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King & Queen Cantina - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

King & Queen Cantina - Santa Monica

4.4
4.4
42 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
*WALK-INS ALWAYS WELCOME*

King and Queen Cantina brings a Latin flavor to Santa Monica. Our colorful skull décor makes for a Dia de Los Muertos theme all year long. Prepare to “fiesta like there’s no mañana” with our unique menu adding an Asian infusion and an urban twist. The concept created by the owner Mr.Tempo will make you live an incredible experience from bar to kitchen to service - one of a kind. #MASCHINGON

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (424) 268-4787

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Good for Groups

  • Westside

    Hot Spot

  • Westside

    Late Night Find

  • Westside

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Westside

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    The good: the food was yummy even though it gave me a stomach ache later. Staff was nice and friendly. Food arrived quickly. The bad: they only served bottled water that was 4 bucks a bottle. Could not have a regular cup of tap water even when asked. I will never ever go back to this place. Ever. Not serving tap water is a disgrace and until they change it I wont recommend it to anyone. 75 minute dining limit. The menu was huge. Was like reading a novel on my phone.
  2. AB

    AlastairB

    Ayrshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed this place. Food and service were excellent and great value
  3. JE

    JanineE

    Manchester

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    It wasn’t for us. Very loud (server couldn’t hear what we were ordering). No time to view the menu (probably due to the 75 min table limit) so felt rushed to order. Everything had heavy slop/cheese etc. felt penned in (tables super close together). I imagine you could have fun here after a night out, but definitely not a place to have a chat with friends and definitely didn’t feel comfortable with my kids there.
  4. B

    Bessym

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    I love the food but we got there around 1:30 and we placed the order we order carne asada and burrito and aguachiles and chips and salsa and brought the aguachiles and chips and salsa fast but took over 40 mins or longer to bring the other stuff our waitress even forgot about it I asked twice then she says it’s not on brunch menu she could of tell us that from the beginning smh 🤦🏻‍♀️ instead of waiting and my boyfriend starving there waiting for his burrito and my other friend waiting for her order too … I had to ask the manager for the rest and he even apologized but damn
  5. DA

    DANIELLEC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Hello! I am a west Los Angeles naive and I have been playing on visiting this restaurant for years until yesterday. My fiancé and I made reservations to eat at King's and Queens Cantina on July 31, 2022 at 8:30pm for his birthday. We were so excited due to the fact that we finally had a babysitter. The excitement went away as soon as we arrived. When we approached the host she had a very unpleasant attitude, as if she did not want to be at work or meeting and greeting customers. The waiter we had never put my order in, so I did not eat for one hour and a half. The salsa was not good at all. The salsa tased like ketchup mixed with smoked favored seasonings. HORRIBLE! The manager was not to happy about us not liking the salsa. He almost wanted to make us eat it even when we informed him that it was disgusting. It was just an unpleasant visit and we will never return again nor inform our family and friends too.
  6. G

    Guerralyn

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great energetic and uplifting place. Servers are great! They’re fast and they have such a great attitude! This visit was my first time and it definitely won’t be my last!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday, good. Free bday dessert
  8. V

    Vanessa

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My favorite Mexican restaurant! Amazing food and music. The only complaint is that the music is a title loud for conversation. But great for having a night out with friends!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was cool vibe it’s in Santa Monica not to fair from the beach
  10. l

    locoknight

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for 4. Got there and the music was super loud. Server was super uninterested and extremely busy. The food runners had no idea what they were delivering to the tables. No clue about the food or what it had. I asked the manager for a water, btw they only have bottled water here and it’s VOSS the most expensive water, the manager never brought me the water and just stood around doing nothing. Food was not the greatest. I asked for a candle to celebrate my Friends birthday and they said they were out of them. 3 minutes later another table got candles and happy birthday for them. Ohhhh and get this, as we walked out, we saw that their sanitation rating was a B. 🥴 anyways, won’t be coming back her.
  11. M

