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El Portal

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$$ - $$$
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1640 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410-3457
+1 402-873-3134
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found recommendations on Trip Advisor for this restaurant and then actually drove by it twice before we decided to venture inside. Oh mercy, DO NOT drive by this one! We split the Nacho Fajitas featuring Steak, Shrimp, Chicken, and Chorizo - each one obviously cooked separately as their individual flavors were delicious. Topped with tasty guacomole, sour cream, cheese... More 

Thank Nebraska2go
Lincoln, Nebraska
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love the Mexican food at El Portal! Everything we've tried has been delicious. Service is fast and attentive. Great value. We make it a point to eat here every time we are in town.

Thank Michelle F
Nebraska City, Nebraska
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff. Food comes out very quickly. Margaritas are fantastic. Very reasonably priced. Lunch and dinner.

Thank ichoosejoy
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good local Mexican food. I'm a Texan and very picky so it is good. I go there in auburn, ne, as well. Friendly service and good atmosphere.

Thank Kandy Kaye H
Hastings, Nebraska
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I have eaten here twice, both times with groups of 12-16 people. They were happy to accommodate our large groups, and service & food were excellent. Prices are great and servings are generous. Eat here!

Thank Amy S
Superior, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I gave this place a try for their all you can eat teahouse for $6.99. It was well worth it. They bring a huge bakery of homemade chips and awesome salsa and they are on top of bringing the tacos right after you order another round. I want to go back and try some more on their menu.

Thank pamelamC835QH
Neptune, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

From New Jersey and needed to stop somewhere and eat in Nebraska to check the state off of my list. We decided to stop at this little place and we are so happy that we did. The last thing I thought was Mexican in Nebraska...... The food was amazing and the service was great. The price wasn't steep at all(compared... More 

Thank KamalK1006
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130 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here with friends - enjoyed the selection and the food was very good. Free chips and salsa too, which was just the right amount of spiciness. Good prices for what you get. Service was so-so with our server forgetting our water several times and hastily putting our drinks down in the wrong spots. The booths butt up against... More 

Thank kloverfield
Seward, Nebraska
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Food was tasty and plentiful. Restaurant was very busy when we visited. Our waiter was running to keep up.

Thank Jan B
Kansas City, Missouri
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85 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Recommend anything on menu- chips and salsa is yummy. Locals eat there so you know it is good. Friendly staff, clean.

Thank LaNette H

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1640 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410-3457
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Nebraska City
  • Phone Number: +1 402-873-3134

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