Great food, great drinks, but loud
Food was great- possibly best Mexican chain in Columbus. Good value, and drinks are not watered down! Noise is the only negative, almost too loud to easily talk to others at the table.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you're expecting run-of-the-mill Mexican food like so many of the restaurants around Columbus have, don't go. This restaurant is a cut above, from the ambiance to the salsas to the entrees and desserts - and of course, the margaritas. The food is very similar to that we've found in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, and that's a compliment because we love the authentic Mexican food there. The management and wait staff are fantastic, too. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, and definitely my favorite outside of the high-end steak houses.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The best Mexican in Columbus
Favorite Mexican restaurant in Columbus area. It's pretty pricey for Mexican food. But you get what you pay for. The chef walks around greeting tables. The food is amazing. Their fresh cold & warm salsa's are yummy. Drinks are very tasty. Table side guacomole is a most.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
My family wanted to do something different for Easter brunch, so what better than Mexican food? We had a party of 6, none of which had dined here before. All 6 of us enjoyed the delicious guacamole made fresh at the table, some house margaritas, and our tasty meals. The meal is not giant like at some places, however coupled with the chips and guac/salsa we all left feeling full and satisfied. It was a very good first experience and I can't wait to go back. Bonus: Mimosa or Bloody Mary is included in your meal price for brunch items!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My Favorite Local Go-To Spot
From the table-side made guacamole to the brownie flambé this is an excellent choice not just for Mexican but for a very fresh and creative meal! If you are expecting you local Mexican joint with the #3 Speedy Gonzalas plate you won't find it here. What you will get is fresh light chips with a warm smoky salsa (they have other types too). I have tried most of the items and they all are made with fresh ingredients, not a ton of sauce to smother the flavor of the meat or veggies and the plates always look very pretty. The cocktails are made with fresh ingredients. The staff works together. Service is good. Save room for a desert ( to share) they are some of the best in Columbus! Join the email club to get coupons & special events!
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved by whole family
Cantina Laredo is always nice, especially sitting on the patio. Salsas and guacamole and queso are all wonderful. Every guest loved their food and we always have a vegan with us and they accommodate. Our vegan gets grilled veggie fajitas and they have delicious black beans made without animal products. Vegetarians have a number of choices. Also the cocktail list is quite good. The Cinco Rita is our favorite and the mango ginger Rita is loved by ginger fans. Indoor dining can get quite loud on weekend nights but the patio is always great. Our young adults love to go and pair it with a visit to Star Lanes (bowling and arcade) right across the parking lot.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great! Tag team
Food was great! Tag team with servers worked very well - when we needed something, someone was always available to assist. Only downside to experience is that it was very loud. We sat in the separate room that looked like it could be open air on a nice day - but was hard to hold a conversation. Guac was very good, but could have used a little more spice. And wish they had a hotter salsa for the chips. Overall though, very good experience and can't wait to go back!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second time having dinner here. My wife is not a fan of Mexican/Tex-Mex food. She really enjoyed both meals here, which says a lot!Loved my meal both times as well. Great enchiladas!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are seniors and a group
We are seniors and a group of six. The booth did not work out well for conversation!! Disappointed in seating and reservation was made one weekmin advance
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
While it is pricey for a mexican
While it is pricey for a mexican restaurant (I paid $34 for myself: dinner, guac for an app, a margarita and a corona light). The ambiance and service definitely made up for it. I'm excited to go back for ladies night: half-priced margaritas on Thursdays!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for happy hour
The covered outdoor dining area is incredible. Service was exceptional along with the food.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's only OK.
