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124 Main St, Canton, NC 28716-4439
828-235-9193
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good Food

Have eaten here several times, one of the few reasons I will go into the stinking (literally, the paper mill) town of Canton. The building is kind of run-down and has seen its better days. Not the place for atmosphere, but just good, reliable Mexican food at an affordable price. Good friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
S. P
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Waynesville, North Carolina
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81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We were passing thru Canton and took a chance on this place. The first thing I noticed was the entrance to this place was nasty, littered with trash and just plain dirty. I would have never continued to the inside, but was with a group that was famished. I followed the herd inside. The dining area was unpleasant and felt... More 

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Grand Rapids
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I've been in much better restaurants where Mexican dishes have been served. Service is slow and staff have a lackadaisical attitude.

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Thank PictureMan_GR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Have eaten here several times, one of the few reasons I will go into the stinking (literally, the paper mill) town of Canton. The building is kind of run-down and has seen its better days. Not the place for atmosphere, but just good, reliable Mexican food at an affordable price. Good friendly service, and some of the best sizzling fajitas... More 

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Thank S. P
New Bern, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Enjoyed this restaurant; great food and service, good prices. I'd certainly go again when I'm in the area.

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Thank Castania1
Canton, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Came in for lunch at rush hour meeting a client. We ordered and the waitservice was prompt, food was hot and did not take long, fresh tasting, and good to eat.

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Thank My Makeup O
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

My experience at El Chapala was wonderful. The food was great and the service was even better. The servers were extremely friendly and attentive. My drink never ran out, which is a major pet peeve of mine. The food came out in a timely manner and the portions were huge. One thing to note is that the majority of their... More 

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Thank Jessica E
Clyde, North Carolina
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76 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

From the moment you enter this establishment, you are welcomed, made to feel like an important customer. The food is prepared fresh and quickly. This place is authentic. you will enjoy yourself.

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Thank michaelwhite3268
Candler, North Carolina, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

11/22/2014Edit My wife and I have been a customer ever since they opened for business. we never had any problems until tonight when I ordered and received my meal and it was burnt so I sent it back and ordered something else, everything was great until I paid the check and the manager told me not to order that again... More 

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Canton, North Carolina, United States
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It sort of feels like you're in an old building, because you are in an old building. Doesn't have that "new" restaurant feel. Food is good, service is usually good unless they're slammed. Sweet tea is awesome and the salsa is PERFECT. Definitely cheaper than Canelo's on the other side of town.

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Thank Bernard S
Boone, North Carolina
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The food and service here are consistently good. However, the rug is dirty and it really needs a good cleaning in the dining room....kind of scares me, I don't think i want to know what the kitchen looks like.

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  • Address: 124 Main St, Canton, NC 28716-4439
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Canton
  • Phone Number: 828-235-9193

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