Cantina Tequila & Taco Bar

3.8
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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World inspired taco and tequila bar. Featuring over 70 tequilas and mescals with tacos that span flavors from around the globe.

Cantina features all premium margaritas, local craft beers, and a full cocktail list in a unique bar & grill atmosphere. We offer lunch, happy hour and dinner specials throughout the week; and we even do $2 Tacos on Tuesdays!

Locals and tourists stop in for the tacos, handmade cheese curds, queso smothered burritos, chicken wings, the 100 ounce margarita towers and the vibrant late night scene.
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

When we (8 people - 4 couples) walked in, the hostess walked away and left us standing there for 3-4 mins. Came back and just stared at us rather than greet us. Got to our table. Waitress was nice, until two members of our party switched end seats. She became irritated and re-took our entire drink order. A Margarita Crawl had come through earlier that day, but by this time it was fairly empty and no reason for either to have an attitude towards customers.
Everyone ordered tacos. I went with the authentic-style 'street' tacos (steak, onion & cilnatro). The moment they were placed in front of me, I knew I made a mistake. First, the tortillas were undercooked. Barely warmed and I was afraid to fold them for fear that they'd just tear in half. There wasn't much steak on the tacos and the ratio of steak to onion was roughly 1:1. After taking half of the onions off, there was barely anything left on the tortillas. Since the tortillas were doubled up, I could barely taste any steak. After consuming my onion and tortilla tacos, I set my sights on the rice. Again, undercooked and sadly, very bland. Since I was hungry, I ate all of it in hopes that it would eventually earn the 4-star review rating it has across various sites (Trip Advisor, Google, Open Table), but that was not the case.
The one positive was the margaritas. While not the best, they were much better than the food. I went in with high hopes and left hungry and disappointed. The portions were small and the food wasn't worth the money (~$4/taco).

KS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

corn tortillas were hard and tough to bite. Frozen Margarita wasn't froze. Server was nowhere to be found.

M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

This is the second time I've been to Cantina. The service is always great. The last time I was there my waitress had two very large parties, and, while service was slow, she was so apologetic, and I could tell she was doing her best to take care of us. That being said, both times the food and drinks were 'meh' and inconsistent (I got two of the same drinks and the second was completely different than the first). You can find better tacos at just about anywhere else.

DH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We came here to eat before the Shawn Mendes concert and were very happy we did! When we arrived, it wasn't crowded, the food tasted great, and it was a short little walk to Fiserv. We'd come back here again.

MW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy with our experience at Cantina Milwaukee! I wish I could remember our server’s name, as she was an absolute joy. We had a group of 8 celebrating a birthday, and she was so fun, sweet, and just overall have outstanding service. Food was great too!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but service was slow. Margaritas were great!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect! Friendly and attentive staff. Knew when to leave us be and when to come by the table. Prices were very reasonable and quality of food was amazing. Wish we lived closer! Only downfall was paying for parking, but we also did a boat tour. Nice short distance from parking to restaurant to dock.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and the margaritas were tasty chips and guacamole was good and Queso was tasty

CR
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was okay , but service was great. Seems like they have a good happy hour too. Margarita and Paloma were good.

n
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The greeter was pretty good she seated us immediately. The server was very friendly enough but she was swamped and couldn't keep up with the crowd. We arrived at the restaurant at noon but we didn't receive our entree until almost 1:00 pm. We had the Guacamole and Caso appetizers, Smothered Burritos. They were both lacking any type of seasonings.

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was Downtown Dining Week. That is always a great time to try out new restaurants. Milwaukee Cantina was great. I’m sure we will be back. Fun venue, great vibe, and superb food.

L
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

6/2/2019
Our 2nd day of Downtown Dining!
Cantina
Nice place
Appetizers-buffalo wings; chips & Guacamole, both were pretty standard
Entrees: Queso Smothered Burrito (Steak) and 3 taco, 2 chicken, 1 steak.
Desserts-Chocolate Brownie
Pretty good overall. Food and service were great. Don't know if it'll make me come here instead of our standby. But if I'm in the area and have a taste for Mexican food this will be my first choice! Down side: no place to park. Well that won't cost you. And I can only imagine if/when there's a game/concert going on at the Fiserve Center.

K
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our mains came out before our appetizers. The food wasn’t great, and the ambiance/flow of the restaurant was kind of strange. C+ at best.

Our waitress was nice though!

m
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've dined at Cantina several times before and always had a good experience. We went on a Thursday night for $2 tacos, but downtown dining was going on so the special was happening. We ordered a chicken quesadilla to share - that was amazing. We also ordered 2 tacos each. I got the Greek Freak & Tikka Chicken. The rice on the tikka taco was hard so and there was not much sauce on it. Normally this is my favorite one to order but they must have had an off day. The Greek taco was good. Also, we had happy hour margaritas which were only $5 for a large glass. Very good value.

M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The appetizers were delicious. Cheese curds and guacamole...yummy! The burrito wasn't anything special and i think Qdoba or Chipotle are actually more flavorful. The house margeritas are good. Service is a little slow so be sure you have enough time.

AM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The appetizer was wonderful girl was surprised we liked others tables said too spicy. Chocolate cake was aweful. Rice was blah. Can’t compete with other Mexican restaurants in the area for price or taste.

T
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great drink specials. We loved the variety of tacos offered too.

PT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average all the way around.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just ok. Nothing special. The margaritas were fine. The bathrooms in that building are horrible. They are so messy!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was excellent. Was the perfect place to go have tacos & drinks before the game (the strawberry lemonade margarita is delicious). They also arranged for the Miller Park shuttle to pick up my group right outside the front door. That was great!

k
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Cantina Tequila & Taco Bar was FANTASTIC and the pitchers of margaritas and tacos were SUPER YUMMY!!!!

D
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Booked a reservation via Open Table so that was good. Our waitress was super bubly and friendly, best part of the experience. The hightop table we were seated at was in an area that obstructed all the TV's. Food is just OK, par for a sports bar. I wouldn't go here if I were looking for authentic Mexican.

OT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relieved that the food and service was MUCH better than what I read in some reviews! Queso is delicious as was my California Chicken taco and Garlic Shrimp Taco - Amazing flavor! Good margaritas, reasonable prices for the area. Glad we had reservations. Service was excellent! Would definitely go back

S
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations before a concert. The service was excellent, the food tasted so good. And the price is reasonable. Will definitely be back!

JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantina is a good place to go before a game or concert at the Fiserv Forum. The tacos are delicious! I've been there twice now and enjoyed it both times.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went before the Bucks game. Food is tasty with unique flavors. Plantain was the best I’ve ever had.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there and there was plenty of tables left, we were able to pick one by the window. It happens to be a four person high-top. Everything seriously was nice but the table was tiny. We wound up moving menu holders, condiment holders, some of our plates ...on to the window sill. The four person high tops seemed better suited for maybe just having drinks at them. Not eating.
This was minor though, the service was excellent and food delicious! We had a good time with our friends before we headed to a show.

m
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up having a larger party than expected and they got us a bigger table without issue! We were celebrating my dad’s birthday and we got a bday treat courtesy of the server. It was very sweet! All the food and drinks were delicious

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We made reservations here to eat before concert and we really liked it here on a previous outing to a concert. When we were presented a menu, I asked the waitress what happened to all the selections like the last time we were here. She stated that the management changed it and were only serving these items on a condensed menu for events at the Fiserv Forum. We were disappointed that we couldn't order from the full menu. Seems they want to make more money by having a quicker turn around.

S
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a table of 5. Was not impressed with the service of the value of the food for the price.

LL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined prior to concert at the fiserv forum the other night. Had great service, excellent food. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a meal downtown.

b
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food is awesome. It is very much like Bel Air Cantina in that it has a wide variety of interesting tacos; however, I think their tacos are much tastier and they are bigger. I was stuffed after eating two. Their fresh chips and salsa is very good also. It tasted like they just made it. Prices are very reasonable as well. Ambiance needs a little work as the chairs look like they came out of an 80's strip club. Still, this will be my go to place for before a Buck's game.

MM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The Cantina is probably fine if you are in the mood for an easy bite before an event at the Fiserv arena. That's why we were there. The tacos were pretty much inedible, though. Tough meat, cold beans, cheap cheese. It's not cheap, either, so you'd think the food would be better.

AN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Are here before a concert at the new Fiserv Forum. The food was great, drinks were great and prices were reasonable. Will definetly come back.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Serving margaritas (not frozen) out of a premixed container at a full service bar is not good! Way too sour and fizzy. Mix fresh margaritas at a taco/tequila bar for goodness sakes. Frozen margaritas are different...

SK
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful the margarita and the guacamole were very good. The chips were delicious and fresh. I had a street taco the steak was a little cold the taco was just OK. All in all a great place to try for something nutritious and light something with a drink just relax and enjoy our for a great lunch or dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside and had 2 separate homeless people approach our table for money. I felt uncomfortable with them coming to our table and would probably never go back for that reason :( The food was wonderful!!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, menus options were great! Service was pretty slow, though. Noticeable from tables all around us as well. Wasn’t too busy on a Saturday night and service still took ages.

PS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow. It was obvious they were understaffed. Had we known, we would have gone somewhere else for lunch. If you only have an hour for lunch, do not go to Cantina. However, our waitress was pleasant and the shrimp tortillas I had were delicious.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Tacos and Margaritas!

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