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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)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
5825 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1218
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 3 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 3 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 7 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
Reviewed 26 August 2017

We eat here regularly and have never been disappointed. The food is good and served quickly. It is always busy but the service remains great. Truly a neighborhood gem in Johnston!

Thank iowakar
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a Mexican restaurant and for no particular reason, chose El Mariachi. I decided to try grilled steak which was huge but very thin. I prefer my steak to be medium rare but her the thinness after cut made that impossible. However...More

Thank amyhhs
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Must try the quesadia fajita grande! The sauce is outstanding. And the chicken and vegetables had a unique smoke flavor. Best Mexican meal in Iowa.

Thank Gary_Hartland
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

The best restaurent to eat in Johnston,Iowa.Great people,great food,great price.speedy service.Salsa was delicious.It's my son's favourite Maxican restaurent in Desmoins.Always busy place.strongly suggest.

Thank Purnima09
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Went to El Mariachi with friends for a late lunch. Even though it was 1:00 they were still very busy. Waiter came quickly and took orders. Our food arrived just as quickly. I had a delicious chicken chimichanga plate with rice, beans and salad. My...More

Thank suzievaldez
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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 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 - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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