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El Portal

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1640 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410-3457
+1 402-873-3134
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Neptune, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From New Jersey and needed to stop somewhere and eat in Nebraska to check the state off of my list. We decided to stop at this little place and we are so happy that we did. The last thing I thought was Mexican in Nebraska...... The food was amazing and the service was great. The price wasn't steep at all(compared... More 

Thank KamalK1006
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130 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner here with friends - enjoyed the selection and the food was very good. Free chips and salsa too, which was just the right amount of spiciness. Good prices for what you get. Service was so-so with our server forgetting our water several times and hastily putting our drinks down in the wrong spots. The booths butt up against... More 

Thank kloverfield
Seward, Nebraska
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was tasty and plentiful. Restaurant was very busy when we visited. Our waiter was running to keep up.

Thank Jan B
Kansas City, Missouri
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85 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Recommend anything on menu- chips and salsa is yummy. Locals eat there so you know it is good. Friendly staff, clean.

Thank LaNette H
Alexandria, Minnesota
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Being originally from Texas but living in MN, we look for Mexican food whenever we travel. El Portal in Nebraska City was a very pleasant surprise. Judging from the number of people in the restaurant on a Monday night, others agreed with us. It was $2 daiquiri night so that was a pleasant surprise! The food was authentic, the service... More 

Thank Pamela B
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

El Portal has he best Mexican food!!!! And their service is wonderful!! You are greeted with chips and salsa at your table. Once your order is placed it doesn't take very long at all and your food is presented and it looks beautiful! The food has always been great and we have never had a problem any time we have... More 

Thank veryhotred
Lincoln, Nebraska
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Nothing great, nothing horrible. Nice solid average Mexican food. Looks nicer on the inside. I think it must have been a disused Taco Johns sometime in its past.

Thank Scotte H
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We came here after visiting a local orchard. It was delicious. My picky eater said it's his first favorite Mexican restaurant.

Thank Starr F
Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We are visiting Nebraska City from Council Bluffs, IA. This is a great place to eat we have found. The salsa is not too spicy, like at so many other restaurants! And they had Queso doesn't have jalapeno in it!!!! My husband and I could eat both for the first time since we moved up north 5 years ago!!! It... More 

Thank MaryNDaveP
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The staff was kind and helpful with our large group that included 3 small children. The food was tasty!

Thank E W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1640 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410-3457
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Nebraska City
  • Phone Number: +1 402-873-3134

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?