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El Cactus Authentic Mexican Cuisine

104 1st Ave., Coralville, IA 52241-2602
+1 319-354-0444
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“gorditas” (2 reviews)
“iowa city” (6 reviews)
“salsa” (9 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
104 1st Ave., Coralville, IA 52241-2602
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great ambiance, great service ... And they let me practice my Spanish. 10 stars! Love this place!

Thank Vicki H
Reviewed 5 May 2018

My wife and I tried this place recently because it came recommended by a friend who lives near the place. When we walked in, we noticed it felt somewhat warm inside. We asked to move to a table under a fan. After they moved us,...More

Thank B P
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

This is a very good place to pick up a carry out meal. They are very fast and efficient I’m taking care of your needs. The food is good and the portions are good.

Thank Q2385ALjamesl
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Best Mexican food I've ever had! Service was good, attentive. Plenty of food served. Try the gordita a la carte! Can't say enough about how good the food was!

Thank 2SmallTownTravelers
Reviewed 15 August 2017

LOVE the margaritas here! Great guacamole & queso besides. Three locations...this one in Coralville & two in Iowa City. Can avoid the college scene with this location.

Thank Tricia0813
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Was in Iowa City on vacation and stopped if for dinner. Was great food and service. Some of the best Mexican meal I had had in years!

Thank 802brucep
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Several times I told the server I was gluten free. Ordered fish and shrimp tacos. Specified I needed corn tacos for gf. Tacos came with deep fried fish and deep fried shrimp which I can't eat unless from gf kitchen. Tomatoes tasteless. Pico de gallo...More

Thank IowaCityProf
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We both had enchiladas with rice and refried beans. Free chips with fresh salsa. Good service and food tastes excellent.

Thank jbear8989
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The lunch was awesome. The Seafood Chimichanga was perfect. The food was quick and hot. The beans were just like the ones I had in Mexico. Overall great meals

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This place is exactly a run of the mill Mexican place in California. But its simply the best one I've tried in Iowa. That's exactly what you get when there are actually real-live Mexicans running the place! The steak is pretty good, and the salsa...More

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Restaurant Details

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Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 1st Ave., Coralville, IA 52241-2602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Coralville
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-0444
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