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El Canelo

2709 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16505-4201
+1 814-835-2290
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“beef burrito” (2 reviews)
“mexican food” (12 reviews)
“taco bell” (4 reviews)
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2709 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16505-4201
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go there fairly regularly.Usually very good.Would recommend it to anyone.Not too many Mexican places in Erie,but we feel its one of the best.Last time there I wanted beef added to my mushroom quesedia(sp) and the waiter told me they couldnt do it.When he came...More

Thank ban2736
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...More

Thank Mark A
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
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
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...More

Thank dcwireedm
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...More

Thank Mark M
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

Reviewed 15 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
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...More

Thank Leah C
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...More

Thank cmeru51
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Television
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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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