Good food! Chips and queso underwhelming, but tacos and burritos very good. Drinks were yummy, too. May be a bit more expensive than expected.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
Great food and service!!!
Loved our food and the fun, cozy atmosphere. The sweet potato Dorados were delish!
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?
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.
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.
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.
Great authentic Mexican food. Outstanding selection of tequila. Love the atmosphere. Very popular definitely helped reserving on Open Table!
Great margarita, well-prepared food. The only minor disappointment was the queso dip (lukewarm and a bit thin). Really enjoy this place!
Food & drinks were great! Staff was fantastic! Our table was ready right on time for our reservation!
Service good and food decent. Servings seemed small with no sides provided like typical Mexican restaurants
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.
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.
It was busy, so service was a little slow, but it gave us time to chat with our friends.
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.
Try the churros. Margaritas are good but a little pricey.
Everyone liked their entrees, enchiladas and burritos, and the margaritas are great.
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.
The tacos, beans, and rice are THE best of any of the "Food Fight" restaurants!!
Taco Tubbs and Eldarado grill should get their recipes!
Food was amazing! Service took awhile to get food and drinks; but we were having a great time so not too concerned,
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.
Small menu but outstanding and authentic food!
Nice Birthday dinner
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 :)
Amazing. The food was off the charts, and we had great brunch cocktails. Great service. Great prices.
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
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.
Horrible food & slow service.
We should have walked out when the tortilla chips arrived.
They were drenched in oil $ salt.
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!
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.
By far the best vegetarian food we have ever had! Friends said their non veg was amazing! Can't wait to go back!
Great food, great margaritas and great service. The baja bowl and flan were delicious. The tequila flight did not disappoint. Overall great experience
Love visiting Canteen, the food is always on point and drinks are always served right.
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.