Cantina La Mexicana

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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Cantina La Mexicana had its start back in 1995 as a small taqueria, formally known as Taqueria la Mexicana. Owners Robert & Carolina Rendon have since transformed that small Taqueria into what is now a full service restaurant. Although the appearance may be different, Cantina still serves the same classic dishes that Taqueria had built its reputation on.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
3.7
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4.1
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ElizabethC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and reasonably priced apps and entrees. Love it here!

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vipTasty
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good Spanish, Mexican food. The best guacamole ever, and yummy appetizers that were a new taste treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The retried beans were out of this world! Tasted like they added mole. Delicious! Salsa was nice and spicy. Had the shrimp filled chili rellenos!
A first for me and hopefully not the last.

SG
SatwinderG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday .. great time

SE
SouthEndDiner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was spot on. Our waitress seemed to still be learning the menu, but the hostess/other waitress was very knowledgable. The space was well kept and cozy. Theres even outdoor seating. The Habanero guacamole was tasty - although it could have been a bit spicier. We both ordered the Mexican plate with chicken. The chicken was well seasoned and the bean were impressively good (and vegetarian!) The corn tortillas were a nice accompaniment to the dish and made up for the underwhelming rice.

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vipLeslie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was poor and unappealing. I had the enchiladas and my date had tacos. They put onions over everything - and that was basically their idea of flavor. Even the salsa was unappealing!

AW
vipAnnW
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went to hear the Saturday night band and went early enough to have dinner. Mine was a shrimp cerviche which was definitely excellent. Music was great!

KM
KMS1
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Margarita ever! Small, but potent. Also, good mole.

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Fallon
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to Cantina with five friends for a farewell dinner last week. We were seated immediately and the food was great! The owner even came by to give us a sample of his super spicy salsa to have with our chips :-). The margaritas were great as well! I recommend the Rosemary and Ginger margarita, but it's strong!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and staff were warm and welcoming. The food was delicious!

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vipBrasndeisparent
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, big portions, freshly fried chips, good guacamole, good service, reasonable prices

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great! Parking was a little tight, but food and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Cantina La Mexicana! The selection of margaritas is fun, and the food was excellent, a cut above a lot of the Mexican we find in this part of the U.S. We met friends there, and had a great time. We plan to return.

MO
vipMarthaO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our favorite family spot for over 20 years! We had a birthday party dinner for 18 people and it was all handled beautifully. There is a semi-private area for larger groups. The food is delicious, kid friendly, and the blood orange margaritas are killer!

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LaurenA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and thoughtful staff and delicious food st a fair price. Will certainly return!

SG
SatwinderG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthday party .. the owner was great but the food was cold and they ran out of avocado

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic food for a great price. The server was conscientious of my date's food allergies which was much appreciated. Would definitely return again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was there with two of my coworkers for lunch and found the service to be very good. We all chose the same plate which consisted of:
1 taco
1 tamale
1 enchilada
1 chile relleno

We were satisfied with the food and the portion was adequate for lunch./
I will go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good authentic mexican food, I highly recommend it if you want real mexican food. Nice friendly service. Will definitely go again!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As a native Californian, it's very hard to find good Mexican food on the East coast. Cantina la Mexicana definitely satisfied my standards.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING service. A+ will be coming again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2011
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Owner had a great sense of humor. He even put money in my parking meter when he saw the the meter maid coming by. Very friendly atmosphere!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food and drinks for a good price

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2011
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This really should be a neighborhood gem, but the food needs to improve. Start with making better tortillas and refried beans. If those aren't right, there's no point in the rest.

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Lulu
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a fun little Mexican restaurant. Quite good food, fresh, and delicious. The maragaritas are great. Definitely a restaurant to come back to again and again. And I can totally see why this got rated "Biggest Bang for the Buck"! We'll be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were 8 of us and everyone found something on the menu that they liked. I especially enjoyed the Pollo in Mole sauce, both taste and ingredients were very authentic!

The decor is very well done too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2010
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our second meal at Cantina La Mexicana. We liked it very much once again and thought it was a very good value. It's more authentically Mexican and less Tex-Mex than most Mexican restaurants in Boston. The service was excellent and the room was quiet though there were plenty of customers on Saturday night so it didn't seem dead. The TV was on over the bar with sports on, but the sound had been muted, which we appreciated. It was conducive to conversation. The flan was delicious.

KM
KarenM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great authentic Mexican food. We especially liked the fish tacos (lots of cilantro!).

CD
vipCDMA
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A bustling, fun Cantina! Great spot for groups. The unbelievably low prices do not reflect the quality of the food. A great value. I had the best chiles relleno there that I have ever had....the skip the deep fryer. Try it!

WB
WendellB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I came in during a quiet time late on a Thursday afternoon. The owner greeted and seated us. He explained the menu and made some suggestions while he waited for his waitresses to come in to start the evening shift. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. The food was very good, and the overall service was great. We'd definitely go back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place all around

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2010
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was a good restaurant price wise, has short menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2010
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had high expectations for this place...but it turned put to be marginal fare at best. The prices are very reasonable....but that's pretty much it.

KL
KLiz
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2010
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our party of four had an fun time at Catina La Mexicana. They have amazing Sangria here and the service was outstanding. We even received complimentary drinks from the manager. This is the perfect place to enjoy some Mexican food with friends.

DG
vipDanG
New England
51 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico! If you miss Texas, come here. If you think Border Cafe serves Mexican food, you are about to be educated.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2010
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was a bit bland--I had to add salt to almost everything I ate. It also wasn't very spicy-hot, which was requested. I probably won't be going back any time soon.

RM
RobertM
New England
35 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2010
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was a very busy Saturday night, so that might account for the less than stellar ratings. The meals were good, and the staff diligently tried to make up for what appeared to be a "short-staffed" evening. But we waited an inordinate amount of time for the initial welcome, and the margharitas were a disappointment.

PB
PhoebeB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2010
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good but service was lacking. Asked for table to be wiped down because it was sticky and the buser couldn't understand what we were asking. Instead of finding someone who could help us, he just ignored us. Finally the server eventually came over to us and we explained that the table was sticky and dirty and she took care of it after hunting down a rag and cleaner. Not a great start but the food was good and the server did try her best after the table cleaning.

JV
JonV
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2010
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We started with great homemade tortilla chips and perfect salsa. I had the Jalapeno margarita - very tasty with a nice bite. Then all three of us had different varieties of enchiladas (they were out of the Mahi-Mahi). one rajas with mild sauce, one pork & beef with mild sauce, and one with potatoes/chorizo and rajas with spicy sauce. all were very good, though the waitress gave the beef & pork to the vegetarian, the chorizo and rajas to the person who doesn't eat mushrooms and the rajas to the omnivore. fortunately, we figured out the error before the vegetarian ate the meat. They all were very tasty, the spicy sauce was not overly so and the mild sauce had amazing flavor. Roberto, the owner, is very friendly and helpful. a good host!

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Cantina La Mexicana is rated 4.1 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.