Cantina Avenida
Cantina Avenida

Cantina Avenida

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinaavenida.com/
  • Phone: 2673856857x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Edgar Alvarez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available, please inquire with the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gowen Ave
  • Public Transit: Allen"s Lane train station, Gowen Avenue train station. Septa
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of street parking available on Germantown Avenue
A word from Cantina Avenida
Cantina Avenida has the best margaritas in town! We have amazing Latin street fare and small plates for everyone. Check out our Crab Nachos and Crispy Fried Calamari with tomato habanero sauce. Cantina Avenida's Mole fries with vegetarian chorizo, Chihuahua cheese and pasilla mole sauce are simply amazing.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cantina Avenida reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (18)good for groups (16)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)special occasion (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Wish I knew about Taco Tuesday
    QuakerSig
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    I made a reservation for 5 to take my family out for my daughter's birthday. We arrived to find that the Tuesday menu entree's at Avenida were limited to three tacos, wit sides. We made due with a variety of small plate appetizers and some tacos. All of the food was good, and the service was attentive. And we appreciated the table side visit from Edgar, one of the owners. No complaints about the food, we just wish we could have experienced the full menu for this special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A quick trip to Latin America
    1stdate
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    My wife and I took another couple to this neighborhood gem located between Chestnt Hill and West Mount Airy, and it was like a weekend trip to Latin America. The margueritas were balanced but not overpowering, and the grouper and crabcakes had complimenary salsas that brought out their fresh flavor. The desserts were outstanding, es[ecially the one with ice cream and a brownie! One entree came out late, so I got a free marguerita. I'll make that trade all night long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to try something different
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Great food, a bit over priced for what you get I think. Great sangria! Overall nice little place with very nice service! Very friendly, quaint little atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    CaptainSteve82
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We eat here every couple of years. We did not have a great dining experience this time. It took 15 minutes to get a drink. Our table was on a spot on the patio where one of the pavers was depressed. I kept having to move my plastic patio chair to avoid the hole. I just couldn't get comfortable. Add to it a neighboring table with three cute but rambunctious kids, and the atmosphere was just not what I expected. The service was so-so. I could tolerate all of this for great food, but I wouldn't call it that. Maybe we were all having an off night?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avenida- Good ambiance and pleasant
    Lizzy
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Major complaint is the lack of complimentary tortilla chips while guests are reviewing the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We needed an informal dinner before a Friday night event in Germantown and Avenida was a great find. Tasty food, excellent service, and when we shared our tight schedule with our server she made sure everything happened in good order. Sorry we could not stay for desert. My wife had the cucumber soup and the mussels. I had a summery fish skewer over rice. It was happy hour and the $5 margaritas and sangria were perfect! All fresh fruit and fruit juice and good sized. Just what we needed for a warm evening. Not very convenience for us in terms of location, but we'll be glad to come back whenever we need a meal in this vicinity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little place
    expectantdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Great fish dishes, with creative twists. Will definitely be going back, and I also want to go to taco night on Tuesdays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Have been here many times and love this place. But food was just ok this time. Service was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco Tuesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    I've been to Avenida many times (and always loved it. Make sure you get the grilled octapus), but this is the first time I went to their Taco Tuesday event, three tacos and three sides for $20. The food was absolutely delicious and I was completely stuffed. Add to that the fact that we ate during their Mexican Happy Hour serving $5 mojitos, sangria and margaritas (the prickly pear one was incredible), and we had the perfect meal. I definitely plan on going again next Tuesday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Avenida is a neighborhood Gem! From the blood orange mojitos to the wonderful appetizers and entrees, I have found a new staple for my husband and I. The waiter gave wonderful service and we never wanted for anything. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a party of 4 and ordered
    Dinesalot2VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We were a party of 4 and ordered guacamole Chips and salsa.... Very dissappointed with the Small amount especially for the charge!! The steak dinners were disappointing. Have been to the restaurant before and was Hoping these dishes had gotten better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, service, and bartender
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Food, service, and bartender were all outstanding!! Every time we like it more and more. Our go to spot! Best margarita ever!! the scallops are the best we have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant. Really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Great restaurant. Really enjoyed food and staff. It was a little warm-ac struggled to keep up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the verge of being really good
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    This was our second visit to Avenida in two months and the issues that bothered me about it at that visit were still present this time, with the addition of a real lack of airconditioning. It's a nice place and the people are very friendly. However, they're just not that professional. Empty glasses are left on the table and - my pet peeve - servers never know who ordered which dish and stand there and have to ask the diners. This isn't a complicated thing to learn, and it would really professionalize the operation. The noise level when it's busy and fans are whirring is really, really loud. Curtains, tablecloths or other things to absorb noise would definitely be helpful here. The food is good, some items definitely being better than others
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very hot
    Heatwave
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    The day was very hot and without AC the experience was quite uncomfortable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The value at this Latin American
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    The value at this Latin American restaurant is terrific. The pitcher of Sangria seeved six. The large bowl of gazpacho was a different recipe from the usual, and quite good. The chicken portion was a half chicken served with yucca fries that were excellent. The sea bass was a very large piece of truly delicious fish, served with an interesting rice. The veal was tasty and came with sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe. The pork dish got raves and came with a side dish that tasted like a quiche. The flan was particularly good for dessert. And, the prices were quite reasonable. The atmosphere is casual and it was not too crowded, so the six of us had no trouble hearing one another. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    squire
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    We enjoyed our dinner at Avenida very much - food was excellent, wait staff was very attentive, the waitress answered all our questions very patiently. A great exprience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avenida a winner
    sbhb
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Welcoming staff and tasty $5 margaritas combined with a trio of seafood appetizers made for a tasty, light dinner during a heat spell. We enjoyed fried oysters, calamari, and grilled octopus. The latter came with fresh greens so delicious that they almost made an accompanying salad with fried goat cheese superfluous. The waitstaff was welcoming and attentive. We will go again soon to sample some entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't order the guacamole!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Guacamole on menu served in a little pot, about 2 oz, with 2 other little pots of salsa. Chips were soggy. Compare this pathetic dab of guacamole to the generous bowl you get at El Vez or El Rey. This was a total rip off for the price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!! Great food! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Fabulous!! Great food! Great service! Great bartender! Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    kandcVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    This is a hidden gem and not sure we want to let everyone know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our fave neighborhood spots!
    mamagrainne
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Always a pleasure at Avenida - great food, friendly staff, and a great kids' menu (try the Diegotini!) The place my kids chose for their end-of-school/beginning of summer celebratory dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I have only been to Avenida a couple of times, but each time has been a wonderful experience. Their distinctive flavors and beautiful atmosphere make for a very unique, enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time, but not our last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Food was terrific. The service was even better. Convenient dinner stop on the way to the Keswick.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The hostess and staff were
    bobbie
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The hostess and staff were all very friendly and accomodating. Our Margaritas were great. The food was good, but not very exciting. The service was pretty bad. Our appetizers came out at least 10" before the chips and guacomole, and that was about 25" after we sat down. About 15" after our appetizers, the waitress walked over and gave us menus asking if we wanted dessert. We told her we hadn't even gotten our dinners. All in all, not a terrible experience and I would probably try the restaurant again. I don't like to judge the first time around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Theitalian8VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The food was very good but the waitress was unattentive and didn't seem to care. We had been there before with great service so hope just this time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awful service
    Emily
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Avenida disappointed. We asked to be seated outside but when they led us out, there was only 1 chair at the table and after the hostess argued awkwardly with a busser, she decided we couldn't sit outside. When our server came over, she told us normally she would list the specials but they are out of all of them so she didnt know what to say. Another server helped bring out food and kept heckling us, like at a TGIFridays. Like "you can't go home until you finish that mousse!" And "Here's the chicken, and oh these scallops must be for me!" It was strange. Food was fine, dessert was lacking. 1 option had "Melba" sauce and when we asked what that was nobody knew. 3 different people came over to tell us they had no idea. We won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S
    AndrewEats
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    You know a place is excellent when you truly do not want too many people to know. We were attracted to AVENIDA because a friend has a gluten-free diet and she was referred to this restaurant. From the moment we walked in (from a convenient parking spot) we were greeted by the enthusiastic bar tender and the ambiance of the warm and inviting decor. Connie, our youthful, spirited and knowledgeable waitress knew the menu as if she was cooking each and every dish. Aside from delicious margaritas, we were blown away by the succulent grilled octopus; you MUST try it. As Connie stated, this appetizer takes more prep time than any other dish in the restaurant - and it is worth it. Everything we tasted was wonderful! HIGHLY Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • again with pleasure
    MarshaKVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    our repeat dinner was just as wonderful as the first .... soft shell crabs, scallops, duck, calamari and ribs --- all disappeared from our plates like magic.... were able to sit outside, which always makes everything so much nicer the desserts were also well done a good tempranillo topped off an excellent meal will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Chestnut Hill!
    sashaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The food is very authentic and innovative at the same time. The black bean soup is exquisite!! I also loved the octopus. It was a very busy night and the food arrived a little late. We were having a great conversation and did not mind the delay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time, la comida es muy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Great time, la comida es muy sabrosa, and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latin ambiance in colonial bldg
    Ryan
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The traditional architecture of colonial America seems to work well for Avenida's mostly Latin American menu. The outdoor seating is very nice, weather permitting. The menu is somewhat eclectic but what we had was good to very good, but not great. The only real complaint was the noise level indoors at prime time, but that became better when a few of the tables became unoccupied. We'll come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went to Avenida with my 92-year-old
    dadandgirls
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Went to Avenida with my 92-year-old dad and a friend. Had been to Avenida in the past, and it was always so noisy inside that I couldn't really enjoy conversation. The weather wasn't conducive to outdoor dining this time. We went really early on a Saturday evening this time. We were seated immediately. The waitress was very patient with my dad and answered all of his questions in a good-natured way. The food was really delicious, and all three of us cleaned our plates. The only complaint I have is that the waitress brought out dessert menus before we were finished with our meals - we were still eating, the plates weren't cleared, etc. Otherwise, we had a nice evening here. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, weak service
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    It's a shame that the service doesn't live up to the quality of the food at Avenida. I've never before been to a restaurant where the server brought a dish to the table and announced that she didn't know who had ordered it since she didn't even know what it was! We had to tell her. Of course, it was delicious, but really....? In addition, our empty cocktail glasses and water bottles weren't removed during the course of our meal, either. Our main waitress was great but everyone who supported her seemed to be pretty green. I like the food and will go back. I hope they can tighten up their act.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Excellent food and service! I haven't found margaritas to top Avenida's- it's the real deal. These folks know how to make a celebration special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing service
    NitiVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Although the food was fine, the service was painfully slow. We celebrated Mother's Day at Avenida as it was nearby and the menu looked good. For the price and location, would have rather gone to downtown Philly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avenida is great for families
    Katty
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    My extended family and I recently had dinner at Avenida. We were a group of nine, including three children, ages 3-6. We loved the options: family style meals; children's menu; regular menu; and, margaritas; mojitos; and sangria. There was something for everyone AND everything was delicious! Additionally, our server was accommodating and gracious! Based on our experience, we highly recommend Avenida!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an outstanding dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We had an outstanding dinner. And the cocunut tres leches for dessert was a home run.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    My husband and I went last Friday night after a long work week. I was hoping for some quiet talk and a chance to relax together. Seated in a crowded room with two inches between us and the table next to us was my first clue that perhaps I had made a bad decision. The level of noise in the room finished me off. I couldn't wait to finish and leave. I have been to this restaurant many times before and totally enjoyed it. I will only return if I can sit outside.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New experience
    out2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Food delicious, waitress very knowledgable. Seated on time. Noise level a little loud and the banquette was too close. Several people refused to be seated there because of the tightness. Seating was the negative of the night. If you have more than two in your party, then it's not too tight at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic