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Canteen, madison, WI

Canteen

4.5
4.5
179 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 285-5703

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Van Ommeren

  • Catering

    If you’d like to arrange a catering delivery, have a special request, or would like to place an order please call at 608.285.5703, email Arle at amontes@foodfightinc.com, or fill out ou<br /><br />https://canteentaco.com/catering/<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    We’re great for group events because we’re open to doing just about any kind of awesome you have in mind. We can do taco & nacho bars, tray-passed apps and tacos, or plated entrees. Book us for casual events, business dinners, birthday and holiday parties, and rehearsal/welcome dinners. Let’s pa

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 403-8723

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Parking details

    https://uli.com/parking122 W. Doty Street Madison, WI 53703This underground ramp includes five floors of convenient and secured underground parking with direct access to the Capitol Square. Weekday Hourly Rate : $1.00 per 20 min./$20.00 max Weekday Evenings (after 4pm) : $3.00 flat fee Weekend : $5.00 flat fee

  • Additional

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Pick up Window and Patio Dining: Order at Canteen's Pick-Up Window and dine on the patio Enjoy tacos in a safe and socially distanced al fresco atmosphere. We are not seating inside the restaurant currently. How to Order: Place your order in advance – online or over the phone (608.285.5703) – and pick up your food from our handy pick-up window located on the S. Carroll St. side of the building. You can also place your food order in person at the window. Social Distance waiting spots are marked 6-feet apart on the ground to ensure social distancing while you' re in line. Even better if you wear a mask while you' re in line, ordering, and/or picking up your food. If it's raining, we won't set up our outdoor seating, but the pick-up window will still be open for ordering and carryout. We also offer delivery and car curbside carryout every day. Patio Rules: Outdoor tables available on a first come, first serve basis for parties of 6 or less. Please do not move or combine tables. All food and beverages will be served in/on disposables. Please clear your table when you' re done, using the trash bins located on our patio. We will wipe down and disinfect the tables and chairs between customers. Restrooms are available to our customers, but we request that you wear a mask when you' re indoors for the safety of our staff. Please use the 6-foot distanced markers if there's a line to use the restroom

Tacos by the Twos

2 tacos per order. All lunch tacos are served on 4.5" white corn tortillas unless otherwise noted. Flour tortilla subbed upon request. Sub local Tortilleria Zepeda corn tortillas +$1. Add an scrambled egg to any taco +$1

  • Carnitas$7.00

    mango-habanero sauce, queso fresco, onion, cilantro

    • Pork Belly$7.50

      guajillo chile sauce, cotija, onion, cilantro

      • Chicken Pastor$7.00

        ranchero, salsa verde, pineapple, onion, cilantro

        • Picadillo Ground Beef$7.00

          cheddar, lettuce, crema, pico de gallo

          • Barbacoa Beef Brisket$8.50

            arbol chile salsa, green cabbage, toasted seeds, crema, onion, cilantro

            • Fish$7.50

              tecate beer-battered or grilled cod, pickled morita crema, green cabbage, citrus salsa, cilantro

              • Fried Cauliflower$6.50

                tecate-battered cauliflower, guajillo chile sauce, crema, tomatillo-radish-red onion slaw, cilantro

                Griddled Burritos

                Skip the tortilla and make any burrito bowl-style, just ask

                • Classic$10.00

                  Mexican rice, refried black beans, avocado, chihuahua cheese, cilantro, salsa verde, creamy poblano sauce choice of picadillo ground beef, chicken, carnitas, or fried cauliflower

                  • Baja$10.00

                    cabbage slaw, citrus vinaigrette, avocado, pico de gallo, chile-lime aioli choice of chicken, carnitas, grilled fish, fried fish, or fried cauliflower

                    • Smother Your Burrito$1.50

                      smother your burrito with guajillo chile sauce or roasted green chile and tomatillo cream sauce

                      Mas

                      • Enchiladas$11.00

                        chicken, roasted green chile and tomatillo cream sauce, cotija, crema, sesame seed, scallion, radish, side of Mexican rice

                        • Chopped Taco Salad$9.00

                          romaine, pico de gallo, blackened corn salsa, black bean, radish, scallion, shredded cheddar, cilantro, corn tortilla chips, avocado green goddess dressing

                          Snacks & Sides

                          • Duritos$1.00

                            puffed wheat wagon wheels, chile, lime, tajín spice

                            • Tres Salsas & Chips$4.50

                              salsa verde, salsa ranchero, arbol chile

                              • Guacamole & Chips$7.50

                                avocado, cilantro, onion, lime, jalapeño, cotija

                                • Refried Black Beans$3.00

                                  queso fresco, scallion

                                  • Escabeche$3.00

                                    house pickled vegetables

                                    Dessert

                                    • Churros$4.50

                                      with chocolate sauce

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 179 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.5
                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.6Food
                                      • 4.2Service
                                      • 4.5Ambience
                                      • 4.3Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. T

                                        Tacotits

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Best barbacoa tacos around!!! 2nd anniversary lunch with my wife and they comped our churros which were sooo good! The real star was the flan. Oh my god I’ll never forget that flan.

