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“Great!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Gran Sabor

El Gran Sabor
413 Kerens Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 636-8200
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Ranked #2 of 45 Restaurants in Elkins
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Venezuelan
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Had the Cachapa! Was great! I travel about 100 days out of the year for work and this is the best place I have ate at this year. Wish it was in my hometown! A must go!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elkins, West Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Enjoyable and a Good value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Elkins is not known for its fine dining, but in my estimation this is the best the town has to offer. The service is always friendly and efficient. The food is of good quality and ingredients are always fresh. The menu is Venezuelan and the restaurant is locally owned and operated. EL Gran Sabor means "the good taste" in Spanish and the establishment lives up to its name. "El Gran" is locally famous for its margaritas and if you're in the mood for a good hoppy ale, try the Seneca IPA (on tap). This restaurant is moderately priced and offers good value. You'll not be disappointed.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Special find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

Never thought I would have to go into the heart of WV for authentic Venezuelan food. The cachapas are awesome! A must try!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boyds, Maryland, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“awesome food - well worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We found this restaurant on TripAdvisor and Google and were so glad that we did! The food is wonderful and well-priced. We weren't able to be there the days they have live music, unfortunately. The Cachapas were so good...

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Akron, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We happened upon this from a web hit doing a Google maps search on the area. At first we thought Google had lost its mind as it seemed to want us to be in Venezuela rather than in Elkins, WV, but then we figured out it was trying to direct us to this restaurant.

El Gran Sabor has a good website and the descriptions of the food there do not do enough to rave about how good the flavor of them is. The chicken soup is spiced perfectly and contains a good ratio of broth to chicken to potatoes (yes potatoes - from the continent that brought them to the world, South America).

Our party of four had the Tilapia with tostones (rated excellent), the pork cachapa (rated amazing) and the shrimp cachapa (rated "really good!"). The Tres Leches and the Coconut Flan were also greatly enjoyed. We were lucky enough to be waited on by the owner and took her advice on all of our choices. She was absolutely correct! What a great meal!

This little gem is tucked into an old Victoria house which we found easily (look for the sign at the sidewalk) and is decorated with original art which was a true pleasure to view as we dined. The restaurant supports the local arts and music programs as well as a children's charity in Venezuela.

As we dined, from the back room bar came the sounds of live music. The volume in the dining room was perfect as background music over which dinner conversation was easy. Moving to the back room provided a better listen to the music and yet still possible to carry on conversation.

I love that this is a family place. There were children in the restaurant with the dinners but also children of the owner/staff were seen popping in and out from time to time.

Their website is advertising a whole new menu coming soon -- I HOPE all they do is ADD things because the things they are serving now are perfect and to die tor!

GREAT FIND in an quite unexpected place!

Visited November 2011
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