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Blanco Cantina - Gateway, Calgary, AB

Blanco Cantina - Gateway

4.3
4.3
274 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Welcome to Blanco Cantina, your fiesta HQ! As much fun as a trip to Mexico – just a whole lot closer. Whether you want to patio the night away or chill with your compadres, Blanco is up for anything. Our bright, colorful spaces, mouth-watering flavours, dangerous collection of tequila and great taste in music are all the escape you need. Vámonos amigos!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (403) 455-3796

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Aspen / Strathcona / West Springs

  • Cross street

    Corner of 85th St SW and Broadcast Ave Sw

  • Parking details

    Also free 2hr underground parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 274 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary

    Kid Friendly

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  1. c

    cathrinemar

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great tacos and margaritas! Parking is definitely an issue when it’s busy.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to that location since the day they opened. The service has always been consistent and friendly. The menu offers a great selection and is always consistent and delicious. I appreciate them offering free salsa and chips when you arrive at the table! I look forward to coming back next month!
  3. F

    Foodie

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The restaurant its self is very nice. I like the decor. The service was also really great. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre. We ordered three different dishes and neither one of us really enjoyed either one of them. There was very little chicken on the chicken fajita plate and the burrito was pretty bland. Needless to say we were both disappointed. Even the drinks were mediocre despite the high price tag.
  4. LW

    LaurieW

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the guac and chips, it is a must at every visit.
  5. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cool spot, food was good, service was good. Pricy for what you get.
  6. H

    Hodman

    Calgary

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Service was fine but food quality was very poor. Certainly wouldn’t go back!
  7. A

    Amal

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Took forever to get our drinks. Food was backed up and we were offered chips and salsa due to the wait. One order wasn’t rang through so person had to wait for it even longer. Server was kind. It was busy but very organized . Will go back but not on taco Tuesday.
  8. M

    Marlie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Over an hour wait for our food. Food was over priced for what you got. My wife’s beef tocos were way under cooked.
  9. KL

    KatL

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Ordered crispy avocado burrito and got chicken avocado instead. Well there goes 39 years of being a vegetarian, got halfway through before realizing the mistake! Restaurant was very apologetic and covered the bill but the meal was ruined
  10. MC

    MoniqueC

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our server wasn't very attentive. The manager and one of the runners from the kitchen were fantastic but our server barely came around. We had to ask for more rounds drinks, and water. She didn't try to suggest anything and never helped.
  11. MW

    MWD1

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a great time at Blanco!
  12. SP

    StefanieP

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Went for an early lunch on a Monday. Basically empty, and we were greeted shortly after sitting down. Food was just ok - they had no plant based protein and were not able to do any fish tacos. Served barely warm, the 3 tacos for $19 Bulgogi beef had no flavour, like none! Meat was chewy and heavily marbled (not in the good way). The shrimp diablo tacos were a bit warmer, but the diablo 'sauce' was not warm enough either to be the right consistency. Server checked in, barely, mostly to get us another drink. The raspberry jalapeno and smoked pineapple margaritas were the highlight. Once we were done ordering our second drink the waitress didn't come back for at least 30 minutes and I had to search her out to pay the bill. Again, only 3 other tables in the whole place with 6 people. Won't go back.
  13. AL

    AlannaL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local restaurant! Food is always delicious!
  14. y

    yycoenophile

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit. We were in for taco Tuesday for my birthday. Our server was great!!! Food was delicious, especially the carnitas taco! Margs were a tad inconsistent though, we ordered a jug of coconut chili and it was amazing, then a few single servings of the same kind and the spice level was waaaayyy up compared to the jug, borderline too much. I’ll still order that marg again, I’ll just ask for them to go easy on the spice.
  15. B

    mareB

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service team, tasty food and great drinks. The patio is a cozy spot to sit and soak up some sunshine with friends.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always good.
  17. s

    sneezy007

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time at Blanco Cantina. We had Queso for an appetizer, it was delicious. We both had the shredded pork burritos. Very tasty and very filling. We didn't have room for dessert. We'll have to do that next time. Our waitress, Katarina was very attentive. Our drinks arrived promptly and our food arrived nice and hot. Great restaurant, will definitely come back.
  18. MG

