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Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

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700 11th St SW, Spencer, IA 51301-5563
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Spencer, Iowa
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here many times. The first several years it was open were the best! The quality has gone down since the original owners sold out, but the food is still very good. Overall, good but not spectacular.

Thank eabat17
Emmetsburg, Iowa
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This used to be a great little restaurant. Now their food is inconsistent. The employees seem totally disengaged from the clientele. There's a smell of old cooking oil saturating the place. It's as if they just don't care or would prefer you not being there. So I'll save them the trouble and not go back.

Thank Cecilia M
Mesa, Arizona
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Noisy, fun Mexican atmosphere. Great margs watch out for the jumbo. Busy. The local Hispanics are eating here that's always a great sign.

Thank Teresa F
Albert City, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

For sure one of my favorites for Mexican restaurants. I love the home-made chips. There salsa also tastes like it's "from scratch". My favorites are the chicken tacos. They use the authentic grated Mexican cheese when they use cheese! Prices have gone up in the past couple years, but I understand you have a lot of costs keeping a restaurant... More 

Thank 26Marla
Dallas, Texas
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much when my friends wanted to eat Mexican food in Iowa and it went about as I expected. On the bright side, the place is clean and the staff is friendly. The food however was very disappointing. Salsa was bland as was the enchilada sauce.

Thank ITravelAlot8
Sioux City, Iowa
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I wouldn't say it's the best Mexican food ever. It's pretty good for the area. Offers the usual Mexican fare.

Thank mom3659
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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953 reviews
457 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 588 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We have eaten here several times when we are visiting relatives in Spencer. The restaurant always seems to be half full when we go for lunch. There are lunch specials everyday except for Sunday. I ordered the ground beef burrito which came with ground beef in a flour tortilla with sour cream on top with a side of Spanish rice... More 

Thank minnesotans4
Spencer, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Well, first of all, we ordered the queso dip and turned out that it was not even that appetizing. It wasnt the same as any other time we have gone and ordered the queso dip, it did not taste the same at all. Then, I ordered the fajita chicken taco salad and they brought me beef. I made this aware... More 

Thank kimberly m
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Great food, always consistent and the service is always prompt! Only wish they had more seats because it is a popular spot!

Thank tjoia
Okoboji, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The food and service has been consistently awesome for years! Try the Pollo Loco or the Monterey's sald - always a treat.

Thank angelachav

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 11th St SW, Spencer, IA 51301-5563
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spencer

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