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Cantina Southwest Grill & Tequila Bar

3.6
189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

Blending traditional flavor and authenticity, CANTINA serves up contemporary southwestern cuisine, in an atmosphere that radiates energy & fun
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Southwest, Tex-Mex
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 674-5652
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Norberto Ramirez
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Catering
Any and all catering options are available. Will work with each clients needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between broad street & spring street
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Parking details
Parking is located behind the restaurant in the Bedford Street Annex or Bedford Street Garage. Plenty of spots always accessible.
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Public transit
Minutes from Metro North train station in Stamford, CT.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour 4-7pm $4 Beers $5 Sangria $6 Margarita
Daily Specials from 7-10pm
Margarita Monday 1/2 Priced Margaritas
Taco Tuesday $3 Tacos $4 Corona Light Draft
Wine Down Wednesday 1/2 Priced Sangria Pitchers
Senorita Thursday 2 for 1 drinks for all Senoritas
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 189 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.6  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.5
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

If you like terrible service, greasy tasteless calamari, and flat beer, then this is your place. Not that the staff cared, nobody asked. Formerly in the location of awesome Lola's, this spot has gone downhill fast. Will not be going back, there are way better places in town.

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vipJanski (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

First time at this restaurant, Kevin our Server was EXCELLENT very attentive. Food was very good, it was during the week so not crowded - we would go back again and we would absolutely suggest it to anyone wanting this type of food. The only issue we had was the drinks for two of our group was SO SWEET - they took them back and they got something else more to their liking.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2017

Nice place to hangout but choose proper corner if you are in mood to talk as place get noisy being bar. Drinks are ok and I am bit disappointed if Latin restaurant don't make right margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was good but the singing was very loud!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

I made a reservation on Open Table and when I arrived at Cantina they said they weren't excepting Open Table reservations and turned us away. My group of six found somewhere else to eat/drink.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
3.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

I came to this Tequila bar with a date and we had some appetizers and the Jalapeno Margarita's. The food and drinks were very good and we stayed longer than we anticipated.

The only bad news was a major fight broke out on the dance floor later in the night. My date and I just got fresh drinks (2 of them at $13 each) a few minutes before the fight. An out of control bouncer from Brother Jimmy's came in and started pounding his fist on the bar and forced people who were not in the fight, out of the bar. I thought it was ridiculous and what a way to waste $26!

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone I know. if you go, make sure you get out of there at 10:00pm or so.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Terrible cocktails, they should really rethink how they make them. Watered down and bland. Bummer, because great food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

I went to Cantina for my 26th birthday with friends. The table was set and waiting for us when we arrived, which was an excellent start to the meal! We were sat immediately, brought drinks each time we ordered, and had our food arrive in a timely manner. Everyone at the party enjoyed their dish. They were very flexible with payment options for a big group and made us feel welcome. The margaritas were customizable, which was also excellent. I will definitely return!

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vipUWSider (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Picked it randomly from open table and what a pleasant surprise! Absolutely delicious from guacamole with warm chips, to the tasty brisket tacos. Loved the blood orange margarita and warm churros with chocolate sauce. Pretty, colorful space would be good for a group, or families. We dined with our teenage children and will definitely return!

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vipCTMary (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

M husband and I were going to a 730 movie at the Avon Theater and looking for somewhere close by to have a casual meal. This choice was perfect. I was a bit skeptical after reading the previous reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised. The food was fresh, not heavy, and nicely presented. The service was excellent. The margaritas were very good. The waitress and others who served our food were very attentive. At the end, the manager (maybe the owner?) came by to ask how every was. This is not a "special night kind of place", but it is one that we will return for a casual meal and drinks to when we go to the Avon again.

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happydiner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

I was out with some friends and we ordered from the special drink menu. Two of us ordered a drink that they didn't have the correct tequila in stock so we had to choose something else. The drinks were all enjoyable. Dinner was lackluster.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Arrived for our reservations and were told that the Kitchen had already closed and the bar was last call. I was quite confused because I told the host that I had made reservations on OpenTable and had been confirmed. No one seemed to care.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Came to Cantina first time and although the food was somewhat good, the overall impression of the service is much below average. Our waiter was was fun and engaging but there is nothing worse than getting a check without being asked if you need anything else. They shut the music off and the lights in the dining room rushing us to finish our drinks and leave. And this all happened at 9.30pm when the kitchen is suppose to be open till 10. Now I understand that on a slow rainy night you wanna be home or elsewhere but if you are closing early, do it with a grace and find the way to make the customer feel somehow important. Don't just throw the check on the table and impatiently wait a foot away

But again, the food was delicious.

