Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino
Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino

Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.samstownlv.com/dine/willy-and-joses-cantina
  • Phone: 7024567777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Flamingo
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino
Chips and salsa with margaritas are just the beginning. Catch the full spirit of Mexico in this fun, casual restaurant where sizzlin’ fajitas, crunchy chimichangas and perfect burritos will have you shouting "Ole!"
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)scenic view (5)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • great food & service
    meljo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you want a place for good Mexican food this is your place to go. Lots of food, had to take the leftovers home. The service was also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big food portions!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Nice place for fajitas and the like. However, beware that the portions are huge! We had a party of two and were full on the fajita platter for one! Good food, the music was nice, and sitting at the patio gave a nice view of the wooded garden inside of Sam's Town, which was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Willy & Jose's Cantina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The setting on the patio is SPECTACULAR! The rest of the dinner experience was okay. Nothing bad, but nothing great either. The food we ordered was so-so.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish we would have been able to eat
    Avery3FamilyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We made patio reservations. Arrived 5 minutes early. We were met at the podium by Lillian, who summarily told us that we were 1 hour late. She rudely said that even though our printed reservation had the current time & special request for patio dining, due to the fact my wife gets a little claustrophobic, she was not required to honor it. She said we could wait 30 minutes for another table, but that it was first come, first serve & she would not hold one for us if we did not wait right there. She was very rude & condescending in her words & demeanor & actually raised her voice when speaking to me. It did not matter to her what our reservations said, nor that we were hotel guests for the next few days. Poor attitude = no repeat business.
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  • Very good food! Good value too!
    Lovefoodzzz
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very good meals. Also, large portion size! We ended up taking home one of our meals due to the portion size.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lv85214
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We will definitely return many times again and will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Willy & Jose's Cantina @ Sam's Town Casino reviews archive.
  • Willy & Jose's Cantina
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Willy & Jose's Cantina has great food, reasonable prices, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value and so reliable!
    Clifford
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Willy and Jose's is so reliable ...I have been regularly eating here for years and it rarely, if ever lets you down! The food is amazingly good value and their margaritas are delicious and lethal!!!! I had fajitas and Cadillac margarita...it cost $16! Unbelievable! The chips and salsa and bean dip are complimentary and delicious too....I could I don't really understand how they make money at all and the fajita is absolutely enough for 2 people (well people who are moderate eaters) I usually do share but I was eating alone that night! I also requested a patio table - which I would recommend.... You can sit 'outside' in Mystic Falls Park and watch the world go by and the laser show, which starts at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm... Love it 👍😀
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had a wonderful time
    luvfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We dined here for Father's day and it was our first time. The service was awesome and the bottomless marguaritas were great too. We both had Chimichanga's and they were good, only knock on them is that we like them a little crispier. Food portions very generous, we were too full for dessert. The Fajita's looked good from a table away.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Margarita
    LagunaSteveVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The 42 oz. margarita is not only huge, but tastes great. The food was very good and sitting on the patio in the open atruim of the hotel listening to the waterfall makes this an overall outstanding experience. I recommend Willy and Jose's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • locallady
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always pleasant surroundings especially after dark. Food is good and the Chili Verde is especially tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was poor
    Traveler
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The first night we attempted to eat there we were seated fairly quickly. But once we got to our table we were ignored for at least 10 minutes with no explanation, so we left. Two nights later we made reservations at 7:15. We were promptly seated, and someone came to take our drink orders. They brought my husbands non-alcoholic drink out fairly quickly, but it took them over 15 minutes to deliver my drink, and that only happened because we were finally able to wave someone down to ask where it was. Seems they had tried to deliver it to another table and couldn't remember who it belonged to. My husband enjoyed his fajitas, but my salmon was dry and overcooked. We wouldn't go back there.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thawk
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Servers were friendly but slow. The food was ok but not something I'd go back for. There are far better places in Vegas to choose from.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    John
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The salad my wife had was nothing. No dressing on it and she said that she could have received a better one at Taco Bell. The other dinners were good. We all had a lot to eat and drink. It was my wife's birthday, so it did not go well with her. We have been the Willy and Jose's before and we have found it to be very good, tasteful and a great place.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Steve
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was ok and the place was nice. People were friendly and service was good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food-Excellent Waitstaff
    HappyMom
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Please do not let the poor service rating stop you from dining here. The rating was poor because they lost/deleted my online reservation that I made three weeks in advance. After being insistant, our table was seated. From there everything was perfect. Excellent service, wonderful food and tasty drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We always get an outside table. Always great there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Son's first visit to Las Vegas
    kmj293
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    I took my son Alex for dinner to Willy's and Jose's to celebrate his 21st Birthday and to experience the show at Sam's Town. The waiter was great, freindly and very attentive to our party. He even went the extra mile to get the bartender to make him a drink he would like to try with our meal. I love going to Willy's and Jose's the food is good and my margarita is always good too. I'll be back when I'm able to get back to Vegas in a year or two. Thanks for making our dinner a special occasion for Alex!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    KatR
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    With the laser light show at Sam's Town it was great to eat outside and watch the laser light show at the same time. The food was great and our waiters were right on top of everything. My husband and I have been looking for good Mexican Food in Vegas, we've tried any restaurants. I think we've finally found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorely disappointed
    Cindy
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I have eaten there many times,but was with someone that hadn't eaten there before. The chips & salsa were good, but when we asked for a hotter salsa, what they brought was like Cayenne paste not salsa with chilies. He had a green chili burrito & I had the tostado. We neither one, were able to finish our meal. First experience like this at W & J and made me sad as I had always enjoyed your food before. I am talking about many years of eating there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    eweneekest
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Sat on the patio watching the show. it was lovely "outdoor" dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yearly get together
    Dinnergroup
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We choose a restaurant each year to meet and just enjoy a meal with family and friends and celebrate the season. This is a perfect location. Could have even ordered a turkey meal. Love to eat here and have been a loyal local since Sam opened the hotel. Hopefully you all get a chance to eat at one of their restaurants soon. Happy holidays to all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Hostess was BAD, kept leaving her station and then came back complaining that its not her job to bust tables (very unprofessional). The server ignored us most of the time leaving our drinks empty for most of the meal. I stopped going here years ago because the food got bad. I have been here a couple times within the last year and it was great. I guess i wont be coming back for a while or until they hire some better people. Food was ok, nothing to brag about.
