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El Gallo, Asheville, NC

El Gallo

4.3
4.3
17 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican, Venezuelan

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 505-8455

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Hector Revilla

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Rankin Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Appetizers

  • Chilmol & Salsa$12.00

    Molcajete Salsa, Smashed Avocado, Curtido, Radish, Chips

    • Aguachile de Camarones$12.00

      Shrimp, Citrus, Radish, Jalapeño, Avocado, Tomatillo

      • Tequeños$7.00

        Golden Fried Pastry, Queso De Freir, Avocado Herb Sauce

        • Refritos, Queso & Chorizo​$12.00

          Refried Beans, Oaxacan Cheese, Chorizo, Chips

          • Chicharrones$6.00

            Crispy Pork Rinds, Chili, Lime

            • Empanada Pabellon$10.00

              Braised Beef, Plantains, Black Beans, Pico De Gallo

              • Yuca y Queso$7.00

                Fried Yuca, Queso Dip, Herbs

                Tacos

                • Al Pastor Taco$4.50

                  Trompo Pork, Pineapple, Salsa Diablo

                  • Quesa Birria Taco$6.00

                    Braised Beef, Oaxacan Cheese, Red Broth

                    • Steak a la Plancha Taco$5.00

                      Chop Shop Steak, Cactus, Salsa Fresca

                      • Cauliflower Barbacoa Taco$4.00

                        Roasted Cauliflower, Tomato Chamoy

                        • Tinga Taco$4.00

                          Braised Chicken, Cabbage Salad, Guacachile

                          • Del Mar Taco$6.00

                            Shrimp, Calamari, Pickled Cabbage, Chipotle Mayo

                            Entrees

                            • Arroz Picadillo$15.00

                              Rice, Sofrito, Capers, Olives, Currants, Fried Eggs

                              • Torta de Milanesa​$12.00

                                Sweet Potato Milanesa, Sesame Bun, Veggies, Recado Mayo

                                • Cachapa$12.00

                                  Fresh Corn Cake, Tomatoes, Cotija, Crema, Herbs

                                  What 17 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.3
                                  4.3 based on all time ratings
                                  • 4.4Food
                                  • 4.5Service
                                  • 4.3Ambience
                                  • 4.3Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 16, 2022

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    We arrived on time for our reservation only to be told that there was no food service that day due to staffing issues. Therefore I consider our reservation canceled by the establishment.

                                  2. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Atlanta

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing food !!! Awesome service !!!! I recommend going to the upstairs area !

                                  3. JP

                                    JuliaP

                                    Chicago

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 7, 2022

                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

                                    The chips and salsa were very good, as well as the service. Our server was very kind and attentive making sure we had everything we needed. My biggest critique would be the tortillas used for the tacos. They were very disappointing and made it so you couldn’t enjoy the filling. For me a big judge of a Mexican restaurant is their tortillas. Additionally I think there should’ve been a choice of corn or flour.

                                  4. JT

                                    JessicaT

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 1, 2022

                                    overall1food1service1ambience3

                                    Waited 15 mins and no one acknowledged us. Waiter looked at my husband , didn’t say anything.. walked away. We had reservations.. wasn’t as if they were expecting us. Didn’t get to try any food , so I couldnt rate that, but it won’t give me that option. I was really hoping for a different experience. Prob won’t try again

                                  5. NW

                                    NikkiW

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 1, 2022

                                    overall2food3service1ambience3

                                    Made a reservation but still waited 30 minutes to be seated. Service was slow, we were there over 2 hours. Multiple servers around, but spent little time in the dining room attending to guests. We saw one couple sit down and leave.

                                  6. MM

                                    MichelleM

                                    Denver

                                    6 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on December 31, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Loved the authentic Latin flavors here, from the perfect outside crunch/inside melt in your mouth taste of the empanada appetizer to the perfectly seasoned homemade chips and refritos. The tacos were stuffed full of goodness and had a yummy pan-fried texture on the outside. Don’t miss this little gem; the chef definitely knows what he’s doing!

                                    El GalloResponded on January 5, 2022

                                    Thank you so much!

                                  7. KG

                                    KimG

                                    Miami

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 26, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    food is definitely delicious flavors outstanding

                                  8. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 19, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing food. Will definitely be returning

                                  9. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 18, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    A big friend group came into town; we had multiple dietary requirements—this place met our needs. A fantastic spot with great drinks and an awesome menu.

                                  10. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 11, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    What a treat. The mushroom empanadas were really something special, though really our whole meal was incredible. We’d ordered extra so we’d have leftovers. Sadly, we realized we’d left it on the table when we got home. Wanted to cry. Food was so good

                                  11. AT

                                    AnneT

                                    Western NC

                                    7 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on December 11, 2021

                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                                    We had not been to El Gallo since it opened assuming it was just another Mex restaurant serving the same as everyone else. It absolutely is not the same. While simplistic in presentation, the flavors lean pure, combinations are creative, and staff/kitchen are very willing to work with food sensitive diners. Will def return.

                                  12. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 5, 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Food was really good but it was over priced. Definitely will come again though.

                                  13. T

                                    Tryingnewplaces

                                    Nashville

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 25, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Thanksgiving prix fix meal. Delicious. Would have liked a more traditional 2nd course option.

                                  14. MC

                                    MayiC

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 25, 2021

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Great service. Food was trying too hard but good.

                                  15. J

                                    Julia

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 21, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Went to El Gallo for their Thanksgiving service and I’m at a loss for words. My Turkey day plans fell through and I was able to get reservations at the last minute at El Gallo, not knowing what to expect having previously only come for brunch. The food alone was incredible. I had their garlic sautéed shrimp in Chile oil, followed by a tamarind glazed pork belly with a black bean stew. It was one of those meals that you didn’t want to end. The ambiance was perfect, service was seamless, and the evening couldn’t have been better. I would absolutely recommend El Gallo to any one coming through Asheville looking for a casual but memorable dining experience. The flavors, the colors - they nailed it all. Cannot wait to come back to El Gallo next time I’m in town.

                                  16. AD

                                    AidaD

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 21, 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food! We will be back. I had duck - the best duck ever!! Over all great experience.

                                    El GalloResponded on November 23, 2021

                                    Thank you so much!

                                  17. SA

                                    StephenA

                                    Western NC

                                    65 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    65 reviews

                                    Dined on November 20, 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Everything we had to eat (tacos: quest barrio, al pastor, del mar; empanadas, carnitas, churros) and drink (Oaxaca Old fashioned, IPA) was excellent, tasty and creative. Service was fine. Five stars for the basics, but it has to be said the place is relatively small and quite noisy (some will like that; we prefer things a bit quieter), and the menu is quite limited. So four stars overall, but very positive.

                                    El GalloResponded on November 23, 2021

                                    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate you coming in.

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Contactless payment available
                                  • Physical distancing

                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                  • Protective equipment

                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

                                  FAQs

                                  You can order delivery directly from El Gallo using the Order Online button. El Gallo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 505-8455.

                                  El Gallo is rated 4.3 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.

                                  Not available on OpenTable

                                  Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                  Dining areas

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Rankin Ave.

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Asheville

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Latin American, Mexican, Venezuelan

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Casual Dress

                                  • Parking details

                                    Public Lot

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Owned/operated by

                                    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Hector Revilla

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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