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El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern
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701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
+1 563-243-1473
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Clinton, Iowa
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks a bit divey/grungy from the outside (the new paint job helps, though), but don't be fooled. This is the best Mexican food north of El Paso! Absolutely the most authentic, family dishes I've ever had in the U.S.! Reasonable prices, good, friendly service and great margaritas!

Thank Nikita6319
Clinton, Iowa
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great, great food. Lots of choices and endless combinations on the menu. If there is something your craving that you don't see listed, more likely than not, you can have it made. Very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Well stocked drink selection in the cantina. Tasty margaritas. Others have stated that there are no windows in the restaurant. This is... More 

Thank Jerry B
Rogersville, Tennessee
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 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 

Thank Darrin J
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 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

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 

2 Thank Brittany N
Tucson, Arizona
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

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

Thank Jamesmurrayaz
Louisville, Kentucky
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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.

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 

Louisville, Kentucky
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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.

1 Thank Clarence D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
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: 701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clinton
  • Phone Number: +1 563-243-1473

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