This was our second time at this restaurant, and we remembered having better food the first time. Portions this time were very small, and the "extras" such as rice or veggies were sparse. We do love the guacamole they make at the table, but that alone does not warrant a special visit.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Mother's Day brunch
Perfect Spot for Mother's Day! Nice to have a different menu compared to your typical Mother's Day menu choices.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding and service was unbelievable. The waitresses were very personable. Visiting from out of town and used open table to find a local mexican restaurant. There was large party in a room close by singing, but it did not bother our dining experience. Try the blood orange sangria, excellent.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall was good. Service could be better. We ordered sangria pitchers which came out with no fruit. At the end of our dinner, we asked why they don't put fruit in their sangrias. Server said the bar is out of fruit tonight. How could you be out of fruit when a krogers is next door? Food was great. Asked for no onions and got a plate full. Quickly fixed tho. Ambiance was great! Quiet and nicely lit. Always love their freshly made guacamole! Yum! I would recommend this to others. Patio at lunch is always perfect!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here to celebrate a special occasion but I will be going back! Everything was excellent!
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great gourmet Mexican food
Wonderful flavors. Everything we've tried here has been great, but my favorites are the tacos de pollo and the Patron margaritas with fresh lime juice. They have ruined me for any other margaritas anywhere else... Delicious!!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time and guarenteed
Always a good time and guarenteed great food. Just enough noise that kids could easily go and not disrupt. Great for groups of friends.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great night out!
We've been going to Cantina Laredo here in Columbus for family occasions a few times now. Every visit has been better than the last. We were seated promptly and our waiter Muhammad was excellent. He was extremely friendly and accommodating as well as possibly the best guacamole maker we've had yet. The food was outstanding as usual.
The dishes we went with this time around was the Chilean Sea Bass special. Outstanding. Sadly it was in short supply and our table managed to get the last dish. Enchiladas de Camarones equally as good. The real stand out though was the Fiesta de la Parrilla. Shrimp, Quail, Beef, Chicken, and Oxtail over a bed of sauteed onion and peppers. Truly a mouthwatering meal.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tons of fun
We sat in the room with a removable exterior wall and it rained which created a really cool ambiance.
Our party was pretty large (13) so the service was a little slow on the cocktails but the food was pretty quick. Everything was delicious. Everyone was trying everyone else's meals.
Freddy was our server and he took great care of us.
The cheese with ground meat and onions was an amazing appetizer but a little small. I don't eat guacamole but others at the table said it was really good. All of our meals were delicious.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A True Mexican Gourmet Experience
My husband and I travel to Mexico at least once per year. We eat in fine restaurants and some of the best meals we get year round we get there. This place is a real find for us because it's not the run of the mill Mexican food but rather creative and deliciously prepared fresh food. We'll go back again and again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week Treat
I happen to be visiting OH and was advised about restaurant week through www.experiencecolumbus.com. When I found out about how participating would help the Food Bank for the community I selected the price range for dinner ($20 for 3 course meal) and found Cantina Laredo. The reservations was easy and the directions helped me find it in a short amount of time. As soon as I arrived on a Tuesday night I was seated right away and the waiter Donato was courteous and entertaining. I told him I was looking for something light for my dietary needs. The food was awesome and the portions were just right. Everyone was so nice. Definitely recommend it if you like authentic Mexican cusine!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for the restaurant week menu since we had never been before so that we could try as many different items as possible for a reasonable price. Every item that we received had amazing flavor. I enjoy spicy well flavored food and everything that we tasted met both requirements.
The spicy salsa that they bring out with chips was warm and you could taste the spices that created the gentle heat. The Tacos de Ahi Tuna had a great fresh flavor; slightly sweet but still full of spice. The Tacos De Barbacoa had melt in your mouth pieces of brisket inside of it. The Carnitas with Chipotle sauce was smokey and tender and cooked on the bone. The Flan was a delightful way to end the evening with a sweet but not bitter caramel sauce.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit and won't be the last.
Very good food from the salsa n' chips through desert.
Excellent house margarita and very good service to boot!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three Hour Brunch
My friend and I met up for brunch and didn't realize that 3 hours had passed by the time we were leaving. Our waiter, Connor, never stopped filling our waters and always offered a smile. The brunch was decently priced and the complimentary mimosas were delicious!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was great for our recent date night. The food was fresh and tasty, service was friendly and the open window dining experience was a nice touch!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service !
The excellent wait staff was attentive and patient. She knew the menu very well, and was able to make suggestions.
Really terrific food and good ambience. Would definitely go back.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
So I went to this restaurant as a 6 month anniversary for my girlfriend and I. The staff was very accomodating and even when she took forever to order they were patient and delivered quality service. The food was fantastic! I love the homemade guacamole and the free chips were definitely a plus. Some kids were playing in the sprinkler outside and some soft conversation just made the place feel warm and welcoming.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time's a charm.
This was our second trip to Cantina Laredo. Our first time was good, but nothing too exciting. This time, the food was really impressive. I ordered a new menu item that was a pork sandwich with a fried egg, orange marmalade and goat cheese. Sounded a little off, but the taste was amazing. Even the french fries were better than the average. My husband ordered an enchilada meal that he truly enjoyed as well. We will go back based on this experience!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there on a Sunday at the end of Sept. They have a buffet for brunch but it was not hot or very appealing set up. All doors open to outside and we ate outside and it is a 30 something sports bar that you dress slouchy. I am an older woman so felt a little out of place but still enjoyed the company and it is unique outside bar setting. Lots of televisions going with different games on. .
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
girls night out
I thought the food was outstanding. Our server was very friendly and attentive. She knew just when to check on us and when to leave us along to talk. The margaritas were very tasty and the tableside guacamole was a special treat. I would definitely go back and recommend cantons loredo to my friends.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was fantastic. Definitely will go back again.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
favorite lunch spot
We always enjoy our lunches at Cantina Laredo as the food is stellar and you can hear your dining companion during the daytime in the restaurant. Our only difficulty is with evening dining, the acoustics are so loud in the restaurant that often on a weekend evening talking to your dining companions is almost impossible, literally - it's just too noisy - and the cut out between the bar and the main dining room just seems to amplify all the noise at the bar out into the room. We eat here frequently because we like the food and they always are happy to accommodate a vegan diner which we greatly appreciate, but we wish for a slightly less noisy dining experience and so do lunches much more frequently than dinners.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Split a dish and split the cost!
We have eaten here about 4 times and have had great food and service each time. Small glitch.We had a reserv. for 2 and initially we were given a mediocre seat near the bar. Split a Fajitas Tres, and add a little extra (pork carnitas), it is more than enough for 2..Ask for extra tortillas. It comes with beef, chicken and stuffed shrimp (yummy) and they charged us $3 for the carnitas. This place is great, because there is lots of flavor and low heat. There is sauce you can add to spice it up the way you like. Helpfully found us something to replace a dish they used to carry - fajitas with quail, beef, shrimp, chicken, carnitas. Hope they bring that back! $$45 for one dish, 2 beers, unlimited fresh chips, tax and tip - Awesome.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
There was a slight mix up with our reservation and our table was accidentally given away. This was a very busy Saturday night so we understood that things like this happen and we were happy to wait. The staff went into overdrive to find us a table that would fit our party of 7. They very quickly found a table. Johnny and the staff were very apologetic even though we were not upset at all. Johnny (our server) was very attentive and always had a huge smile on his face. He even brought us a free desert. The food was great. My husband had a steak that was cooked as well as any high end steakhouse (he's very picky so I know it was done right). My tacos were wonderful.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
There's nothing like fresh
There's nothing like fresh guacamole made right in front of you at your table! Plenty of food with each entrée but make sure to save room for dessert.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We certainly enjoyed the food...it was very good. The menu is not large and a bit pricey but everyone enjoyed their meal. It was well worth the special occasion and I'm glad we chose to try something new. Considering the place was nowhere close to capacity our server was rather inattentive and when asked to make a small change to a menu item to accomodate a particular taste preference was dismissive and unaccommodating. This led to a different menu choice that was quite delicious nonetheless.
If you have a preference for Mexican food and are looking for a meal a cut above the standard fare this will be worth time.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM