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El Imperial

££ - £££
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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523 Main St, Cabool, MO 65689-8104
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Cabool, Missouri
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived here 12 years and my most favorite food is Mexican. Course upon moving here from Texas - I have an acquired taste for some great flavors of "spicy". The food here seems very fresh - although the flavors are more of a Tex - Mex and not so much a "Mexican" authentic taste. I do love the... More 

Thank OneVoice2U
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful, can't say I've ever eaten any better! Wonderful atmosphere, service, and food.

Thank Tricia S
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful restaurant! Friendly, clean, good food and atmosphere. Reasonably priced. They won't disappoint. Ps salsa was exceptionally great. Right amount it of heat.

Thank Jennifer K
Tampa FL
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We have eaten here a few times. They have excellent authentic Mexican food and full liquor bar. It is quiet and rather romantic fot Cabool.

Thank Salty7c
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148 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Outside of Springfield and Don Lupe's in West Plains, El Imperial is the classic hidden gem of delicious Mexican in aouthern Missouri. The ambiance is also nice, and the restauarant is always clean. Dish prices range considerably, but there is something for everyone here and your chips and salsa will be refilled as quickly as your beverages.

Thank Zach S
Kingsport, Tennessee
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149 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

On a recent trip taking us across southern Missouri, my wife and I stopped in Cabool, MO, for lunch. We referenced TripAdvisor and selected El Imperial based on favorable reviews. We were certainly glad we did. El Imperial is located on the main street of downtown Cabool and has been in business there for forty-one years. The atmosphere is welcoming... More 

Thank TennesseeTraveler420
Fenton, Missouri
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Just passing through, on business. Not many choices in the area. Hotel clerk suggested this place. The decor rivaled some of the nicer Mexican restaurants in bigger cities. Very tasteful, comfortable, clean. Staff- friendly! I ordered takeout. The chicken enchiladas were delicious. The guacamole was made fresh and was excellent. Tortilla chips were home made, thin, and crispy. Salsa fresh.... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We have stopped and eaten at El Imperial for dinner several times as we are traveling on highway 60. The food was excellent each time and the same for the service. I would highly recommend El Imperial!

Thank 6qw
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I wrote a review about this resturant a few years ago and it was not very favorable. I must have had a bad night, because since then, we have been back there several times and the food has been excellent. I order the steak or shrimp fajitas dinner and it is excellent. What also impresses me about this resturant is... More 

Thank Jomar65689
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was a great find in a small town. We were in town for a football game and found this place. The decor is very pleasing and the owners story is heartwarming. She has family pictures hanging in the restaurant, which gives you a homey feeling. Like you are in her home for dinner. She chats with the locals and... More 

Thank Beth A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 Main St, Cabool, MO 65689-8104
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Cabool

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