Canonita
Canonita
  • Address:
    3377 Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Neighborhood:
    The Venetian and Palazzo
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Canonita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.canonita.net/
  • Phone: 7024143773
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday thru Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
    Weekends: 11:30am-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Reed Osterholt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Daily from 3pm-6pm and 9pm-close

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Venetian Hotel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Self Parking available at the Venetian
A word from Canonita
Bringing to mind the authentic taquerias of the legendary marketplaces of Mexico, Chef Donna Willey brings you Canonita. This casual and exciting Mexican dining experience features an authentic, rustic menu of "Mexico-City Soul Food" with delectable tacos, ceviches and mouth watering barbacoa made with savory fire-roasted meats, grilled vegetables and the freshest seafood. Hand-made tortillas, refreshing salsas and fresh-juice Star Margaritas provide guests
with an unforgettable "true taste of Mexico." The bustling open-air kitchen adds to the home-style warmth and energy of Canonita as do the patio festoon lighting and umbrellas with lively Salsa and Tejano music. Behind the bar many imported cervezas are featured alongside old-world Sangria and many premium Mexican tequilas, perfect for relaxed sipping.
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Canonita reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (32)good for groups (16)romantic (16)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (11)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (7)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Perfectly average
    ATLinVegas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We felt the menu was a bit limited and a bit pricey for average Mexican fare. The mussels were the smallest we had ever seen although they did taste good. Area is fairly noisy and it was quite chilly - both detracted from overall enjoyment.
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  • Top notch!!
    Luvseatin
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Awesome food....sizeable portions and service was flawless! !!
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were in town and a group of 10 for a bachelorette. Every one was able to get something they liked and we were all happy. Guacamole is one of the best I have ever had. Make sure to sit by the water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • wish the service was better
    vegasbound
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was so good- I had seared ahi and my husband had Yucatan chicken. Both dishes were delicious as well as the drinks. But our server was literally nowhere. We could have easily walked out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch spot
    FIlet
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and drink were good but I would recommend as a lunch or early appetizer type restaurant, not the ambience we were looking for at dinner time..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner with my love
    inlovewithmargi
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We've eaten here a couple of times and we just love the food. The food tastes fresh and very clean. We started with the Tuna Cerviche' (fantastic!!), and a couple of glasses of wine, sat back and enjoyed our time together. It was particulary pleasant because tha waiter did not rush us to order, so we ended up having another of wine and some chips and salsa after the Cerviche'. Time to order, my GF had the Pork Barbarosa, and i had the Pork Michocan. THey were both cooked to perfection and the tastes were magnificent! We passed on dessert. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants quality food and sevice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for 4
    smketer864
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Average food drinks were very expensive. Good service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venice in Las Vegas?!
    labrador
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If you fancy sitting by the canal watching the gondolas this is the place for you. You then have to pinch yourself and remember you are actually on the third floor of a shopping centre in Las Vegas! Putting the bizarre location aside we enjoyed the food here. We shared chips and a dip to start- I think it was supposed to be a salsa but it was pretty hard to determine exactly what it was- it certainly didn't seem to be freshly made. This was a let down especially as when the main courses arrived one was topped with fresh guacamole that was so much more tasty. Drinks were reasonably priced. We had booked ahead and were given a table by the canal- this is great for people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Josephina
    Winner1000000
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance, the food, and the price. Quick and friendly service. Did not feel rushed at all. Recommend this happy place to all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great. We had a party of 9 and our waitress, Cherrie, was awesome. She answered all of our menu questions and made great recommendations. The food was perfect and even all our special requests were met. We ordered an assortment of drinks and all were good. We are definitely putting this restaurant on our "favorite" list!
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  • My dining experience
    Lucly32
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at the Canonita. The entire staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. We will be sue to return on our next vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Not you average mexican food!
    Jeep88rc
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was a great place to go enjoy a dinner for two and celebrate the end to a fun anniversary trip in Las Vegas. The mushroom enchiladas were especially good sauce was very tasty. The atmosphere was very nice it was enjoyable to watch the gondolas go by and hear the singing. Our server was very attentive and polite and was able to make recommendations about the menu. When we arrived they had a reservation from OpenTable and seated us immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service please!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    No server came by after the initial ordering. Not once.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican
    TmelenickVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We come here everytime we come to Vegas for lunch or dinner. Great margarita's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different from what we expected
    gbandjg
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Perhaps it's just we are from Australia and Mexican food has been altered to suit our tastebuds? But I ordered a beef enchilada and my wife ordered a seafood burrito. The burrito had way too much onion and I felt my enchilada was bland. When I asked for salsa I got offered a bottle of the stuff, which I refused. They then made me a salsa with no tomato, and was more fire than a taste enhancement. All that said, the food was fresh, the servings large and the waitress helpful. The starter of guacamole was excellent but the chips were same as we buy at home in a packet. Not what we expected in a restaurant pushing original Mexican food. Maybe it's just what we ordered?
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was average, service was poor and prices were high. Will not return.
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  • Wow...
