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El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

(12 Reviews)

7420 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322

(515) 251-7647

Today: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Primary Phone: (515) 393-2348

Phone: (515) 253-3998

Phone: (515) 421-8393

Phone: (515) 393-2348

Fax: (515) 253-3998

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Mexican Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mexican, Take Out, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No


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Meg S.



To say this place is mediocre would be giver it too much credit!

First of all our waiter could barley understand English. When we ordered a Chicken Quesadillas (that we seen was $4) he did not inform us of the other option a Grilled Chicken Quesadillas that was over two dollars more. He put in a "Grilled Chicken Quesadillas" as our order. Which was NOT what we wanted nor did we order it.

Second the atmosphere was horrid; torn carpets, dirty tables and rushed service.

Lastly the food: There were many things wrong here, the first thing ordered was a Chicken Quesadila. It was by far the most disappointing. The shell was not even toasted, the chicken was barley warm and it was not cut at all. Next, we both ordered a Chimichanga (at any other Mexican restaurant I have ever been to the Chimichanga is as big as the plate) when our order got to our table our plate consisted of a four inch long by one inch wide 'Chimichanga'. The order also came with Rice, Beans and Lettuce. The plate was 1/3 Lettuce. To say the proportions were a huge disappointment is an understatement! The worst part of it is that the food was SO bland! No flavor, no spice, NOTHING! I could see what I was eating but there was nothing to remotely suggest it was a Mexican dish.

The food its self was beyond the worst I have ever had at any restaurant. This is no Mexican Restaurant! Sadly we payed for this horridly disappointing meal. We even had to pay for the surcharge on the 'Grilled Chicken Quesadilla' that we did not order!

I Do Not Recommend This Place!




We use to go all the time, the last time we had bad service and it wasn't even busy! I love the food but service is horrible



Provided by Citysearch - 
Has gone DOWNHILL!

About 5 years ago, my husband and I ate here weekly. But, in the past couple of years, this restaurant has gone downhill fast! Last night was the last time I will ever eat there. The food is horrible! The guacamole was half brown, other food soggy, greasy and tasteless. I agree - Taco Bell/Taco Johns is better. What they charge for disgusting food that upset my stomach is ridiculous. I'm from Colorado and this place doesn't even come close to good authentic southwestern mexican food. the immature idiot who has to cuss to make a point...Adios!



Provided by Citysearch - 
I say, ""Pretty Darned Good"".

My family, friends and I are all big fans of this restaurant.
The prices are fairly cheap, the portions fairly large, and the food is fresh.
My personal favorite is the chile poblano which is nicely roasted with wonderfully seasoned potatoes inside and delicious queso on top.
I am also a fan of thier lime margaritas on the top.
If you want a quick sit down mexican lunch or dinner, you should check them out.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great mexican

El rodeo is one of the best mexican rest. in town - service & authenticity wise. I've had many mexican meals in mexico and most the food tastes pretty close to it. and by the way i've never had to wait for my food longer than 8-10 minutes. there's been times when we've recieved our food in under 5 minutes. This is coming from a person who eats there about every week....please try the coworkers and I love it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I would not call this Mexican Food

This seems to be a Des Moines favorite but if you are used to real Mexican Food dont waste your time or money. I lived in Phoenix for 20 years and I am used to good Mexican food. The Rodeo is NOT good Mexican food. If you don't know what good Mexican food is you will probably like this place. The service is ok but gets overwhelmed at times and slows down. The food was just a half step above Taco Bell (I would have preferred Taco Bell since I would have expected what I got). Like other people here I was referred by many locals to this place as a great Mexican restuarant. I have now just given up on ever finding good Mexican food in Iowa (or Nebraska).

I would NOTrecommend this to anyone who has ever had good Mexican food.



el Rodeo

I have heard so much about this restuarant, so I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't bad, but from everything I heard, I was really expecting the WOW factor. The prices are excellent, the portions are great, the food was just ho hum.



Provided by Citysearch - 
El Rodeo - NO MAS!

Having just moved here from Arizona my wife and I were needing a Mexican food fix. El Rodeo came highly recommended so we tried it out...several times. Unfortunately, each visit left me with the same impression...ugh! First of all, what is with the processed cheese? My wife loves enchiladas and I was amazed that they were served topped with processed cheese! Where's the Queso...and I'm not talking about the cheesy sauce that seems to be served everywhere in this town! Use fresh ingrediants...please! Everything taste like it came out of a can, especially the enchilada sauce! What's with the white sauce? No MAS! We're still searching for good Mexican food...Plaza Mexico in Johnston has been the best so far.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Previous reviews are a bit overrated.

Found this resturaunt to be better than the chains but not as good as preious reviews claimed. My biggest complaint is all the dishes we ordered (I was with my family of 11) were not as flavorful as they should have been. My kids and wife all said the same thing - ""just not very tasty"". On the pros side - we did get good service, the portions were generous, and the prices very reasonable. Depending on what you are use to - you may really like this place. We will probably go somewhere else.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Quickest Quality Mexican in Des Moines

Being from Phoenix, I can tell a great place to get authentic Mexican food. I'd reccommend this place to anyone who doesn't want to wait all night to get seated and then get their food. Drinks and meals alike are increadibly reasonable. You could easily stay under $20 for two people, especially if you take advantage of the FREE chips and salsa.



Provided by Citysearch - 

My husband and I visit the original El Rodeo location at least once a week. The staff is incredibly friendly - it's so nice to be receive a genuine greeting when you walk in. The food is great, inexpensive and always right on. You never have to worry about quality. The margaritas are the best ever and also inexpensive. Forget the big chain restaurants, El Rodeo beats them hands down.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great mexican food!

Whenever we go out for mexican, my husband and I go here. The service is wonderful, the great food is always served hot, and the prices are reasonable. I also recommend the margaritas, although don't have more than one if you're driving!