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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-232-0116
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food is excellent. I have many favorites, fajitas, arose con pollo, carnitas. Service is very good and fast. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Terry W
Kansas City, Kansas
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157 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big group including family enjoyed our experience at this Mexican restaurant. Food was very good and service was strong. Did a good job of facilitating our large party and the chaos we created. Drake's mom said it's so good you can just "suck it" (inside joke but you will certainly enjoy El Azteca).

Thank aah987
Granger, IN, United States
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eat here when I am in town. Food is good and cheap. After work the Margaritas are also worth the visit.

Thank 920cheriem
Ames, Iowa
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 9 November 2016

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
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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 5 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
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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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153 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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

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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, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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 Ave, Ames, IA 50010
  • 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?