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Cantina 1511 - Toringdon (South Charlotte)

4.1
1224 Reviews
$30 and under
Traditional Mexican
Ever since 2004, Cantina 1511 has been serving consistently excellent Mexican fare to the people of Charlotte. A philosophy of only the freshest ingredients cooked from scratch to traditional recipes; guarantees an Authentic Mexican Celebration every time.

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
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
What 1224 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChauncy
Charlotte
73 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cantina 1511 is VERY GOOD and always consistent. Fun place to eat !!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very poor service

JC
vipJasonC
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was wonderful and meals were both plentiful and tasty.

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Lucky
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos were good but the barbacoa is great. Ross is a great server and was very engaging.

HH
HungryHippo
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow and the food was ok and drinks were good. The inside was good at keeping noise at bay.

DF
DanF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very nice and attentive. Also the food was fresh and portions are large.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent brunch menu and great service!

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PVP70
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were all thinking about Mexican food all day. We usually go closer to where we live. Decided to try Cantina again as it has been a few years. It was outstanding- the quality of the food and preparation was unquestionably better than others.
This is our new go-to for Mexican food.

CM
ChaoticMojo
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The restaurant overall was excellent and I will definitely return.

However, my order was average at best. It was a carne asada burrito and it was pretty bland. Both the steak and the beans had little flavor to them at all, which is a shame because the steak was supremely tender.

The items order by others in my party were all reportedly delicious. So too were the appetizers we ordered. It really just seems like an issue with the carne asada lacking seasoning or a marinade.

The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. Everything was prompt and correct.

In terms of value for your money, the place is newer & appealing with a good staff and food but it is on the pricier side for Southwest/Mexican food, with pretty much the same items as most other similar type restaurants (very few truly unique/upscale items) so it's up to you whether you want to spend a little more here for a better setting, staffing & ingredients, or go elsewhere where your money likely goes further.

Ultimately, I'll return here but I don't think I'll be ordering the steak again unless they have a different recipe.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We have not been in years and were so disappointed. The food was not nearly as good as it used to be and we spent over 100.... so sad.

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vipgvk65
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but not great. They charge for chips and salsa now- used to be free. Had guacamole which they make at the table. It was very good. (Could have used a little more of something- maybe garlic or seasoning).
Margaritas were great! Tacos were only good- had a chicken one (bland) and Thai shrimp (good!)
Service was attentive.

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Hammer
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, the drinks and food. The service was super and everything was just great

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Margarita was so sweet I couldn’t drink it. I ordered a fish taco and a chicken taco on a soft shell. I got two fish tacos on hard shells. They didn’t even taste like fish. This used to be one of our favorite places to eat but we won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Quick service. Very nice people

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Service was really really slow but the water was nice. We ordered queso which came out 10 mins before the chips and drinks so the queso was pretty cold but the water was so busy that we thought it best not to say anything. Plus once we got the chips we had to wait for a few mins for plates. Then we got salsa during the actual meal.

The food itself was fine - nkt seasoned super well for Mexican but otherwise fine.

Again, the waiter was really nice just overly busy.

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TerrenceBryant
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cantina 1511 everything was good to ambience is great to wait it was nice and we have fun

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TonyC
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very busy on Mother's Day. Our server was excellent and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was just above Taco Bell flavor. Wish they would go back to 10 years ago flavors when the place was awesome.

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wdk1
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch food and service. Would recommend highly. Good service and were able to sit outside in the beautiful weather.

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Moose
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Bar and food service was very slow. They brought all of our food for 4 to us at different time. By the time we got the last dish everything was cold. It was also not very warm when they brought it out to use. Will most likely not go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Have to ask for chips and salsa from a Mexican restaurant?
And pay extra for them?
Waiter was far too busy and trying to train another person. Rarely got our drinks refilled, low on those chips and salsa I paid extra for.
Wrong shells on my order of tacos but didn’t want to wait until he finally came back to ask him to fix it. Taco fillings were tasty but on the wrong shell I only ate the filling. Have been to the other location and it was great. Don’t think I’ll be back to this one again.

KB
KatherineB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I made reservations & we decided to see if they had a table at an earlier time. We got seated right away which was nice. Sat outside on the patio. Very lovely. The server was nice but wasn’t really on top of his game. Overall that wasn’t a problem. Queso came out cold, and the Mexican rice was really crunchy. Not really appetizing. Maybe they were off their game but definitely could use some extra effort in the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time dining with your establishment. We were very pleased overall and would come back in the future.

