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“Authentic Mexican served affordably”
Review of El Cactus

El Cactus
Ranked #35 of 119 Restaurants in Coralville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
MI
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121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican served affordably”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Three very different meals, all were well prepared with ample portions and excellent taste. A hidden gem: very clean restaurant with courteous service and good food.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Iowa City, Iowa
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258 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Tasty and affordable”
Reviewed 8 August 2012

A neighbor, new to town, asked to take me to lunch to celebrate my retirement. Knowing that she enjoys Mexican food, and wanting to keep the price reasonable, I suggested this, one of my favorites in the community. I had the chalupa and she the "super lunch." Service was excellent, the restaurant clean and nicely decorated, the plates hot, the food well prepared and presented. A welcome "extra" is that they bring both regular and hot salsa for the chips. We arrived just before noon and the tables filled quickly--a compliment to the restaurant, as it's rather oddly located and diners almost certainly don't drop in on impulse.

  • Visited August 2012
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Iowa, USA
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Almost 3.5 stars: decent food, friendly staff”
Reviewed 3 June 2012

Have been here twice during mid-2011 to Spring 2012. Reasonably decent food, average prices, the waitstaff is quite attentive and friendly. Enough parking in the lot.
This is the same location as the "From Saigon to Bangkok" that had been wiped out by the 2008 Summer flood.

Visited April 2012
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Westmont, Illinois
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119 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Just average”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

This place wasn't horrible but it's not amazing either. Just average food and service.

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Iowa
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“Best Mexican in a long time”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

This is the best Mexican food I've had in a long time. The Pollo en Chipotle was excellent! Service was quite good, all around thumbs up. I am in town about once a year and going to this restaurant will be my new tradition.

Visited April 2012
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