Branch Cantina

4
166 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Bienvenido! Come as you are to our flip flop and family-friendly, beachfront cantina serving Mexican classics, handcrafted Margaritas, and over 100 Tequilas and Mezcals in a colorful and lively, indoor-outdoor space.

COVID-19 RESERVATION POLICIES - In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, we have modified our reservation and seating policies to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests during the pandemic. We are taking limited reservations via OpenTable. The majority of our seating is walk-in seating on a first come, first serve basis. Please stop by the Cantina and put your name on our walk-in list! We look forward to seeing you soon - salud!

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
  • 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
What 166 people are saying
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WGPHL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Definitely not Tex-Mex. Weird menu. Food so so. Clearly a Tequila money grab.

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RandL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was perfect thanks to Q. Food all tasted good. My coworkers and I were disappointed to see the current menu had 3 meat options (beef, pork, lamb) and 1 fried vegetable for tacos so no fish or poultry tacos. We got the salmon entree and tortillas to make our own but not ideal.

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DianeB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place, you can see the boardwalk and ocean. Food very good. Service spot on.

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vipMaya
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome experience at Branch Cantina! Our server Jared (I think?) was awesome and attentive. I got shrimp tacos and churros - no regrets! I can’t wait to return and try more items on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Street tacos were served very plain. Lots of meat but that’s it. Needs more attention to details. Service was terrible. 3 tables in the place and waitress was no where to be found.

Skip it.

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pritskeri
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor food and over priced nice view to the beach

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FishLover
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome, he gave great recommendations, food was fantastic.

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LisaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I took my niece to lunch. We sat outside and it was a perfect day. We ordered. About 10 minutes later my lunch came out but not my nieces. So we waited 20 minutes for hers and I ate mine cold. People go out to spend time together and share a meal. I left there feeling like I wasted $60. That includes top. I also had to ask two people for my check.

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Disgusted
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

NOt a fan not worth the money and bland food, drinks were super strong

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jillg
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was as expected. Food was ok, drinks ok, service ok. Location and looking at the ocean is the appeal. The staff was pretty friendly and helpful except for the hosts. Manager Karen was exceptional

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch Cantina was great! The food and drinks were incredible (the nachos were delicious!) Our server on the patio was a very attentive and gave great recommendations - we can’t wait to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Limited choices on the menu. The chicken tika tacos were good and had flavor. Wish there were more choices though. They also need to time the appetizer and meal better as everything came out at the same time. Also the menu on open table differed from what they had at the restaurant so they must have changed it recently.

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our dinner experience here was terrible. From the waitress to the drinks & the food. Nothing was amazing. I had to get up & go to another table that wasn’t occupied to get napkins because when asked she kept forgetting & we no longer wanted to wait, Asked 3 times for straws because that was also forgotten about, and even had to get up to get our utensils because she was too busy on her phone in the corner. Rarely got checked up on by the waitress, The drinks tasted water down. And the flavoring of the food was nothing that would make me go back. I definitely would not recommend especially if you’re looking for a good dining experience in pier village.

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ChrisC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. Ambiance and drinks were good.

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vipToniG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service!
Love New Menu!! Big improvement!!
Excellent Cocktails!!!
Not happy that u can’t park in Hotel Lot for free anymore

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt our server was wonderful. Drinks and food were delicious. Appreciated service, ease of making reservation, and food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The location is lovely and the hostess and wait staff were so kind and helpful. Unfortunately, the menu is extremely limited but there appear to be some nice options, however, everything that was ordered was overly spicy. I do love spice but, the Tajin seasoning or whatever was used was overwhelming. The food was not enjoyable for this reason. It was a shame to spend $33 on skirt steak and rice that was barely touched because it was way too spicy and not good at all. The shrimp tacos were too spicy, the impossible chorizo was too spicy, even the guacamole had Tajin spice unnecessary sprinkled all over it. Such a shame. Drinks were ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Menu has changed for the worse when compared to the original menu in terms of both food and cocktails (puréed sugar instead of the former fresh fruit options). The service was downright terrible. Our waitress couldn’t remember anything we asked for; therefore, she couldn’t bring anything in a timely manner. She would have to come back to ask. Even the male who dropped off our food never came back with extra plates. We chose to have dinner there specifically for a special occasion and at the rate it’s going during peak summer time, we would never return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Last year’s menu was changed. now there’s no fajitas, burritos, regality chicken or beef taco. Very limited menu. Ran out of corona on a Saturday night. Odd for a Mexican restaurant. Service was good, food and menu were a big disappointment so we won’t be going back. Used to love going there last year with a real Mexican menu

