Benji's Cantina
Benji's Cantina

Benji's Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.benjiscantina.com/
  • Phone: 5124768226x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday and Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm -12:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Blake Keely
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our banquet sales director for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Peggy Duran 5126987178x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Benji's Cantina
Benji’s Cantina offers a fresh, innovative approach to Tex-Mex. An ingenious mix of seafood and Mexican influences dominates the menu. With the house specialty fajitas, we use the best traditional recipes, sourcing the highest quality ingredients available from partners such as Johnson’s Backyard Garden, John Lash’s Farm To Table, Rancho Gordo, Vital Farms and Countryside Farm, just to name a few. Our guests can also expect perfectly blended margaritas, an extensive tequila and mescal selection and innovative cocktails. Whether it’s happy hour after work or your next special occasion, Benji’s has you covered.
The downstairs bar and lounge face the bustling street scene, which makes a picture perfect first impression, with community tables that provide ample seating; or check out the legendary El Gusano Bar, which features stadium-style seating for socializing under the stars and taking in the downtown skyline. Located in the lively West 6th street district.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Benji's Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (8)scenic view (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Excellent fajitas!
    Swayne
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The fajitas were awesome! We enjoyed both the beef and chicken fajitas. I read about how good they were in other reviews and I was not disappointed. It was kind of loud like I read in other reviews, but it wasn't so loud that we couldn't talk. Overall a great dinner at Benji's and I'm looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • missyrey28
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great food and Atmosphere, we had reservations at 7:15 and didn't get seated till 8:00. Great Place if you're not in a hurry and don't mind the wait.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive!
    Downtowners
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I can't say enough good things about Benji's. The beef fajitas are unbelievably delicious with meat so tender you can cut it with a fork. The tortillas and chips were great. Even the drinks were good. Our waitress was attentive without being a bother. She knew just the right time to stop by and take care of our needs. My husband is extremely picky about restaurants/staff and even he was impressed. I have to say this is my new favorite Austin restaurant, hands down. We'll definitely be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Supper
    garysVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Benji's with our neighbors for Mom's day dinner. As usual the chips, dips, guac and tenderloin fajitas were very good. The service was a disaster. The server was hesitant when we asked for a second set up of chip and dips for a party of seven. He was actually argumentative when we ordered a special quesadilla for the kids which they have previously done on numerous occasions. When asked about desert he brought one desert menu for the entire table. He definitely needs an alternate career path as serving the public isn't working and Benji's needs to improve on that aspect of the business.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had made reservations at this restaurant a month in advance. When we got there they said our table would be ready soon. We ended up waiting 40 minutes until we were seated. Another group had been sitting in our table which the hostesses were not honest about originally. We were thoroughly annoyed and they didn't offer any sort of apologies. So if you have reservations that doesn't guarantee you'll eat near that time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Felt a little neglected at times (it was Cinco de Mayo). Also felt rushed to leave the table when done eating. The food was great, though maybe just a bit pricey. I've heard the roof is great though we were seated inside. Drinks were fantastic!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican Food
    kg4489
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I came here on a weekend when I was visiting Austin and was blown away. We started our meal with the queso flameado with the chorizo and pepper and it was amazing. We were already full after that, but kept going! In terms of the main course the beef fajitas were phenomenal. While this is a featured item we wondered how special fajitas could really be and Benjis has created an incredible dish. The fajita meat was seasoned, marinated, and it almost seemed slow cooked. The meat was tender and delicious! We could have eaten the meat alone with the onions and peppers that accompany it. We were so full we could not eat dessert so we came back the next night for sopapilla cheesecake. This was one of the best desserts I have had in awhile!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The fish dish was too salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great Service but incredibly loud atmosphere for dinning
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter Brunch
    LonghornEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went for Easter Brunch and the food was great! It's a wonderful restaraunt and I would highly recommend trying it if you haven't already.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    Allie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Honestly the worst service... we won't go back. I made a reservation for 8 outside. We weren't waited on at all until we sat for 45 minutes. The drinks were 45 minutes wait time, the waiter was slow, the bar was slow and the manager wasn't helping the waiter who was so far over his head.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • greatfood&drinks even betterservice
    keylimetomystomach
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The fajitas are amazing the beer is a great selection but what blew me away was there in house made key lime pie wow incredible just like there friendless staff
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & atmosphere
    kstell34
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was outstanding, the fajitas were out of this world and the guac was very good as well. We also tried the key lime pie for dessert, probably the best I have ever had. The atmosphere was great as well, we saw Reggie Bush and co. chilling in the restaurant late night. The price you pay for this atmosphere and level of service/food is very reasonable. However, my only knock would be the portions are a bit smaller( I am a larger person though).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Bachelorette
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food quality never disappoints. It is right in the middle of West 6th street so it is a great place to eat before heading to the bars. Great good but it is a tad bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice space, good food, VERY NOISY!