JC
JCLT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

The service was excellent, but unfortunately the food was subpar. This location has a much different feel compared to the other locations.

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Hammer
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

seated promptly, great food great service good drinks. Will be back

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Magana4
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch food
Good prices
Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We meet up with our son and daughter-in-law once a month somewhere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server was Terrible and slow! He spilled my water on the table and never cleaned it up and still gave me that same cup. We had to ask him for a rag to clean it. His thumb was in our salsa the way he was holding the bowls. Nearly spilt our cocktails. Our food was fine but service, not so much.

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DanM
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

desert was incredible

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice ambiance. The restaurant had a new, contemporary, vibrant feeling. I didn't have to wait to be seated.

It took a very long time for someone to take our order. The server was actually the bartender too.

I initially was interested in the marinated salmon tacos, but despite what the menu said, she said the salmon tacos was really tilapia fish which makes no sense based on the menu.
The food was really average to below average. The taco beef meat was very spicy hot and saturated in a lot of oil. The oil was dripping everywhere from the tacos. They could not make the beef without the seasoning because she said that the beef is already made for the day in batches with the seasoning on it.

I was offered to get something else and I got the salmon dish. The salmon entree was better.

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vipChauncy
Charlotte
73 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time going out to a restaurant in a whole year and we picked Cantina. It was even better than we remembered and enjoyed it immensely. The hostess greeted us warmly and our service was exceptional. Compliments to all in the kitchen.
We will be back again and again!

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SteveC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service was very good. The guacamole was prepared at the table and very good. However, the entrees were disappointing. My wife had shrimp tacos - well there may have been shrimp somewhere in there and I had a taco assortment. Food was just ok - not bad but not great. Drinks were very watered down with our margaritas having very little tequila present.

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vipDAZH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

8 of us got together here for my son-in-law’s birthday because he likes the Barbacoa here. I am assuming he liked his dish but half of us did not like our meal. I had the fajitas and the chicken and steak was so over salted and so over seasoned and so well done that I could not taste the meat. Three people in the party had the chimichanga and disliked it so much they could not finish it. It seemed to be deep fried or something, it’s weird. My 5 year old grandson loved the salsa and chips and taco and his Mom liked her salad with chicken. I don’t know what happened to this place but the food used to be pretty decent. We went to the one in Ballantyne and will not be returning. The service was great though. Skip this place and head to any of the other Mexican places near by.

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SandyM
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our first visit at this new location. Food, service, and margaritas were great - we will definitely go back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time to dine in since Covid. Food was not up to par, but it was still good. Just a different feel at this stage

CJ
vipChristieJ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars & have been now for like 15 years. Your restaurant is my husband & I’s favorite Mexican restaurant in Charlotte hands down!!! I love the chicken fajitas’s! We eat at Cantina once a week. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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vipbwimmer
Charlotte
133 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was friendly and quick. Unfortunately the Enchiladas Verde and the Ground Beef tacos were not all that flavorful.

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mimiw
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall the ambiance of the place felt cheap and flat. Drinks from the bar took forever. I ordered 2 tacos and was only able to eat one. The Thai shrimp was tasty but the fish taco had a strong fish odor and did not look or taste appealing so I felt it was best not to fully digest it. The table side guacamole was tasty as usual but needed to flag down server to ask for more chips and small plates so we could share. At the end of our meal our server charged our credit card twice, for our meal and the other couple we were with which I have to say in all my years of dining with another couple has never happened to us before. Even though the server saw there was an issue with the bills, he never returned to our table to rectify the issue so we just resolved it between ourselves. Overall not a great experience and have no plans to return.

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moonbeam439
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just love their tortilla chips since they are nice and salty, and the fundido is rather amazing! Their frozen margaritas are pretty good too. I preferred the Stonecrest location better, though all good. I will be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Birthdays for parents. Service was just ok, had to ask for things that should have been brought automatically.. appetizer was lukewarm, food was as expected. We were sat facing a wall, and although restaurant is nice, it felt like a typical chain experience. We won’t be dining at this location again. The restaurant is very clean though and up to date, it was just too blah.

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You can order delivery directly from Cantina 1511 - Toringdon (South Charlotte) using the Order Online button. Cantina 1511 - Toringdon (South Charlotte) also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cantina 1511 - Toringdon (South Charlotte) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 752-9797.

Cantina 1511 - Toringdon (South Charlotte) is rated 4.1 stars by 1224 OpenTable diners.

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