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Diablitos Cantina

3.9
3.9
167 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Located in the same building as Sanctuaria. Exclusively serving lunch. Stop in for an amazing lunch experience!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Open for Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

  • Phone number

    (314) 535-9700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Lee

  • Neighborhood

    St. Louis

  • Cross street

    Boyle Ave.

  • Parking details

    Parking Lot and Street Parking.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Menu

Bocaditos - Snacks

We believe in using the highest quality ingredients fresh from local farms & our onsite gardens; therefore, complimentary chips & salsa are not available

  • Unlimited Chips & Salsa Bar

    A rotating selection of at least 6 salsas prepared fresh daily, housemade mexican giardiniera & many more house made selections; served with freshly cooked white corn tortilla chips

    • per person$3.00
  • Queso Blanco$8.00

    Melted white cheese spiked with onions, fire roasted poblanos, chilies & amor; served with house made mexican giardiniera & freshly cooked white corn tortilla chips

    • Guacamole$7.00

      Fresh avocado mixed with roasted tomatoes, onions & our secret recipe of herbs & spices; served with freshly cooked white corn tortilla chips

      • Green Rice & Diablitos' Beans or Black Beans$4.00

        Street Tacos

        $4 each / 3 for $10. Served with your choice of soft corn, hard shell corn or flour tortilla

        • Old School Ground Beef

          The one you've been asking for! Seasoned ground beef, lettuce & monterey jack cheese

          • Margarita Fajita Steak

            Our great tasting margarita marinated steak with caramelized peppers & onions. Pair it with a Cadillac Margarita

            • Pork Pastor

              Pineapple braised pork topped with roasted piña salsa & herbs. This is a chef's favorite!

              • Baja Fish

                Rich & buttery baja battered tilapia with cilantro cabbage slaw, lime & jalapeño tarter sauce

                • Baja Shrimp

                  Baja-battered shrimp, fried golden; topped with cilantro cabbage slaw & jalapeño tartar sauce

                  • Chicken Tinga

                    White meat chicken slow simmered in chipotle, tomatoes & herbs; topped with lettuce & pico de gallo

                    • Vegetarian

                      Flame grilled calabaza & portabella mushrooms; tossed with roasted garlic & onions. Pair it with Zurracapote

                      • Buffalo Chicken

                        Boneless diced chicken, fried golden, tossed in our sweet & spicy wing sauce; topped with avocado ranch!

                        Specialties

                        • Hendricks BBQ Brisket Chimichanga$14.50

                          Slow smoked brisket from our sister restaurant Hendricks BBQ, rolled in a tortilla with pico de gallo, jack cheese & tinga salsa; fried, topped with queso & served with rice & beans

                          • Taco Salad$11.00

                            Seasoned ground beef, house salsa, lettuce, tomato, jack cheese & sour cream in a fried flour tortilla bowl

                            • Sweet Corn Tamales$12.00

                              Castro says "they are hauntingly delicious!" Sweet corn masa with your choice of pineapple braised pork OR smoked pulled pork steamed in banana leaves; topped with queso blanco & striped with chipotle tomato sauce

                              • Chicken Tinga Enchiladas$11.00

                                Two corn tortillas rolled with all white meat chicken slow-simmered in chipotle, tomatoes & herbs; topped with tinga sauce & cotija cheese. Served with green rice & Diablitos' beans

                                Fajita Platters

                                Sizzling hot platter with griddled peppers & onions; served with green rice, Diablitos' beans, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo & warm flour tortillas. Add Salsa Bar for only $1 with each fajita entrée ordered!

                                • Grilled Chicken$15.00

                                  Flame grilled & hand sliced all white meat chicken, marinated in our secret margarita marinade

                                  • Mas Grande$18.00
                                • Grilled Steak$18.00

                                  Steak marinated in our secret margarita marinade then flame grilled & hand sliced

                                  • Mas Grande$21.00
                                • Jumbo Shrimp$19.00

                                  Farm raised shrimp, poblano peppers & onions pan seared in a buttery garlic, lime & chipotle sauce

                                  • Mas Grande$22.00

                                Quesadillas

                                Stuffed with monterey jack cheese & grilled a la plancha

                                • Pueblo Quesadilla$9.00

                                  Flour tortilla filled with chicken tinga (all white meat chicken simmered in chipotle, tomatoes & herbs), & chilies; served with a side of salsa verde. Pair it with the Mexican Mule

                                  • Queso Quesadilla$8.00

                                    Monterey jack cheese & pico de gallo filled tortilla; served with a side of tinga salsa

                                    What 167 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    3.9
                                    3.9 based on all time ratings
                                    • 3.9Food
                                    • 3.7Service
                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                    • 3.7Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                    1. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 29, 2019

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      Made reservations on open table. Checked hours of restaurant online. Drove there. Parked a few blocks away and walked. Dark. Locked. Not open.

