Cicada Cantina

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Cicada Cantina is a Mexican restaurant located in Redding, California that serves Unique, Authentic and Innovative Mexican cuisine with a Twist! This restaurant offers casual, family friendly dining in an upbeat atmosphere with a full service bar and pet friendly patios.

Cicada Cantina serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as a full brunch menu every Sunday 10am-2pm.
Happy Hours, Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm and Daily 9pm-Close with food and drink menu specials. This restaurant specializes in preparing authentically marinated, slow cooked meats and house-made sauces utilizing fresh ingredients daily. Cicada Cantina serves traditional Mexican favorites, like sizzling Fajitas, Flautas and Street Tacos, as well as innovative signature dishes, including: Molcajete, served in a real Lava Rock, Chile Relleno and Pollo Poblano. This restaurant also offers an impressive drink menu featuring a variety of Margaritas, hand-crafted cocktails, wine list and extensive Tequila bar.
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CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again had a fabulous lunch. I had the Chicken Cabo Salad and of course a Top Shelf Margarita all was delicious. The salad was huge could easily be shared, I had enough leftovers for my husband had the salad with his dinner. The service as always was great. One of my favorites in Redding.

DR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Unfortunately , my expectation of food quality and service , for the Price paid was very much a disappointment. I wanted to treat a Guest from Europe to authentic mexican food, it was not a great experience.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friends up from the Bay Area and they loved this place the food the Margaritas everything was so good. We had the Ceviche, Chillie Relano's and the seared Pork Wraps. The service is always great and it was just as perfect this trip.My friends can't wait to go again.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great food and great service. WE had the Cicada Sampler and the Cicada Shrimp Cocktail so much food and so delicious. We finished our leftovers yesterday. Still so good.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the best Shrimp Tostada, just the right amount heats tasty. Of course the best Margarita. Alan my waiter is one of the best.

RR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While returning from a motorcycle trip to Seattle we stooped at your restaurant. The food was served hot and was great. Your salsa is quite good too. The waiter was friendly and tended to our needs in a timely manner. Next time in the area we will be back...

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch items, the regular Eggs Benedict was delicious as was the Cicada Benedict. Once again Cicada never disappoints.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Awful service, wrong food delivered and chunky blended margarita (twice) made for a terrible dinner. Has been much better in the past.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friends up from the Bay Area and they were totally impressed. The food and service is always amazing. The smothered shrimp burrito she said was the best she ever had, the Mexican Pizza was also so delicious. My other friend said it was the best refried beans she ever tasted. The ceviche lettuce cups are always a hit as is the seared pork wraps, the shrimp tacos were amazing and the chicken cabo salad so great Best Margaritas too.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is so good it is one of my favorite places to the point they always greet me by name and know my favorite Margarita. This time I had the Chicken Cabo Salad it was huge and delicious.

R
Portland
471 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice restaurant, great décor, casual atmosphere. Great variety on menu including vegan and gluten free offerings. Food was tasty with nice portions, though in general on the bland side. Waiter was friendly, attentive, there when needed, without hovering. Restaurant located in area with other restaurants, convenient to area hotels and the freeway. Would try again next time through Redding.

MK
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nothing bad to say. Good stop on our RV trip. Service was great

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the best service and the best food, plus the best Margarita's. I had the Quesadilla with Carnitas so good, I highly recommend. The Cadillac Margarita is the best.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today I had the Cicada Shrimp Cocktail it was so so so good. I also had two scope of their Guacamole also delicious. Wish I had taken a photo. Was to busy eating. Of course the best Margarita.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly, let me say that I tried to make my reservation online, but did not find the website user friendly. It kept insisting that my reservation was for 2 people. I was trying to reserve a table for 5-8 people. Aside from that, we were initially asked if we would like to sit at an elevated table. I'm grateful we were asked, because we had a very elderly woman in our party and we required a low table for her. Our waitress was wonderful, very attentive and her attitude was excellent. The food was delicious, everyone in our party of 5 was very pleased with their food. Overall, it was wonderful, and we will certainly be returning.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. The food and the service is so good.Plus they make the best Margarita's in town. My server Alan is the best when he sees me walk in he has already had my Margarita made. This time I had the grilled pork lettuce wraps they were so good.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cicada best food, best Margarita's best service. This time I had the Southwestern Salad it was delicious and huge had enough leftover for dinner that night. Hubby had the Enchiladas with carnitas with red rice and red sauce he said they were delicious. Alan our server is so great, he always knows exactly how I like my Margarita.

