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El Vaquero

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200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
+1 217-234-7290
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They are always busy but great service and good food! Never been let down here! Only issue is that there is nowhere to wait when they are busy. Everyone piles up in the doorway.

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Thank Jaime B
Sullivan, Illinois
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I have visited El Vaquero on several occasions and have enjoyed the delicious food and great service every time. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering how much food you get, normally enough to take some home for leftovers. We don't drink alcohol so I cannot comment on any of the alcoholic drinks.

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1 Thank bluegrassfan76
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for thegreat review! We appreciate it! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding - healthy fresh and super tasty. All Mexican dishes that I had not trued before - and this is my second night in a row here. I must express just how pleasant the staff are - they cannot do enough for you and are checking on you regularly- and you get the feeling it's because they... More 

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Thank Neil67
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I frequent this place quite often. It is hands down the best around. The staff is always friendly, the drinks are refreshing and the food is always amazing!

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Thank Marty W
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We appreciate it! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We stopped here on our way from Chicago to Carbondale. We ordered the house special and shared it. There was plenty left over for one or two more people. I cannot remember the name of th dish, but it was a lovely stew of shrimp, chicken, and beef, served sizzling hot with tortillas and sides. Go for it! I have... More 

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2 Thank Louise C
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

I eat there every week and the cheese dip is the best. I eat a large cheese quesadilla with grilled chicken I do recommend going there.

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2 Thank Katie R
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

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Tuscola, Illinois
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151 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We happened to be in Mattoon a few years back and found this Mexican place close to the old mall. We did appreciate the outdoor seating available, but the food here really not worth the drive and we decided we would not be back anytime soon. Service was fine despite being outdoors.

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2 Thank tuscolaman
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

Sorry for your bad experience. We appreciate your feedback. More 

Springfield, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The food was very good but the service was slow. It was a little late (9:00 PM) after the nearby mall closed and there were still several people there (Thursday night) Employees were friendly.

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2 Thank Joyce H
MattoonMikki81, Owner at El Vaquero, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed our food. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Mattoon, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is an awesome restaurant. Staff is always friendly and the food is excellent. Go early, it gets crowded pretty fast.

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2 Thank Deb K
Mattoon, Illinois
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We are always seated very quickly! Our food is always spot on perfect! Your drink is never empty! Without a doubt the best place to eat in town!!

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2 Thank HeVe88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 Holiday Dr, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon
  • Phone Number: +1 217-234-7290

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