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vipGreenwichPat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Fun, friendly place with great food! The menu is varied and the favors are terrific. Give it a try!

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KelvinM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

Should leave the DJ all day Sunday, because after Brunch was over at 4pm the DJ left and people started to leave! No good

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2016

Bottomless mimosas and sangria! The mimosas are way better than the sangria though, it was too light on the alcohol but did have a really good refreshing taste to it. The food portions were perfect and was absolutely delicious! I had the steak and eggs, my only recommendation with that is to tell them how you want your steak cooked. Mine came out Medium, which doesn't bother me but I would have like it medium well. it was still delicious! I am going back this weekend with a group of 10 just for the brunch! The staff was nice and my waitress was very attentive and made sure I didn't see the bottom of my glass. I would love to try and make it to see how their dinner menu is. The DJ at noon is a nice addition. The music wasn't obnoxiously loud so you could enjoy it and have a conversation without yelling at the other person. It was a mini party on a Sunday. I loved it!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

Margaritas were very tasty and the enchilada had a nice lime flavor giving it an extra umph. Staff were friendly and helpful. Had an issue about the parking meters and they helped sort out. appreciate their friendliness.

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vipMike (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Cantina has only been open about a month, and they're trying hard. Food was well prepared, but a bit bland across the board. This was especially true of the braised short ribs, which were delicious but barely evidenced their chipotle sauce (tasted more like Mom's Sunday roast than a Mexican dish). Guac was good, if mild, and a generous portion. Carne asada was our best dish. Price was moderate.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

Our waitress was so nice and patient, she noticed that my mom didn't speak English and she spoke Spanish to her and make her feel right at home. Our waitress was very nice and attentive.

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Jm86 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 19, 2015

I went with a group for taco Tuesday deals are great.. Service was sub par. I ordered my tacos with condiments all at once so I would have them when my meal arrived , two friends arrive after me. Got their meals before I did . The bus boy ( who seemed to be the only one who knew what was going on and great) realizing this ran back to get mine. Obviously since I hadn't ordered from him he didn't know I alder for sides as well. Finally those came . Two others I was with ordered steak and got pulled pork instead . I could tell mine were rushed . Ordered guaca at the beginning of the meal and literally got an unmashed avocado no seasonings I had to ask for onion salt like to season and mash it myself.

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vipAllison (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

All-in-all, this is not what my husband and I were looking for as a sit-down meal, but that's not to say that it was a terrible place where nobody should ever venture.

This would have been a great bar when I was in college. There were plenty of very intoxicated, scantily clad co-eds, the food was greasy, the mixed drinks strong and it was loud.

I'd never call this place "high end" by any stretch, but it would be a great place to grab a bite before/after clubbing.

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moorecc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

Food, drinks & service was good. No complaints- I wasn't blown away, but definitely would go back. I like the ambiance- fun place to meet friends for apps and drinks. The music was good. We missed happy hour but they had great specials. We'll be back for HH soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

Great service. Delicious guac and sangria!

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LadyV (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

The staff was friendly and courteous and the food came out in a timely manner! It was close to all the bars but had minimum noise. It's great for a group or couples.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 27, 2014

Mediocre when there are better and cheaper Mexican options in Stamford. The biggest disappointments were the guacamole (I was expecting tableside homemade) and the margaritas which had essentially no tequila in them for 12 dollars each. I was incredibly grateful that they were open on Thanksgiving and that our server was very nice and helpful.

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vipSuzCT (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 13, 2014

We eat here frequently and enjoy the food and atmosphere. On our last visit, it was a little quieter than usual - OK by us! I got three of the tacos - brisket with plantains was fantastic. Love it when the chips are served warm. Great salsa.

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vipJanski (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2014

My first time ... The wait staff was hovering over us the entire meal mist annoying . We ordered two appetizers no one motioned they were similar .. Food was fair
Never going back

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vipSuzCT (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

We eat at Lola's fairly frequently and generally have a consistently good experience. I have not been crazy about the new menu, but finally found something that I like so this restaurant is back on our regular rotation.

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Kelly (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 6, 2014

The food comes out looking good but it is almost inedible. From the guacamole to margaritas and tacos not one item was decent. I would not spend my money here. Service slow and inexperienced. I felt sorry for the waitress. Terrible experience and not sure how they got it so wrong.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2014

Stopped in for lunch some of the best Mexican food we've had Service was friendly and fast would go back there

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