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El Canelo

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12680 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550-1160
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Utica, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We all love Mexican and our extended family went here for dinner. The complimentary chips and salsa and array of hot sauces were a great start. The service was very good and the food tasted great. Even with our large group and variety of taste buds, I think everyone enjoyed their meals. Tasted like good Mexican food should, portions were... More 

Thank karenacee
Arlington, Virginia
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authentic. I really liked how they provided individual salsa bowls for each guest. No germ sharing this way

Thank emolina22206
Chanute, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. We ordered enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. The cheese dip and salsa was yummy. Service was quick. We were on vacation and may be back before we leave.

Thank Janae P
Baltimore, Maryland
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went in for margaritas, which were tasty. We had eaten lunch not long before and just wanted some chips and salsa to snack on and help with the brain freeze. We were told we couldn't have chips and salsa without ordering food. We left shortly after and didn't finish our drinks.

Thank zozo1967
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

first off, i will tell you the food was really good. i mean, really good mexican food. it was just that we waited almost ten minutes for a server to come over - only after we flagged one down - who took our drink order and informed us that our server was busy. we placed our drink order, waited, waited,... More 

Thank bahamasgirlatheart
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Service was slow, food was good, nothing that stands out. Portions were just average. I would go back again if asked.

Thank rsbeacom
Oakland, Maryland
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Visited El Canelo for lunch one day with a co-worker. We were seated immediately and our server came promptly to take our order. I ordered the two chimichanga dinner, one fried with beef, and one soft with chicken (a little pricey for a lunch option at $11, but it's what I was in the mood for), which comes with rice,... More 

Thank Eat_Sleep_ReviewIt
Oakland, Maryland
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

The food here is always good. The service is quick and friendly. Large selection of items to choose from. Enchiladas or chimichanga (soft) are my picks. Fajitas are good too.

Thank Elizabeth G
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed and will return. Good authentic Mexican food. Nice casual atmosphere. Large groups should call ahead. Service could be a little quicker but we enjoyed the relaxing visit with friends.

Thank Linda L
Oakland, Maryland
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254 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

There is really nothing bad I can say about El Canelo's, there's just really nothing nice I can say either!! It's just OK. Service was slow, food was average for this type of cuisine. They do sell beer, that was probably the highlight of my meal. I can say this restaurant sits right along 219 in Oakland beside of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12680 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550-1160
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Garrett County  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 301-533-4448
El Canelo - Place page
maps.google.com - 12680 Garrett Highway, Oakland - (301) 533-4448

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?