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El Mariachi

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5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
+1 515-276-3887
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the food! The Margaritas were to die for. Very nice atmosphere. We have had great service every time we have gone.

Thank Dalyn1018
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service is always good. The food is always hot and quickly served. Margaritas are half-priced on Saturdays and the joint is usually jumping! The patio is a great place to dine when it's warmer. Enjoy!

Thank Robert F
Grimes, Iowa
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Service and quality of food are of utmost priority at this restaurant! Whether you order in house or take out, we've never had a bad meal! The prices are unbelievably reasonable and worth every penny! We will not go to any other restaurant in town because this one is close and terrific!

Thank happytrailrunner
Marion, Iowa
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172 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Was visiting the area on business and went here with my husband. Was a Monday night and somewhat busy. Not too far from the Stoney Creek hotel we were staying at so pretty easy to get to if you are traveling. Ample parking. We were seated right away. It was Monday and apparently Margarita night. I had TWO raspberry margaritas... More 

Thank bleutalefly
Keosauqua, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The staff are professional and efficient during the lunch time rush. The food is always very tasty and a great value for the price. Terrific environment too!

Thank Kris R
Lebanon, United States
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92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

For good, quick, authentic Mexican food this is the place to go. We have been coming to this restaurant for years and have never been disappointed. Prices are reasonable and the service is quick and friendly.

Thank Deborah M
Northfield, Minnesota
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103 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We were visiting family in Des Moines and El Mariachi was recommended as "their favorite Mexican restaurant" so we went. It is a fairly large space and very busy and quite noisy, even on a Wednesday evening. Conversation was difficult. Seating and service were prompt. The service was, in a sense, too prompt for almost before the menus had reached... More 

Thank Doug H
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I hope there are better Mexican restaurants in Des Moines. This place was okay, but nothing special. Service was okay, but nothing special. Prices were good. A pretty good value, actually. Staff may have been worn out with all the state fair visitors.

Thank Mark M
Johnston, Iowa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Johnston. The food is good and the service is fast and friendly.

Thank Gina C
Johnston, Iowa
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Good and fast food with friendly service. Cheese dip is wonderful. From grilled shrimp to fajitas to chips and salsa to margaritas - you can't go wrong. Generous portions. This is our go to place for all occasions.

Thank Judy1191

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-276-3887

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