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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 and great service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Jessica E
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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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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Clyde, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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Candler, North Carolina, United States
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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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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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Boone, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 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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Sturgeon Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Great service with lots of salsa choices. We always make sure to be able to eat here as we are traveling as its so good.

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Canton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Go on Sunday..., fabulous special for beef, chicken, and shrimp Fijitas!!! Fresh and amazing! No high dollar atmosphere here, but sincere and friendly service and the staff really gets to know you by name! Full bar and ice cold draft. Friendly and personable service will keep,us coming back!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Great food at great prices!!!! 34 ounce beers!!! authentic Mexican cuisine the only place we ever need to go when visiting Ashville....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Busy night and service was still good. It is a merry christmas in the mountains

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

This place is not the best looking place and when the paper mill is cranking the smell is atrocious outside but the people are nice and the food is good.

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

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

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