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El Banditos

) #83 of 202 Restaurants in Iowa City $$ - $$$ Mexican,
327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
+1 319-358-2836
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“beans” (6 reviews)
“tacos” (9 reviews)
“guac” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
327 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2172
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Short story, Sunday mid-am, busy but not crazy, took forever to get served, never asked for refill on coffee, food was luke warm when it finally arrived. To many other places in city to come here again.

Thank M O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They sourced food locally have outdoor seating and the best tacos We love biking out there for taco Tuesday

Thank alisaMeg
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

First time visit. Food was very good, flavorful. The pancakes are a must share. The service was friendly and attentive, though a little slow at times. So if your not in a hurry, want to talk and enjoy your morning with some good, flavorful dishes...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 24 April 2017 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...More

Thank iowahawkeye48
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank Bill P
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

Thank cynluna
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank beeskneesmom
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...More

Thank Philippe D
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....More

Thank Ciscoeats
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...More

Thank Diane T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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