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Contemporary Mexican Cuisine  - Crown Cantina / La Cantina, Cincinnati, OH

Crown Cantina / La Cantina

4.8
4.8
338 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Authentic contemporary Mexican cuisine, featuring flavors and dishes from all eight regions of Mexico. Gluten-free kitchen. All natural wine program. Extensive mezcal and tequila list. From scratch kitchen. Craft Cocktails. A Crown Restaurant Group Concept. Located in Downtown Cincinnati.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 345-6783

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 338 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. The ambience is cozy and relaxed.
  2. B

    Bubs

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, delicious margaritas, attentive service. The chips are amazing and hot - I just wish they were more generous with them. Quickly becoming one of my favorite local spots.
  3. d

    davido

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    best guac in town ! tacos were very nice. Carnitas very flavorful. I'll be back, but Erica encouraged me also to visit Rosie's for Italian (next on my list!).
  4. C

    Candyguy

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service, nice quaint set-up. A little off the regular path but ez location to get to. Definitely will go again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We sat at the bar. Our bartender/server was pleasant. We knew the restaurant had a 90 min window for the reservation and we were there early to allow us enough time. We ordered drinks and then an appetizer. We were trying to relax and we were not ready to order dinner and the server pestered us until we did so. Incredibly annoying and pressuring. Our bill was 200 + not worth it. We really didn’t appreciate the meal or experience. I would recommend other places over this for a better dining experience.
  6. s

    scotto

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We had a party of four and sat at the bar at 5:45. The whole experience was very pressured and rushed. We were rushed to order drinks and rushed to order food. It was very off putting and noticed by everyone in our party. The food was pretty good, drinks were good, but for $250- and rushed service, I wouldn’t recommend it.
  7. AD

    ArtemesiaD

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding in my book. I love everything about this place. I continue to bring new people and they all fall in love.
  8. JS

    JimS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, pleasant service, comfortable venue, reasonable prices
  9. JO

    JOEG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious from start to finish. Fantastic food.
  10. G

    Gusg4k

    Cincinnati

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an awesome meal, everything was great! Recommend trying it out!
  11. PM

    PamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a magical surprise! One of my favorite meals I’ve had in Cincinnati in a long time! Every dish kept getting better and portions were huge. We will be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing per usual. I had a great time. Everything was perfect.
  13. TH

    ToddH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Mexican food with loads of flavor and creative dishes. Not your ordinary “authentic Mexican” cuisine.
  14. NC

    NigelC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. I sat at the bar and the servers were friendly and very informative. My cocktail was crafted well and my tacos— delicious! They were hot and fresh. Overall experience was excellent.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taylor was great. The food was phenomenal and we’ll be back. Only downside - very loud = hard to hear conversation.
  16. GF

    GlutenFreeDiner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really had a great time. High quality food and drinks. Highly Recommend.
  17. A

    Allie

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the avocado jalapeño margarita!! Delicious.
  18. JH

    JillH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Server made good recommendations. We all enjoyed it.
  19. NG

    NancyG

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, wonderful space and amazing service!! Love. This. Place!
  20. D

    Datenight

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal meal! We had the chicken mole and guacamole and both were the best we have ever had! Atmosphere is clean and modern. Service was great!
  21. d

    dontreadway1948

    Cincinnati

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    All good, 3rd time there…I’ll go back…
  22. m

    madis

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just felt like it was a little expensive but honestly worth it, incredible food everything we had -delicious
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!! We sat next to the kitchen so a little nosey but didn’t bother us. We had the guacamole, oysters, chicken enchiladas, a few tacos, spicy margaritas and the hot sauce flight! Recommend all of it
  24. c

    ccurran

    Cincinnati

    429 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    429 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always , great food and we sat at the bar. Just a fun place.
  25. JM

    JennyM

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just can’t say enough good things about Crown Cantina! Inviting interior, small and intimate space, fun vibe, delicious cocktails, and the food is amazingly tasty. My favorites are the queso fundido, brisket taco, and enchiladas verde. We brought friends with us last night and they loved it too. Highly recommend!
  26. BP

    BillP

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good and well seasoned food. Service quick and knowledgeable. A little cool by the front door but I’m not sure how they could improve that.
  27. DJ

    DJGi

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot; food, service, ambience all on point.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food—will definitely be back!
  29. LW

    LeslieW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was perfection. Staff a delight. Can't wait to go back!
  30. JL

    JacquesL

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service as always. Can’t wait to return
  31. ED

    EmilyD

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was great. Tacos were all outstanding. Wish the tables were spread out more so the server’s rear end was not in our faces as they waited on other tables. Hate to complain but the margarita was not nearly as good as my first visit. It was bitter and flavorless. The one I had months ago was the best I have ever had - fresh and juicy. What changed?
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing.
  33. KD

    KerryD

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy and tasty food.... Just a bit pricey, but it was delicious....service was outstanding. Taylor was great @ taking good care of us
  34. KT

    KrisT

    Cincinnati

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good, original, something different than main stream. I really enjoyed my taco. Although I found it a little small for a meal. The sweet potato appetizer was delicious. I’ll be at just a little bit undercooked. My husband had a shrimp dinner and he really liked the shrimp but did not care for the pickled cauliflower side dish. A little disappointing that there were no beers on tap.
  35. KL

    KevinL

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some of the best food in Cincinnati! Love the tequila and mezcal based drinks. The Mole chicken and Carne Asada are the best dishes!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food here is great, but it’s not worth the price tag! We would love to come back, but probably won’t because of how expensive it was.
  37. 1

    1bigfoodie

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While the food may be on the higher price point, the quality of the ingredients and preparations excel! There are terrific representations of familiar dishes with a gourmet twist. The chicken mole is my go-to after a few visits. From starters to desserts, no dissatisfaction. Bravo!
  38. MC

    MishelC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    La Cantina’s food is hands down the best in the city! Unique flavor pairings and fresh ingredients!! Always love bringing friends here!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Cantina is awesome! The food is excellent and our server, Safia, was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and helpful in making choices. Thanks for another tasty dinner!
  40. AD

    ArtemesiaD

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was in love from the Crown Republic pop up. The drinks are well crafted and delicious. I am a margarita fan. I am very happy with what I call the tequila bar. You can try shots of different brands of tequila and I appreciate that. The appetizers, guacamole and oysters are different, unique compared to other preparations. I have only had the fish taco and it is amazing. My cousin tried the lamb and thought it was delicious. My most favorite thing is the carne asada. The dish is full of flavor, grilled sizzling onions set it all off. The beans and rice yummy as well. Like this is where I want to dine on my birthday!

FAQs

Crown Cantina / La Cantina is rated 4.8 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Crown Cantina / La Cantina

326 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2217

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Gender Neutral Restroom, Wheelchair Access

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