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About Permanently Closed - Benji's Cantina

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Benji's Cantina in Austin, Texas offers a fresh take on Tex-Mex cuisine, with a menu that features house specialty fajitas. The ambiance is simple, and the seating is plentiful both indoors and outside on the air-conditioned patio. Before you even order, your server will present you with a complementary plate of chips with two different salsas. The green salsa is very spicy, but the red is considerably milder.

For other taste sensations at Benji's Cantina, try the hot jalapenos filled with jalapeno paste, the grilled onions or the fish tacos. Benji's Cantina also offers a selection of premium tequilas, along with a number of specialty margaritas and other cocktails. You can also enjoy a cold beer with your meal.

716 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

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

Cross Street:
West

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 476-8226

Website:
http://www.benjiscantina.com/

Catering:
Please contact our banquet sales director for details.

Executive Chef:
Blake Keely

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Benji's Cantina - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (172)
Great for Outdoor Dining (135)
Hot Spot (121)
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Fit for Foodies (114)
Vibrant Bar Scene (94)
Special Occasion (86)
Great for Brunch (81)
Neighborhood Gem (64)
Great for Lunch (57)
Romantic (35)
Scenic View (33)
Late-night Find (25)
Kid-friendly (21)
Notable Wine List (17)
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Was actually super disappointed w dinner service. It was confusing with orders and prices and way overpriced for what it was. I did check the menu And prices however server wasn't clear on additional charges whatsoever. Example. Beef quesadilla. 10$ for quesadilla plus $10 charge for beef? Like what? Or at least tell me you will charge me double. Who eats quesadilla without any kind of meat? Anyways that was just one example. Least to say our group of 12 was satisfied w food but not happy with how it was handled and explained for us with charges. We paid and left. Not coming back for sure.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 24, 2016

The lobster ceviche was delicious and had plenty of flavor. Two people at the table ordered an entrée of the Special menu, and they both said the meat was so dry they could barely eat it. But, we did get the cheesecake dessert, and it was DELICIOUS. Our server was fantastic.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Probably the best steak fajitas I've had in a very long time. Great presentation, awesome quality and atmosphere. DEFINITELY would recommend and will be back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 5, 2016

We made reservations and were seated right away. Service was great. Delicious menu with a great selection of unique dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on March 18, 2016

The chicken enchiladas were dry and the queso was bad.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 13, 2016

We went for brunch on Sunday, 5 people, with ages ranging from 20 months to 86! Our reservation was at 11:00 am as we wanted to beat the rush. The staff was attentive but not overwhelming. Someone brought the highchair to the table before we could even ask. We were seated close to the buffet so my mother could walk over, this was at their suggestion, which we appreciated.
The buffet was out of this world!! Everything we tasted was absolutely delicious!! As we were leaving the place was filling up, happy we were there early, thus making it family friendly for our special circumstances.
We will definitely be going back, have already enjoyed dinner there several times, and the brunch is already calling our name!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 24, 2016

Great dj, fun loud with good energy. We did the brunch buffet and the food was good.

We booked on open table, the hostess called right away to let us know brunch times and worked our group in 30 minutes earlier.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Two friends came in from out of town and requested Mexican food for their last night in Austin. I took them to Benji's and they loved everything about it - the food, the drinks, the service and the atmosphere.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2016

The food overall is decent, but there is no reason to go back. There are other far superior Tex Mex locations in the Austin area. Because it's on 6th Street, it seemed like a hot spot for bar hoppers or people simply seeking a meal with a social scene. The most disappointing of the night was the Tableside Guacamole. It was prepared on a plate. One of my dining companions commented that it could have been prepared in the kitchen if that was how the experience was to be presented.