    SoCrazi
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife and I visit Vegas about 4 times a year and what we have noticed is the lack of "Mexican food" restaurants. We have passes Cononita several times since we always stay in the Palazzo but we have never stopped to try it. This time around we needed a quick bite before a Concert/show and we left being pleasantly surprised. The food is fantastic. We had wonderful service and the ambiance was very lively but not chaotic. We will definitely re-visit this place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place to eat and the Happy Hour is a good deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food+ and Service -
    SundayBruncher
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My wife and I ate at Canonita on our recent business trip to Las Vegas. I did like the set up of the restaurant and the fact that we could people watch and the food was good, but he wait staff just didn't seem to have their acts together.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LongIslandGirl
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our seat over looked the canal, it was fun to watch. Prices were reasonable . The food was very good, the waitress was fabulous . We enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • 1st night in Vegas tradition
    Vegasbaby
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We love Canonita. Good food, very good service, and very reasonably priced. Best margaritas! Nice spot overlooking the gondola ride.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    lion1972
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great Mexican soul food. Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting the Venetian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Delicious Mexican in "Venice!"
    mimifrombama
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We have eaten at Canonita several times and it has never disappointed. The food is very good and a bit different from many typical Mexican restaurants. The atmosphere is outstanding, right on a canal in the heart of the shops of the Venetian. It's a wonderful dining experience and we look forward to returning next time we're in Vegas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • carolinablue04
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place is "outside" within the Venetian Shops area, next to the fake canals with gondolas, so it creates a pleasant but technically fake al fresco experience. Since the lighting and temperature are controlled, it always feels like early evening, just before the sun sets. The food is pretty good, kind of an upscale Mexican place. (Don't go expecting to get tacos.) Good margaritas with a large selection - you'll like it if you like different margarita flavors, like mango.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food average Service
    RhonaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Perfect late night stop after a show. The food was very good but our server was testy and a bit rude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Las Vegas Visit 5/2014
    AC27GILROY
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    A great Mexican restaurant located in the Venetian Hotel/Casino Resort. You can dine while listening to gondoliers sing as they float by you. Delicious food, wonderful service and one of our favorite places to dine while on our annual visit to Las Vegas.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 449 reviews are from the Canonita reviews archive.
  • Great location horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was cold and bland. Menus are hard to read as words and prices on the sides are rubbed off. Waitress advised all were like that. Service was poor. Not many dinning customers, so no excuse for that. Great place to sit and listen to the gondala singers. Too bad that you have to eat their food to do that.
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  • Great food
    Like2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service and food was outstanding, went there during prime time did not feel rushed, you can dress up, or go casual, indoors with an out door feel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    LaurelVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We were seated right next to the canal with a great view of the boats going by.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average meal, great service
    Justkramer
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The service is what stood out most. The food was pretty good. FYI they don't have a kids menu and they didn't have our table ready when we arrived but we only had to wait for them to get it prepared. The server was amazing and offered up the 10% locals discount without us even having to ask.
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  • Incredible food
    Lanamdr
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was amazing (the beef rib and pork shoulder). They also have a great happy hour. Located right on the canals at the Venetian so you have a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Salsa!
    lastdaylunch
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We had one of the best salsas ever, and then the chef was kind enough to print out the recipe for us. Cilantro rice was blah. Enchiladas were good, but could have been shared by two. Chips were not warm. Don't know if this is the norm, but it shouldn't be. Overall we had a lovely lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great atmosphere.
    JP467
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Food was delicious and authentic. We had a table near the water to see the passing gondolas cruise the "river".
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With reservations we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    With reservations we were prompty seated by the requested table overlooking the canal. Ordered pork tacos and margaritas. Yummy. Guacomole had a slight kick and was a wow. Would order again! :)
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal was fine with a big group
    TimothyVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We made a very last minute reservation for 11 people and they were able to get us in at the time we requested. The hostess was very helpful when we arrived and we were seated quickly. It was clear from then on that they were short on wait staff for the night. Our server was as responsive as she could be with on other large table and others as well, but bar service was very slow. Guacamole was surprisingly good and had a nice spice to it, but my choice for entree was not available so instead had the carne asada, which was fine, but a little tough, even for carne asada. Overall, it worked, and was better than a Chevey's or something like that, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.
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  • Great Mexican food
    Organic21VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This is our second trip to Canonita. We came early and enjoyed our margaritas at happy hour. You do have to order chips and salsa. My husband had the pork barbacoa and it was the most tender meat I had ever tried. I had the salmon, which was blackened but not spicy. The location of this restaurant is so charming with the gondoliers singing as they go by. A nice place for Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I ate here yesterday and we waited 20 mins for our table to become free and over an hour for our food and due to other business commitments we had to leave our food half eaten.
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  • Good fun in lively atmosphere
    MmmmMmmmGood
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The Canonita is a fun restaurant located alongside the Grand Canal Shops of the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts. Literally located alongside the canals, it is a bit strange to be enjoying excellent Mexican meals while a gondola passes by with the godola operator singing in Italian. The atmosphere is lively, but quiet enough for a nice dinner conversation. It is located indoors, but the sky mural painted on the Grand Canal ceilings make you feel like your are outdoors. The food is very good and good value. I would definitely go back again and would recommend others to go for a nice, not overly priced meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, drinks, and views
    BobbyC
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    It's in the Venetian along the river, beautiful! Pineapple margarita was very good as was the Sangria - fruity and refreshing. Dark and spicy salsa- liked. For dinner we had ?Pork Barbacoa? Smoky slow cooked and delicious. Plenty of food. We also had grilled MahiMahi. The fish was thick cut, grilled perfectly , and sever over a bed of southern greens with a light cilantro based sauce and a roasted corn salsa... Yummmm . Get reservations using open table as it can fill up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More Authentic Mexican
    Jayhogy
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    More than just tacos and buritos. Their signature poke dish is worth going back for. We were a group of guys, but somewhat romantic being next to the canal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.