We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Azteca

) #6 of 137 Restaurants in Ames €€ - €€€ Mexican, Southwestern
1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
+1 515-232-0116
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“rice” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
€€ - €€€
1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
Write a Review
Reviews (177)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 177 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in need of a nice place to relax and enjoy a beverage. This was the place. Great margarita and very good food. The service was helpful and fun.

Thank jerrilmadsen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was amazing! It was a great casual atmosphere perfect after a long day of traveling. Staff had great customer service and food was served surprising quickly for how busy it was. El Azteca has a convenient location that is within walking distance of...More

Thank Ashley F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like Mexican food, this is the authentic place to go! Family run and very good. The staff works their tails off to make sure you get the food and drinks that you need quickly. The food comes out on HOT plates and our...More

Thank Robert N
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Wow, was the food great at El Azteca! Mexican food is my favorite, and this ranks right up there with the top. We ordered the Pollo al Chipotle and the Pork Tacos. The chicken was different than any other we've had, but the Pork Tacos...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We have eaten here several times. Its a nice place with fast courteous service. My wife likes their fish tacos and my favorite is their special burrito washed down with a margarita. They are usually busy and after you eat here, you will know why.

Thank Kornkurt
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I ate there four times in four days and enjoyed every visit!!! Great Staff and willing to go the extra for the customer!!

Thank robertbC2503PG
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I have been coming to this area for years and just stumbled on this gem with my last stay. We had a diverse party of 25 (babies, seniors, handicapped, and picky eaters) and the restaurant took great care of us! They do not take reservations...More

Thank 432rosef
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

If you visit Ames and are looking for a great place for Mexican food, then make sure you stop here. You will not be disappointed, but please make sure you bring someone with you.

Thank Darrell D
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant with a great menu. We take the family here when visiting Ames. Not a big fan of their salsa but love the cheese sauce. Clean and fun atmosphere. Would recommend if you want a sit down Mexican meal.

Thank rebecca d
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Owners are super friendly! We crave the Huevos Rancheros and Poncho's Lemon Lime Chicken. Everything is served super fast and hot. Best Margaritas in Ames. I like the original location on S. Dayton because that is where we first started going. My wife likes the...More

Thank grandski
Nearby Restaurants
Hickory Park Restaurant
884 reviews
1.91 km away
Texas Roadhouse
107 reviews
2.15 km away
HuHot Mongolian Grill
16 reviews
2.14 km away
Nearby Attractions
Iowa State University
250 reviews
5.30 km away
Reiman Gardens
243 reviews
4.28 km away
Brunnier Art Museum
20 reviews
4.35 km away
Octagon Center for the Arts
8 reviews
2.76 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does she sell garment fabric or is it just quilting and upholstry?
16 October 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from RVIDI | Reviewed this property |
I am wondering if somehow the wrong place is showing for your question. I am showing your question is regardiging El Azteca, a Mexican restaurant. It has nothing to to with garments or fabrics. If you have a different... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-0116
  • E-mail