Tags: Good for Groups
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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2015

Good food, service & ambiance. Very cute location too. We had a very nice time & it was a good value.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 11, 2015

The food is delicious with large enough portions to share among friends. Refreshing cocktails and seemingly endless tequila choices. The wait staff is knowledgeable of the menu and personable. Host staff can generally accommodate my request for a favorite waiter, Charlie Mason (you MUST try for his section!)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 10, 2015

We scheduled last minute for 10 people. They accommodated us easily. Great queso. Great fajitas. Stacked chicken enchiladas were superb. They gave the birthday girl a shot at the end of the meal complete with a candle. Would recommend for groups. They also have a great patio area and an awesome happy hour.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Brunch at 11:30 on a dreary Sunday was great! No wait at all but we made reservations in case. The brunch buffet was amazing and very fresh!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Food was great for lunch, but we had had our heart set on brunch buffet we'd read about online.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 26, 2015

We stopped in prior to a concert -- so, it was not very full. I firmly believe you get the best food when the restaurant is busy because, if they are good, they are hitting on all cylinders. I'll temper everything knowing they were probably getting ready for the rush when we were there.

This was our first time here and we had heard their fajitas were amazing. We ordered half-and-half chicken and tenderloin beef fajitas. They were very good, not amazing. I think I'd stick with all beef next time. There were not a lot of peppers and onions -- these are my favorite part of fajitas. Surprisingly, the flour tortillas were better than the corn -- I usually prefer corn.

Their salsa and guacamole were good, again, not amazing. We ordered the cilantro lime rice and I'd skip this next time -- bland and a little dry.

Service was very good. We had a young guy that was in training and he did a great job.

Ambiance is standard Austin Tex-mex. Sit by the window if you can. The downtown crowd in Austin makes for great people watching.

Very nice stop before the concert. I'm sure we will return.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 7, 2015

I had been wanting to go here for a while but was saving for a special occasion since it's a little pricey (in my book anyway). It was okay. I wouldn't warm against it, but I wouldn't recommend it either.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2015

We had brunch reservations for 1 pm. It took 20 minutes to get seated because the table that was empty wasn't bussed. When we sat down it was another 5 minutes before someone brought us water and chips and salsa. Two of my friends then went to the buffet to get food while I waited to order a drink from our server. They were able to go get food and come back before I got a chance to order my drink. Overall the service was extremely slow for being a buffet brunch where servers are just taking drink orders and helping pre-bus. The food was okay and there weren't any glasses for their "Agua Del Dia" and we had to ask bartenders for limes. I will never go back for brunch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Fajitas were overcooked and my son wouldn't even eat them. For more than $30, that's ridiculous.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2015

Fajitas melt in your mouth, literally. Add chorizo to your queso. You're welcome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 29, 2015

Service was amazing requested a rose for my special day and they made it happen!!!!! Thank you!!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 14, 2015

Benji's is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. They have the BEST queso and BEST fajitas!! The margaritas are also really really yummy. My favorite is the margarita with prickly pear and jalapeños in it. It's starts with the letter 'O' but I always forget how to pronounce it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2015

I doubt I'll go back. Service was ok... good at first and then the guy just disappeared. They don't have a kids menu or anything kid related so my kids basically ate chips for lunch. We ordered the queso which was FANTASTIC. We also ordered the fajitas, which came with about 4 slices of chicken. Not a horrible experience but not worthy of a return trip either. Maybe next time I'll just order the queso for carry-out and avoid everything else.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 15, 2015

We went here to try out the happy hour before our movie. I figured it was going to be good but it defied even those expectations. The happy hour menu was plentiful and we order 4 small dishes for the 3 of us to share. Everything was super from the queso to the guacamole. The guys loved the Short rib taquitos (as did I) but my favorite was the ceviche. So wonderful and fresh. I had a well made paloma to top it all off. The prices were unbelievable, walked out under 30 (post tip) for all that. Service was fantastic too. It was July and hot and our sweet waiter did NOT skimp on the refills. All around great experience-I've already started singing y'alls praises to anyone looking for a bite.

