Canonita
Canonita

Canonita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.canonita.net/
  • Phone: (702) 414-3773
  • 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
70 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (31)good for groups (28)romantic (21)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (4)neighborhood gem (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Canonita never disapoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    When we come to Vegas (4 times per year) we always eat at Canonita - the service, atmosphere and food is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    Skookum2001
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    If you are looking for Mexican food this is your restaurant. Warm homemade nachos with salsa and guacamole is the best way to start your evenings food experience. Our table was beside the canal. We were serenaded each time a gondola passed by our table. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Would recommend to family and friends. We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good value, Nice ambiance
    leebles73VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had a seat "outside" looking over the Venetian waterway as gondolas drifted by. The guacamole and chips were fresh and delicious. Our main entrees were fine, but nothing memorable. Our server was kind and attentive. It is a nice location and a good value.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I brought a group of 12 co-workers and everything was wonderful. Great tortilla chips! Excellent service and food. The view is fun, it's right along the "river." Only complaint is that is was hard to find the restaurant inside the casino. We had to ask several people for directions. There is an Italian restaurant with a similar name that we kept getting sent to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Feel Like Your Outside
    happydisneygirl
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The restaurant is located in the Venetian Hotel but you feel like you're sitting outside along a river! The good portions are large, so don't get filled up on the chips and salsa. We had guacamole which was flavorful and creamy. Two members of my party had the chopped salad and I had the barbacoa, which was spicy and tender. Our waiter was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My wife and I have now been to Vegas four times in the past 18 months and we make sure to eat at Canonita at least once per visit to town. GREAT Mexican food and a terrific venue right on The Venetian canal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kandmblair
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious food and love the setting along the canals in the Venetian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place
    Ftsb99
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Was a nice place for dinner, not overly fancy or expensive. Great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canal side seating. Entertaining!
    JillMostek
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server was friendly & helpful. Appreciated her recommendations from the menu as this was our first time there. The tacos were delicious. We tasted all varieties. My first ever taste of a mushroom taco. Loved it!! Strawberry margaritas were delicious as was the three milks cake (like a Mexican version of strawberry shortcake). The best part of the experience was canal side seating, inside the Venetian, allowed us to enjoy the serenity & beautiful singing of watching the gondolas cruise up and down the waterway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful weekend brunch
    SillyVia
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Who would have thought?! The best brunch we've had in some time came when we stumbled on this gem. Freshly made sauces from scratch, mimosa's, bloody mary's and every dish was raved about from all 6 of us. Order everything on the menu and be rewarded with a weekend full of yumm's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food & ambience was awesome. Service was a little scattered.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ChapsVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great location above the Canal at Venetian. Smoked pork was delicious! Good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dining
    Mikey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was a vet pleasant experience and this place is good for family and/or friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Reserved a table and were seated by the grand canal at the venetian being seranaded by the gondoliers. Food good, margaritas strong.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch!!
    Luvseatin
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Awesome food....sizeable portions and service was flawless! !!
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 463 reviews are from the Canonita reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different from what we expected
    gbandjgVIP
    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?
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic