Cantina Rooftop

4.1
400 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge, located atop Stage 48, features an innovative Modern Mexican dinner menu and expertly crafted cocktails with a focus on Margaritas.
Reservations are strongly encouraged for the dining room.

Please contact us for large groups of 10 or more. If you can not book your reservation on line please e mail us at reservations@cantinarooftop.com and we will be very happy to accommodate your group.

Thank you for your interest in Cantina Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge.
Join us for Happy hour Monday thru Thursday from 5-7 pm.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 957-1700
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Saul Montiel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th & 12th Avenues
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Parking details
Street parking available after 7 PM.
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Public transit
Located at 48th street off the corner of 11th avenue.
Accessible by C/E Trains to 50th street, #1 train to 49th Street or F/V/B/D to 47-50th Rockefeller Center.
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Entertainment
Latin and World Music
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 400 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Really good service and very friendly

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Margarita was too salty,there was no flavor of tequila or mango at all. Over all quality and price didn't connect at all. Food was OK,a bit more taste could be great👌.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food, service, and music was great. Clean bathroom, roof was open when it was cool and closed when weather looked like it was going to get bad, so you never miss a beat with convo and eating. Tacos (shrimp) are amazing, chips delicious, and drinks (margaritas) are on point 😊.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was ok. Hostess was great. Our party ran late but she was extremely friendly and adjusted our time as best as she could. Our waiter Francisco was great! Made sure we had our glasses full and cold water at our table!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great place loved it food was amazing and the space was beautiful service outstanding

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The best guacamole I ever had! Great small plates Efficient friendly service. Clean. I would return. Nice ambience

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I had never been to Cantina Rooftop before but had seen online that they offered specials for brunch. The specials included a choice of bottomless mimosas or sangria for an hour and a half and brunch menu. Once I arrived they said I needed to wait until everyone in my party was there, even though the place was empty. Once seated I immediately asked for the specials menu and they said they didn’t have any of the sort. Luckily, my friends were very understanding but I was Very frustrated because I picked the place specifically for its specials. The waitress, although kind, was very pushy in making sure we ordered more than what was needed. As it was my birthday they sang and gave my friends and I tequila shots on the house. Overall, it was a nice experience and I would go back, but most likely at night where I wouldnt have to worry about the inaccurate advertising and constant upselling.

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We were hoping that the place is going to be amazing but the music was so loud , annoying, and not even normal fun energetic noise.I would never go to this place ever again , the music was way way too loud. Should’ve been a night club not a restaurant.... #badexperience

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Excellent steak tacos! The churros were freshly made and so good!

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The Cantina is a very Nice restaurant in NY. The view is fantastic. The Food was exelent.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Delicious wholesome food. Server was delightful. A really interesting take
on Mexican cooking.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My mom, sister and niece were in town visiting the city for the first time. I wanted to take them to a nice rooftop Sunday brunch on their last day. I found this place on Yelp, researched it and decided to book a reservation.

We arrived at Cantina right on time and the hostess informed us it would be a 10-minute wait. We said that is fine. Once she looked at my mom (who is older) she said she can seat us immediately. She took us outside and sat us directly in the sun. Keep in mind this is the middle of the day in August -- the temperature was in the mid-80s. At first I was taken aback because no one else was sitting outside but us. We asked to be seated inside because it was so hot, but the hostess said it would be an hour to seat us inside. We saw 2 empty tables and asked why we couldn't sit there. She said there was already a reservation for that table (there was a reservation, but the party did not arrive until we finished our meal and was heading out of the door).

It took some time, but I eventually realized they did not seat us inside because my mother did not fit their "clientele." I understand that, but sitting us out directly in the sun to try and get us to leave was cruel and offensive.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My friends and I had a great time! The place was packed so it was really fun! There was a DJ from 96.3 that played really good spanish music. Great service.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

It's fine for a party, which is what they "do". Almost all of the tables are set up for groups. If you want a very loud, drunken time, with OK food, you will enjoy it. Ambiance is fine; glass rooftop is lovely, although there is not much of a side view. Didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. Spicy Summer margarita was delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Was looking for a neighborhood rooftop and heard great things about Cantina. It definitely lived up to the hype. I made a reservation for 2 and needed to change it to 3 once there and they were able to seat us right away. The severs were AWESOME! So energetic, friendly and fun. The food was great, we all got different types of tacos and shared guac. The margaritas were super tasty and the ambiance was a lot of fun. We will definitely be going back soon! Would recommend celebrating a birthday here or special occasion, as they provide hats and sparklers! So fun!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great rooftop in Hell’s Kitchen with skyline views, awesome food and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Loved everything about this rooftop restaurant! The service was great and the food was amazing. The chicken and carnitas tacos were very authentic and the flavors on point. The nachos were really good. Great hot sauces also. The margaritas were nice and strong. Will definitely visit this place again before the cold weather kicks in.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service was excellent !!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I really, really enjoyed my bottomless brunch experience at Cantina. The food was amazing and the space is great!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Taco's were fabulous!! You Must try this place, quac made to order & was yummy.. fun drinks. Hit the spot after long day of traveling

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

It was way too loud and hard to have a conversation.

