Banko Cantina

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187 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Banko Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar is located at 114 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Originally home to the American National Bank, this 1921 landmark building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
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3.9
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4.2
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4.2
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SimoneH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Long wait time to put order for food in. Waiter didn’t pay attention or offer refills. Food wasn’t tasty.

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MichaelM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Ice cold food.
Environmental fee added to bill- have not had that at other south Florida restaurants.
20% gratuity added yet tip line still on bill- not explained ahead. It was explained bc of taco tuesday night-when asked however food was so poor so 20% is absurd amount. Very disappointed. Absurdly freezing also in restaurant .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks with friends. Was wonderful to be able to reserve a spot on the rooftop. We thought there would be more of a “table” setting but it was more of a bar setting upstairs which was perfectly fine. View was great. Service was great. My boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed his lobster tacos. The guacamole was the best I’ve had in Florida. Love this place. Will definitely be a place I take friends when they come to visit in town!

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time in a wonderful atmosphere celebrating my job promotion.

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DeAndreB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambiance, Amazing Options for Drinks, Tapas , and Dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My friends and I visited this place while on a vacation. I would rate this place zero stars if I could. Service was horrible. I don't even know what our waitress name or if she ever even told us. But she was very rude!! Not a friendly at all. Caught her rolling her eyes a few times. Tacos were nasty. Dry chicken and steak tacos. The pitchers of supposedly margaritas tasted like tart koolaid. The pictures online are deceiving and look nothing like what you order. Not the way we planned to spend our last evening

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great music and ambience

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TanyaP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great people and great service. We plan on coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Party of 4. One loved the steak he had. Two said their taco salad had no flavor. I checked with the waitress to make sure there was nothing spicy in what I ordered she said no. It was too spicy for me to eat. They should know what's spicy and what's not.

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CharleneR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipAnaB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service and ambience was good. The food is ok.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a slow night so can't say too much about the service but they had really, really good food. We were told that most people know them for the night club scene but since it's tucked away on a side street, it's not typically busy other than on the weekends and Taco Tuesday, but glad we came in.

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Natalie
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food sucked it was cold. Margaritas were strong I’ll return for that. Management sucks.

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Kristine
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I was surprised that the menu was so small. Drinks had too much ice and not a lot of alcohol. The music doesn’t start until 10-11pm, so if you’re planning on dancing after dinner, make a later reservation. We were finished by 8:30 and were bummed we didn’t get to dance. Clematis street was booming though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waitress brought us water and didn’t come back for another 20 minutes, because my husband flagged her down. I ordered a tequila sunrise and idk what I got but it was not a tequila sunrise. My tacos didn’t taste all that good, we were Charles gratuity for “a party of 5 or more” but there was only 4 of us. Just horrible experience

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vipNicoleD
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch/brunch! Friendly staff and great food. To the reviewer who mentioned virus protocols—stay home if you’re worried! Let the rest of us enjoy our lives and support businesses!

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Bpin22
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

This place wasn’t horrible and the drinks were really strong however, if you’re looking for the most gentrified tacos in town this is the place for you. The street corn was like Mac and cheese and the birria tacos... let’s just say if you’ve never had Mexican before don’t let this be the first place you come to.

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vipMimi
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Cinco de Mayo perfect food great and Margueritas

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vipFaviB
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, cool vibe

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JudyM
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster tacos are awesome! Staff fantastic. Would recommend.

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Brit
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Food wasn’t good, service took time because it was busy

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AlejandroS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The Worst waiters. Waiters are not train properly, they fight between each other, yu wait 80 minutes for your food, and when you complain they give you an attitude " Listen Sir, don't you see that we are busy"
Avoid this place

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Kara
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Extremely disappointed in the service at Banko Cantina. Severely understaffed and it took almost 45 minutes to get chips & guacamole. They have the potential to be a really great establishment if they can figure out how to better manage their staff.

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IvanM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Our order was missed up 5 times in total and no one came to say sorry nor put a face to it.

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vipRoxanne
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It’s a Tex-Mex food, not Mexican food. Great service and nice place

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went really great, can’t wait to go back !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location. Decor was awesome. Service was average. Food presented well but lacked Mexican flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Rooftop experience with bottle service. Hard to get ahold of servers once it got more crowded throughout the night. Was not aware that rooftop on Saturdays was bottle service only, would have been good to know prior to reserving by making clear in app and elsewhere, as we had to buy a bottle and could not be seated elsewhere.

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Kiwi8747
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

improperly worn masks by servers, and staff!!!! Don't go here unless you don't care about COVID precautions. Gratuity automatically added without regard for the quality of service. Food was Meh. Save you r money

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Niecy
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We asked for a sample of mimosa, one regular and one made with pineapple juice and the server girl Sophia SMELLED THEM to determine which was which. During a pandemic she put her NOSE into our cup.

If you have like more than 6 ppl they will put your bill on 1 check- FYI

I made a reservation for 11, right when they opened and they still gave me a hard time about seating. My whole party was there on time and we still waited 20 minutes before being seated because she had to "move things around" ( referring to other reservations).

I'd go back with a small group.
Oh and ask for plastic ware. Trust me.

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Asos
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

not many vegan options and the vegan options was questionable

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Judy
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing, drinks amazing, service amazing definitely coming back

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Amya
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food and pricing is great, but the service is atrocious. Our waitress barely came to check on us, and when one person asked for something she would bring it back and hand it to a completely different person. It seems like because they include gratuity with their checks that they lack in actually trying to be good at serving.

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Amya
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time doing taco tuesday and the food was so good. They played good music and the decor was cool. We have been there for nightlife and was great.

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vipToddM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and value! Tried a variety of tacos and all good. Atmosphere is great too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We went for my best friends birthday. The flautas were delicious but the tacos were dry. For a Mexican restaurant I was hoping for better quality tacos with fresh toppings such as cilantro, tomatoes and/or onions.

The ambiance was awesome. The holiday decorations were great!

The service okay. What you would expect downtown.

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Diner1417
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was terrible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating nice staff we go every week we love it great place

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Sinai
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was my friend’s birthday we came for happy hour. Went to the roof top and got VIP it was fun recommend to go.

FAQs

Banko Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (561) 355-1399.

Banko Cantina is rated 4 stars by 187 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.