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El Ranchero

21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
+1 319-338-4324
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible17%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (6 reviews)
“steak” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
$$ - $$$
21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
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1 - 10 of 28 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth visiting for the guacamole alone! Superb! We visited during the afternoon. The wait staff was good, we had nachos and salsa immediately and drinks as well. The main meals were great, tasty and well prepared, except for this steak and shrimp...More

Thank asnq8
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Awful nachos..chips topped with shredded chicken, runny sauce, & artificial cheese.. No they don't have guacamole, aren't friendly, no atmosphere, and this place just looks dirty. Will never return...should have never gone!

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

I agree with everyone that says the food was great. If that was all I was using to judge this restaurant, I would rate it a 5+. Unfortunately, there were two problems that we experienced. One was that our waiter didn't seem overly friendly. He...More

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 11 December 2015

This is my "go to" for a quick lunch. The food and service are great. The prices seem too low. I've never had a bad experience here and have visited over 25 times. Even if the parking lot looks full, we never have waited for...More

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 22 August 2015

I have lived, and worked closely with many Mexicans, which means that I got some good quality authentic Mexican grub. I have lost contact with most of those good people, but if I want to remember them, and the taste of excellent quality Mexican grub...then...More

Thank Acetriad
Reviewed 5 August 2015

We highly recommend this restaurant. Located in Iowa City area- this restaurant always meets our needs and hopes! Great food, reasonable prices, and wonderful friendly service is always present. El Ranchero reminds us of Cheers with a Mexican accent! We are always welcomed by Alex...More

2  Thank davids3187
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

This is a no offending restaurant that serves typical Americanized Mexican fare staples. The fajitas are good but not great. The margs are inexpensive but lack zing and are too sweet for my taste. Ambiance is cozy and cute. Food and service need to be...More

1  Thank musthavebeachsun
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This place looks a little sketchy on the outside but don't let that scare you away. It's clean inside, food was great, margaritas were good and cheap, and workers were helpful and friendly. I'd go back.

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Best quality food and intense margharita! Never dissappointed, consistent great food, great service !!! I come once a week from Fairfield and love it!!!

Thank Time4metofly
Reviewed 25 March 2014

I had lunch there about half dozen times with my co-workers, they love this place, and so do I. I have promised my family I would take them there, and finally I had chance to do this. My kids love this place! Food is delicious,...More

Thank Hao G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246-5618
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-338-4324
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