    MariaG

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience. Great service..Very comfortable atmosphere.
  19. AV

    AdriaanV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner experience with my family and the food was great.
  20. LL

    LisaLou

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Drinks are very pricey and the sangria was basically juice. My meal was the tilapia bowl-rita and it was 75% cabbage. Asked for cheese...no cheese. Menu said beans, there were about 10 black bean. It was a very sad excuse for a meal. Won't go there again.
  21. D

    Drsid

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great Mexican food, good vibe… a great addition to the neighborhood
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day dinner went off without any issue. Thank you for a great meal.
  23. y

    ys63

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit, enjoyed the first, really enjoyed this one as well. We will be returning.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the staff - great food and drink - !
  25. A

    Angels

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    For Mexican food, it was very bland and drinks are overpriced.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you’re sitting upstairs the music was definitely loud enjoyable just too loud.
  27. B

    Bella

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was just ok…better on past dining experiences. Service was less than acceptable
  28. c

    channy

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were great. Highly recommend this location.
  29. SC

    ShelleyC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Our server was fantastic. And the food was very tasty 🤗
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Been there twice, and will definitely go again. Menu is excellent. Margarita flavours are fabulous. Food is very good. I could do without the 80's retro soundtrack. Would appreciate some latin-based music to add to the Mexican vibe.
  31. y

    ys63

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed this first but not last visit. The food, service and ambiance were all really good. A nice little neighbourhood find!
  32. N

    Nadine

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My burrito was delicious but I was disappointed with the chips and salsa. The pico was a HUGE disappointment. I can get better pico at a grocery store. It was dry - basically just chopped up tomato and onion. Definitely not worth the money. Was also disappointed that the server did not mention the feature margarita when we ordered. i didn't notice the sign until we were leaving.
  33. t

    tobuz

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, fun atmosphere! The food and drinks are always great, and the service here is fantastic. We love it. The only downside here is the parking. Street parking rules effectively end at 4pm (since there’s a 2-hour parking limit until 6pm) … which means that condo residents and retail workers take up the limited parking, with little parking left for customers. And there are only a handful of retail spots available in the underground garage. So frustrating!
  34. m

    missingmaui

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    As always, good food, terrible service, and it wasn’t even busy. Pretty much had to beg for a second drink. This place has nothing on Anejo
  35. K

    Keithwiggley

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    It was meh, drinks were light, too much ice, food was ok, I heard great things about this place.. we had a new server, poor guy tried hard, in time he will be good. Pretty spendy for the price and quality of food. Cool looking spot though. Parking is not so great.
  36. S

    Suzie

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Waited 25 mins for drink order it was misplaced. Did get drinks for free so that was nice. Also didn’t get water or asked about appetizers during this time as well. Table was close to a door and it was cold. Fish taco more batter than fish. Mushroom taco very small maybe 1/3 full and not much flavour
  37. a

    alfonsoa

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always, the food is tasty and Blanco never disappoints!
  38. JB

    JBCCC

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was very friendly and courteous. The tacos were delicious and half-price because we were there for happy hour! Overall a terrific experience. We eat there monthly if not more.
  39. B

    Beverly

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent EVERYTHING here. Mezcalaritas are our favourite! Service is great! Tacos are amazing - and the manager has great energy and we can see she really makes an effort make everything great there.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Jessie, our server, was patient. Remembered I told her my colleague is from Toronto. I liked her. Not invasive. Just the right amount of service. Guacamole and drinks delicious. I am always a bit disappointed in the tacos - cold when they arrive at the table. I wish you had tortilla soup.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Blanco Cantina - Gateway offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 455-3796.

Blanco Cantina - Gateway is rated 4.3 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Blanco Cantina - Gateway

8537 Broadcast Ave Calgary, AB T3H 4C7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of 85th St SW and Broadcast Ave Sw

  • Neighborhood

    Aspen / Strathcona / West Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Also free 2hr underground parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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