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Cantina 1511-East Blvd
Cantina 1511-East Blvd

Cantina 1511-East Blvd Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantina15eleven.com
  • Email: vponzio@cantina15eleven.com
  • Phone: (704) 331-9222
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Vince Giancarlo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, a seminar, a luncheon, or a retirement party – we cater directly to your specific event. At Cantina 1511, we approach every event with absolute professionalism and passion.
    Our clients have been raving over our authentic Mexican creations and Tex Mex- culinary dishes for years! Our event planners can transform a simple room into a delightful space that is detailed to perfection. We always create a unique experience for your guests and provide them with a lasting impression that leaves them wanting more.
  • Entertainment: We have several TV's behind the bar that show nightly sports games.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fountain View
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet and lot parking available.
A word from Cantina 1511-East Blvd
Ever since 2004, Cantina 1511 has been serving consistently excellent Mexican fare to the people of Charlotte. A philosophy of only the freshest ingredients cooked from scratch to traditional recipes; guarantees an Authentic Mexican Celebration every time.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Chips and salsa were great, as well as the mixed drinks. The food was good Mexican food....unique...not the largest portions though. Plan to go again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We visited on a Friday night and we were seated on time with a reservation. It appeared that there was just one server for a busy part of the restaurant with a couple of large groups. We waited to have drinks refilled and a long time for our entrees to arrive. The food was just mediocre. There are better places to go in Charlotte for better service and more satisfying Mexican food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Really good food. Start with the pork belly sliders. Excellent but a little pricey at 9.50 and felt they should have given you a larger portion for the price but man was it good. The tacos, both fish and chicken as well as the chicken fajita was excellent. Total bill was about $52.00 for the three of us. I will return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Haven't been here in awhile and it's gone straight down hill."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the place, had reservations but still had to wait about 20minutes. Service was great, food was even better. Parking is a little difficult but other than that I had a wonderful night. I definently will be returning :)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Creative choices for a delicious dinner. It is possible to have a light meal as well as a hearty one, both of excellent quality. Give it a try, you won't regret it. Casual dining, suggest reservations."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Not my first time at Cantina and definitely won't be my last. I always have a great dining experience when I come. The tableside made guacamole and Marco Polo tacos are a must!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I realize this just happens every once in a while, because I normally love Cantina. But we were there for 3 hours, and it took about an hour and 45 minutes to get our food. We ordered several things that never came and one person's meal was wrong. Again, this is normally one of my favorite places, so I just chalk it up to being a bad night."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Everything was delicious. I highly recommend the fresh guac and the spicy pineapple margarita."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cantina 1511 is wonderful! The food is great...the margaritas are the best in Charlotte! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The service and atmosphere was great while we are dinner. It too the food a bit longer than I liked to come out but I guess that should have been expected as it was a packed house. Once the food arrived it was delicious. The waitress made sure that we were good as far as salsa and chips, drinks and our meals were correct."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Cantina 1511 has the best guacamole around! We have ordered a variety of things from the menu and everything has been delicious. We drive 40 minutes just to eat there! The service is top notch. If you haven't been, there you have to try it. It will become one of your favorites!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Have been coming to cantina for years. My husband was served the wrong dinner, our service was so-so and I was not near as impressed with the food/portions and prices. Looking forward to seeing the much needed remodel."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We come here at least once a week. Amazing margaritas and the best tortilla soup ever!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Took my family to Cantina 1511 for a celebration of my mother's retirement. There was something for everyone in our group. It did not disappoint. Even my aunt who only eats salads was satisfied. The kids lived their choices and the adults lived the wide choice of tacos that aren't found on Tex-Mex menus. My SNL wants to move to Charlotte because of the great restaurant scene."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "haven't had a bad experience. ..always great food and service"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Being from Texas we never thought we'd find a real Mexican gem here in Charlotte but we did with Cantina 1511. Beginning with our first visit we've been regulars ever since. Cantina 1511 would not only make it in the very competitive Mexican restaurant scene it would shine and surpass most. They're moving within the next 6 months out to the Park Crossroads shopping center and I expect even better things since they'll be able to add a large patio dining area. Cantina 1511 is my favorite restaurant in Charlotte."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "With so many local Mexican restaurants to choose from, I'd be hard pressed to say I'd choose this one again. I used to love it here, but I think it's food had gone down hill. Now Cantina seems over priced for mediocre meals. I was disappointed with the lack of vegetarian options (there are 3). On the bright side, service was amazing."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food at Cantina is more and more delicious every time we visit. Guacamole is the best thing there, it is pretty steep at $9 though. The Blood orange margarita is the best drink there. Our waiter seemed very preoccupied the whole evening which was annoying but he was a nice guy, so it was fine."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Very impressed with the new menu at Cantina 1511. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was food, service was good, ambience was fine but there was a noticeable change from everything being "great". A lot more focus on starches to fill you up rather than truly savory food."