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El Canelo

Mexican, Southwestern
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12680 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550-1160
+1 301-533-4448
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was recommended to try this place by an employee of the garden center across street. It was very simple, family oriented (crying baby) and friendly. Service was great, pitcher of margaritas on ice yummy and chili rellenos were excellent. Inexpensive and clean - great choice for a casual Saturday afternoon lunch with the sisters.

Thank lynnie l
Oakland, Maryland
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a server that was very attentive, our chips and salsa were wonderful as we're our entrees. A great Mexican experience!

Thank 600Jenn57
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88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Oakland Maryland has never been a dining haven. The entire area is a seasonal retreat for big-city dwellers looking to cool off in the Summer. Residents are still mired in the Appalachian mindset, and the "culinary" scene is still in the 1970's - there's a Denny's here!! That said, El Canelo is cute, clean, and different from the crappy foods... More 

Thank Foodie47Colorado
Baltimore, MD
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The food is great!! Wonderful margaritas. everything tastes fresh. Best place to eat in Oakland. Service is also very good.

Thank LaShaw
Terra Alta, West Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Decent Mexican food. Typical Mexican offerings such as fajitas, mixed plates, tacos, etc. good service

Thank sharongN5611QS
Oakland, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

For the only Mexican food for 30 miles it is pretty good. The food is good and the prices are better. Nice small town atmosphere. Never a long wait and the staff are friendly.

Thank David M
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants! Never miss a chance to eat there! Love there shrimp fajitas. Sangrias are to die for. Very authentic! It's worth the trip to Oakland.

Thank Joanna O
Oakland, Maryland
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

El Canelo is the only Mexican restaurant in the area and the locals as well as tourists keep them pretty busy. They have a wide variety of menu items and don't miss the daily specials. The food is consistently good with good service. Come and enjoy one of our local places for good food.

1 Thank BoMaCho
Terra Alta, West Virginia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The food is good, never had poor service, the place could use a good deep cleaning on the walls and update the would help

1 Thank 866davew
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121 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We love El Canelo. Their menu is extensive and reasonable. The food is plentiful and delicious. The service is good and we enjoy going with friends to catch up and have a consistently enjoyable meal.

1 Thank delilah62

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12680 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550-1160
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Garrett County  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 301-533-4448
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?