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El Mariachi

5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
+1 515-276-3887
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (8 reviews)
“cheese dip” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ordered off the lunch menu, chicken California burrito $10, and not satisfied as it took almost 40 minutes to get our order. Have to agree with the previous review about the watered down salsa and the chips are also greasier than others I have eaten....More

Thank WHDSM-Owner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went because of the reviews and was sorely disappointed. My only assumption is that family members are padding the reviews. The salsa is watered down and awful, food was sub-par even for the mediocre "mexican" in the area and the service was slow. Judging by...More

Thank Adam T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place had high ratings on Yelp and it was packed when we got there (6:45pm on a Friday night). We took a table in the bar area to avoid a wait. The menu is extensive though not particularly creative - this is pretty basic...More

Thank stringsbysarah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to El Mariachi for lunch. Service was exceptional. Guacamole was extremely smooth and tasty. Everyone's dishes were made as requested and taste was great. Will definitely be back.

Thank dslat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I eat here all the time. I love the fact that at lunch time you get your order very fast, no matter how busy they are. I'm a big fan of the caso and pico. I like to mix them together for a great dipping...More

Thank caymankim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this place with battles. The service was good after we were seated. Took a while to sit but that is just a reflection of their reputation of "good." Orders came fast and appetizers were refilled with salsa. The seating area was fine too...More

Thank Micheal Colette R
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Great authentic Mexican dishes with a neighborhood atmosphere. Awesome menu. Family owned. Excellent service. Great drinks too!

Thank jmw0313
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

I visited for lunch with a colleague from work. It was unusually busy with people leaving because there was a line to get in. My colleague and I were still back to work within one hour and the food was fabulous as always.

Thank liljodo
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I appreciated that the salsa they served with the chips actually had some spice to it. Our meals were all good. My son ordered 2 tacos thinking they'd be small since they were on the kids menu. He was only able to eat one since...More

Thank Peanut977
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for lunch with some friends while I was in town visiting. The staff was helpful and quick. The menu was reasonably priced and the food was good. Overall a good place for Mexican food.

Thank George1371
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-276-3887
  • E-mail
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