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El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
+1 563-243-1473
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rogersville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I ate here for dinner and wasn't sure where the front door was but it's not in the front lol. You enter from the side and work your way back to the bar witch is a room with no windows, I was skeptical but trusted trip advisor and turns out I wasn't disappointed! The food is great with large quantities,... More 

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Milan
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chips are homemade and were hot when they brought them out. The sauce was excellent too. We had taco salad and it was delicious. Only negative thing was atmosphere. There were no windows and I felt like I was in a lounge. But it was clean. I'd recommend it

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Thank Becky G
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My husband sent me on a mission for him and his coworkers to have authentic tacos. Of course they wanted the Barrio tacos El Toro offered. While waiting for the large order I thought to try a drink, the very wonderful server said I needed to try the fuzzy berry. OMG YUM!!! It is AMAZING. I myself ordered the Seafood... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great find in the downtown Clinton area. The food is excellent and the owners are very good at engaging with customers. The all you can eat taco bar at lunch time is a must do if you are hungry and want a lot of great options for tacos. Drinks are excellent. Suggest trying the creamy white cheese appetizer along with... More 

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1 Thank J_GTucson_Arizona
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

So good real legit Mexican food outstanding margaritas very very good friendly service and super clean it's a must when in Clinton Iowa

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Thank Jamesmurrayaz
Louisville, Kentucky
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We stop here whenever we're in Clinton. It's friendly and always busy. The 2 sister do a great job as well as James and Ann. Anything is a good choice so dig in.

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1 Thank Clarence D
Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Just looking on maps I found this place with no photos, website, menu or anything else but great reviews, most of the reviews stated "Authentic Mexican food" I decided to call just to make sure where I was going, the owner, Chela, picked my call and was very honest to say that they have been there for 20+ years and... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

In the last month we have eaten here twice. The last time we made it for the margarita special on Thursday. Best we have ever had out. When we're in town we try to go here for dinner and drinks. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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1 Thank Clarence D
Clermont, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

Been coming to El Toro for almost 2 decades now during family visits from Chicago and I always stop in for a meal and margaritas, they really are the best in town! As another poster mentioned the place could use a little face lift but don't let that fool you. It's clean and most importantly the food, margaritas, and service... More 

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Port Byron, Illinois
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

El Toro is a bit rundown and shabby. The food is good but not great. But El Toro is worth a visit just to try their margaritas. They are made with fruit. Service is always good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clinton
  • Phone Number: +1 563-243-1473

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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?