    ruth
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Title says it all, basically. I like this place, but it is not someplace you go (inside) if you want to be able to hear the person sitting next to you. Also, portions are generous, which makes it good for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fajitas that melt in your Mouth
    Rocky
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We dined with some friends on the upper deck. The place is very spacious and has the feel of high quality yet not stuffy. We started off with some great Happy hour Margaritas then shared some guacamole dip that was made at our table. You can choose all the ingredients as the waiter made it. We then had a mix of shrimp and beef fajitas. The beef fajitas were the best tasting I can remember and melted in my mouth. The shrimp were pretty large and perfectly spiced. We ended by splitting a key lime pie amongst 4 people and could not finish it. It was huge but we were already full. Amazing place and the wait staff is eager to please. We will come back, maybe this will be our new favorite place. Cool bars near by as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I brought my wife and son here on Friday afternoon. My wife did a little research and decided upon Benji's based on reviews and selection. We were greeted at the door and then seated by our server, Patrick. He immediately gave us the low down on the specials and bar options. He was very knowledgable on the menu and the history of some of the items. We wanted to take it slow, enjoy our experience and ppl watch. The food was fresh, perfect portions, and timing was on pace. Dessert was the key like pie. We devoured it. The next time we are in Austin, we will definitely be back. Thank you, Patrick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience. Group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Excellent experience. Group of six. Drinks were well balanced. Service was on point. Food was delicious. It was a Wednesday at 8 so it wasn't busy. Thank you benji's and open table
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    FridayACL
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've been here 4 times. Once the food was great, the other times I continue to ask myself why.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, delicious meal
    Kiminaustin
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We took our college son the Benjis while visiting. It was a great spot to enjoy a meal with our son. The fajitas were great - the queso was terrific! Highly recommend Benjis Cantina.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swanky
    Lady
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Benji's Cantina was different in a good way. The menu has great selections & the portions are plenty! Nice added touch was DJ. Staff very nice friendly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were surprised to be seated
    FabulousFajitas
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were surprised to be seated upstairs on the terrace for our group dinner. We were a lively bachalorette party of 8, and our lovely waiter happily participated in the "activites" portion of the evening. The wether was wonderful and even though we were next to the stairs the foot traffic didn't alter our fantastic experience. Wonderful spot for groups! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benji's is awesome! Our server
    Delish
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Benji's is awesome! Our server wasn't around much, seemed like he had a lot of tables all at once, other than that the experience was great. There was also a DJ in the courtyard area spinning beats, that was a cool addition to Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch, OK service
    Kyle
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I'd heard Benji's had a pretty good brunch, and was very pleasantly surprised by just how good it was. Loved the shared plates concept. I'm always tasting dishes my friends order to get a better feel for a new restaurant, and was very impressed with both the spread and the quality (which is difficult to maintain with such a diverse offering). The only thing lacking was service. No pitchers of sangria or mimosa, stood at the door for nearly ten minutes before the hostess came by (long enough to get a drink at the bar), and once seated it took quite a while before our server took our order. It was the Sunday after SXSW Music, so I'm sure the staff was exhausted - which is why I'm still rating this four stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall brunch experience
    JPar
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Had a 10:00 a.m. Brunch reservation. Love the ambiance, amazing food and great service. Staff very friendly. Going back for dinner this week. Can't wait to try the food off the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place for rooftop dining
    Tbreezy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We love this restaurant and started frequenting it right after it opened. It has only gotten better. They have a fabulous brunch and a great happy hour. Amazingly, I think their seafood is not enough of a focal point on their menu. While their fajitas are perfectly cooked and yummy (ask for an extra side of butter) it's their seafood the consistently blows me away (try the grouper en caldo). Added bonus, rooftop dinning is spacious, breezy and fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Accomodating
    Anne