                                    2. S

                                      Snickname

                                      St. Louis

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on January 26, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      They had everything ready for our group even though we called at the last minute and increased the number of guests. Service was very friendly.

                                    3. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      12 reviews

                                      vip
                                      1.0

                                      12 reviews

                                      Dined on January 20, 2018

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      This restaurant is closed. Please remove it from your listings

                                    4. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Chicago

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on January 21, 2017

                                      overall3food5service1ambience4

                                      The food was really good but the service was really, really bad. We waited 30 minutes between the time we asked for our check and the time we walked out the door and the waitress was always hard to find when we needed something. We are on our way to a show and it wasn't particularly slammed, seemed normal for a Saturday night.

                                    5. BB

                                      BrentB

                                      St. Louis

                                      17 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      17 reviews

                                      Dined on December 31, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food, authentic and original. Salsa bar is great

                                    6. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      22 reviews

                                      vip
                                      1.0

                                      22 reviews

                                      Dined on December 3, 2016

                                      overall1food1service1ambience3

                                      I'm a Mexican food lover, and I tried several items with a group. The highlights were the chips, salsa (extra charge per person), and beans. It was downhill from there, and I did not care for any other taco, enchilada, or side dish I tried. I really wanted this place to be great, but it would only suffice as a place to get drinks with friends.

                                    7. ST

                                      STLVBJH

                                      St. Louis

                                      30 reviews

                                      vip
                                      2.0

                                      30 reviews

                                      Dined on November 12, 2016

                                      overall2food2service3ambience3

                                      Had high hopes! The salsa bar was messy and it all looked old and nothing tasted special. Asked the waitress for recommendations and ordered the street tacos that she recommended. Again, nothing special, warm at best. Really wanted to like the place but we both said there was no reason to come back.

                                    8. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on November 3, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      I have had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant twice and both times I have had good service and good food. As long as they stay OPEN I will keep coming back.

                                    9. JS

                                      JaneS

                                      Portland

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on October 22, 2016

                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                      The decor is great at this restaurant but the food was just average. The menu states they pride themselves in using only fresh ingredients, but the pineapple on the taco was obviously from a can. They don't offer free chips and salsa but charge $3 per person for the salsa bar. We opted to not have any for that price.

                                    10. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on October 21, 2016

                                      overall5food5service2ambience4

                                      Many of the bulbs were burnt out in overhead stars and candles not lit. THIS is what lends to ambience. Sad that standards are falling. Service was very slow. 10-15 minutes before server acknowledged us. Has to flag down two other servers to get ours. Again, falling standards. Food and drinks are great. I wish the owners would "surprise inspect" more often. This place is a gem in St. Louis.

                                    11. TE

                                      TamaraE

                                      Des Moines

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on August 17, 2016

                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                      Very cute decor. Great place for families visiting their SLU students!

                                    12. AK

                                      AnthonyK

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on August 5, 2016

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      Overall was very good. Service was excellent, tried the salsa bar it was average. The food was great. Only complaint was my margarita tequila and sprite. I will return again. I'll just stick to water next .

                                    13. SK

                                      SandyK

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on August 5, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful salsa bar and the best chips in town. Very friendly and attentive servers

                                    14. SS

                                      ShellieS

                                      Kansas City

                                      25 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      25 reviews

                                      Dined on August 4, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food! Love the salsa bar

                                    15. SM

                                      StephanieM

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on July 30, 2016

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      My friend and I went to Diablitos Cantina before going to a show at the Fox. We made reservations for 5:30, just in case there was a wait; however, when we arrived, we were able to be seated right away. Our waiter (I forgot his name) was very attentive. We both ordered the salsa bar, and he recommended an appetizer of melted cheese and chorizo, which was delicious. We both got Margaritas, which were also very good. I ordered the Suiza Enchiladas; they were good, but not great. A little dry. My friend ordered the sweet corn tamales, which were amazing! She was a little disappointed that they weren't served with rice and beans, but otherwise they were great. All in all, a good experience, and I would definitely go back!

                                    16. MA

                                      MatthewA

                                      St. Louis

                                      16 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on July 24, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Amazing food and a fun atmosphere. This place has everything you want in a Mexican restaurant and is good for all ages and families.

                                    17. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on July 9, 2016

                                      overall1food1service2ambience2

                                      We went to Diablitos on a Saturday night and the place was pretty vacant. The waiter was nice, helpful and provided his favorites as a suggestion. The outside seating area was actually very nice. As food goes, we ordered a combination of tacos and a burrito. The burrito was very plain and bland as well as the tacos. The best part of Diablitos was the salsa bar. I would not recommend, there several Mexican restaurants in the area much better than Diablitos.

                                    18. A

                                      Anniversary

                                      St. Louis

                                      6 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on June 24, 2016

                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

                                      The food here is really good, although if you are wanting the large Mexican portions this is not the place for you (serving size is good but not huge). While the salsa bat is extra $, it's worth it to try all the different varieties and yummy chips. I also highly recommend the Baja Shrimp and Baja Fish tacos!

                                    19. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on June 3, 2016

                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                      We love the restaurant and the food, but the salsa bar is always low or empty. We had 4 people that paid $3 each for the salsa bar and over half of them were empty or down to just a very small amount. This was the same scenario the last time we dined here. The salsas are wonderful, but please keep them filled. I asked a waiter if they could have someone fill them and after 30 minutes, still empty containers. Hope this issue gets resolved as we would love to continue to patronize your restaurant.

                                    20. S

                                      Scoop

                                      St. Louis

                                      9 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on May 7, 2016

                                      overall3food3service2ambience4

                                      I was really disappointed with Dioblitis Cantina. My wife and I went on a Saturday night and although the place wasn't very busy, it took over 10 minutes for our waiter to appear and another 10 minutes for our first drinks to arrive. Most of the wait staff seem to hang out in the back of the kitchen or by the bartender who was doing more tasting than mixing. The food was nothing notable and a little bland for my New Mexican palate. This restaurant needs to get its act together or it won't be able to sustain itself in the fickle St. Louis food market.

                                    21. P

                                      Ptom

                                      St. Louis

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on April 9, 2016

                                      overall5food5service4ambience3

                                      This is our third time there. We love it. The salsa bar is to die for. And the street tacos are unmatched. Great flavors. And it is all so reasonably priced. Go there now.

                                    22. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      3 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on April 9, 2016

                                      overall3food4service2ambience4

                                      Reservations on a Saturday night for 4 - turns out not necessary. There was a significant draft in the restaurant, so we asked to move tables. Our server was fine - not overly friendly or helpful.

                                    23. s

                                      stemar

                                      St. Louis

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on April 2, 2016

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We LOVED this restaurant and were surprised that we hadn't heard of it before. The ambiance and decor were amazing, loved the salsa bar and outdoor seating options, very tasty menu options and reasonable prices and all the tequila options didn't hurt either. The brisket street tacos were so good that we now want to go visit the sister BBQ restaurant where the meat came from. We will definitely be back!

                                    24. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 25, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The whole experience was awesome ! I had the "Deviled Legs " which were amazing ! I have never had chicken that tender and the flavor was great ! This evening it was fairly cool outside and they had a small fire pit going on the back patio. My girlfriend and I will definitely be going back.

                                    25. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 19, 2016

                                      overall1food1service2ambience4

                                      You go to a restaurant for good food. Even if the atmosphere is nice with cool artwork, nice lighting and neat metal lanterns...you want GOOD food. The food was awful and over priced. The margaritas were terrible (watered down pitcher). The only redeeming part of the meal was the chips. The chips themselves were good. The salsa bar isn't anything great. If you're going to charge for chips and salsas, make them GREAT salsas where people won't mind paying, per person, for them. Overall, I wish I could get my $65.00 back. We should have went to Pueblo Solis for that amount or spent $30.00 for a better meal at Chimichanga's.

                                    26. C

                                      Chris

                                      St. Louis

                                      16 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on March 8, 2016

                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                      The smoked brisket chimichanga was fantastic.

                                    27. TE

                                      TerriE

                                      St. Louis

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on March 3, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Incredible salsa bar and tacos!

                                    28. l

                                      ldhio

                                      St. Louis

                                      13 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      13 reviews

                                      Dined on February 20, 2016

                                      overall3food4service4ambience4

                                      Nice decor. College crowd as near SLU. Nothing distinctive about food or menu. Salsa bar nice, but needed replenishing when we were there. Very personable waiter once he finally found our table!! Can't say I'd drive that far to go there again. We have as many good or better Mexican restaurants in west STL county.

                                    29. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 14, 2016

                                      overall2food3service1ambience3

                                      Good food will be good food, BUT when your service is so bad you really don't taste the food, you just want to leave as soon as possible, Being VALENTINE day makes the matter much worse.

