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El Azteca

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 S Dayton Pl, Ames, IA 50010-6438
+1 515-232-0116
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ames, Iowa
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The same family runs this one as does the north location. You get the same fast, friendly service. The food is good, and the portions are large. This location is a little more dated than the Stange restaurant, but the location has great access to I-35 & Hwy 30.

Thank Keo_05
Newton, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in around 6:00pm on a Monday evening. Party of 4. We were seated immediately. The waiter was extremely funny and helpful. We received our food within 10 minutes of ordering. Excellent food and service. Will be going back!

Thank kellybennett2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We first tried this restaurant two years ago when my son was considering attending ISU and loved it! We brought our daughter and her family to visit our son this month and the food is still awesome, they really loved it too. Keep up the good work!

Thank kivfamily
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Very quick service. The food is average, just good. I went several times. I tried pork carnitas y taquitos mexicanos. The dip cheese some times is like "cheese with water" we had to returned sometime and complain to not be charge for it. The drink are very good (piñas coladas)

Thank maite b
Nevada, Iowa
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

If you like authentic Mexican food and strong drinks this is your place. They all know me there. Went in everyday for over a year for lunch after work and drink! They are quick and friendly. They have a clean environment (and that's coming from a OCD housekeeper!). Stop in of you're going to Ames

Thank Emma M
Ames, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

To all of those who enjoy going out and eating traditional Mexican food, I would strongly suggest El Azteca here in Ames, Iowa. From a consumer standpoint, I am looking for good food, drinks, and service at a reasonable price. El Azteca amazingly meets all four of these requirements. El Azteca is a good family restaurant with a very warm... More 

Thank tyler112016
Lake County, Illinois
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154 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a very well managed Mexican Restaurant. Full compliment of bar items, food was hot, fresh, and well portioned. Staff were energetic and polite. Great experience. Walking distance from Hotel.

Thank Larry J
Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Always love dining here! We are always pleasantly greeted and seated as soon as possible. Sometimes there is a wait, but it is worth it! We love the chips and the lemon-lime chicken. Chips and salsa and margaritas very good. The service is so fast and friendly. Eat here as often as possible when visiting Ames.

Thank shannan c
Jacksonville, Illinois
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103 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is an awesome lunch. The waiters are very attentive and friendly. Each waiter ensures that your chips and sauce is complete, drinks are refilled without asking. The dining room is very clean and well organized. There are TVs in the dining room that distract from the overall experience. The meals are served hot and fresh. We had lunch there... More 

Thank cyclonesdan
Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Food was good and served quickly. The atmosphere was nice and there wasn't a wait to be seated in the restaurant.

Thank U2873MAmarkl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 S Dayton Pl, Ames, IA 50010-6438
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-0116

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