Kachina Cantina- Denver

4.3
236 reviews
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Tex-Mex
Kachina is a free-spirited, modern cantina providing an escape in the LoDo district of Denver. Kachina’s inspiration is found in the Four Corners region of Southwest America and Baja Mexico.

Go on an adventurous culinary roadtrip with offerings of twists on Mexican and Southwestern standards, like shrimp ceviche, green chili stew, our selections of guacamoles and salsas, and the seven different types of tacos with your choice of corn tortillas, flour tortillas, bibb lettuce wrap or Navajo fry bread.

Continue your journey with a smoky margarita or other selection from our thoughtful wine list, local and regional craft brews, inspired cocktails and agua frescas, or the impressive collection of artisan agave spirits.

Taste what happens when the open road is roamed alongside authentically prepared cuisine, fresh margaritas and sipping tequila, and, of course, great friends.
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Daily Happy Hour

Enjoy our daily Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm
- $3 Tecate
- $6 Margaritas, Palomas, and Sangrias
- $2 Street Tacos
- $6 Open Faced Quesadilla

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 6, 2019

Ends: May 7, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, margaritas and very close to Coors Field!! My favorite is the vegetable chile relleno (not burrito!!). The GM Michael came by to make sure everything was OK. Very fun atmosphere.

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Responded a day ago

Hi Liz! Thanks for the update and I'm glad you enjoyed the relleno and had fun celebrating Father's Day! See you soon! Michael GM

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ST
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My mother and father-in-law both ordered two single tacos. They were not impressed with the portion size.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded a day ago

Hi Scott! Sorry that they were not impressed with the portion size. We use typical tortilla sizes and one taco is never enough. The taco plate is a great deal for $15 that comes with rice and beans. Hopefully you'll return! Michael GM

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We really like Kachina Cantina but the food/drinks are inconsistent. Last Friday night we were there and everything was delicious! Then we went again on Tuesday night and everything was just average. The vegetarian burrito was amazing on Friday night. On Tuesday it was half the size and I don't think there was any squash in it. The margaritas were delicious on Friday but too tart on Tuesday. We'll be back for sure but we're hoping it's consistently great from now on!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The menu has a lot of potential. The execution was poor, the open kitchen was disorganized management seemed to wander around in a fog, the waiter forgot our appetizers, never checked in, never offered another round of drinks and was generally disinterested.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Torran, Thanks for the feedback! I am sorry that we did not exceed your expectations and for the lackluster service. We will use your feedback to better ourselves. Michael GM

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CR
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good - would recommend the carne asada taco on fry bread. The fry bread is amazing! BBQ chicken taco was not great, pretty greasy and sour. Would like to go back and try some different options. The margaritas are standard. The vibe is fun. Would overall recommend!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thanks for the feedback!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were the reservation party of six fromhelp! The staff kept extending our reservation until our cycling group arrived. (The riders were coming from Fort Collins). Po

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 28, 2019

Hi Sherrie. I'm glad you had a good time! Michael GM

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JJ
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ate at Kachina Cantina twice in one day. First meal tacos. Waiter brought both meals with flour tortillas. We had ordered one with corn the other with flour. The meals were cold and the waiter wasn't around much.
Had a hamburger and chicken tortilla soup for dinner. Both were excellent. Waitress brought our food and check. Since we weren't eating big - she left us alone.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 28, 2019

I apologize for the lackluster experience! I do hope that you will return next time you are in town. Michael GM

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SS
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, service was good, nothing remarkable, but would visit again.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 28, 2019

Sorry we did impress you but glad you will return! Michael GM

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. Thankfully the hostess was accommodating and moved us away from the door where the cold Colorado Spring- Winter wind was coming in. We were left without get our order taken for twenty minutes or so, but the food was so delicious we will definitely be back. Thanks!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hi Vern, Sorry about the delay in taking your order but thankful that you enjoyed your experience nonetheless and will be back. Michael GM

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JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made reservations for my birthday and we stayed at the Maven. The food was excellent and the drinks were divine. I definitely recommend the carnita tacos with the fluffy Indian shell and either the jalepeno margarita or basil cucumber margarita to go with it!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thanks for the great review and celebrating your birthday with us! See you soon! Michael GM

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SB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had amazing dinner. The food and drinks we excellent and our server Alexandra was very attentive and knowledgeable.

