Cicada Cantina

4.6
27 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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L
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service best Margarita's in town.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty awful! The restaurant looks much better than the food tastes. I ordered chicken tortilla soup and a chicken salad. The chicken in the soup was gray in color. The chicken on the salad was gristly. Really disappointing.
There were some young kids singing near the bar, which was entertaining. The peach margarita was the best thing I had.

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L
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Margaritas, Guacamole , Street Tacos, Blue Crunch Tacos and the Caeser Salad with grilled chicken.

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L
San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Blue Corn Tacos the guacamole was also perfect. Best Margaritas.

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L
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is good and excellent Margaritas. There seems to be a large turn over of staff. We were there two weeks in a row didn't see the same person twice. They did get a new chef and the salsa has changed.

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