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Contemporary Mexican Cuisine  - La Cantina, Cincinnati, OH

La Cantina

4.7
4.7
247 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 3 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 247 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SG

    SydneyG

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We've been to all of the other Crown Restaurant Group restaurants and this one lives up to the legacy that those have: okay food for the price of super great food. This cuisine (Mexican) is notorious for cheap ingredients and the simplicity of making something very yummy with very little. We were disappointed by the proportions of the dishes (given 3 different salsas with the equivalent of about 10-12 tortilla chips) and the Starbucks-esque method of filling a small cup with ice and putting ~2oz of horchata in it for $6. Perhaps the price of corn flour or rice milk has risen substantially, but it seems like the intentionality of small dishes went a little too far to make a buck instead of sharing good food for what it is. The salsas were fine, the sweet potato appetizer and sweet potato taco are the same things so don't double up, the shrimp large plate was fine - actually surprised how many shrimp were on it given the status of the rest of the meal. The corn tortillas, butter rice, and pico de Gallo fell short of anything I've ever had in Mexico (or Mazunte to be honest). The scene of downtown eating has become tapas style and we enjoy that, but there is a fine balance of making great food and charging the right price for it and they just don't have it quite figured out.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food- absolutely every dish was delicious. Service was a bit slow but everyone was extremely friendly!
  3. NJ

    NicholasJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional wait staff that explained everything so well and recommended great options (even some “off the menu” items)!
  4. HB

    HeatherB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the food, the service and the decor. Highly recommend this modern take on Mexican food.
  5. VH

    VickiH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always
  6. P

    Phillytravelers

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Being first time visitor, our visit was fantastic. Everyone from coming in the door was gracious, accommodating and expressing their appreciating us being there. Food was great and the pitcher of margarita’s was the perfect start. Thanks for an enjoyable evening. We will be back
  7. KS

    KatieS

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was good but not great. The wedge salad had great flavor and was by far the best thing we tried. The salsa, guac and three tacos I had were all fine but not standouts. Service bordered on heavy-handed but that's certainly better than the alternative!
  8. C

    Cynthia

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It is a chic popular place. We dined on Saturday night . It was already busy at 5:30. The sweet 🥔 entree was superb. Husband's 1/2 Amish chicken entree was tender it and flavorful. Unfortunately, My brisket taco for an app. was pretty tough meat chunks and not tasty . It is a fun and lively place. I probably won't go back though.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Seated at a table next to the door so everyone who entered was hovering over our food. It was uncomfortably hot as the HVAC did not seem to be adequate. The noise level was too loud for a conversation so the patrons were literally yelling at each other to be heard. The hamachi would have been worth $21 had it been fresh, the abundant oils, juices and bewildering dried spices were not a good disguise. And the tortillas were terrible, dripping with grease. My drink was delicious but weak and so stuffed with ice it amounted to a few sips. When I asked for a glass for a beer I received a juice cup fit for a child. The taco fillings were delicious but the tortillas, sadly, were limp And soaking in a puddle of grease. The carnitas were truly spectacular, maybe the best I have had. The guacamole was also fantastic. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Note to whom ever came up with the idea… if you can’t seat guests immediately, a 5 min grace period for reservations is laughable. The chef is obviously gifted but there is much room for improvement.
  10. WF

    WeekendFoodie

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place! Innovative cocktails, nice food options and awesome service!
  11. M

    Merissa

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time visiting and all the food we tried was great. Was disappointed in the lack of pescatarian items that could be customized to be less spicy. Overall not worth the prices.
  12. LJ

    LindaJ

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good unique food options. Had the chicken enchiladas, excellent quac & steak taco. All great! Sat at bar & had great service.
  13. K

    Kiki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything bites and every sips were heavenly as always! But only one thing noticeable was a lady who worked inside the bar. She was informative but she was leaning forward on the bar counter too close to us and explaining about the menu. We would be appreciated if she would take a little more professional way.
  14. JT

    JordanT

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I did not go myself. I got the reservation for a friend and his spouse who was in town. They said they loved the food and drinks that they had but were largely sold on an item that they didn't want that changed the design of their meal. At large they liked the food and drinks thought the service was unimpressive
  15. T

    Tyler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food from start to finish and a fantastic atmosphere. Genuinely nice and talented staff. Highly recommend!
  16. G

