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El Cactus

104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
+1 319-354-0444
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“beans” (2 reviews)
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104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Was in Iowa City on vacation and stopped if for dinner. Was great food and service. Some of the best Mexican meal I had had in years!

Thank 802brucep
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Several times I told the server I was gluten free. Ordered fish and shrimp tacos. Specified I needed corn tacos for gf. Tacos came with deep fried fish and deep fried shrimp which I can't eat unless from gf kitchen. Tomatoes tasteless. Pico de gallo...More

Thank IowaCityProf
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We both had enchiladas with rice and refried beans. Free chips with fresh salsa. Good service and food tastes excellent.

Thank jbear8989
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The lunch was awesome. The Seafood Chimichanga was perfect. The food was quick and hot. The beans were just like the ones I had in Mexico. Overall great meals

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This place is exactly a run of the mill Mexican place in California. But its simply the best one I've tried in Iowa. That's exactly what you get when there are actually real-live Mexicans running the place! The steak is pretty good, and the salsa...More

Thank B6430QQdavidk
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is a great place to grab lunch. My wife and I love to try the various combination platters. The service is friendly, the food is hot. The enchiladas are very flavorful. The portions are perfect. Filling but not to the point you are uncomfortably...More

Thank Francisco O
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

By far the best Mexican food I've eaten in iowa city! The salsa is SO GOOD! The margaritas are also very tasty. On Tuesdays they have .99 tacos. I mean how can you go wrong with that? The service isn't always the fastest, but if...More

Thank Seth V
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We live in Coralville and frequent this place. It is our favorite! Great food, atmosphere, drinks, service!

Thank Vicki H
Reviewed 23 December 2015

We used to frequent this place about once a month,then switched our Mexican cravings to Blue Azul, North of this place about 1/2 mile. The food is ordinary, burritos, tacos and the like. Menu is as expected. Prices are low although there have been increases...More

Thank RichSH20
Reviewed 20 December 2014

We enjoy the chips & salsa. The food is good, not great. The staff seem friendly. I wish they served fountain drinks, Dr. Pepper or Mr. Pibb.

Thank Tiffany T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241-2602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Coralville
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-0444
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