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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
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 26 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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43 reviews
29 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
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

The service was fast and the food was delicious! Delighted to find such good food in this small town!

Thank Patty B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We haunt this place often. We love the chili rellenos, fajitas and Chile verde. Special dinner is da bomb and the bacon wrapped shrimp is great too! Food comes fast! Enjoy!

Thank Alicia Robbins C
Powder Springs, Georgia
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174 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

It seemed we had barely placed our order before the food appeared in front of us. My husband had a steak with grilled shrimp. Generous portions with a vegetable medley and fries. I tried the Mazaltan. Crab and shrimp quesadilla and enchilada with a salad. I got real sopapillas (fried dough dusted with cinnamon sugar and honey) for desert. Back... More 

Thank Cathy L
Greenville, SC
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143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Although the salsa was so-so, everything else we had was delicious and there was plenty of it. We had veggie fajitas and spinach enchiladas, plus a margarita. Service was excellent and prices weren't bad.

Thank Alive2332

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, 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?