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Very poor poor poor service. Went with a date on a
Saturday night. Waiter could hardly be found. He didn’t come back to our table and ask how our food was once. Didn’t offer more water. Don’t order the Sangria pitcher. It’s basically fruit juice and no alcohol. The only good thing about night was Hot 97 DJ playing reggaetón and 90s n new hip hop. But the music was way too loud to have a conversation. Worst thing was they tried to put a automatic gratuity on a party of 2. Tried to put Wtf. Avoid this place.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The waitress wasn’t sure about what was on the menu like it was her first day.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was very good however the music was far, far too loud. It was impossible to have a conversation. Bit like eating dinner in a club.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food is great. Fun, latin vibe. The only problem is that it was too loud. It was impossible to converse without yelling.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was delicious.. our server was amazing! Would definitely visit again..

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Sliders were very good! Music way to loud. Could not talk.

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

SO SO SO SO SO SO LOUD!!! Seafood was poor quality, sauces too hot/sugary, overall very disappointing experience. Included gratuity on a table of 4 too -- strange.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Cantina Rooftop was so much! Service was very fast and our waiter was very attentive. Their margaritas were delicious and the pitchers were worth the money. Towards the end of our visit the DJ started and we all wanted to stay longer if we didn't have a train to catch. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We visited from out of town and wanted a great rooftop experience and this place definitely delivered. Food was outstanding dj was awesome (we went at 9pm) and the view was beautiful. Coming back here would be a must if we visit again!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food, great service, and great view.. keep it up guys!

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1.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Poor food - guacamole was the one good thing
Too loud
Party scene
No view

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Drinks are good, servers work hard but the restaurant is understaffed. Very hard to get timely service. More drinks and food would be sold if the restaurant invested in hiring more help.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Went with some friends from work. We were a group of 6 and made reservations a couple days in advance. They had no problem fitting us comfortably. Great food...OMG the nachos! Really fun, yet relaxed ambiance situated on a rooftop with nice views. I’d definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great atmosphere and music. Food was good for the value, no great views though and music is crazy loud even at brunch time. It’s hard to talk.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I was there for Brunch and it was buffet style which I didn’t like because food was cold can you imagine eating cold bacon and egg enchiladas. Drinks tasted like detergent. Horrible experience. We dicided to leave and we were not charged for the fixed price cold buffet but we got charged for the $20 dollars bottomless drinks don’t know why because we didn’t even drink them

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

First time in cantina roof top I get there at 6:00 and I get out at 2:00 am in the morning.. me and my husband mega love this place !! The ambience es GREAT! I have such a good time !! .. the waiter he’s name is Paul!! .. he is amazing very nice , gently and always around ..
the only thing I do not like is the attitude of the entrance Host she don’t give to many opción and her customer services skills are too poor! Everything els ! What’s AWESOME!!

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We were really looking forward to this place, but it turned out to be disappointing. The food was less than average. The Gringa (cheese quesadilla) was burned. But the waitress insisted that’s the way it was supposed to be. I ended it up eating a piece of it not to go hungry, since she was adamant and didn’t offer any options. But the real issue wa the bill. We were charged twice for two entrees. When brought to the manager’s attention, he was rude, defensive and accused us of calling him a “thief”, which of course we never did. Then he gave a flimsy excuse of the “system” having a problem. We feel it’s “his” system that has one. We are older, mature and well-travelled adults. Therefore, would not be writing this long report without good basis for it. Sorry, but I would not recommend this place to anyone. And do yourselves a favor, change your manager. Get someone trained and classy so doesn’t cause detriment to your business.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Really don’t understand what the big deal is here. We came for brunch. 2 glasses of sangria and all you can eat buffet of mediocre food for 2 was almost 90 bucks. Bottomless drinks would have set us back over 120. WARNING 20 percent tip is added on the bill already even for a party of two probably why the service is so bad

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Sigh. Very disappointing. I was so excited about the idea of a Mexican rooftop in Hell's Kitchen, but this place was just garbage. I had reservations, was on time, there were PLENTY of open tables, yet the hostess made us wait for some strange reason. We finally were sat (directly in the sun where I proceeded to melt). I got the worst margarita I think I've ever had and my two friends got mimosas that tasted like finger nail polish remover. They then opted for red sangria which was more like a kool-aid/grape juice mixture I would've drank after school in 4th grade. A buffet was our only option for food. The options at the buffet didn't reflect ANYTHING resembling Mexican "cuisine" except for a slimy burrito. We were there a total of maybe 45 minutes before leaving. The actual setting was pretty nice but everything else about this place was just....terrible.

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