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Diego's Cantina, University City, MO

Diego's Cantina

4.6
4.6
308 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Voted Best New Restaurant by St. Louis Magazine and Feast Magazine. St. Louis Magazine A-List Restaurant. Our Queso Flameado, is described as St. Louis' Best Queso by food editor, Ian Froeb of The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

We are an elevated Mexican restaurant with a beautiful, yet casual atmosphere. Located in a quaint residential area in University City, just steps from Clayton, our tropical oasis awaits you. Our menu is comprised of mostly small plates so you can experience multiple items to satisfy your palate. You can't go wrong with our costra (grilled cheese) tacos, sheetpan nachos, enchiladas or barramundi tacos. Our margaritas and cocktails are made with fresh juice, squeezed in house and only the best ingredients. Relax on our patio, open air or garden dining rooms. We have early and late weekday happy hour.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (314) 553-9906

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide an event space with family style service for up to 20 guests in our garden dining room. Please contact Natasha at 314.553.9906 during normal business hours.

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    Delmar

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 308 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Louis

    Healthy

  • Midtown

    Best Ambiance

  • Midtown

    Best Value

  • Midtown

    Fit for Foodies

  • Midtown

    Good for Groups

  • Midtown

    Healthy

  • Midtown

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Midtown

    Outdoor Dining

  • Midtown

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!!
  2. G

    Greattime

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Not the 6-star service we’re used to at Diego’s. Not sure if it was the restaurant or Open Table, but we reserved patio seating but were not seated outside. The hostess told us all the tables outside were reserved. When I showed her that I had indeed reserved patio seating, she suggested I call the restaurant next time. We agreed to sit inside and watched as 4 tables sat empty on the patio during our meal. If this were my first time in Diego’s that experience would make me question whether or not to return. Food was amazing AS ALWAYS! Server was a little slower than usual but still ok. We’ll be back!
  3. BP

    BethP

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were really great! I’ll be back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    So, so loud! We had only ever eaten outside in the past. Inside we could barely talk at our table for 4 because it is so incredibly noisy. Our waitress was very good except she misunderstood one persons order, so 3 of us got served, and by the time the correct order arrived for our friend, all three of us had finished. Very disappointing. Didn’t see his bill, but I don’t think she gave him a break of any kind considering we didn’t eat together.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Hi Anonymous. Yes, we are a very lively restaurant that caters to large parties that can also be very loud - everyone has a good time though! Sorry your server misunderstood the order and we will make sure that we go over repeating orders in our pre-shift meetings next week so these issues don't arise. Hope you visit us again, maybe on a slower time or on the patio. Cheers!

  5. s

    stlfoodie

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Pros: Loved the ambiance, drinks & appetizer. Cons: Unfortunately the main course was pretty bland, lacking flavor.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Hey Stlfoodie. Glad you liked some of the things about your experience. Not sure what "bland" item you had for your entree, but maybe there's something else on the menu that will wow you next time if you plan on visiting. Have a great rest of your summer!

  6. P

    Paul

    St. Louis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food…friendly atmosphere…terrific margaritas!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks, Paul!!!!

  7. WD

    WendyD

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live close, but it was our first time trying this restaurant. Loved it from start to finish. Best margarita we’d ever had. The flaming cheese was terrific, as were our quesadillas . We could have shared one, as they are so filling. Will definitely return!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Hi Wendy! We love our neighbors and neighborhood! Definitely sign up for our loyalty rewards if you haven't already so you can get free items on future visits! Sign up online or when you close your check out on your next visit. Hope to see you soon!

  8. JF

    JenniferF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sean was an awesome and personable waiter!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you and we're glad you enjoyed the experience you had with Sean!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michal was a very attentive and friendly waiter. We enjoyed his input and made the night memorable. The food was delicious. A little bit too loud for the older people in our group but still very enjoyable.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you, Anonymous. Yes, we do not hide the fact that our restaurant can be very loud and lively, especially with the large parties we cater too. We're glad that your experience was pleasant and if the noise is an issue, the patio can be quieter as well as off-peak times. Hope you see you again soon!

