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“Excellent Table-Side Guacamole”
Review of El Rodeo

El Rodeo
Ranked #304 of 579 Restaurants in Lancaster
Price range: $5 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Excellent Table-Side Guacamole”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Originally found this restaurant on Restaurant.Com and decided to give it a try. Was surprised to find it was very similar to Plaza Azteca in Reading, PA. Fried dishes really were not crispy, but more layered in cheese sauces, which are delicious.

Table-side Guacamole is absolutely incredible, but at almost $8 is a little on the high side. Tip jar being nudged towards you while Guacamole is a little annoying.

Overall, food is average for this type of restaurant. Service was just ok.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Used to be great, but now is a gouging operation...”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Hey, I know the economy is bad but let's get real...
I've been eating at El Rodeo for close to 15 years, starting in the York area. It was good. Not outstanding or the absolute best but very good and worth the cost an we usually only go at dinnertime.
A few months ago, the prices had to be increased a bit, and that's understandable but what I will not tolerate from a restaurant is offering a dish that can only be 'Made at Tableside with Tip Jar prominently placed for your convenience". Anyone who has eaten there knows that their Guacamole is hands down some of the best in the world. So we ordered a large portion when they offered it on the menu. A girl comes around with a cart, with TIP JAR prominently placed for your convenience and proceeds to try, in the dark, to make you guacamole just like that which comes out of the kitchen. Unfortunately it wasn't even close. She obviously could NOT see the bad rotten spots in the avacados that I could see, which the kitchen would have discarded, and instead they just went right into our serving. People at our table looked at it with disgust. Maybe where she comes from this is acceptable, but not in America, not at El Rodeo and not at my table. We just smiled and it simply sat there. None of the employees even asked if something was wrong with it.. They just took away an uneaten bowl of nasty looking guac with rotten chunks in it. I've always make it a rule to not complain, I just don't go back. But I thought I'd give it another shot and see if it improved. It didn't. Same deal, same nasty guac. Haven't been there in over two months, so if you go, you can enjoy the menu but only order a small guacamole or you could be sorry... The saddest part of the whole incident is that we are non-confrontational and their website doesn't allow for email or comments to the manager or owners. But it probably wouldn't matter..

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank DonnelleyPCDude
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Newark, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Quick lunch”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Stopped in just by chance - happened to be passing by - and enjoyed a fantastic lunch of carnitas! Great margaritas and chips and salsa, too! Really nice ambience - great place to eat.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Staecy A
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Elizabethtown, New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Decent mexican food”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Usually always have good food. Chips and salsa is very good and the servers are very nice and quick.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Mike B
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Leola, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Best Mex in town”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We love the food here, but service can be a little slow. Everything is made after you order, so it is super fresh and delish. Just be prepared to wait.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank JanandJennifer
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