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Gloria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location with an amazing view of the ocean. The server was very friendly and tries her best at keeping us taken care of. The food is delicious but part of our order was messed up and never came. Other than that we will be back.

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vipalina
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat in Long Branch. The food is absolutely delicious. The drinks are tasty. Friendly staff.

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, awesome food, excellent service. Will definitely be going back!

LM
LaurenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Margaritas & Guacamole. Had mexican appetizers. Wonderful view!

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CoreyH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Menu has changed dramatically ordered the shrimp tacos the only thing on the tortilla was three pieces of shrimp and a small amount of red cabbage not worth $16. They change their margaritas really miss the pineapple spicy margarita not worth the money save your money

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CarolI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great ambiance. Great food and excellent margaritas.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Our server was absolutely wonderful. The chips and guac were great and so were the margaritas... the street tacos were a bit disappointing though. I got the carnitas and the pork was greasy and made the tortillas soggy... my mom got the camaron and they tasted good but were lacking in toppings like lettuce and tomato or a sauce. The food could have been better, and we were rather disappointed with it, but our waiter was great (I think his name was Josh)

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vipDddd
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience5

Prices are just way too high for mediocre mexican. Extremely limited menu but $22 fajitas which only include grilled onions & peppers? Rice - Extra $4, Beans - Extra $4 Guac - Extra $5Chicken - Extra $6 ! by the time you're done you're paying i$41.00 for Chicken Fajitas - come on guys - this isn't gourmet by any means. Very disappointed. When they opened their menu was way more reasonable and better tasting. Now it's just a tourist rip off for the great view of the ocean. Sorry - won't be going back!

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vipJanineH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was bland. All sides are extra and there is no salsa offered. 3 of us ordered street tacos and one drink each and the bill was $130!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great! delicious

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vipIsabelM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Staff very friendly. Last year I came here and we got quesadillas. This year their menu was cut back not many selections and many items on their website are not available now. You have tortillas and cheese already for the other meals why not keep the things people like the most? $28 for a shrimp fajita. I totally understand that things are more expensive now and I don’t mind shelling out for excellent food but the quality was not on par with the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks and entrees!!

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NashP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, good and quick service, and a great location away from the chaos of pier village!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For the price food was mediocre at best.

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LindaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was good. The food was okay. Everything was a la carte. Had to pay $4 extra for each side of rice and another $4 for beans. We asked to sit outside and was told was full but the whole time we ate inside the tables outside were empty. It was very cold inside the restaurant as the music was very loud. Not my first choice for places to eat in Long Branch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Servers and the hostess were very friendly. They were a bit short staffed so they didn’t have time to check on us during our meal (we were missing place settings, refills on water needed, etc). Food arrived fresh and very quickly! The overall quality and taste of the dishes were very good. We would definitely dine there again!

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vipEva14
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our 4th visit and each time we have absolutely loved the fresh and perfectly spiced Mexican food, delicious cocktails and exceptional service. Our server San was attentive and the guy who brought our food from the kitchen was excellent and quickly bought out more guac for our meals. The view of the ocean from the outside seating is spectacular too!

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SandraB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was terrible, over seasoned and lack of choices on menu!

How can you call yourself a Mexican cantina and not offer traditional franchise Mexican dishes such as; quesadilla, chimichanga, burritos, etc. drink prices are ridiculously over priced!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

went for dinner after a long day at the beach and it hit the spot! their summer smash is so good and would definitely recommend it, especially after a long day of tanning!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Good place after the beach

JC
vipJasonC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 35 and only received a glass of water. They are under

FAQs

Branch Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 795-6619.

Branch Cantina is rated 4 stars by 166 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.