  10. A

    Amber

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic, great vibe, & awesome service!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks, Amber. We hope you come in again soon!!!

  11. E

    Emma

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service by Michael. Looking forward to the next time!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks, Bev. We also look forward to serving you again soon!

  12. p

    peteypabs

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, nice drink choices. Our server was super nice and helpful. I do wish there were some beef options but everything we had was delicious. Make sure you get the flaming cheese app. We will be back!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on July 24, 2022Hi Peteypabs. We hear you, but we have made the choice for all of our restaurants to be pork and beef free. So glad you like the Queso Flameado!!!! Hope to see you again soon!

  13. RL

    RobetL

    St. Louis

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    WELL, MY ENCHILADAS WERE REALLY GOOD, BUT HER SALMON WAS HORRIBLE. NOT SURE IT WAS SPOILED, JUST TASTED REALLY BAD. ALSO, SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. ALMOST AN HOUR TO GET OUR FOOD.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 30, 2022We are really surprised by your review. When asked if your wife was satisfied with her salad, she started to say something & then said everything was ok, but the salad was taken off of your bill with no request to do so. Our data indicates that your drink orders were placed at 7:31 and your ticket was closed at 8:18pm so your food did not take one hour. We also accommodated you to another area of the restaurant so you weren't in the sun; sorry that you perceive that as horrible service.

  14. JU

    JohnU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is gourmet Tex-Mex. There are a lot of old standbys here, but they just do it better than anyone else. The noise level was a bit high, despite opning the the wall windows to the outside, so it would be best to sit outside, weather permitting. the night we were there, they were also a bit understaffed (Tuesday evening). Still, the food was great, and we will be back.
  15. DS

    DelaneyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So amazing! Great food and great service. Definitely more upscale Mexican.
  16. CT

    CarolynT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was OK. Tacos were small and did not include a lot of ingredients. Beans and rice were not flavorful. My biggest complaint was the noise level. Unfortunately, we were next to a large group that was very loud. We could barely hear each other talk. Server was great.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 25, 2022Hi Carolyn. Our place is very lively, especially with larger parties that we have almost every night. Sorry you feel our tacos are small, but they are 6" and many contain 1/4lb of meat in them, depending on the taco you order. Our patio, lunches and early evenings can be a bit quieter. Have a great summer!

  17. AB

    AnnieBob

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh delicious food with kind, efficient service
  18. ST

    SamT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It’s a super cute place and I had come for a date and it was surprisingly quiet! The bathrooms are decorated very nicely and the music and color scheme is gorgeous.
  19. SS

    StevenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Food was just ok. Loved the cocktails and ambiance.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 25, 2022Hi Steven. Hope you come in for a cocktail again soon. As for you not really digging our food, our menu is pretty large so maybe something else might grab you. Cheers!

  20. LL

    LoganL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The evening was wonderful until our waiter got VERY snippy at the end when trying to split the bill. He was throwing receipts at us, as if we were the ones that had rang out tickets incorrectly . He was quite rude, short with customers, and made everyone at the table feel awkward. She also had a bad attitude when questioned about ringing items up wrong.
  21. P

    maryP

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my new favorite Mexican! I had a shrimp taco that was amazing! Service and ambience was perfect!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 25, 2022Thanks so much Mary! We hope to see you again soon!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was exceptional
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lively atmosphere, great food, and friendly staff!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Soft drink served in a can, no free refills, $3.50 each over priced Guacamole-good Salsa tasks like marinara sauce Veggies in shrimp quesadilla were raw, uncooked Salmon on Caesar salad was the worst part, overcooked, flavorless if not poor taste had to remove

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 10, 2022Hi Amanda. We are concerned that we are just learning of your experience. Your server indicated that no one at your table mentioned anything was unsatisfactory. Next time, regardless the restaurant, please let your server know something isn't the quality you expect. We can't fix what we don't know. As for the Diet Cokes you ordered, we choose to serve cans & bottles to maintain the integrity of the drink, opposed to using soda lines. With that said, free refills would not be an option.

