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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Aromas Del Sur

Aromas Del Sur
Ranked #3 of 75 Restaurants in Ephrata
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, Colombian, South American
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This restaurant was opened in October 2010 by a group of three Colombian sibilings. We like to say we serve Spanish food but most of our dishes are cooked and prepared with Colombian influence. We wanted to bring a little part of South America to the Ephrata and Lancaster area and educate people on our lifestyle. Please come by and enjoy something we are very passionate about. We have delicious appetizers which come out fast and are filling along with our plentiful entrees. We serve your typical dishes such as pork, steak, and chicken which are usually always accompanied by their rice and beans. These dishes are prepared with Colombian spices and seasoning, but are not spicy as many believe just flavorful. We have options for reservation, take out, BYOB, and large parties. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEW WEBSITE!!!Please feel free to call during business hours.
PA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

What a wonderful experience. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Make sure you start out with an empanada ( they are so good ). I have eaten here a few times for lunch and loved it so much I took my wife for dinner. We both have enjoyed this restaurant very much. Everything on the menu is excellent and the prices are very good. Keep in mind Shakira may soon be coming!!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank smbord
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Joshua B, Owner at Aromas Del Sur, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Hello!

We want to thank you for your continued service and great review! We are glad to hear that the meal satisfies your taste bud and that our prices satisfy your wallet! It is always a hard balance to maintain but we do our best to keep our customers happy in those aspects. We would love nothing more than for Shakira to visit us as she gives us lots of national pride but we cannot make any promises! We just like for other to know that positive Colombian influences are all around them including us!

Gracias!

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English first
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Authentic Columbian/ South American food, friendly, knowledgeable staff, and generous portions, come relax, enjoy! the jucca and plantain are amazing

Visited May 2014
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Thank DanitaMM
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Joshua B, Owner at Aromas Del Sur, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Hola!

Thank you for your review and ratings! We appreciate every review we get such as yours. You hit the key points of our atmosphere and distinguished the wonderful Yucca that many are unfamiliar with.

Thank you so much!

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Philly
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good Colombian food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Four of us out for dinner. Started with Emannadas. (Colombian Meat Pies.) Will be ordering some these for takeout. I had the Chuleta. Empanizada. It is a pork version of a German weiner schnitzel. The big difference weiner schnitzel is veal. I even squeezed lemon on it! It came with a side of beans, rice, salad and fried plantains. My wife had the Arroz con Pollo. Chicken mixed with rice , carrots, and peas. Served with a side of Plantains. A very pretty dish that my wife loves. Really enjoying having a taste of Colombia less than a mile from our house.

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Thank PhillyKarl
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Joshua B, Owner at Aromas Del Sur, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Hello!

Thank you for your great review and ratings! Also we want to thank you for your second review and repeated business!! We are happy you are still enjoying our dishes years later and hope you enjoy them for the years to come. The Arroz con Pollo is a crowd favorite as the stir fry is moist and flavorful.

Gracias Amigo!

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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“Nice people but we did not enjoy the food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

We live in Ephrata and I was not even aware of this restaurant until I saw the reviews on trip advisor. Used to be a tavern in this building and I didn't realize it had changed hands. Not the best appearance from the outside, but they have done a nice job of fixing it up inside. Sort of quaint. I decided to visit this past Friday night since all of the reviews were so good. We were greeted at the door and seated right away by our friendly and helpful server. He told us about the menu and we decided to start with the empanadas for an appetizer. We tried both the beef and the chicken. When the server delivered the empanadas we were instructed how to eat them the Columbian way. They were delicious and the best part of our meal. For our entrees my wife ordered the tilapia and I ordered the pork tenderloin. When the meals came my wife was shocked to receive the "whole fish" including the head and the tail. It grossed her out. I think the server should have informed us when we ordered the tilapia that it was the whole fish rather than the filets like most restaurants serve. As a result she was not able to enjoy the meal. Too many scales and bones for her taste. I ordered the pork tenderloin which had a lot of flavor but unfortunately the pork was very tough and dried out because they cut it into small strips. It also seemed to be of poor quality. Maybe we ordered the wrong items? I certainly do not feel that it deserves the #1 rating in Ephrata. We may consider going back for the empanadas and might be willing to try different entrees, but at this point we probably will not.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Rick B
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Joshua B, Owner at Aromas Del Sur, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
Hello!

Thank you for your accurate and honest review! Most negative reviews we receive are far fetched but yours was accurate just a tad unfortunate. We train our waiters to mention the different styles we cook our tilapia as well as if you want the head and tail want to be excluded. Since this was a Friday night it was possible that we were busy and he may have forgotten to mention that. As for pork dish you mentioned you are correct. The sirloin is thinner making it a little more difficult to cook and at times it may be overcooked. We are looking to perfect these issues and with thanks to your review we can bring this to the attention of our staff. We really hope you come back and try other dishes with the recommendation of our wait staff to have a more enjoyable experience than the previous and we can bet you will.

Thank you for your understanding!

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“A most memorable dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

After reading other viewer comments, we wanted to judge for ourselves. This place will not disappoint. The food was excellent, plentiful, and beautifully presented. The service was top notch.
A real gem in the small town of Ephrata. If you're wanting a most memorable dining experience, give this delightful restaurant a try.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Janis M
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Joshua B, Owner at Aromas Del Sur, responded to this review, 11 September 2014
Hello!

We thank you for such a beautiful and touching review! We are glad you enjoyed our attentive staff and fantastic entrees. We really try to give you an experience that is relaxed and comforting yet professional and enjoyable. Hope you come by again and bring some friends!

Gracias!

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