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Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for the great review and highlighting Alexandra! Michael GM

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch. Very attentive service, and cool atmosphere, but everyone in our party agreed the food was just average.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 16, 2019

Sorry we did not wow you! I do hope that you will give us another chance! Michael GM

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were offered a complimentary dessert as it was a member of our parties birthday. Our server noticed without us even having to announce it. Such a fun treat! Plus the food here never disappoints.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thanks for the feedback and glad we were able to surprise and delight you and your guests. See you soon, Michael GM

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great location, great vibe, so-so food. My Poloma was sickly sweet—so sweet I had to add half a glass of water to drink it. Tacos mediocre. My husband ordered a chile cheeseburger and although cooked to medium as requested, was really dry. My brother ordered a steak which was tasty but very chewy. My sister in law got a taco plate(3)and only ate one taco. The others were not worth the calories. Would not go back.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on May 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback ! I am sorry that we did not exceed your expectations but will use this feedback to better ourselves. I do hope that you will give us another chance. Michael GM

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, service was terrible. Little pricey for tacos it great flavors here and a great space/location

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The place had great decor, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The server wasn't as attentive as she (the server) should have been, but other things happen and sometimes forgotten, i.e., Refill; especially when the fountain drinks are $5. The food was just not that great. I had the quinoa salad with carne asada. The mixture was good and tasted great, but the meat was so dry, and no flavor so the without the protein it wasn't as appealing. My partner ordered a burger and enjoyed it. I took a bite, and it was good. The patty didn't have much flavor and was ordered as mid-rare, and when received it, it was well done. We of course aways tip the minimum of 20% even if it was a crappy time. This place was a great place to try and glad we went -trying to make our way through Denver's restaurants-. i can't say we won't go back though; it's hard to find a good Michelada and they did a pretty great job!

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RF
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We have had good experiences in the past, so I think we just caught them on a bad night. Our server appeared to be serving the whole restaurant. Our drinks took too long to arrive. We put in our food order and explained that we were on our way to the Rockies game. We waited and waited. Our server finally returned and informed us that she forgot to put in our order and asked if we remembered what we ordered or if we needed to see a menu again. We quickly ordered a taco platter to share as we hoped it would come out quickly. The food is excellent, but on this visit, the service was lacking. We will still be back and hope that we have more consistent service on our next visit.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on April 13, 2019

Thank you for the feedback! I do apologize for the server missteps. It does get busy as you know on Rockies games. We will do better! Michael GM

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place is very nice. The ambiance is great! However, the portion sizes are very small. The food tasted average and nothing Oh so great!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate it Michael GM

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r
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Taco trio plate was very disappointing. I had the Carne Assada, Carnitas and Shrimp. If one orders those three items a la carte (same cost, arguably less) one has a choice of tortillas, but not possible with a plate of the same tacos???? The tacos came to the table soggy because all of the juices had leaked off the tacos into the entire plate. The shrimp as the best (not saying much) and it was over 50% pineapple. Carne was next best (still not saying much) and the meat was over cooked. Carnitas was just plain bad. My meeting partner had a salad with chicken added which looked better, but rather small.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on April 4, 2019

Hello! Thank you for your feedback! I am sorry to read that you were disappointed with your taco plate. You can get the tacos ala carte or 3 with rice and beans for $15. I do hope that you spoke to your server or one of my managers as we would have tried to rectify this situation while you were here. I do apologize and do hope that you will give us another chance. Michael GM

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IA
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server did not come back to the table after we received our food for a long time. I had to ask another server for our bill. Usually pretty good service here but tonight it was off. Still great food.

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KK
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was over-seasoned and not great. Guac was super garlicky, but good. The queso fundido was a little gritty, like the cheese was. My tacos were okay, but nothing phenomenal. Prickly pear margarita was fine. The plantains were awesome!! Flautas were good.