G
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

What's outstanding at Cicada is the food. Whether or not you are a vegetarian, I would encourage you to order the vegan chile relleno. The chile was filled with a very nicely spiced saute of small-diced fresh vegetables, and what I liked most was that the chile (roasted etc. fresh) was not in a fried puffy casing. It was served with a beautiful red house-made sauce, green rice, and beans, all delicious. Unfortunately the service wasn't up to par for a restaurant like this. The hostess was excellent -- friendly and thoughtful--but the waiter, who said he was "busy," forgot to bring one of the drinks ordered and generally was unavailable. It is a large space and all of the servers seemed to be running from the kitchen to the tables, so there may be some larger issue at play. Nonetheless, we would return -- and maybe sit at a table in the bar area next time.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I have been over the years trying to order something different. I had the Chicken Pesto Salad and of course the Cadillac Margarita. The salad was amazing it is so tasty, highly recommend it. The service is so good.

LM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Kool April Nights and we wanted to be able to watch the Cruise, but while having dinner. Cicadas was the perfect to eat, drink and be merry. Our Server apologized for the delay in getting our drinks to us because they were PACKED, but we told him we wanted to be there for hours so we were happy to have a bit of time in between our courses. Everything was so delicious from the sampler appetizer, Chiptole crusted Salmon with green rice to the Fried Ice Cream Sundae. Yum!

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again had a wonderful lunch. I had the Shrimp Tostadas so very good and of course the best Cadillac Margarita. Best service also.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great twist on Mexican for Redding. A little more Baja than your traditional Mexican. The team there is great with service, the restaurant is large enough to create privacy while at your own meal. All around great!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall, a good spot for Mexican. Service dragged a little, but who cares when you’re not in a hurry? Guacamole at the table was fantastic!! Margaritas were pretty weak, though.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cicada I had the Chicken Cob Salad so delicious. Hubby had the Lunch Burrito it was so tasty and huge. We shared the Chicken Wings they are amazing and so many we took so many home that we had them for dinner. Alan our server the minute he sees me walk in he orders my Cadillac Margarita.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place this time I had the Shrimp Tostada and of course the Cadillac Margarita. They make the best Margarita's. The Shrimp Tostadas were excellent. Definitely will order that again. My server Alan is so great.

G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table placement was a little weird, I think this was cause of the valentines set up but it wasn’t terrible.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always has great food and great Margarita's. Love the very thin chips and love their salsa. Ben was my server this time. He is great actually all their servers are.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, and the beverages did not ot disappoint! I ordered the pollo fundito and my husband ordered enchiladas...the enchiladas were not that great, but we had more fun sharing my meal which was crazy huge and delicious!! I suggested to order the Cadillac margarita!!!

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. This time I had the seared pork lettuce cups so good I was a little concerned about the pineapple salsa but it was perfect with the pork. I had a new server Ben he was great just as Alan is. Of course Be a made the best Margarita.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service. Alan is a great server. The husband always has the enchilada lunch. I always try to try something different. I had the Chicken Quesadilla with Guacamole was so delicious. Also Bea makes the best Bloody Mary's and Margarita's.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great lunch. Had the Shrimp Taco's added Guacamole so good. Plus the best Margarita ever. Alan is such a great server now when he sees me coming in he heads to the bar as I am being seated. Comes over and says your Margarita is on its way.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing as is the Margaritas. The Cevichi Lettuce Wraps are so good as was the Mexican Paella. Always get the Cadillac Margarita so tasty.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service best Margarita's in town.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

16.00 for a chicken taco with over cooked pieces of chicken. maybe 6 small cubes , cheese that you couldn't see. and lettuce.
WAY over priced.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Cabo Salad it was excellent. The tortilla chips are so thin and good. They do make the best Margarita's in town. The service is always perfect.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Margaritas in Redding. Love the taco salads had with all the sides . The Ceaser lime freeing is great.

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Taco Salad with Carnitas is excellent. Love their tortilla chips they are so thin. They have the best Margarita's in town.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Christian was great. The house margarita was better than the Cadillac. Salsa and cicada ranch with chips was good

CR
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Margaritas are the best. I love there Taco Salad. I get the carnitas it Isis amazing.

Y
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Passing through town. Found this place on open table. Food was hot and good. Margaritas were good. I would return but if other options available would want to try them instead. Had dinner mid-week so place quiet. Waiter was attentive and efficient.