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  • Long time
    Dave
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We have going to Willy and Jose's for many years. This newer location is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • christmas dining
    meadsnake
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Came here after we participated in the NFR. Made reservations, which was a big help when we were asking for an outside table. It was quite nosy because it was Christmas and the water show was going off, but that was expected. The waitress messed up our meal, but we got a free pitcher of margaritas and dessert. We come here about once a year at the same time, and will still come back even though there were issues this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WE HAVE BEEN TO THIS RESTAURANT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    WE HAVE BEEN TO THIS RESTAURANT SEVERAL TIMES. THE FOOD IS DECENT AND THE SERVICE IS VERY GOOD. THE HOSTESS AND WAITERS/WAITRESSES ARE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff is very friendly
    Moose
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The staff is very friendly & great sense of humor. Waiter interacted with the customer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great in back where its quiet
    mememe
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Up front too noisy. Requested in back and it was great. Good was great too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a reservation on 10/30/13
    Corinna
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    We had a reservation on 10/30/13 at 6:15pm, when we arrived the short asian hostess told us we didnt have a reservation. I was trying to show her my email confirmation and she said oh wait it just popped up. Then we had to wait 15 mins for our table and when we did sit down we were still short a chair and the hostess states well you only reserved for 7, and I told her yes we have 7. When our server arrived a blonde older lady she was rushing us and never took her time to ask us questions or explained something to us. We had to wait over 10 minutes for chips and she felt bothered because I ask for 1 tortialla in advanced sinced I ordered fajitas. Horrible service. She checked up on us 1 time but was quick when we paid and waited for a tip.
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  • Great Mexican Food
    Sambol
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    My immediate family met my niece and her boyfriend for some great Mexican food and ambience. We even were treated to a water show during our dining experience. Our waiter was outstanding as was our food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long time favorite
    JJones74
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We've been going to Willy & Jose's for a long time and it only gets better. The Food, Service and the Waterfall show. They had snow last year during the show at Christmas. Dinner and a Show, can't get any better then that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and inexpensive
    Max8
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Faux Mexican food that is quite tasty at a reasonable price. Outside dining allows one to see the animatronic effects if you are interested.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • J&W Mexican
    Steve
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Good all u can eat tacos and never ending margaritas. Had a great time for first time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not go back
    opentableguest1
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Service was slow. Food was not very good. We would not return.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Ambience
    JCClouser
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Willy and Joses has been one the best places to go for Tex-Mex for several decades. Now in it's new digs, it even has a view and entertainment (adjacent to the Mystic Falls Park fountain and laser show). The food selection is very good, but I do miss the rather informal menu they used in the past. The new menu has been classed-up for a more modern venue. Two of my suggested menu selections that are a little out the ordinary Mexican cuisine are the "Sincronizada' and the "Seafood Enchilada."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ambience with large
    Sunnygirl
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Wonderful ambience with large atrium setting and the experience of being outdoors. Roamantic setting in the evening with lights in the trees. Food was good but only luke warm. May have sat on the plate a little too long before being delivered. Would still recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    strebor
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Had a Great Time! Great Food, People and the Atmosphere was Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need more choices
    Choices
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    This place was ok for the food, not the best, not the worst. Could have been better if there was more variety. They didn't even have chili rellenos (sw). That would have been a nice touch. The chips and dip were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    My wife and I ate at Will & Jose's for the first time last Tuesday. We were celebrating my birthday. The drinks and food were excellent. I had the salmon and it was perfect. The fried ice cream for desert was a special treat. Our waitress, A J, was most pleasant and efficient. We ate outdoors on the patio and were able to watch the light/fountain show while we ate. We were there early, at 5:30, so we got to take advantage of happy hour too. And at the end of the meal I was given a free T-shirt for my birthday. The prices are very reasonable. We will go to Willy & Jose's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service good food
    unhappyeater
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    the service here was poor at best. we ordered a burrito and they made it wrong not once but 3 times. it complete screwed up our fathers day dinner. they are understaffed. and the waiter was running around while the bus staff was doing nothing most of the time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate