Cantina del Centro - Kelowna

4.4
93 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican

Allow Cantina Del Centro to transport you to the streets of Mexico via Kelowna, BC - where they have perfected the formula of authentically unique Mexican street food, craft cocktail service and a friendly, upbeat atmosphere.

Only accepting limited reservations in the evenings, allowing for the majority of our tables to be sat in a first come, first served basis.

If you do have a reservation with us, know you will have the table for 2 hours from the reserved time. We will hold the table for you for 15 minutes, if you are running late for any reason, please give us a call and let us know.

Credit card information is required for reservations of groups larger than 4 people. Due to limited seating, there is a No-Show Fee of $50.00 for those who do not show up for their reservation without notice of cancellation.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 93 people are saying
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local
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

great Mexican restaurant . large portions. very authentic atmosphere
only issue. Drinks very expensive

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ReidN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The drinks were absolutely amazing, the food was as well, only complaint is the tacos were small but the natchos and every other dish were huge.

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SavourtheFlavour
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was tasty and nicely presented. Enchilada plate was insufficient for a main course, while the burrito was much better. After eating the enchilada with small dollops of refried beans and rice I was still hungry. Never had that occur in any Mexican restaurant anywhere. Service was efficient and friendly. An order of salsa and chips to start was $12. Some Mexican restaurants we have tried provide something similar without charge. I found it annoying that their printed menu had their house wine priced $2 less than actually charged on the bill. And the most irritating thing was their payment machine has tip options starting at 18% and up. I had to select the “other” option to add a more reasonable 15% tip. Left an impression of gouging in Kelowna’s tourist area. Not the vibe I would think the owners want to leave with a mostly local clientele that will keep it going through the lean non-tourist months. Atmosphere is clean-lines modern and pleasant. Overall a passable but not exceptional experience.

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Terri
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was great, food is excellent and highly recommend the pineapple habanero marg!! Will be back for sure!

AJ
vipAJinVegas
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place good vibe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out to celebrate a friends birthday and honestly, the staff went way above and beyond. They helped us surprise our friend by a setting up the table for us and went out of their way to make our experience so much fun! The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious!

DB
DarleneB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here aboutn4 times..food is good
Friendly staff
My only complaint ...more options for rose wine

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Avaell
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and awesome staff! Amazing gluten free options (most of the menu). Definitely will be going again!

JB
JillB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Portions are quite small, and menu items are pricey for what you get. Nice ambiance and the margaritas are delicious! No happy hour food items.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely spot for something unique for brunch. Great food, excellent attentive service. Can't wait to go back for dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There were 7 of us and we could not talk across the table. I do not understand why a lot of restaurants have to have loud music playing when people are trying to have a social meal.

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LaurenL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Tacos were good (on small side but done really well) coconut margarita was excellent - nachos were huge - good rotating beer selection.

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Tessa
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How have I not been here before ! What a great room - so clean and vibrant. The gal that served us was great and big KUDOS to the Chef. Yep, we wil be back :)

MB
vipMarkB
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good meal! A go to lunch venue and weekend afternoon stop for a drink and snack.

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OliviaP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Outstanding!! Remarkable!! Great service!! Great food!!

LR
LiRD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for authentic Mexican. Love the margaritas!

LV
LisaV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. We had a booth and it was very comfortable. Tables were closer together than what I would be comfortable with - definitely not 6 ft between tables. Food and drinks were amazing. Almost like being in Mexico!

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Alwayslookingforgoodeats
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! Very helpful with suggestions. The tequila selection was amazing and huge. Felt tacos could use a bit more flavour. The soup was wonderful. Thank you Cantina!

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SamanthaZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks and great music! A must visit!

GE
GoodEats
Puerto Vallarta
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

As a local who lives half the year in Mexico I was eager to check out the Cantina, sadly it does not deliver. The guacamole was a very strange texture, soupy and lumpy, must’ve come out of the freezer. The salsa was average. The chicken mole enchiladas were so dry we could barely swallow them. Not enough mole sauce on the chicken and the tortilla was bone dry with just a little drizzle of Crema. The beans had a strange flavor. The tacos were nothing like street tacos, maybe the tortillas are handmade but they were too thick and doughie. Food was a fail. The music was so loud at 7pm on a Friday we couldn’t talk, we had to shout over the night club tunes. Clearly geared toward a very young crowd. We wanted a taste of Mexico but we’re sadly disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

As our first visit to Kelowna and first experience in the restaurant, our overall experience was okay. The food and music was incredible. It was impossible to have a conversation however the music was amazing and easy to just hang back and enjoy!
Unfortunately it took us 10-15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge we were waiting at the front to be seated. We were finally greeted by a sweet man who was very warm and seated us. Respectfully they were busy and he apologized, great.
The service unfortunately was below average, we waited for anyone again to acknowledge us and sat there for 15 minutes to be served.
Although the waitress sweet, she was either too busy and not able to handle many many tables or too tired and surprisingly only made small talk near the end when we were with the debit machines to tip.
The food was incredible however and the drinks sat on the counter for 10 minutes until the waitress finished on her iPad. The drinks were very overpriced and average and watered down with a lot of ice.
Overall, we truly enjoyed the music and food. If you are looking for a quite restaurant, this isn’t for you!
Thank you for having us!

KN
KellyN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious and well valued but drinks were over priced. Our server forgot to take our father in laws order, and then forgot to bring him the drink later, and just laughed it off. Service was disappointing for how expensive the dinner/experience was.

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Pamela
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and drinks!! Amazing place.

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MattL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The host/maître d’ was awesome. He greeted us, made us feel welcome and got us right to our table. Awesome first impression. The problem was that we waiting for 15 mins for a server to acknowledge us and take a drink order. This never ended up happening so my wife went to the bartender to ask for a server. He was too busy and let her know (he did look slammed) and another server overheard and got our first drink order. After multiple team huddles, it was determined she was going to be our server. She was awesome, but the other servers that ignored us in the before and during were unimpressive.

Food was absolutely killer and the ambience was good. Would go back again in an instant, but I would head to the bar for help sooner next time.

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NicoleM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Abrupt welcome. Not super friendly. For for the appies and drinks. Portions very small for price

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vipJuliemazzei
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night. Overall would recommend. But we ordered our drinks and food at the same time and food came out like 5-10 before drinks.

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PatH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cantina del Centro in Nelson, and were happy to see that there is now one in Kelowna. We were a group of 4, and everyone loved it! The food was well prepared and tasty, and service was friendly, quick and efficient. We sat inside, and loved the garage door open to the street. It was noisy, but we were still able to hear each other and chat. The decor here is more industrial, and feels more open and less cozy, but still appealing. If you order the churros, note that they are huge!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. That is all.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was so loud I felt like I had to shout across 2ft of table and the tables were super close together.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was horrendous and rude. But everything else was 12/10!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes! Exceptional cocktails

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Larissa
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. They were very accommodating of our group.

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

Food and drinks were amazing! Definitely would eat here again!

GS
GayleS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding new place to go with friends. Bright lively and fresh.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, authentic tacos ,yummy marguerites!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was knowledgeable/ friendly and well timed. Food quality was very good/ fresh/flavorful and good portion size.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Amazing service! The food was very tasty BUT if you are hungry and ordering a quesadilla ORDER 2 or more!!! Our quesadillas were the exact same size as our 5 + 7 year olds from the kids menu! Tiny little 8” tortilla folded in half with little inside. Came with no sides or anything! I feel chips should have been a complimentary starter and pay only for your choice of the amazing salsas. Enchiladas and burritos were huge portions. Not sure about the tacos but very disappointed in the quesadillas. Not family oriented after 6pm.

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JEBWK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing, service is great. Lots of GF and vegetarian options.

HB
HeatherB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Service was a little slow, not enough to be an issue. Fun place to be with great atmosphere

DB
DarleneB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was father's day..but no tosdaos..and no non alcoholic beer.
But the food was amazing.
Was wondering why no Mexican music !,!

FAQs

Cantina del Centro - Kelowna does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Cantina del Centro - Kelowna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 484-0887.

Cantina del Centro - Kelowna is rated 4.4 stars by 93 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.