Canteen

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican

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❖ Canteen is not currently accepting reservations. Our full menu is available through our pick up window located on the South Carroll side of our building. Our patio is open daily, weather permitting. Restrooms are available inside for all customers. ❖ There is a Face Covering Mandate in Dane County. Every individual (5 years of age or older) must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while inside our restaurant. We request that customers wear face coverings throughout the ordering process at the pick up window. Thank you for respecting the safety of other guests and our employees!

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Yaate
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food! Chips and queso underwhelming, but tacos and burritos very good. Drinks were yummy, too. May be a bit more expensive than expected.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for Valentine’s Day and we were given a booth so it was a little more private than the rest of the restaurant. Food was delicious, our server was attentive, drinks were creative and tasty, and the price was great. Thanks for a lovely time!

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our reservation was for 8 pm however we were not seated until 8:30. There was a large group before us who were just sitting talking after their meal.

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deborahc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great drinks.
the waitstaff was friendly and helpful
be warned it can get really noisy- so if you're looking for a quiet spot- this is not it
Great for a group
we went with 8

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vipJosh
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Eaten here many times and it is consistently good food and drinks. Lots of good options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Service is highly dependent on the server and how busy the bar/kitchen gets.

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KariM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jasmine was our server, and she was knowledgeable and ready to make great recommendations. The food and drinks were fresh and delicious. We had a great time at Canteen!

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a family member come in to Madison from New York City. We both grew up in suburban Milwaukee. Wanted to take her to a local restaurant, good food, unpretentious.... She really enjoyed the food and margaritas we had

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little place. I had the smothered burrito, my wife had the Baja burrito with shrimp. Both were outstanding. The loaded Mexican rice was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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SharonN
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our food and the fun, cozy atmosphere. The sweet potato Dorados were delish!

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BobW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lot of good food ideas but portion size, flavours and execution wasn’t up to expectations. Server was great. Have visited in the past with better results....maybe a bad night?

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MaryjeanC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our group of four people had dinner here this past Sunday eve. The service was not great as we had to flag down our server to get more chips and order food. The small bags of chips with the appetizers was a bit strange. I had chicken tacos which were ok. Agreement amongst or group is that we would not return.

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JohnA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Disappointed that they squeezed 6 people at a table for 4. The table for 6 was open, but later given to a party of 4. I also feel like the burritos as getting stuffed with a lot more cabbage lately, so a dip in food quality, but overall it's delicious.

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EvaA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This is a good place for drinks and a light meal. Portions are small and side items are limited. Some of our tacos were cold when they arrived. My spicy margarita was good.

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PattiD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Mexican food. Outstanding selection of tequila. Love the atmosphere. Very popular definitely helped reserving on Open Table!

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JaneB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great margarita, well-prepared food. The only minor disappointment was the queso dip (lukewarm and a bit thin). Really enjoy this place!

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Anthonys
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & drinks were great! Staff was fantastic! Our table was ready right on time for our reservation!

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vipkirbyd
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Service good and food decent. Servings seemed small with no sides provided like typical Mexican restaurants

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vipSydney
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place! Our fault for dining on a brunch day; I'd love to see their regular menu. Good food, nicely priced. Adorable decor- very clever.

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LM1926
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We ordered a pitcher of margarita’s as our server said that it would serve at least 8 drinks (2 per person) It served maybe 6. We then had to wait a very long time to get the pitcher. Food was ok, not spectacular. We order chips a guacamole as well..it was fine, but the portion size was so small for a table of 4.

For the price, I expected more.

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GaryK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was busy, so service was a little slow, but it gave us time to chat with our friends.

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ScottE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The was ok. nothing that wowed me too much. The expensive take on an old fashion was not. A bit dissatisfied. I wouldn't mind trying a smothered burrito i saw on the menu.

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HannahS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Try the churros. Margaritas are good but a little pricey.

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vipBrunch
Milwaukee
98 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone liked their entrees, enchiladas and burritos, and the margaritas are great.

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Amelia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

My experience at Canteen was frustrating. The restaurant had excellent reviews, so I made a reservation for my friends' bachelorette party. We reserved a table for 5, but when we arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation, we were told there was no table available for us. We ended up waiting 30 minutes beyond our reservation time for a table. When we finally got a table, the service was very poor. The waitress seemed very overwhelmed, had to stop back by twice to ask about an order, then came back to tell us they were out of something we hadn't ordered at all. When asked to bring things to the table (chips, hot sauce, extra silverware) she had to be asked multiple times before bringing the requested item.

The redeeming part of the restaurant was the food. All the food we ordered (tacos, burritos, churros) was good and they had a nice variety. The wagon wheels that come on the table before the meal were odd and not very tasty, but otherwise we enjoyed the food. The margaritas were well-made and the cost of food and drink was appropriate for the quality and the location.

I hope they can improve their service because based on this experience, I think I can find equally good food elsewhere with a better dining experience.

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JamesB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos, beans, and rice are THE best of any of the "Food Fight" restaurants!!
Taco Tubbs and Eldarado grill should get their recipes!

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Becky
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing! Service took awhile to get food and drinks; but we were having a great time so not too concerned,

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Sally
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the canteen. Some of our family are vegan and so appreciate having those choices available, too. Interesting menu items with plenty of creative use of vegetables.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu but outstanding and authentic food!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Birthday dinner

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside and had a great view of the capitol! Not the restaurants fault, but they were setting up for art fair on the square so we had to sit next to a huge line of idling vans waiting to get in. Not an ideal atmosphere to eat in unfortunately, but other than that, it was perfect! The service and the food were great! Definitely recommend a pitcher of margs and the queso! Wish they had speakers outside to bring the fun salsa music and atmosphere to our table, but still had an awesome time for my wife’s birthday :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The food was off the charts, and we had great brunch cocktails. Great service. Great prices.

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KathleenR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too loud, waitress didn’t speak up, food spicy, said I didn’t want spicy food and didn’t get recommendations that what we got was spicy. Wanted frosted glass for beer, ran the glass under cold water, couldn’t taste alcohol in drinks. If that was authentic food, we couldn’t tell

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vipJeffreyR
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were excited to try Canteen. We sat outside because we found it very warm inside. The menu is rather limited with a focus on tacos. We ordered the carnitas and the chicken pastor tacos which were fine but certainly not exceptional. We also found the service was very slow, tanking over 40 minutes to get four tacos.

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vipSuzanne14
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Horrible food & slow service.
We should have walked out when the tortilla chips arrived.
They were drenched in oil $ salt.

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amberclaraeats
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, and helpful. Cozy atmosphere. Clean bathrooms. Considering how busy it was, we didn't wait long for food. Would 10/10 recommend this place and 10/10 will be returning!

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DanP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I wanted to like it but the food was mediocre at best. Nachos were salty. Sweet potato Dorado filling was a bland puree. The fish tacos were fine. The street corn was the highlight. Our family was not a fan of the puffed wagon wheels or the queso dip. It was loud and noisy mostly because of the servers congregating around the bar. Even though there were many servers around, the service was slow as well. We were an afterthought. There is not much reason to go back other than the location is nice.

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CheriS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

By far the best vegetarian food we have ever had! Friends said their non veg was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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vipJanR
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great margaritas and great service. The baja bowl and flan were delicious. The tequila flight did not disappoint. Overall great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love visiting Canteen, the food is always on point and drinks are always served right.

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Canteen is rated 4.4 stars by 85 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.