more of a kick. All the food from the appetizers, guac, salsas, main dishes, needed that last... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-358-2836

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