Canteen

4.7
141 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good was delicious

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ScottL
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but not over the top.
Server was nice snd pleasant . We waited awhile for our order to be taken. . There was someone who was attended to before us and we were seated before them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick is the best! Oh and the tacos and margaritas are always fantastic too!

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Rhawig
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Burritos were delicious.
My favorite taco was the pork belly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience of our fourth weekend brunch visit to Canteen was just as great as the prior three. The Steak and Eggs burrito, with optionally added green sauce, is too good to pass up. My wife loves the Breakfast Bowl, choosing carnitas as the protein, without the tortilla. The Spicy Rita (margherita) is also a great choice for a pick-me-up!

Tip: Canteen opens at 10:00 am on Saturday/Sunday even though the hours on the door show a 10:30 opening. Open Table reservations match that correct opening, but we were confused at first for our 10:00 reservation.

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Alex
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tacos, a great selection of tequila/mezcal flights to taste, and fresh churros to top it all off. Our favorite restaurant in Madison!

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Nora
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!! The building itself is super fun and the atmosphere is cool!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server friendly and gave us space with just the right amount of attention.
Margaritas made me say mmmm.
Tacos were tasty. Queso was bland

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Food was fair. Service was horrid. In the 2 hours my group and I were there the server came over a total of 3 times. We wanted more food and drink but we could never get his or anyone elses attention. Then when we finally did he told us the kitchen and bar had already closed and that he assumed we didn't want anything else. Shame that a Food Fight restaurant is really going down hill.

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hollisg
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Fabulous waitress!
Perfect service. The dessert was unforgettably delicious. Outside-
View of capital! We loved it!

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shrimplover2
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My go-to place for tacos in Madison. I think these are the best, and I like that the outdoor tables are spaced comfortably apart.

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MikeM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I can't believe I wasn't aware of this restaurant. The food was incredible. Really, really good.

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Mairin
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living abroad for 10 years, I asked friends for a Mexican recommendation to celebrate my birthday. Very pleased they suggested Canteen. First time visitor and had a lovely time! Our server was super attentive but not hovering plus margaritas and food were all delicious. Great work to all the team working there - will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superior to any Mexican food we have eaten . Our server was very friendly and patiently answered our questions about the menu even though they were super busy. Fresh ingredients and nice variety of cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The happy hour deals are amazing!! If it wasn’t happy hour, there’s NO way the food would have been worth the money. But I will say the ambiance was so fun, and the food was really good- just expensive without happy hour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great weekend brunch menu. Save room for the churros (6) with chocolate fudge dipping sauce for dessert. They are nicely crisp on the outside with a cinnamon-sugar coating, and soft and chewy inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. When it started to rain they found us an inside and helped us move. Food was delicious.

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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos in Madison. And the half off happy hour for margaritas and tacos is amazing.

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Kate
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Very fast service. Can’t beat the happy hour deals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great brunch on Father's Day starting with Spicy Margaritas that were made with fresh squeezed lime juice and a liberal amount of Chile infused tequila. They had a smooth and clean taste that hit the spot to whet perfectly our appetites for the chips with queso. The chips were made to order and the queso had a nice Tang and mild heat.

My wife had the chicken enchiladas that were a bit hidden on the menu in the "mas" section. She found them to be delicious, with succulent and juicy white chicken, and green tomatillo sauce. The Mexican fried rice was a perfect compliment to the enchiladas, which she much prefers over refried beans.

I had the steak and eggs burrito, which was so good I don't know if I could order anything else there for brunch. The scrambled eggs were perfectly soft cooked, carne asada beef was tender and juicy. I was going to try a side of fried potatoes but they're in the steak and eggs burrito, so no need. The chihuahua cheese, sautéed poblano and bell peppers, onions, chile-lime aioli made for some very flavorful bites.

Lastly, we tried the churros for dessert after our server telling us how she had made her parents take her to Canteen for her birthday, just for the churros. They are crispy on the outside, coated with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar, and soft and moist on the inside. To top it off, they come with a decadent chocolate fudge dipping sauce. Yum!

Can't wait to go back with the rest of the family!

Tip: Reservation via OpenTable is highly recommended as indoor seating is limited.

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JohnA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great as always. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place to start the evening of a bachelorette party. The food and margaritas were amazing!!! Can’t wait to visit again!

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Alex
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, mezcal flight, cocktails, and even a birthday churros. Canteen is our restaurant in Madison!

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shrimplover2
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good ne of favorite spots in Madison, WI

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Zbigtom
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Fantastic service. Awesome food. Highly highly recommend. Sit outside if you can

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vipTrueBlue
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nothing else to add

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Sassy
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite spots in Madison! Delicious margaritas, inventive tacos and Mexican street corn that I dream about.

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RebeccaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

There on Memorial Day weekend- maybe - had to wait 2 hours after we ordered our food, then they asked us to settle our bill before we got our food because it was getting late and close to closing time. We paid for our drinks canceled our food order and left

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Foodie
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and the food was so good! The happy hour can’t be beat!

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Alex
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It would have been fine to let your staff continue playing pop-punk on a saturday morning instead of the management mandated music.

I get how it be, though.

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AnneR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Canteen is a great spot with excellent food and margaritas!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo good and the half price margaritas were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent as always but we had to wait twenty minutes for service on a Sunday night that did not look all that busy. During the meal, we couldn’t find any waiters to ask for more water. While this experience wasn’t great, we understand that a lot of restaurants are understaffed right now and we hope that those issues get resolved soon because we really love the food here!

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Blue
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were there on Mother’s Day in the afternoon. They still honored happy hour pricing and the tacos and margaritas were delicious! Service was really great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fresh ingredients and affordable. Taco’s are a “street taco” size, so my son ordered 6. Will visit again.

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CharlesA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would drive from Chicago to Madison just to eat here! These guys know what's going on with Mexican food and drinks!

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Denise
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Just wish we could reserve seating outside on the patio and wish they had more seating outside.

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vipCourt
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I LOVED happy hour at Canteen!! The drinks were strong but yummy (spicy mango marg was my fave) and the food is amazing! We had a variety of tacos, chips & guac, and churros for dessert, which are a must-have. Happy hour prices are super cheap, so I definitely recommend taking advantage of them! We will be back!

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Canteen is rated 4.7 stars by 141 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.