I loved the place and the atmosphere. Good service. The food was lackluster and random combos from Texas, Mexico, etc. Odd!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

All around a solid "meh". Gave some things as pass as it was St. Patty's day but our server did not seem very busy with her tables and was generally pretty put out by our presence. When the runner brought out our food and placed it on the table, she reached across my plate to put down my friend's meal and the strings of her VERY dirty friendship bracelet went right across my taco. So gross. She did not seem concerned by it so seemed pointless to send it back, just scraped off the top layer. Overall, very sloppy presentation and service from staff in general. The green chile burger was underwhelming, the guacamole portion size was disappointing and the chips were no better than most store bought options. The one food highlight was the green taco, which I really enjoyed. I will stop in for a drink in the future and maybe a quick bite but definitely not for a whole meal - there are too many places nearby where the staff really wants to provide a great experience!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The drinks, queso, and tacos were fabulous! Skirt steak and scallops were ok but the sides were flavorless. Not work $25-28 per entree.

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EW
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Wish their was a "depends" for the recommendation question. The foods is really so-so, but the ambiance and drinks are so strong that you can get over it if you're looking to eat with your eyes.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great evening! I arrived to my table with a personalized greeting note for me and my guests which just set the mood for our dinner. I highly recommend going for their restaurant menu - great options to choose from and 100% worth the bang for your buck!!

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very very good. Visited for restaurant week & were so happy we did! Fry bread street tacos & Christmas style enchiladas were ~muy bueno~. One of us was accidentally given the wrong dessert (we both ordered beignets) but the fruity flan was still tasty. Those chocolate beignets though... they were sent straight from heaven. No doubt we will be back!

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TB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good “fancy” Mexican food. The stacked chicken enchiladas are very tasty - but the portion is huge! Fry bread taco was excellent! Good guacamole.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The flat bread tacos are amazing g
But really heavy. Almost like a dinner doughnut!

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Responded on February 20, 2019

Sorry we did't wow you! I do hope that you will return for the fry bread tacos! Michael GM

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was really slow for going on a lunch hour. Had a reservation for 3 people at 11:15 and didn’t leave until 1.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! Our waitress was definitely one of the best! Everything we ordered was amazing. The only downside was the steak we ordered was quite burned on the outside for our liking. But other than that we enjoyed our experience and will definitely be going back again!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you Jo Ann! I am so happy that you had a great dining experience! I am sorry about the steak but do hope that we see you again soon! Michael GM

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was excellent especially the sauces

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F
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone at my table enjoyed her meal. The server was very attentive.

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CS
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Stick to tacos. The entry of 3 shrimp and 2 scallop for $28. Really?

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came with a group of six and we loved the bottomless mimosas and build-your-own margarita bar, which you can switch between as you like for $15. Food was also great. My husband and I both had the breakfast burritos which, depending on how hungry you are, are big enough to share. Very tasty.

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on February 9, 2019

Thank you for the great comments! I hope you return soon for another brunch or dinner! Michael GM

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jill, was absolutely amazing!! She really took the experience above and beyond. Thank goodness she recommended the fry bread for my tacos, because I’ve been dreaming about it ever since.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and definitely won’t be my last! Not only did they have an amazing margarita bar but they made me feel so special on my birthday!

Kachina Cantina- Denver
Responded on February 9, 2019

Thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed brunch and you celebrated your birthday with us! See you soon! Michael GM

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2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! They actually keep the lights up here, and it works. The space feels bright, high-energy, and expansive. The tacos on fry bread are fantastic.

There was one hiccup: they forgot the ice in my wife’s margarita, which left it too strong and syrupy, plus of course not cold. It was just a mistake, but unfortunately we didn’t realize that the two of us were having very different drink experiences until the end of the meal. We’ve come here before and the service is outstanding, so I wouldn’t read much into it unless it’s happening regularly.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced for the food you get. My quesadilla was soaked in butter and my sisters chicken was raw. Manager asked if she’d like him to toss it back in the frier instead of serving her a new piece. They had brown parchment paper as table cloths over nice marble tables which was strange. Server was inattentive. Will not go back.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This used to be one of my favorite places. However, the menu is now much reduced and the food was mediocre. Must be new management or new chef.

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KM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The menu description didn’t clearly say the taco salad was made with blazing hot salsa vs a normal semi-spicy dressing that you would expect. I like hot but it was so hot, I had to swap meals with my husband. The waiter noticed but didn’t even ask if there was an issue - I did ask what made the salad so hot when I first tried a bite but after a few bites it was uneatable - but since we had a gift card, I decided to not push the issue. I did hear the next table say the tacos were good....

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