    Gusg4k

    Cincinnati

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit to La Cantina and can not wait to go back, which am doing on Saturday l! From the moment you walk in the door, everyone is so nice! The interior is small but nicely decorated, we sat outside and it was very pleasant. The food was just amazing everything made in house and gluten free. We had the Guac and homemade chips hamachi and the steak. All wonderful and the house made drinks were great. Our server and the hostess were wonderful.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The waitress was pushy and borderline rude. Food had hair in it and was very greasy.
  18. CG

    ClaireG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was amazing and I love that it’s all gluten free. The only down side was our server. She was really pushy and constantly trying to upsell us. She was also rushing us and seemed like she was just trying to get us out of there. As a former server I was disappointed in her professionalism, but I gave the place four stars because the food was great.
  19. P

    Paris

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed another great dinner at La Cantina! The enchiladas are excellent every time! My only suggestion is to serve Cava/sparkling by the glass!
  20. MK

    MarkinKY

    Louisville

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second trip to enjoy La Cantina and we loved it even more than the first time. Such delicious, innovative, fresh Mexican fare, and excellent service, too.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Loved every bite!
  22. d

    dbenz2usa1

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing and service is great. Everything is made fresh there daily and they’ve put together some amazing menu items. We will definitely be back.
  23. NM

    NancyM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing! La Cantina is our new favorite restaurant! The staff was wonderful too!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from ambiance and decor to the menu is very thought out and beautifully escalated, easily one of my favorite restaurants in the city. My favorite drink is the avocado and jalapeño margarita, absolutely delicious and refreshing, not too spicy. Our waitress recommended a salsa and hot sauce flight that was so fun for dipping. We had the sweet potato appetizer which was outstanding. Had Baja fish and Pork tacos and the Carne Asada for dinner. Everything was perfect for sharing and tasted amazing. We’ve also had the enchiladas before too, and those are equally amazing. You can’t go wrong with any of the menu items. You can definitely taste the care and authenticity placed into the food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Very SLOW service from the kitchen when tacos were ordered and server did not correctly write down order.
  26. A

    Anonymous13

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best authentic Mexican in Cinti- delicious margs and everything on menu is gluten free. Love the spot
  27. JG

    JohnG

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucke and tina is a very cute bistro restaurant serving outstanding food was great presentation and wonderful flavors. There’s an outstanding selection of tequila’s and the staff is all extremely friendly. You can either sit at the bar sit in a small table or sit outside. Parking is easy is there’s open parking on the street as well as the parking deck across the street
  28. S

    Stockard

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Cantina is a superb addition to Cincinnati’s line up of best restaurants. Make reservations today!
  29. A

    Anonymous

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taylor is amazing ! Best service ever. So knowledgeable along with her trainees, Emily & Riley. The food was also delicious. The flavor profile of every single dish had multiple layers. The drinks were also fantastic. Great experience !!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good tacos and guacamole! Friendly staff. Overall a good experience!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our first time dining at La Cantina. We will be back.
  32. DF

    DaveF

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lydia was our server. She was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. She gave us some great suggestions. Loved the guacamole and the margarita was fantastic.
  33. MS

    MalloryS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend trying the Oysters & gazpacho - both were fantastic.
  34. LS

    LSSomerset

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t overlook this restaurant. Unassuming from outside but everything is perfect inside.
  35. SH

    ScierraH

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious. The Carne asada and Queso Fundido were magical. Also, don't be afraid of the Ghost and Guava margarita, it isn't spicy at all. Only bad part was we had a reservation at 8 but didn't get sat until 8:15.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and drink!
  37. R

    Rose

    Cincinnati

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Need more white wines by the glass choices.
  38. S

    kathleenS

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking forward to trying La Cantina and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. The only disappointment was that they only offer one rotating dessert each evening. My college age children were looking forward to dessert but much to their dismay, flan was the dessert of the night. We left and hit another downtown spot for dessert. It seems like a missed opportunity to offer an entire experience to the customer.
  39. c

    courtney

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was amazing; ghost and guava margarita pitcher was not spicy nor boozey:(
  40. w

    winelover

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food! They even were kind and accommodating with our 5 year old (she loved the steak taco!) Everyone was super kind (which always makes for a wonderful experience). Highly recommend!

FAQs

La Cantina is rated 4.7 stars by 247 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 3 times today
Google Map for 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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