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“Good place for dinner with friends”
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El Cerro
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We met friends for dinner at El Cerro on a gorgeous Fridau summer evening, and we sat at an outdoor table. The restaurant is by a small body of water so it's a great place to dine in good wether. The food is pretty standard Mexican fare. Their salsa is good. I liked the retried beans. I ordered fish tacos from the a la carte menu, and enjoyed them. BUT I would have rather had the tacos as part of a meal. Overall this restaurant. Is on ar with Cary's other Mexican restaurants. Be warned - if you eat outside, bring mosquito repellant!

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1  Thank tarheeldeb
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Used to go at least once a week with the lunch group until June. We liked that it was quick, affordable, and consistently good...until June. They've hired 2 new servers who prove not just anyone can wait tables. We were over 15 minutes late for work after ordering twice, never getting refills, and asking for our checks 3 times until finally having to go upfront and insist to the manager we needed to pay and leave. He was completely unaffected.

10 weeks later, we tried again. The SAME 2 waitresses were there and haven't improved. One waitress took our order, barely paid attention, and didn't write down a thing. She soon returned to retake our order. When our food was up, she walked right past us to deliver our meals to a couple who had just sat down. The menu has been updated to reflect slightly higher prices. The plate servings have decreased. Our beans were served in bowls today and were so bland and watered down that we had to request spoons. Subpar is a generous description of our meals. Our drinks weren't refilled, but the waitress tried to remove our plates twice while we were still eating. We waited several minutes to flag the waitress down to bring our checks as she lacks that timely waitress instinct. We then watched her deliver 4 meals to a table of 2 men in her own section who had just sat down and again looked confused that she was at the wrong table. Again. The restaurant was the least crowded lunch rush I've ever seen there and for good reason. This restaurant is officially off our rotation. We enjoyed many lunches over the past 9 years. What a waste and a disappointment.

Thank MrANDMrs Smith S
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Went for the 1st time on a reference from my son, and was he right!
Service was Awesome, Food was so tasty and healthy (I ordered the Fajitas and they were NOT drowned in grease)
I met Felipe, the owner- Super nice fellow that truly cares that you leave happy
BEST VALUE FOR $$$ in Pricey Cary

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Thank FoodSnob4EVER
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

and more blech. Some day, somewhere, someone is going to realize there is a huge national market for high-quality hispanic restaurants. Until then, we have to suffer through the indignities of the ubiquitous "Mexican" restaurant. El Cerro isn't bad in comparison to the universally poor competition but one gets the feeling it really would be bad when compared to a good Mexican restaurant... if such a place existed in the area.

Thank CasualReader
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We love Mexican, and have probably eaten at every local Mexican restaurant in the Cary/Apex area. This is one of our favorites. The food is always better then we get at other places, and the wait staff is always friendly and helpful. Definitely a good value!

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Thank noahandallison
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