                                      2. L

                                        Lafery

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall3food4service2ambience5

                                        The space is great, although a bit loud. They were busy, and our server noted they were understaffed for the evening (which is totally understandable). We didn't see our server much, and the wait between ordering drinks and ordering food was very long, which, added to the kitchen being backed up, made for a long wait. We were given a discount, which was nice of them. I think we may have just been there on a tough night, and the food was good, but could have used more attention/earlier communication from our server.

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                        Good was delish! Definitely try their Mexican street corn! It's a nice small Mexican eating spot!

                                      4. GB

                                        GBBB

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                        Our reservation was for 6pm on a Saturday. As soon as we were seated at the table, we were told by the host and then by the server that there was another reservation for the table at 7:30pm and that we would need to be done with our dinner by that time. We had been planning for a leisurely dinner after a long week, but certainly understood that they were busy on a Saturday night. However, with every course we ordered, we were reminded again by whoever happened to be by the table that we had to exit by 7:30pm. It was busy and the service was slow, which would not have been a problem except that we were on a deadline with constant reminders that we were going to have to be out the door by 7:30pm. We ordered a second round of drinks in the middle of service (with plenty of time to make it to the deadline), but they didn’t arrive until about the time we received our check. The host came over for what must have been the 4th or 5th time that night to remind us the table had another reservation at 7:30pm and we had to chug down the margaritas to make the exit. I understand it was busy and that the staff was under pressure to turn tables, however, it would be a good idea in future to open up more tables for reservations on a weekend evening, or space the reservations out in order to accommodate for service that might be slow.

                                      5. SA

                                        SarahA

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 26, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Was running a little late and we called and they were very polite and appreciated a heads up. We got a drink, app, and main all very delish! Can't go wrong with their tacos. Great place to stop in before a show, or before a night out on the town.

                                      6. E

                                        Elena

                                        Des Moines

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 18, 2022

                                        overall2food2service1ambience3

                                        It took 40 minutes after placing our order to receive our 4 vegetarian tacos. The table next to us arrived after we placed our order and received two courses before we received our order. When the table next to us got their tacos/burritos we asked our server “are our tacos coming?” And she grunted “well yeah!” And then immediately brought out our food, which were at that point completely cold. We did not complain as she dropped them off and ran. I ate them, because at that point I had drank half pitcher of margarita and I needed to eat. At this point we had to flag our server down for everything, another margarita, more water, dessert, a box, and then the check. She clearly was not trained or was stretched too thin. And also, did the kitchen not recognize that this food was not being ran? Did they not care? was there a manager there? So disappointed.

                                      7. AH

                                        AllisonH

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This place is a gem! The vibe was incredible. The food was amazing!! I would definitely recommend & can’t wait to go again myself!!

                                      8. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Milwaukee

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                        overall3food5service3ambience4

                                        We frequent there a lot and Last night was not your best night. I know late night happy hour can become overwhelming but you seemed short staffed. After 20 minutes of waiting we had to pull aside a staff member to get us even water. Minimal time spent at tables. Our food also took quite a bit of time but the tacos are always great! Just probably an off night and we will still be back!

                                      9. AP

                                        AtotheP

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        great spot, great food & service was awesome too! will be back but this time will indulge in a margarita!

                                      10. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                        Canteen is my favorite Mexican food in Madison. The tacos and burritos are particularly excellent, and if you want the best (and strongest) margarita you’ve ever had, you have to go with the frozen strawberry!

                                      11. D

                                        Delodelo

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                        overall2food2service2ambience4

                                        Mediocre food and terrible service. I won't be back.

                                      12. LL

                                        LorieL

                                        Milwaukee

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Late lunch during happy hour. Tacos were excellent and so were the margaritas.

                                      13. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience2

                                        Loud with annoying college kids. Can they stay on state street and not ruin the rest of the city.

                                      14. SG

                                        SuperG

                                        Chicago

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 25, 2022

                                        overall3food3service1ambience3

                                        the service needs a improvement urgently, we were waiting for a request like 10 minutes, only when we stand up to leave the server comes to ask if we need something else. no bueno.

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Chicago

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food and good for families!

                                      16. o

                                        ohsocraftygirl

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 18, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                        Our server was awesome - food was great ... just got noisey after nine making it hard to talk but overall - I'll be back as soon I can get there. I am craving the brussel sprout tacos!

                                      17. g

                                        gilby

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Great food options at a reasonable price. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful in choosing our meals.

                                      18. A

                                        Anonymous

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                                        overall1food3service1ambience3

                                        Our waiter did not have good service. We were frequently left waiting. We had made this reservation for 6:15, and after about an hour and fifteen minutes we were told we had to leave because someone else was coming in for their reservation—meanwhile other people near us were there when we initially got there. Canteen was recommended to me because of the food, which was good, but I will not go again because of how terrible the service was.

