A1 Cantina

4.5
103 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
From the folks that brought you Native Tongues Taqueria comes A1 Cantina; a Casual Mexican Restaurant and Taqueria in Calgary’s Britannia Plaza.

Our patio is first come first serve, so feel free to drop by whenever it suits you! Reservations are for indoor dining only. Due to Covid 19 regulations, tables are limited to a maximum of 6 people, and all guests are required to wear a mask when entering and walking in the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 103 people are saying
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JeffB
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little taste of Mexico in the heart of Calgary.
Even though we cannot travel, A1 took us back to the memories of the beach.
Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food, service was excellent. A bit loud, but everyone has their own preferences. I’d still definitely return.

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Viva
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good! The food was great, server was friendly and helpful, very cute restaurant.

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Guillotine76
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was dissapointed. There are way better taco joints in the town that don't charge so much. Was hopeful!

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NicoleW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast! The service was awesome, and was super accommodating when we asked to change tables. The food was amazing and served hot! The beer was refreshing in a nice cold glass! Honestly just a great spot! 10/10 would recommend

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vipEdMalcolm
Calgary
57 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked the authentic Mexican cantina look and vibe. The food and service were excellent.

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CarolT
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place ! Tacos are delicious and so are the margaritas 🍹

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crystalb
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mexican place in calgary. The cocktails are fantastic and the salsa sampler is a must-do!

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vipKennethM
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Casual Mexican - great spot for a quick lunch or drink on patio

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service & great food! Will be back for sure.

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Auntie
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This place would get a 5 Star rating across the board except for the chairs which are MOST uncomfortable and the noise. The music is loud and there is not much sound dampening. However, having said all that, it certainly isn't a deterrant for me not to visit and enjoy the EXCELLENT food.

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DarleneO
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

$15.00 for a Margarita in a very small glass, loaded with ice? Will not make that mistake again. Ordered an appie to start, the server wanted to know what we would like for our meal. We ordered a variety of taco’s. The appie they served 3 minutes before all our taco’s arrived, needless to say all taco’s were soggy. Gross. Now with so many good places to eat, do we give A1 Cantina another chance? They were not busy either.

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Foodie4thought
Houston
86 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome Taco Tuesday!!! My favorites are the Birria and Fish Tacos. The rest are good too!

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BarbaraC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour/taco Tuesday is a great way to experience this place. It gave us the opportunity to try all their tacos - and they were all FANTASTIC! Their cocktails were also sensational. Service was incredible, friendly and energetic.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place in Britania.

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CarolT
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The margaritas were delicious. The smokey peach and the fish tacos was awesome 👌

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JohnS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good location ambiance and food quality … Service was attentive without being intrusive. Chips , guacamole and salsa was a great start !!! See you again 👍👍

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BarbaraM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Tacos, although you have to like corn shells (traditional). Drinks are very expensive, but food is reasonably priced! Good local place to go!

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JenH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere & food were amazing! Would absolutely go back.

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AngelM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I really like the food, but they charge extra for everything: a tortilla, more salsa, limes, etc... Also, non of their salsas are spicy.

Their service is quite slow. It takes them between 20 and 30 minutes to get you a couple of tacos.

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TanisB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent! Highly recommend trying the salsa sampler - there are some surprising flavours in there and it is fun to mix/match so many different types of salsa with both the chips they are served with and your main meal! Really cool ambiance as well!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. My friend was gluten intolerant. Our waiter did a great job helping him with the menu.

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CrystalJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing. Highly recommended.

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vipKennethM
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food with lots of flavour - nice array of margaritas .

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JillA
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining here and it was awesome authentic Mexican cuisine

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vipMilestones
Calgary
56 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The salsa tasting plater was a big hit. chairs need cushions on them. Tacos -some were good like the steak and the pork ones. Flour tortillas would be an option for tacos.

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DeniseP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious and fresh. Atmosphere was great though music a bit loud for mid day lunch when trying to talk at the table. Wouldn’t stop me from returning though! Tacos and burritos were fabulous.

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BrianW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was excellent. They have a great patio and a cool vibe inside.

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TacoUp
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chips, guacamole and salsa were a great starter. I had the braised beef taco and my friend had the pork and pineapple taco. We had planned on having two tacos each but after our chips and dips we both agreed one taco each was enough. I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food a bit expensive for some things like appetizers. Overall would go back if feeling Mexican food

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I usually don’t leave a review but thought I should leave a honest review for future customers and I expected more given the hype around this restaurant. Our server was really nice but the food and menu options were just okay. Tacos were very cold when they came out. A small margarita is $15 (mostly ice) and I do not recommend the pineapple margarita, it tasted almost like chemicals.

Not sure I would go here again.

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Russell
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and amazing food and service. All the food so fresh and delicious, with tons of flavour!!!

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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Services was great, food was delicious and margaritas were amazing!

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oceanlove
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birria and pastor tacos were amazing the rest were meh ….8 ingredients in a taco seems like a lot. The mushroom taco was especially disappointing …seems like there was everything in that taco BUT mushrooms.

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TylerH
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is where you need to go for incredible tacos in Calgary. With an incredible menu featuring mouth-watering Mexican cuisine A1 Cantina is a welcome addition to Calgary’s Mexican restaurant scene. Tried almost all the tacos on Taco Tuesday and by far the Pescado (fish taco) was the best. Tried their Avis Fresca as well and it was super refreshing.

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BarryA
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and will definitely go back to try Happy Hour 2-5

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YYCfoodie926
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing service! Super friendly and food is amazing!

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Shel
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous time. The room was a bit noisy and it was hard to hear the people at our table.

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PatJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food at good value and good service. However very very noisy, could barely converse with my friend. I was there on a Friday night, perhaps that has something to do with it. In the future will definitely return, but probably for lunch or at least not on a weekend evening indoors.

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BarbaraM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service are great!

Drinks are a bit pricey with margaritas at $15….and who can have just one! We will be back but will stick with the beer!

FAQs

A1 Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-8976.

A1 Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.