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US$12 - US$19
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Latin, Ecuadorean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Picked this place based upon Tripadvisor reviews, and boy are the reviews correct. With the Ecuadorian menu, you can experience a meal in a whole new way. Family run is important in my book, I avoid chains, and Mi Patria checks that box. Our server...was friendly, kind, and helpful. Wish I could remember his name. Highly recommend Mi Patria!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped after finding other reviews. Genuine Ecuadorian food. This is a family owned and run business. Our waitress shared the history of the restaurant. Wish we could have gone back a second time.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022 via mobile

It's conveniently located inside a shopping Center. But don't let the strip mall location fool you. It's also about expectations, everyone is under staffed, so I always appreciate the service staff who are working. The parking is easy and plentiful. The restaurant was clean. I...was seated quickly and given good attentive service, they're very helpful at interpreting dishes for you. It's really kind of fun in Des Moines to get something that's different besides the usual expectation of Tex-Mex food. I usually get the Arroz con Polo, which is a kind of a chicken yellow rice dish there's always too much and it reheats really well. I would call this a great comfort food dish on a cold full day or a winter day and I think kids would like it it's not too spicy. They are family friendly and do have a kids menu. I also have enjoyed the hornado-con mote which is pork rice dish they do a really nice sweet plantain too. At other times I've had the beef and cheese empanadas and they also are huge. One time I was there for dinner and we had a couple kids with us so we ordered the deep fried coconut bananas and they were a huge hit and I have to say for me as well, hahaha. It's another great family-owned business it's been open I think over 10 years, another hidden gem in the Des Moines area.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2022 via mobile

Wonderful food and service,authentic Ecuadorian food a truly fun experience. A must if you are in Des Moines area. Thank you to the owner for making our Memorial day lunch awesome

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 24 May 2022 via mobile

We drove for over an hour to eat here, based on a recommendation from a friend. At the door, we were told that they were only open for take out, as they "had no servers". Since eating in our car didn't seem like a good...option, we left. We will never go back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022

Stayed over in West Des Moines on a cross country road trip and ate at the Mi Patria restaurant. I desperately need a glass of wine after 9 hours of driving and even though there was a Corona sign in the window, the restaurant could...not serve alcohol. That's OK, I got a glass of water with my delicious dinner. Not much ambiance but good service and great food. Big portions so bring a big appetite. I really like this restaurant and when I come back and they have their liquor license, I will give it a 5/5.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022 via mobile

So very good! Service was great, so much food and so delicious! Had the carne Asada and the Pappa Serana - they were really good and our bill was a solid $20 less we are used to paying for a dinner.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 14 December 2021 via mobile

Great food and great service! Had hornado con mote and camarones al ajillo--both were delicious! Will definitely come back to this spot.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 3 August 2021

My family and I have been here many times over the years. Great variety of food, and it all tastes amazing. My favorite entrée is the churrascos, and we always get the llapingachos as an appetizer. It does take a little while to get your...food, but it's amazing quality, so it's always worth it.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 13 June 2021 via mobile

Food was very tasty. You will not leave hungry. Plantains were fantastic. I would highly recommend going to this restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 27 May 2021

Found mi patria a few years ago and I have never been disappointed. The food is always excellent and the service is great! Mi Patria is one of the best restaurants in the Des Moines area..

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 February 2021 via mobile

Stopped in for a repeat visit, can't believe it took me so long to get back. The food and service are outstanding! Found Mi Patria via Diners Drive-Ins and Dives a few years back and had no idea what we were in for.....all I can...say is it is fantastic! The Empanadas have such a flakey crust and the beef was very tender with a little kick of heat. I added some of their signature hot sauce and that put it over the top! The Chaulafan is Stir-fried rice with pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, egg, and vegies...and you get an awesome portion as well!! The service was outstanding...very attentive and friendly...I promise to be back sooner next time!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 7 February 2021 via mobile

We went to Mi Patria for my wife’s birthday. It was amazing. I had the spare ribs. My wife and daughter shared the combo platter and also enjoyed it. The plantains were a highlight. They prepare them multiple ways and both are good. On top...of all of this, the service was excellent. The waitress was friendly and very helpful about the menu.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 14 November 2020

We love the Ecuadorian cuisine! Friendly staff! We regularly get appetizers and enjoy the potato, vegetable and meats.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 October 2020

Picked up carry out from Mi Patria on Saturday night. Everytime we eat here we ask ourselves why we don't take the time to eat here more often. Food is fantastic everytime. The staff is friendly, the food is hot and full of flavor. This...restaurant is one of the best.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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kellyalonso
10 April 2016|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
That may be correct. I would not think an Ecuadorian restaurant would be required to serve only Ecuadorian originated dishes.
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55pamelaf
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't expect a problem, but it is a good idea, none the less, to have a table.
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MI PATRIA ECUADORIAN RESTAURANT, West Des Moines - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

Yes, Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5