Cheers! -Melanie

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 5, 2015

The last time we had brunch at Benji's the restaurant was quiet and sophisticated with a unique and wonderful brunch menu. Imagine our surprise - a loud DJ (records and all - we couldn't carry on a conversation), and a choice of fajitas (at 10AM on Sunday???) or an $18 very ordinary brunch buffet. What a let down. First thing the waiter said at our table was "you can have all the alcohol you can handle". Yuch! We won't be back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 4, 2015

We really enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere at Benji's!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Came here for my girlfriend's birthday...she wanted to sit on the roof but it had been rented out to a private party. There was no place to wait to be seated other than the bar (which happened to be crowded) so we awkwardly stood in the middle of the restaurant. Our waiter was very short with us the entire evening...failing to respond to any attempt to cheer him up. The pork carnitas I ordered were dry but they did have good flavor and were presented nicely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 15, 2015

Helpful staff that knew the menu well , we sat outside the front door and enjoyed time talking. Drinks were pricy but you're paying for the presentation and location. We will return for more lobster quesadillas and duck nachos.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 24, 2015

Worst service ever. I love the restaurant, but the service from this experience would prevent me from going back. Took an hour to place the food order when it was not even that busy and they delivered it wrong.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on April 30, 2015

Good food, bad service, not enjoyable having dinner with bees buzzing around

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 5, 2015

The service was great with good recommendations. The lobster quesadilla app was delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 5, 2015

Benji's was quiet, to moderately noisy and a little crowded as far as the seating arrangements went. The food was excellent and plentiful and the service was top notch. Definitely a nice experience that I would recommend to others.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2015

Excellent service unexpected for a busy trendy restaurant. Guacamole was made at the table so super fresh. Over and above helpfulness and friendliness. Loved the grilled quail. Brussel sprouts and mexican corn tasty. Lots of food so pace yourself! Complex tasty sauces and salsas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 20, 2015

Benjis is a favorite spot for my college friends and me. Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Recently(isolated events) we've found the wait staff to be snooty and the hostesses dismissive. We recently made a reservation, had to wait 30 minutes for a table (while the hostess acted like our large group at the bar was in her way as we waited for out table) and our waitress made a point of rushing us.

Most other experiences are great!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Have been here multiple times and always left satisfied. This time was different. 3 of the people at our table had to send their drinks back. Our flour tortillas were hard and stale. By the time the waiter brought us new ones our fajita meat was cold. One couple at our table upgraded to the beef tenderloin fajitas and the meat was anything but tender. It was grizzly and tough to chew. Some bites had to be discarded because it was impossible to eat. Hoping Benjiis just had an off night but will definitely consider a different Mexican restaurant the next time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2015

Happy hour with huge Gulf oysters and tasty margaritas! Yes, please. Can't wait for better weather so I can repeat this on the rooftop deck!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 24, 2015

We probably should have known better, but we were a party of 5 on a Friday night, and it was just too crowded and loud to really visit with each other. The food and service were good, but the atmosphere was just too much.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2014

The service and poinsettia mimosas were great! The food and presentation looked beautiful, but the taste was disappointing. Many items just didn't have any flavor or were too salty. Stick with Benji's for lunch or dinner until they redo their brunch menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2014

Fajitas, fajitas, fajitas. Fajitas, fajitas, fajitas, fajitas, fajitas, fajitas, and more fajitas. Did I mention the fajitas? The fajitas are really good. And I like the space. But really, fajitas.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 14, 2014

Sat next to the kitchen. Very loud and we smelled like food when we left. We sat next to an unfinished wall with wires hanging out in our view. Ceiling was not complete and specials recommended was not cooked completely through. This venue seemed to accommodate larger parties and family setting. No managers came to check on our table nor service. We were also asked to move while employees moved a table over our heads. Originally went in for tex mex and our entire party had great 7oz steaks and a delicious dessert. Would only go back for dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 8, 2014

I have been to Benji's a few times now and thought it would be perfect for my sister's bachelorette party dinner. I made reservations for 8 pm and when we arrived our table wasn't ready. We didn't get seated until 8:30. I understand it was a Saturday evening and a game day, but I feel like a 30 minute delay for reservations is a bit much. I've been there without reservations and haven't had to wait that long.

The food and drinks are wonderful and I would absolutely recommend going there. I just would make sure that you are not on a timeframe for after dinner activities.

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