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El Canelo

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2709 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16505-4201
+1 814-835-2290
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 10:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Not overly impressed. I found the menu confusing. The dish we ordered included shredded lettuce..it was really funky and weird.. we didn't eat it...it seemed like it had been stored in Ice water. Had a beef burrito and the beef was overcooked and tough. I probably won't stop back for a few years.

Thank Mark A
Ontario, Canada
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118 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We used to go to El Canelo regularly when in Erie. (There are actually two El Canelos, both similar in menu and atmosphere.) The food is pretty good and inexpensive. However, the interior of both restaurants has begun to look shabby.

Thank losdosgringos2015
Toronto, Canada
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116 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We came here for lunch. We were given nacho chips immediately after we sat down. This place has a luncheon menu and we ordered from that. Most lunch items were about $7-9 each and the portions were quite big.

Thank raf c
Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 September 2016

I will preface by saying I do not care for Mexican cuisine. I took 3 people out to this place because they wanted some Mexican food. I have never been there before and will never go again. The waiter insulted me - made fun of me - and it surely was not appreciated. He laughed - I guess he thought... More 

Thank dcwireedm
Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The good: location, food brought within 1 minute, prices, parking, fast seating. The bad: filthy, very dark, wait staff was unfriendly. This was my second visit. After my first visit, I hesitated to go back. Almost the same scenario on the first visit except it was brighter the first time. It's almost like the dirtier it gets, the darker the... More 

Thank Mark M
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140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Been to the other el canelo in Erie but stop here last Sunday for out 1st and very happy with the service , our waiter was awesome food was excellent will be back

Erie, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

What more can you ask for than hot food that tastes great at a cheap price? The food is not greasy, the staff are accommodating and prompt and the order was right. A good place for the family or just a little dinner for two.

Thank Michael S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

This place was average... and if I was rating the restaurant strictly on food I likely would have only given it three stars. I wouldn't say the food was all that authentic or fresh but it still was decent. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded on a Saturday night which was refreshing since we stumbled upon El Canelo after trying to... More 

Thank Leah C
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

I am very surprised that anyone would say this is decent Mexican food. The tortilla chips were good the salsa is thin and watery but has a good flavor. I had chicken and steak fajitas. Both meats were burned. The guacamole is not from fresh avocados and was tasteless. The picco de gallo had two pieces of tomato. Even the... More 

Thank cmeru51
Erie, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Great authentic Mexican food. The best value for authenticity that Erie has to offer. Anything you get on the menu is delicious, and the service was good, too.

Thank foodfitmom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2709 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16505-4201
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Erie
  • Phone Number: +1 814-835-2290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?