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“not always consistent” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dos Reales Mexican Restaurant

Dos Reales Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 319 Restaurants in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
catlin
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“not always consistent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We have eaten here many times, but our last time I ordered a fried chimichanga and it was apparent that they tried to cook it in lukewarm oil. It was terrible, and my husband got sick from the food. Other times, we have had better results. It has made us try other Mexican restaurants more frequently.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank treslynn99
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Way North of Philly
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Inexpensive Mexican Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This has been there for a good 20 years or so, and is always reliable. Huge portions for not much money. If you don't order beers, you can eat for under $10/person. A 32 oz. Dos Equis on tap is only $3.99 9no, that was not a mistake on the bill), so even with beer, our entire dinner bill for two wasn't much over $20. This place is very popular whenever there's an event at UIUC. This time, we stopped in for an early dinner during our long road trip back home, so it wasn't crowded. Service has always been very efficient; we were back on the road within an hour. I think it's family owned and run. Rosa has been our waitress on more than one occasion.

Used to live in Champaign, and this was always our favorite Mexican restaurant -- much better than any of the chains that claim to have Mexican fare. The chiles rellenos are wonderful, as is everything else I've ever ordered. If your dish comes with beans, they will be refried, rather than whole black or pinto beans. It's absolutely worth eating here if you pass through town and want to stop for lunch or dinner. It's just a few blocks South of I-74, on N. Prospect.

Visited May 2014
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Thank RussWayNorthofPhilly
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illinois
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best Steak Tacos!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The service was AMAZING and the place was very busy!! The waitstaff did such a great job with all the customers! They kept the drinks coming and checked on us often. The food was so good, one of the best Mexican restaurants I have eaten at! We both loved what we had and enjoyed the atmosphere a lot!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fluffybutt
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Go and try.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I read review of this restaurant in tripadvisor and went to try. I enjoyed the meal and service i got there.
Not expensive price and very good meal. Advising to try Azada meal.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ALECHKO_1963
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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238 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Typical but tasty Mexican fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Dos Reales is your typical Mexican restaurant offering a wide variety of expected Mexican dishes. My lunch size chicken chimichunga was full of shredded chicken breast and served with two side dishes, rice and guacamole salad. It was very good. My husband had the beef burrito fajita, fajita filling wrapped in a soft taco shell. He was pleased with it. The chips and salsa were a mixed bag...the chips were light, crisp, warm and delicious. The two salsas were very bland but there is an array of hot sauces at your table to ramp up the heat to your choosing.
Drink specials are offered throughout the week. I enjoyed a $3 margarita with my meal. Nothing special but a decadent treat in the middle of the day. Service was fine, decor standard, overall a positive experience.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank 54Nancy54
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