    Moana24

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This place is unique. I had a great experience inside but outside wasn’t so much. I reserved a table but we got there early we only saw 6 people at the restaurant and everything else was empty. We ask-the lady that check in people we just wanted to see if we can or can’t come in early but she look like she didn’t want to work and any question we ask was annoying her. She told us she couldn’t find are reservations and then third time the charm she found and then when she found us then she said “ usually have to let me know in advance because it’s packed.” with I don’t care attitude . We practically did a stare contest to see if she going to say anything else. My partner and I just look at each other like there barely anyone in the restaurant so we waiting there to see if we can still go in. We were thinking to eat somewhere else because it look like she wasn’t going to let us in but then the lady found a table for us among all the empty seating. The waiters and the bartender were amazing so helpful and made are stay so much fun it made up from the bad experience we encountered. The food was good and the drinks were amazing. Even tho we had a bad experience the other staff made me want to come back again. I also recommend the tequila shots inside a jalapeño.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Service was not too great! We would ask for somethint and wouldnt bring it until 2-3 times of reminding them. After 20minutes of having our meal they would keep asking if we were done which was not cool to be doing especially at a restaurant. Food was not that great but doable. Would definitely not be coming back again
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious
  14. AS

    AlexisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the atmosphere; took my cousin to celebrate her birthday and she loved it! She’s definitely coming again but without my fiancé and I.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and awesome customer service
  16. KJ

    KimJ

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    While we love the food here eating in the restaurant is a lot. The music is so loud you can’t hear each other. The tables are crammed so close together you might as well eat with the party next to you. This makes is hard to get to your table as people are side stepping past you to sit. Food is great we love the chicken enchiladas and the food came out quick and hot.
  17. DS

    DSmith

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Best thing were drinks and they were mediocre. Food was okay at best, they charge for water. The owner owns a water company…feels weird in Santa Monica to serve only bottled water. At the end of the day it’s a super loud tourist trap cosplaying as a cool local spot. Not worth it, will not return.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Buena birria
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter Stephanie was amazing! Very attentive.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Getting there, we were seated right away. Our server Alvaro was great! Everyone he recommended was amazing!! Also, when getting our tomahawk steak at our table, Rolando gave us the best presentation preparing the steak. We will definitely come back to this location!!
  21. SG

    SammyG

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    buzzing atmosphere, friendly staff, food and drinks Very good. Music quite loud, decor Very modern
  22. R

    Riri

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I completely understand 75 minutes but continues to ask if we need our check, collecting plates right after I finish my food - sometimes good but felt really rushed. Besides that great experience
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I have been to tempo Cantina before which is part of their franchise, but I was disappointed at the experience that I had here my server did not seem attentive she wasn’t able to give me items I needed with my meal and didn’t know how to describe a lot of the things on the menu to me. The food that I ordered seemed almost like it was cooked and mass and given out not as fresh as it should be. The best thing out of my experience was my margarita because, hey how can you mess up a cocktail. Most likely will not be back soon sad to say because tempo is one of my favorite places.
  24. L

    Luv2dine

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was a drunk girl and kept falling off the chair and making a scene and no one did anything about it.
  25. MA

    MoisesA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was super friendly and very helpful with the menu. The food and drinks were phenomenal highly recommended the lollipop shot.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    King and Queen Cantina is always a good time.
  27. S

    Said

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was superb!! I sorry I can’t remember her name but she was super attentive and on top of everything….
  28. JD

    JosephD

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not what I expected it to be
  29. CJ

    CarmenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service , food was great! Quesabirria was very good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    So disappointed Previously have live Kings and Queen but they have cut so many corners and cheapened the concept. Service was not good and when we asked for water we were told it was $4 a bottle (even tho menu said $3). We asked for just regular water and told they only have bottled water. Food was small portions and very unimpressive. So disappointed- feels like a great concept gone corporate
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cinco de mayo
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible experience! Service was sooo bad literally 0 stars and juat because of that experience went bad. Food was good tho but it could of been better
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, from the manger to the staff, very friendly and great environment !
  34. H

    Herb

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wedding anniversary brunch. Thanks for being great
  35. IL

    IsidroL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saturday hung out, it was well worth it, we had a great time, we ordered the flight of Margaritas, a rainbow cocktail, we also had Birria quesadilla, pork belly and guacamole and chips. Everything was wonderful, from the time we walked in, food, drink and service all good
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and drinks. It’s loud, even on a Monday. Could barely hear what server was saying.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The waiter was rude messed up my order didn’t do anything to compensate for his mistake had an attitude. Mind you this was on Easter. Worse service I think I’ve ever gotten at a restaurant. The downy location is way better
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great drinks. Very chill environment
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food,per usual. It’s owned by Mr. Tempo so I knew what to expect. If you’ve been to Tempo Cantina then this place is the exact same.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Close to the ocean

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

King & Queen Cantina - Santa Monica is rated 4.4 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for King & Queen Cantina - Santa Monica

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2163

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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