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El Canelo Restaurant

431 Dingens St, Buffalo, NY 14206
(716) 897-1195
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Ranked #485 of 907 restaurants in Buffalo
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- May 14, 2014
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9 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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English first
West Seneca, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you like all of your Mexican food to look and taste the same then El Canelo is for you. The taco chips and salsa while far from being the best I've ever had we're the high point of the visit. And if you want queso don't bother. It resembles a bowl of yellow milk, bland and runny. When we... More

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Hamburg, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I recently moved from Florida where there are plenty of outstanding Mexican restaurants and I like El Canelo which is one of two I've found to be good but the other one burnt down last year so this is it! I recently drove over one hour for another Mexican restaurant and found this one to be about on par with... More

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West Seneca, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were disappointed when they moved from Dingens but the location across from McKinley Mall is just as good. Same great food, same reasonable prices.Like another reviewer said, don't be put off by the strip mall location. Hey, it's good enough for Outback, Friendly's & Wild Wings!

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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

I was cautious so asked a few folks leaving the place Since it was not very busy everyone i asked liked it.'Decor and setting is ok but a little bland . The owners and staff really care about their customers. The young man that served me was very courteous I the #3 Chicken it actually came with a large fresh... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2009

I can't understand why anyone would say good things about this place. I heard good things so I was excited to go there -but man was I dissapointed. This was the worst tasting mexican I've ever had. I don't compare this to Taco Bell or other fast food chains because that is not real mexican anyway, but I would have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

I lived in Texas long enough to know it when I see it -- this is the real thing. Great, salsa that's always a little different every time -- you can tell they make it fresh by hand. Tex/Mex dishes gringofied just a enough to meet people's expectations (what's with all the lettuce?) And attentive wait staff who don't mind... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2008

The closest thing to actual Mexican food in Buffalo. Not fancy but good, basic Mex. fare. If you're desperate for enchiladas with ranchero sauce or hot chili relleno, this might do the trick.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2008

El Canelo is located right off the Odgen St. exit off the 190. In my opinion in regards to Mexican food, this restaurant is one of the hidden gems of Buffalo because this is as close to an authentic Mexican restaurant as you will find in Buffalo so far. The atmosphere is quite casual and laid-back and the serivce is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2007

Not a bad little mexican Joint. Realistic Mexician for decent prices. Not perfect, but if you're looking for something more like 'real' mexican.. this is a place.

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