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Cantina Avenida

319 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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Dine on flavorful dishes from Central and South America at Cantina Avenida. This neighborhood gem is set inside of a charming house that also offers outdoor seating for guests to take-in the sun as they dine. Owners Ken Alvarez, who's also a chef, along with his wife Kim opened this cozy spot for locals and travelers to enjoy Latin American fare. A plate of chili chicken wings or crab nachos are ideal appetizers for sharing with the entire family at Cantina Avenida Pork tacos with a cilantro mint onion salsa, turkey meatballs or a Latin noodle soup make for satisfying entrées.

Cantina Avenida was voted Best Kids Menu 2010 by Philadelphia Magazine. It offers brunch and provides catering service. This restaurant also serves cocktails like tasty margaritas and other libations.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

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

Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 385-6857
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Edgar Alvarez
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Catering options are available, please inquire with the restaurant directly.
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Cross street
Gowen Ave
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Parking details
We have plenty of street parking available on Germantown Avenue
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Public transit
Allen"s Lane train station, Gowen Avenue train station. Septa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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bruchay (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

Of the many Mexican restaurants I've visited both in Mexico and the United States, this is among the best. Everything on the menu is fresh and expertly prepared. Avenida has tasty selection of tacos and standard fried fare if you want it, but the menu also features creative variations on authentic Mexican cuisine. The atmosphere is lively, and the wait staff friendly and engaged. My wife and I will be returning soon.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2014

Great food, supper service and fun. Try the paella and the steamed yuca, wow!.

jamalily (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 2, 2014

The new iteration of Avendia was a disappointment. The food was delicious, thankfully; but the portions were just too small. Yes, it said small plates and tapas, but I left very hungry. The price tag was pretty high for being hungry. Only one person in our party was satisfied but she only eats a little. But again, what we did eat was wonderful. The paella was the best I have had in years. The skirt steak wasn't cooked as rare as I requested but still delicious with teeny potatoes. And the salad was just kissed with dressing.

vipJamielebo (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Realizing it was small plate meals some meals were too expensive for the taste u got. Either lower prices or add a few more meatballs. Otherwise delicious!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2014

Great place. Food was delicious. I recommend getting an appetizer because the tapas are small which obviously they should be. The blood orange mojito was great. Can't wait to go back and have dessert.

vipHungryTravelers (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2014

We were looking for a place to have a very early dinner when we stumbled upon Cantina Avenida. What a find! It turns out it was happy hour so we were able to enjoy $3 tacos and $5 drinks on the patio before going off to a 7 pm meeting. The service was excellent, as was the food, and we agreed that we would add this restaurant to our list of places to go.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

Very good, but very expensive if you're hungry. Could us a little more on the menu.

vipLove2Dine (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

New menu is great, small plates are perfect for sharing. Best margarita in town. Must try cheese buns!

shalafarky (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2014

This was my first visit since their rebranding as Cantina Avenida & I wasn't sure what to expect. The change seems to reflect a shift from Mexican haute cuisine to awesome Latin cuisine (not sure how this is "street fare"), but except for some awesome evolution of the menu, the place looks the same - maybe some new paint colors, and the wait staff remains attentive and very friendly. Most importantly, the food is still out of this world, unique, and leaves me looking forward to my next visit! I miss the spare ribs (hope they return!), but really enjoyed the Pollo a la Brasa and the Chicken Tacos. For dessert, do not miss the White Chocolate Burnt Caramel Pudding - out of this world!!

squire (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2014

Food was good, although not quite as menu selections as before. Although we were there on a Wednesday night and relatively early, it was still quite noisy. Difficult for people with hearing difficulties to carry on a conversation.
My husband missed the Pinot Noir they used to have.