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3605 Lincoln Way
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Restaurant - Mexican
3.2/5 with 123 votes
38 User Reviews & Comments
May 2, 2013
Delicious food! Service is typically good, sometimes a little slow despite it not usually being too busy. So glad they came back to Ames!
Chips and salsa are by FAR the best I‘ve had in Ames!
March 20, 2013
Love the food! Flavorful and delicious. Best Mexican food in Ames.
February 24, 2013
Seated quickly and got chips and salsa right away. Pretty large menu so had to ask the server to give us a few minutes. Placed our order and food came out very quickly. Chimi was loaded with white chicken and had a very good sauce. Husband had Blanco Burritos which he said was very good. Sevice was excellent and very attentive. Glad that they reopened as they are our favorite mexican restaurant in Ames.
July 31, 2011
I adore their homemade nachos, with peccadillo, and their Camarones a la Diablo are wonderfully spicy. Only once have I been disappointed coming here. Service can be spotty depending on who serves you, but by and large they are very good, and the owner is very attentive and personable. The price is right, the tastes are wonderful, and even my Texan girlfriend found their food to be surprisingly authentic, though admittedly the beans were a bit on the watery side. But I don‘t go for the beans, and what counts the most for me here has always come out good. None of the other Mexican restaurants I have visited here in Ames can come close, and I‘ve been to them all many times before. Good stuff, here.
April 16, 2011
Good Mexican in town. Authentic and great cheese dip.
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March 16, 2011
Service and people are fantastic! Their salsa could be a food group for me, I swear. Their food is always good and consistent, nothing that completely blows my hair back, but also nothing that repulses me either. It‘s definitley one of my favorite places to eat in town. The staff is friendly and professional, the food is cheap, fast, and always hot, and their menu has plenty of variety? Did I mention their salsa? It is muy bueno!
December 27, 2010
The service was great and the people genial, but the food itself was some of the blandest food I have ever had. The salsa had far more flavor than my actual meal of fajitas.
September 26, 2010
Went here for the first time last night. Some dishes could be good but not based on what I had. The mexican magnifico burrito was supposed to be beef but they should just call it a rice burrito and not a good one at that.
The refried beans were diluted and tastless. I could have gotten a better meal at even Taco Bell.
I doubt I will be back.
August 28, 2010
love the ranch eggs...thats, huevos rancheros to most of you. I‘m still at odds between who has the best between Cazador‘s and El Azteca. Both places are decent.
July 2, 2010
Love the salsa! Entrees are very generous and well priced. Their home made sangria is awesome. We have lived in Ames for around 20 years and for Mexican we go here only!!
May 11, 2010
we eat here several times per week for the past three years and have never had a bad meal. Great service- treat us like family. Fast unless you go at rush time (after 6pm).
January 20, 2010
Food is only average. Service is very slow. Prices are too high.
December 11, 2009
Being Latino myself, I can say this food is great, on par with mom‘s. No joke, I brought her here and she said the same thing! Kind, attentive staff, great portion sizes, and well-seasoned everything (try the mole!) makes this a great local place.
April 27, 2009
Where to go for good, inexpensive Mexican fare? In Ames your only choice is Cazador. Service is friendly and generally very speedy. The food is a cut above the typical offerings at Mexican restaurants, it actually has some flavor and you always get more food than what you pay for. Thou shalt not leave hungry must be their motto. Drink prices are like most other restaurants, almost too much $$. $3.50 for a Corona? C‘mon.
April 8, 2009
Great food, great service
I‘ll definitely go back again and recommend it to friends!
Great for parties too!!!
February 14, 2009
Just to say also that the food is better here in ames than in Cazador of Ankeny and also more abundant.
February 14, 2009
Real mexican food. I has In mexico last summer, and belive me it was no better than in Cazador. Food is abundant and most important well prepared. Nice place and friendly service. It is my favorite‘s wife restaurant and we go at least twice a month. The place is more quiet than La Fuente, but if you are there for the food, choose Cazador.
January 22, 2009
The food is good, but they stopped serving guacamole free on their entrees. What‘s the deal? Give me a little smaller portion or raise the price a bit, but don‘t take away my guac!
December 23, 2008
Very good food and service! I‘ve suggested Cazador to friends and family; I‘ll return soon.
November 29, 2008
bad ass... as authentic as you can get without being in mexico.... a great place with very great prices and i like the new remodel it reminds me of my 4 month trip to cancun
July 11, 2008
Great food. Take too long to bring drinks to you. Usually get your drink at the same time as your food or after your food comes.
May 5, 2008
Excellent food, relatively inexpensive, more authentic than other local Mexican restaurants. The service is almost always prompt and friendly. I go at least once a week. It‘s a favorite of mine and of my friends. If you haven‘t already, give it a try.
March 2, 2008
In my opinion it is the best Mexican restaurant in town. I love it!!
January 3, 2008
This is my favorite restaurant in all of Ames. I‘ve lived here all my life and now, as a college student, can always afford a great meal at Cazador. My boyfriend and I go weekly. (sometimes mupltiple times a week!) We usually spend around $17 but this is because we always leave a huge tip! Our meal usually costs $11. The free chips and salsa are so good. The service is the best. We have a regular server, Roy, who even once noticed I was sick and coughing and brought me the most delicious hot honey tea I‘ve ever had! The one who left a bad review here should try Cazador again. Don‘t let this one bad review stop you as you‘d be missing out on an authentic atmosphere, great customer service, awesome prices, and DELICIOUS food which comes out extremely fast. Cazador is definitely a 5/5.
December 28, 2007
Very Good food!Nice people! Inexpensive, comming from a college student! (whose mommy and daddy do not pay the bills)
December 11, 2007
Horrible food, I am allergic to onions and we told them that prior to getting our food, and yet they still managed to load those onions on! also the boyfriend ordered his without certain things as well, and still got them all over his food as well...... They dont listen, they take to long, food is soggey and gross, worst mexican I have ever attempted to eat......... Stay away!!!!
September 8, 2007
My favorite Mexican restaurant in Ames. Good food, good service, great owner, pleasant experience all around. Lunch is the best time to go and they run coupons often. They have American burgers too and a kid‘s menu. The chips and salsa are addictive! At least one free refill on the chips/salsa.
August 7, 2007
Very yummy food!! Some say the prices are high but they‘re about the same as every other Mexican restaurant. The service is great. I highly recommend it!!
November 24, 2006
The picture here is from the old location. The new location is near hy-vee liqour and is very nice. This place is clean and the staff is friendly. You will probably spen 10-12 dollars eating here. The dishes and combos are big though and they have good drink specialls making this a good value. While the place costs a little more than what most could spend every meal, it is a great place to go when that sudden urge for mexican food strikes ya.
August 28, 2006
August 20, 2006
Staff is quick and efficient, food is always good and you get tons of it!
July 17, 2006
Location has move. Please update.
July 4, 2006
Good service, great food, friendly staff!
April 26, 2006
I think that the food here is amazing. I live in a large Southwest city now and miss this restaurant.
March 20, 2006
Worse Mexican food ever, not authentic at all
November 6, 2005
Great food every time and nice staff.
(The address in this entry is not current, by the way. They‘re at 3605 Lincoln Way now)
July 11, 2005
i love the food here, its delicious and always served hot and fast.
January 11, 2005
I got food poisoning here the 2nd time I ate at Cazador..
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