                                      19. K

                                        Kali

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food with good vegetarian and vegan options! The staff was kind and flexible and the food was delicious

                                      20. A

                                        Alan

                                        Oklahoma City

                                        13 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on January 29, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        Staff were wonderful and courteous. Food was well prepared and tasty. Friday night meant it was very loud and busy.

                                      21. BR

                                        BethR

                                        Milwaukee

                                        9 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on January 23, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Great neighborhood restaurant vibe. The food is authentic, great style and taste. You must have the horchata ....soooooo good!

                                      22. MN

                                        MelissaN

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great, delicious tacos and margs! Super cool decor and vibe

                                      23. F

                                        Fred

                                        Milwaukee

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on December 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        terrific value great experience

                                      24. KC

                                        KC00

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 16, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love this place! Food, service, atmosphere - all always amazing

                                      25. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Chicago

                                        6 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on December 9, 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        The service was outstanding! Our server was patient and very responsive. The food is delicious and the ambience is welcoming for all ages.

                                      26. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Chicago

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on December 5, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was amazing! Best margaritas in Madison!

                                      27. a

                                        anonymous

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 4, 2021

                                        overall4food4service1ambience2

                                        staff threatened to give my reserved table away because we were five minutes late, but then when we did sit down they didnt come over to take our order for almost 15 minutes anyway

                                      28. M

                                        Marie

                                        Monterrey

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on November 27, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Super deals for happy hour and GREAT service by our waiter!

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 21, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Enjoyed happy hour pricing on tacos and margaritas. Both were great. Service was just spot on. We’ll be back!

                                      30. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on November 21, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great meal. Loved the street corn and spicy margaritas.

                                      31. B

                                        Burgerman

                                        Chicago

                                        6 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on November 21, 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Margaritas are very weak. Had a pitcher between two and didn't even fell warm and fuzzy...bad deal!

                                      32. RL

                                        RyanL

                                        Milwaukee

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on November 16, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I've eaten at Canteen multiple times. Always good food. Great service this most recent time, which can be rare these days with short staffs, etc. We got nachos for the table, very nice size... Big enough that I ended up splitting a burrito with my wife for our entrée. We were too full for any dessert after.

                                      33. NM

                                        NoelM

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 7, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was delicious, we really enjoyed everything we had. Casual, but modern & energetic vibe. Late night happy hour was a huge plus! Margs were yummy.

                                      34. DB

                                        DaleB

                                        Milwaukee

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on November 2, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere; highly recommend!

                                      35. LD

                                        LisaD

                                        Milwaukee

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 30, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Our first time to Canteen, and everything was delicious. Our group of six enjoyed a wide variety of street tacos and a pitcher of margaritas. Our server was knowledgeable and had excellent recommendations. We'll be back :)

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Minneapolis

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was lovely, I brought my kids and they were super accommodating and delivered yummy kid friendly food, I relaxed and enjoyed my delicious meal, the wait staff didn’t hover, they weren’t pushy, it was just very cheerful and easy going, we all left happy. I’m going back next week!

                                      37. J

                                        Jenny

                                        Philadelphia

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on October 16, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        My husband and I had dinner before the Madison Symphony. Not our first time, certainly not our last time. Baja and classic burritos in a bowl were excellent - just the right amount each for 1 person. And, a true delight to get something not fried.

                                      38. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Chicago

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 11, 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        Good was delicious

                                      39. SL

                                        ScottL

                                        Las Vegas

                                        7 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        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.

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Milwaukee

                                        6 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on October 6, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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                                      Canteen is rated 4.5 stars by 179 OpenTable diners.

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                                      Booked 21 times today
                                      Google Map for Canteen

                                      111 S Hamilton St madison, WI 53703

                                      Additional information

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Madison

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
                                        Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Contemporary Mexican

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        https://uli.com/parking122 W. Doty Street Madison, WI 53703This underground ramp includes five floors of convenient and secured underground parking with direct access to the Capitol Square. Weekday Hourly Rate : $1.00 per 20 min./$20.00 max Weekday Evenings (after 4pm) : $3.00 flat fee Weekend : $5.00 flat fee

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Jason Van Ommeren

                                      • Additional

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

                                      • Phone number

                                        (608) 285-5703

                                      • Catering

                                        If you’d like to arrange a catering delivery, have a special request, or would like to place an order please call at 608.285.5703, email Arle at amontes@foodfightinc.com, or fill out ou<br /><br />https://canteentaco.com/catering/<br /><br />

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        We’re great for group events because we’re open to doing just about any kind of awesome you have in mind. We can do taco & nacho bars, tray-passed apps and tacos, or plated entrees. Book us for casual events, business dinners, birthday and holiday parties, and rehearsal/welcome dinners. Let’s pa

                                      • Private party contact

                                        our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 403-8723

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