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El Mexicano

1520 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-3469
+1 309-636-8858
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“tacos” (7 reviews)
“gorditas” (2 reviews)
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1520 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-3469
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The wife and I always stopped here at least once on our visits to the area...But what happened with this place? Did it get new owners? The food wasn't nearly as good, and portions were about the size of Taco Bell. Hopefully it was just...More

Thank Toddsbc383
Reviewed 18 April 2017

El Mexicano is the best authentic Mexican restaurant in Peoria. The restaurant is small and easy to miss, but the food is great.

Thank AandE_G
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We usually get pork tacos, steak tacos, and tamales, chips and salsa come with our order. The restaurant itself is small and easily passed by, but the flavor of the authentic Mexican food shouldn't be missed! They do take debit cards. Service is outstanding and...More

Thank Anuket01
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Have the tacos and tamales. Bring cash. Don't wait too long to stop back. You'll not find better authentic Mexican food in all of Peoria.

Thank James L
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I can here for lunch on a Friday.It is the only day they have fish tacos. I had a chicken gordita,a fish taco,a chicken taco,and Pico de Giao. Eating in you get chips and salsa. Salsa was mild and had a great flavor. The food...More

Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 22 June 2016

A trusted friend took me and I'm so glad he did or I may not have stopped. It's very small, with big flavors that I fell in love with. Now I have to go back, because that fajita was simply one of if not the...More

Thank Will6468
Reviewed 17 January 2016

This place is certainly not the fanciest of restaurants but they certainly have some excellent food here! Great food, served quickly, reasonably priced, and excellent service.

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed 11 August 2015

To look at the place you would never enter unless someone had recommended it. There are only about six tables. The service prompt and friendly, the food always tasty, and the prices are low. I have never had a meal there that I didn't like....More

Thank L4366ZFjamesm
Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

Hole in the wall, ma and pa place but awesome food!!!!!! Best authentic Mexican food in Peoria by far!! My husband goes there as often as he can!

Thank Tibgirl00
Reviewed 22 October 2014

While not situated in the best part of town, this little restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in the Peoria area. Seating is limited but the establishment is clean, the staff is nice and accommodating, and the prices are very inexpensive. If you've...More

Thank Hondo45
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating
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Open Hours
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-3469
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: +1 309-636-8858
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