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El Patio Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$Mexican,
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
+1 515-274-2303
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible14%
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“cheese dip” (4 reviews)
“flautas” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Very disapointed. We have been here twice, both times service is slow. The first time the food was bad, this time around, not much better. I had the blue corn enchiladas with pork which were decent, but the food lacked soul. My husband had the...More

Thank Jill C
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Highly diluted margs. 1960s-era ceiling tiles about to fall into your warmed up food from a can. Beans, cheese, and guac does not equal Mexican Food.

Thank Douglas G
Reviewed 27 June 2017

El Patio has been in Des Moines since the '40's and at the current location at about 37th and INgertsol since sometime in the '50's. It's a fun place to go with friends. It's actually a house that has been converted to a restaurant. There...More

Thank CinKS
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We love this restaurant mainly because of the gregarious owner. It is always good food and in summer their patio can't be beat. Try the chocolate cake for dessert. It is out of this world deliciously decadent.

Thank PAT S
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by El Patio! It is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The seating inside was great for date night and the food was delicious. Large portions, too! I had the black bean flautas which I'd highly recommend. Husband had the chicken fajitas...More

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a nice restaurant to visit with a fun atmosphere and interesting paintings / ornaments all over the place. The food is very good but could use a bit more effort to better reflect New Mexico and Santa Fe cuisine. For example, it does...More

Thank Carlos S
Reviewed 10 October 2016

El Patio has been in business for many, many decades. That alone says a lot about a place. While the food is not to everyone's taste, there are a lot of fans that have kept them going so long. The food is more Southwestern than...More

Thank seacorp
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My brother and sister- in- law took us to El Patio after a day outside on 80 degree high humidity weather day. Got there at 6pm on a Saturday and got seated on the patio immediately. The service was outstanding!! So good that we tipped...More

Thank Kerry C
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

A local off the beaten track restaurant that has been there for years is the house known as El Patio. A favorite among locals this is one of the bucket list places to go when in Des Moines. Brook and Becky provide great food at...More

Thank Dick S
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Patio dinner. A bit crowded so conversation had to muted, no privacy. Flies, bees. Noisy kids. Great Margie's and food. Blue corn shells really good. Chips n salsa right on!

Thank Jerry U
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Response from PAT S | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611 37th St, Des Moines, IA 50312-3305
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-274-2303
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