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner at Benji's we always do- it is one of our favorite Austin spots- but when i made the reservation i specifically asked to be seated outside and the Benji's team was not accomodating to this request. they notified us when we got there that they werent seating us outside and it was dissapointing as we had friends visiting from the NE who have been stuck in snowstorms and wanted to enjoy the nice weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighted to find the quality
    Lovevail
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Delighted to find the quality and quality in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Love Benjis
    kjbaxley
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is our go to place for a good meal right by all the places we like to go out to after. Always good food, good services and strong drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Though they are known for their fajitas my date got the enchiladas while I ordered the tuna. The tuna was cooked perfectly. The enchiladas, however, leave much to be desired (stay away). I would go back and try the fajitas. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good for downtown TexMex
    TxFlip
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is the first DT Tex Mex besides Z Tejas that hasn't disappointed. I really like the salsas and the green sauce that accompanied the chips. Fajitas were great and not dry as other places. I will be going here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    Paigeabe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for the first time on Valentines and were really happy with the experience. We both had the stacked enchiladas (pork mole and chicken verde) as well as margaritas, chips/salsa. Also a good location if you're interested in going out after dinner. Highly recommend- we will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything went well except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Everything went well except we had a small issue with valet parking. My date pulled up to valet and waited 10 minutes for someone to come.... then when the Valet guy showed uo he would not valet her car because she was not in the appropriate valet drop off spot even though the valet guy was standing at her driver side door and could have easily taken the car. She was forced to either drive back around to the appropriate spot or find her own parking. Being later Friday night she was not happy at either prospect. Luckily when she drove around the corner of the restaurant there was an available spot and she parked her own car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Stuffed
    TexMexFanatic
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The beef fajitas are tender, perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth perfection. I've eaten at many Tex Mex joints in my lifetime and these were hands-down the best I've ever had. I almost requested a straw for the green salsa that was served with the chips--amazing. Desserts were out of this world, especially the cheesecake sopapillas and chocolate mousse cake. My husband is not a sweets guy but has walked around for two days commenting that he's still drooling over those sopapillas. The service was impeccable from the greeter, to the server, to the management. Our server was perfectly attentive, gave great ordering advice, while a couple others (managers perhaps) checked in with us to make sure we were satisfied. Loved it!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice location, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Food leaves a lot to be desired. Overpriced fajitas and not very flavorful. Service was great and location is fun, but I would not go if you want to enjoy a good meal:)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food great, service outstanding
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    food great, service outstanding - just way too loud like all restaurants these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benji's Cantina
    JessLeBlanc
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I absolutely love love LOVE this restaurant! Amazing service, outstanding food, and a great go to for ANY occassion. I plan on going weekly!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made a large-party reservations
    Sandy
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Made a large-party reservations for a birthday brunch. Disappointed that the bottomless mimosas were offered, ordered, then suddenly not available. Also, several brunch dishes were not available.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch!
    nomaspelons
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We had a brunch birthday party on Sunday and we all could not have been more pleased with the food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    NotHappyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I've been here twice and both times my meal was never put in the computer/drinks were left at bar. Each time the manager tried to make up for the mistakes but sitting with no food or drinks for 20+ minutes has a way for ruining a meal. Hostess was rude when we asked to switch tables, first table was in the service hall right next to the bathroom doors. Not the view I want on date night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average dining experience
    HudjulVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had reservations but table wasn't ready for 20 min-restaurant relatively empty??? Our waitress was very inexperienced-didn't know menu, talked WAY too fast, couldn't split bill correctly. I wouldn't recommend if wanting a quality dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate