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 22, 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
  • Welcomed by a friendly staff,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Welcomed by a friendly staff, immediately seated and served a delicious meal, which is everything I look for in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were there on a very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    We were there on a very busy Saturday eve and it took forever to get our entrees. However, the staff was very accommodating and comped our drinks and apps! They were very apologetic and I think that the kitchen just got swmaped with a couple of parties all ordering at the the same time! The food was good and we would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in the Mt Airy/Chestnut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Great find in the Mt Airy/Chestnut Hill area- I really enjoyed the food and the margaritas and would definitely return, though it was a little pricey but overall reasonable for the quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food has always been very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    The food has always been very good every time we have eaten at this restaurant. Sitting outdoors is quiet, indoors can be noisy. The wait staff is always very friendly & accommodating. Service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Found Avenida to be a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Found Avenida to be a good fit for a business meeting where even though their were other patrons I was still able to talk confidentially with my client
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was quiet because we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    It was quiet because we were outside. Inside was very noisy,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old creeky house turned restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Old creeky house turned restaurant. Has so much character and charm. Once you enter, you're greeted warmly by staff and the great service continues through the night. Food is DELICIOUS. Dessert is divine. Cocktails ... you just need to keep them coming, especially with the micheladas and margaritas! And don't forget your after dinner ron zacapa. Great for smaller groups or larger groups. Back patio has a homey back patio feel :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I absolutely love the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    I absolutely love the food and the service at Avenida!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was wonderful. Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    Food was wonderful. Friendly wait staff. Great atmosphere. Love the place and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We went to Avenida for brunch and the overall experience was great! When we arrived we were seated promptly, our waiter took a little bit to get to our table, but she was very nice and energetic. The food was excellent, everything was fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our fifth time there
    BobT
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    This was our fifth time there and as always, the service was friendly and the food was a treat to the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stressful dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    My husband and I have never been so dissatisfied! The margaritas are served in small cups but they still charge $9 for them. We made a reservation and were willing to wait for an outside table but no one could accomodate us. We had 2-3 servers throughout the night. Our appetizer consisted of one softshell crab and we were told it would be big enough for 2 to share?! Our food was delayed coming out so we were brought 7 tortilla chips- yes 7. My meal was supposed to be served w warm tortillas but I was almost finished before they were xmserved. We asked for our check mid- dinner. Terrible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Great place to celebrate, did get a bit too noisy to hear conversation
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice change of pace if you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    Nice change of pace if you like Latino inspired food. Moderately priced. Went with a group of 12 for an office celebration. The size of our group overwhelmed the waitress and kitchen a bit so service was slow. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals well enough. Hope this place makes it - the area needs more choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place for Cinco de Mayo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    We had a great meal on Cinco de Mayo - there were a lot of specials, including delicious margaritas! The hostess was very helpful and friendly. Our service was extremely slow (our appetizers arrives before our drinks). Our food was very good overall (especially the grilled octopus appetizer). I was not thrilled with the very watery black bean soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On time for our reservations
    PHILLY4VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    On time for our reservations 7;30, waiting to 7:55, I got up to ask the bartender for drinks. They were served promptly & were very good. Then we finally ordered and again for some reason one cooked appetizer came out 30 min later and were told the kitchen was backed up. We were fine with that. Then we noticed that 3 other tables that came in AFTER us got the food shortly after they sat down. Were confused because preparing a beet salad and guacamole/chips do not seem to be cooked and again the other tables were eating the same food? Finally my friend said something and we got our food a bit later.We thought that the restaurant would at least take off 1 simple appetizer such as the guac/chips but NO! Honestly the was food good, service bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Food was very good. The noise level was too high. The tables are close and the noise travels. it was impossible to talk at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chilean sea bass very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Chilean sea bass very good. Appetizers fried oysters and grilled octopus very good. Good margaritas. Good price for entrees. Appetizers a little over Priced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was all prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    The food was all prepared perfectly and we enjoyed everything that we ordered. Good daily specials that are reasonably priced. We will definitely be heading back here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With a per person cost that
    CgoeringVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    With a per person cost that equals some very nice establishments in center city, we expected more- more flavor as well as more attentive and refined service. Though the food was cooked well, it could have been from any average American restaurant, lacking even the slightest hint of Latin flavors, which is what we expected from a "Latin" restaurant. Though the hostess and staff was friendly, the waitress was painfully slow, inattentive and unprofessional. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet