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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
$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.
Awesome Taco Tuesday!!! My favorites are the Birria and Fish Tacos. The rest are good too!
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.
The margaritas were delicious. The smokey peach and the fish tacos was awesome 👌
Good location ambiance and food quality … Service was attentive without being intrusive. Chips , guacamole and salsa was a great start !!! See you again 👍👍
Great Tacos, although you have to like corn shells (traditional). Drinks are very expensive, but food is reasonably priced! Good local place to go!
Atmosphere & food were amazing! Would absolutely go back.
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.
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!
Great atmosphere. My friend was gluten intolerant. Our waiter did a great job helping him with the menu.
The food and service are amazing. Highly recommended.
Good food with lots of flavour - nice array of margaritas .
It was our first time dining here and it was awesome authentic Mexican cuisine
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.
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.
Food was great and the service was excellent. They have a great patio and a cool vibe inside.
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.
Good food a bit expensive for some things like appetizers. Overall would go back if feeling Mexican food
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.
Great spot and amazing food and service. All the food so fresh and delicious, with tons of flavour!!!
Excellent all around. Services was great, food was delicious and margaritas were amazing!
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.
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.
First time there and will definitely go back to try Happy Hour 2-5
Such amazing service! Super friendly and food is amazing!
It was a fabulous time. The room was a bit noisy and it was hard to hear the people at our table.
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.
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!
Great Mexican food with a twist!! Most of the margaritas are good..... some not so much!! Will be a neighborhood favourite for sure☺️
The food was really good. The waitress we had was super pushy and rushing us to pick food and drinks. Wasn’t a relaxing experience.
Good food, limited menu, service was excellent. We ate inside to be out of the sun but the patio looks lovely.
Makes me feel like I'm on vacation in Calgary. The vibe is definitely unique!
Super friendly staff! I enjoyed the chips and guacamole very much!
Food is always amazing. Great place to grab lunch or dinner.
First visit was great and I will definitely be returning.
Great food, prompt and friendly service. Will return.
Lovely first experience! The food was really good and our server was amazing
Food was excellent, atmosphere was excellent. Staff seemed slightly unorganized, however it was busy and taco night. Drink prices were rather high. $47 for two corona and two margarita.
The hostess was great. The service overall was just ok to be honest. I only enjoyed 2 of the 5 tacos I ordered (the braised beef and chicken), all others were bland and the texture was really off. The peach sangria had no peach flavour, but my friend enjoyed her coconut marg!
A1 Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-8976.
A1 Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 92 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.