                                    30. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 13, 2016

                                      overall3food3service5ambience5

                                      The food was very spicy and I love spicy food, but this was numbing my lips. My chimichanga was small for $13 and the rice and beans were very bland. Maybe they are supposed to balance out how spicy everything else is. My boyfriend got the street tacos and he loved them. If we go back, I would be getting the street tacos.

                                    31. CD

                                      ConnieD

                                      St. Louis

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on February 12, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      There were six of us and we had loads of fun. The food was great and we all enjoyed the salsa bar. Drinks were delicious and our waiter kept them coming.

                                    32. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 12, 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The atmosphere was fun, the staff was friendly and the foods was great! My husband loved the queso but it was too spicy for me. I had the chicken lime tacos and they were perfect! We will definitely be back!!!!

                                    33. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      3 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on January 30, 2016

                                      overall3food3service5ambience5

                                      The food was very good and the portions were just right. Watch out for the cost of your alcoholic beverages .... Quite high!

                                    34. CD

                                      ConnieD

                                      St. Louis

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on January 9, 2016

                                      overall4food5service4ambience5

                                      We were looking for a Mexican restaurant that had great food and not just blobs of beans and cheese with assorted meats and veggies. This place is a total score. Great food,good drinks and loved the ceiling lights. This was a great experience. Will definetly return.

                                    35. 2

                                      2couples2teenagers

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on January 2, 2016

                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                      There were only 6 of us, and the place was not crowded (early on a Saturday night) so we expected better service than what we received. The food was really good, so I will give my compliments to the kitchen crew, however, the server needs additional training and knowledge of the menu.

                                    36. RR

                                      RioRanchoReviews

                                      Atlanta

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on December 31, 2015

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We were very impressed with the menu and tequila selection. A fun and delicious place with great art and icons on the walls (and ceiling). We'll be back to try more items on the menu. The high ceilings give the restaurant an open feel and absorbs the sounds to make it good for conversation. We visited for the New Years so the outdoors was not open but that looked like a fun area to hang out as well. Hopefully next trip.

                                    37. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Las Vegas

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 18, 2015

                                      overall2food2service2ambience3

                                      The hostess made us wait until 5 minutes after our reservation time even though there was a 6top table ready(we were only party of 4). When we sat down it took a very long time to get our drinks from the bar. The queso dip was good, but the chicken burrito I had was so salty I had to remove some of the meat just to eat it. The server was not very attentive and took long to refill drinks. Would not honor the happy hour special even though we sat down before the time had ended. Took a long time to get check when our kids were getting tired.

                                    38. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 18, 2015

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We (I was part of a party of four) loved it. Great ambience, great decor. The food is very good. The menu includes many common dishes found in Mexican restaurants, but also some dishes more unique to this restaurant. We liked the appetizers as well as the entrees. The salsa bar is a plus. The fried ice cream was good, but we were disappointed in the sopapillas, as they were not puffy and soft as sopapillas generally are. These were more like ravioli than sopapillas. I had the Austin, which I enjoyed very much. All the selections in the Three Tacos are delicious. I had been to Diablitos for lunch several times, but this was my first dinner. I will definitely return. I'm a fan.

                                    39. g

                                      gdghorn

                                      St. Louis

                                      21 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      21 reviews

                                      Dined on December 12, 2015

                                      overall3food3service2ambience2

                                      Young, pretty eager people running it when we arrived, but seemed to lack skills related to the food and service part of the operation. They have a salsa bar, which I thought was pretty interesting. The server asked if there was anything we needed. I said yes, how about filling up the empty salsa containers at the bar that have been emtpy for the past hour? They did, but why did it take so long? Little things really. The food was good and the decor is interesting. I made the mistake of confusing this place with Cantina Loredo and was disappointed right from the start.

                                    40. RN

                                      RicoNKevin

                                      St. Louis

                                      65 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      65 reviews

                                      Dined on November 29, 2015

                                      overall4food3service4ambience4

                                      Thought the brunch would have more of a food selection.

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                                    Diablitos Cantina is rated 3.9 stars by 167 OpenTable diners.

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                                    Additional information

                                    • Cross street

                                      Boyle Ave.

                                    • Neighborhood

                                      St. Louis

                                    • Hours of operation

                                      Open for Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

                                    • Cuisines

                                      Mexican, Tex-Mex, Contemporary Mexican

                                    • Dining style

                                      Elegant Dining

                                    • Dress code

                                      Casual Dress

                                    • Parking details

                                      Parking Lot and Street Parking.

                                    • Payment options

                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Executive chef

                                      Christopher Lee

                                    • Additional

                                      Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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