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El Mariachi

5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
+1 515-276-3887
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fajitas” (9 reviews)
“rice” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our go-to Mexican restaurant in the Metro. It rivals the experience and food that we have in real Mexico. Great servers. Love the shrimp dishes, chips, salsa and tacos.

Thank Galen H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in town visiting friends, I was excited to eat here per a recommendation of my friends. I enjoyed the Jalisco, a lot. The cheese dip is super yummy! Our margaritas fell short as there was WAY TOO much syrup in them. All in all,...More

Thank sabrina365
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

We live about an hour away but try to hit El Mariachi once a month. The portions a generous and the drinks are amazing. I have never had a dish I didnt like. My GF favorite is tacos with fajita meat. It is a side...More

Thank DoDoc
Reviewed 3 January 2018

You get very generous portions here and the service has always been fast. Last time we went, we had to circle the parking lot a couple of times to get in. This is al popular place and we return often.

Thank Iowastar
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Great Hispanic owned and operated authentic Mexican Restaurant with excellent food, friendly staff providing excellent service and a very reasonably priced menu. Another bonus is a very short wait time after ordering your food until it is served.

Thank MMI69
Reviewed 14 November 2017

El Mariachi is our goto restaurant for Mexican food. They have a large selection of menu items and you can't go wrong with any of them. The service is great, the pricing is very reasonable and we have never been disappointed in the 40+ times...More

Thank 735DanielA
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Really good food. Really fast and great service. Restaurant was recommended by the friend I was lunching with and she says the food is predictably good. Would be a great place to eat in a time crunch.

Thank Rpod-lady
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We go there every few weeks and have always had good food and good service! My husband tries something different every time, I usually prefer a chicken chimi or a taco salad.

Thank Lorna_DDP
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

When I want the best Mexican in Des Moines I make the drive here. I have never left disappointed. The prices and service are spot on. An excellent margarita and a very nice out door seating area help make this place my fav!

Thank DoDoc
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Let me start by saying that I developed my taste for Mexican food while growing up in New Mexico. I love my Mexican food spicy hot, especially with spicy green chile. So, the other night four of us visiting the Des Moines area were looking...More

Thank Jim D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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
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