Blanco Cantina – Calgary 17th

4.5
531 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
Offering casual dining for big appetites, over-the-top cocktails, and the hottest happy hour in the city (we call it #halfyhour) from 3-5 pm and 9 pm-close daily; we offer a mixture of booth & hightop seats indoors, and a 30 seat patio in the summer!

Blanco Cantina is the ultimate central spot for socializing and watching the game - we are always down to fiesta, whether you grab a quick bite or stay all night.
Our tequila & spirits collection is off the hook, with over 75 hand-selected choices.
We believe nachos should be as individual as you are, so build your own!
We love brunch (ahem, day drinking) so join us weekend & holiday from 11am - 3pm.
We have classic margaritas on the rocks, slushy concoctions, and a fun selection of feature cocktails & drinks.
Last but not least, save some room for our Big-Ass Nachos and Burritos and; we won't judge if you have to use a knife & fork...

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 531 people are saying
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JDBD
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free/ celiac friendly, amazing margaritas. Nachos pricey and very small portion. Tacos where great

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really creative menu, we has the happy hour specials and very well worth the $$ the drinks alone were so delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jess is a great server and makes us feel welcome

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BeverlyT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Wasn't too busy, was there with a party of 6 and a few tables around us but not too busy. Service was slow but not too bad until it came to paying. Ordered 1 Last drink and 2 desserts to go. Took about 20 minutes to get drink or desserts. We were about to cancel the order but server was no where to be found. When we finally got the drink and deserts we asked for the bill, separated. Received the bills but server didn't bring machine so we ended up waiting about 45 minutes to come back with machine to pay. We finally spotted our server and she was with another table for about 15 minutes not sure if they were settling there bills or ordering but there was no urgency in her trying to process our payment as we were there from 6:40pm and we didn't get to pay until about 9pm. Food was good but not worth the wait for a not so busy night. Been the Blanco plenty but this was the worse service I've ever gotten.

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Matt
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Table side guaca is super good. The tacos are tiny. If you don’t go during happy hour it’s def over priced. But overall awesome. Our server was great! But that’s hit or miss.

Much better than Kensington location for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all day happy hour here! Service was awesome this time! Our server was really good on checking in with us all the time! I forgot to get her name and so she can get recognize. We hope to have her again on our next happy hour at Blanco! Foods and drinks are fantastic! 😉

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Hair is pork taco.

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Melissa
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, the atmosphere and food are always great, the staff are excellent!

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EMWU
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, our servers got messed up and they gave me the wrong drink but other that that it was good! Lil pricey but would probably come back again. I’d love to try the brunch menu

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JustinZ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Mexican food. I’ll be back for sure!

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Lisa
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The margaritas were great; food was only ok. Great place to have a lively visit with friends.

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viptiredofcooking
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Went to the downtown location for business lunch. Everything was great until I ordered a chilli coconut margarita kit to go. Got home and only then noticed there was NO seal on the bottle. Got through half the bottle before my friend said they were not spicy like I said they were. I finally tried a glass and it was horrible. Tasted like bar lime and that’s all. I have bought about 30 of these kits from the west springs location so I would say I’m a bit of an expert with this cocktail. Needless to say I was not impressed, nor were my guests whom I was bragging about how great this drink was. Feel a bit ripped off for the price. Otherwise food was good, service was good. Take away was a rip job. Went to the west springs location and bought another and it was awesome. Was told they make it at each location so if you wanna buy, go west!

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ChrisB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent nachos and margaritas were great. Service was excellent

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KarlyP
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took a friend from out of town here for dinner. She said it was the best dinner they had had on their trip! Taco’s were amazing, but expensive once you add some pico, guacamole or sour cream. They turn into 7 dollar plus tacos real quick. Margaritas were delish but again pricy. Service was ok, our server kinda forgot about us once we got our meal so we ordered another drink from a different server who walked by. We will definitely be back and will consider coming for happy hour instead.

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Laura
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food great. Drinks great. Service very slow. Too noisy but not their fault. Motorcycles with loud engines reviving by.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Very quick and friendly! Get the pitcher margaritas! Super good, especially watermelon!

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Ronnn
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Don’t get me wrong. The food portions, display, drinks, service, and ambience were well done but literally everything was way too salty I don’t think I’ll be going back.