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always a great time at Cantina. Good is always good, service was slower than normal but it was also busy so I'm not complaining. The guac is a must & made the wait bearable. I definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was decent, but not memorable... started with the chopped salad, it was gigantic. Asked for dressing on side, it came on it.. portion was big enough for 4, we ate barely 1/2 and had to let the rest be thrown away since it had dressing on it. Had the two taco plate, chicken and beef, with black beans and rice. The beef was in a crispy shell which was thin, cripsy and very fresh tasting.. the meat was not hot but had good flavor, chicken soft taco was good, even the next day, the black beans and rice eh, not a lot of flavor in the black beans. BF had echicken and spinach nchaladas and the portion size was small but they were very fresh and tasty. The menu had good variety and a lot of dishes you dont see elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and a great place for any occasion. The food is always excellent and the service is top-notch. I recommend having a reservation because everytime I go, there are people waiting. This is NOT a bad thing! Cantina 1511 has such high quality everything that people can't stay away. I know I can't!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Cantina 1511 is my favorite restaurant. Incredible food and great service every time."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The waitress, Allison, suggested I try the Mexican BBQ Pork and it was amazing! Too much for me to finish, which never happens. She was very accommodating since we were having a business meeting during dinner on a Friday night. Everything was perfect! A++"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Overall we had a good dining experience, but I was slightly disappointed because I ordered the same dishes I'd had that were EXCELLENT before, and this time they were just pretty good. I'm wondering if they have different chefs on different days, and some are better than others. I ordered the Fish of the Day and part of the problem was the type of fish - not nearly as good as the mahi they'd used the other time. The Pig Wings app was still good, but not quite as rich and flavorful as before. However, everything else was great as usual. Great, prompt service. Great chips and salsa - and plentiful. My husband ordered the chicken entree, which he LOVED."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I was with a group of 6 girlfriends and we had the most marvelous time!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I am never disappointed by a visit to Cantina. I am even doing the low-carb thing, & I was still able to find something delicious. I had the mahi with lime sauce...yummy!! A couple of my faves are the crab quesadillas & the beef nachos. Ask for the green sauce for your endless tortilla chips."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I went with my boyfriend who doesn't typically like Mexican-style food, but we both enjoyed ourselves and the meal was delicious."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went there because we had a coupon and were pleasantly surprise. The place is very busy, lots of people in early 30s. Got reservation for 9pm (Sat) and still had to wait 10 min. The service was good. I had fish, panfried in a sauce with artichokes, pinenuts and sweet potatoes, a bit crunchy and tart, I really liked it and my husband had fajitas, which smelled divine and were abundant with very tender chicken and plenty of veggies. The desserts are way better than in other mexican restaurants, we had the nutella tart, it was good but almos too sweet, delicious for who likes chocolate and caramel."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our dining experience was very enjoyable. We were seated immediately upon arrival, the food was excellent in presentation and tast, and the service was excellent. We would definitely dine at Cantina again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Cantina is always one of my favorites. I love Mexican. This time- a girlfriend and I were just looking for a fun place to catch up. I just enjoyed chips, salsa and queso with a delicious margarita (1511) and my friend had a beer (on special) and a brownie. Yummy!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Immediately upon arriving we were surprised to fine thy had complimentary valet parking. Remember to bring cash! We made reservations and were seated immediately at our table. The waitress came quickly to the table for drinks and have us the chips and salsa quickly - there was tons of salsa which is awesome! The drinks and food also came quickly after ordering, and the food was beautifully presented. Mostly the food was great, except for a few of us said some parts left something to be desired. Spinach and wild mushroom enchilada tasted mostly like thawed spinach (sauce was good - and the side rice and beans), same with the calamari taco. Margaritas are fresh and didnt taste like a premix. We will definitely be coming back again though!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We've been to the Ballantyne version of this restaurant before, but this was our first time at the Dilworth location. I think the menu is similar or nearly identical, but this time we had some items we'd never had before and it was all absolutely fabulous. I had not been expecting it. The appetizer we ordered was something about Pig Wings and it was out of this world. The grilled and glazed pork pieces were exceedingly tender, flavorful and rich. The richness was gorgeously balanced by the acidity of the slaw and pickled red onions. Then I had their fish of the day (mahi mahi) cooked in a unique Spanish style casserole with garlic, pine nuts artichokes and Spanish sweet potato. Incredible. Best food in a LONG time, for a great price"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went to Cantina 1511 on Friday, the menu had changed but it was still overall a great spot for dinner and drinks"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Ever since new ownership/management this place has underwhelmed. This is the third chance I have given this restaurant and I will not again. First two had awful host experiences and last night was an awful service experience. We were not checked on once after our food arrived. What happened if the wrong food was delivered by their food running staff. Geez. I want to like this place but they make it impossible to do so."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We use to go a lot but feel it has really gone down hill over the last few visits"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great food, great people, great resaurant. It was my first time here and I will definitely be back!! Gluten free menu is the best I've seen, as I am gluten free and it is difficult to go out to eat (and trust that the food is really GF). Thank you for a great experience! Cantina is my new fave restaurant...."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We enjoy this restaurant. Service can be a bit spotty but staff is always friendly and price point is reasonable. Chose the Queso Fundido which was not really to our taste. At the end mentioned this to the manager as we were waiting for our bill. He subsequently found me in the car park and gave a voucher for a complimentary guacamole on our next visit. This is the type of good service that will keep us coming back. Well done."
    Dined on 1/4/2014