  25. G

    Greattime

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always! Love Diego’s!!
  26. SH

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food tasted amazing, fresh and clean. They have set the bar for us as far a Mexican food. We will be a repeate customer and will be telling others.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 9, 2022Steve, we are so excited you'll be repeat customers, like so many others. Thank you for noticing that we maintain our integrity by serving fresh cuisine and not taking short cuts. Please join our loyalty program if you haven't already!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Highly recommend the flaming cheese!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 9, 2022Thank you; we look forward to serving you again and we appreciate your kind words!

  28. P

    Paul

    St. Louis

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food served in a fun atmosphere! Casual dining at its best.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 4, 2022Thanks so much, Paul. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  29. M

    Marty

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience2
    Made an early reservation. Host put us at a table next to a folding window in an aisle. When we ask to sit at a 2 person table on the rail she said no you sit here. There were numerous other empty tables even as we left. Food was ok drinks were good. But after the hostess treatment not going back. Soured the whole experience.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on June 4, 2022Hi Marty, We are sorry that this was your experience. We have a lot of new employees, many are working their very first job, as in this case. While we, too, can become impatient with others, I only hope you realize that 1. We do not train our employees to be rude and 2. She is a teenager & needs more training / experience in her role. It's unfortunate that this soured your entire experience, but we are always happy to employ younger people to learn life skills, like working with the public.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food had a bit of a wait but was completely worth it. The atmosphere, decor, and vibe of the restaurant makes waiting easy and enjoyable. Once the food came it was absolutely delicious! We will definitely be coming back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was extremely loud!! Granted a very rowdy table was in the area but it was hard to hear people at your own table.
  32. M

    Maria

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    favorite Mexican restaurant in St. Louis - highly recommend it!
  33. BB

    BeverlyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience at Diego’s Cantina. The service was attentive and efficient, and the food was outstanding! My husband and really enjoyed our entrees, and found the dishes to have quite an explosion of flavors. We will definitely visit again.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Diegos!! Have been here a few other times and will continue to come back! Great service, food and atmosphere and probably the prettiest bathroom in STL 😎
  35. BB

    BrianB

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Open air dining area had a great feel. Felt more like California than St. Louis. Service was okay nothing to get excited about. Food seemed fresh but pretty bland. I got some flavor out of the radishes and pickled onions in the two items I tried but overall was just looking for something more flavorful.
  36. SL

    StLouisDiner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    We had a great server and the food was excellent. But the noise level was a HUGE hindrance to our experience. I may try it again--maybe for lunch. But no more dinners unless they do something about the noise level.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on May 1, 2022Thanks for your review, StLouisDiner. Our lunch service is a quieter experience and we are aware that we are a livelier place that caters to large parties. We hope to serve you lunch or on the patio soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ambiance of this place is great. You can eat outside or inside. Drinks and food are good. The servers are attentive and check on you to make sure you are good. You don’t have to worry about spending a lot.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on May 1, 2022We're glad you had a great visit; we hope we can wow your socks off on your next visit to gain a 5-star review. Cheers!

  38. MP

    MrsPhd

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dined yesterday for lunch with the hubby. I loved the food, service and ambience. The vibe and music was so upbeat. It puts you in mind of a place somewhere south of the border. 🤗 I’ll be back again soon.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on May 1, 2022We're so glad you had a great lunch with us, MrsPhd. We hope you can vacation with us again soon!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and margs were sooo good! We were going to sit outside, but were informed it might rain so we kept our seats at the bar and received great service. They dimmed the lights as it got later… great ambiance!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on May 1, 2022Thanks so much for your review and we're so glad you noticed the little touches about our place. We can't wait to serve you again!

  40. MP

    MaureenP

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a chilly night to sit out on the patio but worth the visit!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Diego's Cantina using the Order Online button. Diego's Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 553-9906.

Diego's Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 308 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Diego's Cantina

630 North & South Road, University City, MO 63130

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Delmar

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (314) 553-9906

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide an event space with family style service for up to 20 guests in our garden dining room. Please contact Natasha at 314.553.9906 during normal business hours.

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