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Snora
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of our orders was wrong and took some time to receive correct one. Was kind of caught between indoor restaurant noise and street noise on the first row of patio seating outside restaurant so made it hard to talk

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Celebration
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went on Taco Tuesday. So it was busy and loud. I am not a fan of heat, so asked for no jalapeños on my taco’s. Even without the peppers , they were so hot I couldn’t finish any of them. I think they even add ground jalapeños to the fish batter and coleslaw. I wanted the brisket, fish and pulled pork to be the stars of my taco’s.

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MandM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, would come back for sure! The sangria was not great, but margaritas, delish

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Haylie
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly and polite - made great drink suggestions for both the alcohol drinkers and non alcohol drinkers. Food was fantastic and fast! Atmosphere was lovely and the decor of the restaurant is fun!

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sarahw
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our server finished her shift at 6 so we paid our bill with her thinking someone else would take over as this is usually protocol. We sat for 2 full hours after paying without one person coming over to check on us or ask if we needed more drinks. We did. No eye contact or anything. Too bad because we used to enjoy going there but cannot understand why this happened. We all tipped 18-20% so that wasn’t the issue (I don’t think??)

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RosieG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, kind staff, had great time! Would certainly recommend to a friend.

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Hurzy
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The drinks were amazing and then it went down his from there. Both main dishes were extremely over seasoned to the point were we could not finished our grilled fish tacos. Certainly not at all what we would have expected. Service was fair which lead to an extremely disappointing night. The location is great but it will likely be some time before I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wasn’t too busy since we went on a Monday night, but service was amazing & the food was delicious !! Worth it to go when they have happy hour !

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Elle
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish tacos and guacamole were absolutely amazing. Great portions and affordable prices for the value you receive. Will be coming again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just survived a major car crash and once we were mobile the only food we wanted was from blanco. Thanks for the great food as always Ans wonderful service. Your margaritas really helped us feel at home too.

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EmmaW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!!

The food and drinks are incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing last visit in this place a bit better than my previous visit. Our server was awesome!! Will come back for another taco Tuesday!!

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RebeccaB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the new brunch menu. Delicious! Staff was quick and attentive.

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GYoung
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riley was amazing! We were blown away to find out it was her first week working there.

Great food, had so much fun!!

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Karinzz
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience we order nachos (best of my life), tacos and drinkssss!!! I'll go back for sure!!

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EmmaW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday is amazing. Happy hour 3-5 everyday is amazing. I always get 6 beef brisket tacos on flour tortillas. It’s so good, and even better if you add the white hot mayo.

The drinks are amazing too! The poodle and the coconut margarita (hold the spice) is perfect for me.

The customer service is beyond incredible.

I’ll be going here for the rest of my life lol.

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LisaM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Great day @ Blanco Cantina. Went for my birthday chili coconut margaritas and diablo shrimp tacos. We ordered a jug of martini instead of by the glass and it was a GREAT deal @Happy hour and Taco Tuesday - the meal was great, the margaritas were fantastic and as usual another good experience at this great place!

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Kenz
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their happy hour is unreal! What I love most is that their margaritas are real fruit… so tasty! They also have a fun vibe.

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NoCaloriesOnWeekends
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Felt abandoned by serving staff (was traded to different server and then new server did not have time for us). Not enough fans and hot day so very thirsty, had both alcoholic bevs and water and water not refilled until meal over. Food was excellent!!! Frozen margaritas tasty, but requested different flavour for second one and got the same as first. The spice on the tortilla chips was not good.

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Inthain
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Ice cold beer and great tequila list, half priced after 9PM.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I’ve been to Blanco many times. Our waitress tonight seemed more interested in attention from her male customers than anything else.
Our table sat with dirty dishes for the entirety of our meal, our first drink order arrived approximately 15 minutes after we ordered it. Our waitress was actually sitting at a table with male customers while we waited. Our slushy drinks arrived as a watered down version of what they’ve been in the past.
It took us having to get her attention before we could order another drink.
Service was no bueno. 👎🏼

Blanco Cantina – Calgary 17th
Responded on July 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. The service you are describing is definitely not up to our standards. I would like to invite you back if you give us another chance. Please email me at anna@blancocantina.ca and I will handle your reservation booking directly. Thank you, Anna

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I always love this place. Myself and my husband comes here all the time. But yesterday I found that the service was a little bit slower. Drinks came later. I guess because of the taco Tuesday happy hour. The server came and told us that there were 2 hour grace period but I still have to wait for my drink and finish it coz it came later again hehe. Overall it was okay! I would still come back in this place anyway. 🙂

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Blanco Cantina – Calgary 17th is rated 4.5 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.

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