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Contemporary Mexican Cuisine  - La Cantina, Cincinnati, OH

La Cantina

4.7
4.7
297 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 18 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 297 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. JB

    JeremyB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food and drinks! Service was excellent as well! I will definitely go back!
  2. B

    Bush

    Cincinnati

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Our server was Logan who was friendly, efficient, and personable. Wonderful evening.
  3. NS

    NathanS

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good upper end Latin food!
  4. DD

    DD29

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and cocktails. A nice wine list featuring a good selection of wines from Spain, Argentina, and other places. Great service.
  5. AD

    ArtemesiaD

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to LaCatina several times all the way back to the days when it was a pop up inside Crown Republic. I was hooked from the start. I love Mexican and this is beyond anything I've ever had in my life. The guacamole is absolutely amazing. The oysters are a unique and great appetizer. The cocktails are delicious, fresh and perfected. Today I had a taco for the first time, a fish taco, it was so crispy with the perfect amount of sauce and toppings. We had carne asada which is the same flavorful dish each time. Today I bought my cousin in for his first visit. He was so pleased with it all and took something home to his family. I love introducing people I love to places I love, places they would have never tried on their own. The service is always friendly and on point as well
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation but when arrived we found out restaurant is closed on Wednesdays. Open table should not have been able to make reservations 😫 Come to find out later the person who booked chose wrong address 🤦🏻‍♀️
  7. D

    Desikanya

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food is excellent. Every time we have been disappointed by the service- always seems like they are rushing you and are annoyed
  8. F

    Foodie

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and margaritas were amazing! I got the chips and Guacamole, fish and ny strip taco which were the best I have had. Definitely worth going!
  9. KC

    KellC

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LaCantina delivers every time! Service, food and ambiance are bomb. Go now! Thanks Mara for a fabulous experience tonight… we had such a great time!!
  10. KC

    KathyC

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I am not a big fan of Mexican food, but I enjoyed the avocado jalapeno margarita and the food was good. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was very fun. Food is a little on the expensive side but I will definitely be going back
  11. MB

    MaryB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive, fresh, delicious! Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Prices might be surprising if you’re used to typical Mexican restaurants but the quality is worth it.
  12. j

    joycec

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our 2nd time to La Cantina. Food is absolutely amazing. We had the sweet potato appetizer, carne asada and chicken mole. All were very delicious. Our only issue was the internet went down and it seems our order was lost in the kitchen. Our entrees took 45+ minutes to come out but they did comp us a round of drinks. I just wish they had communicated the issue sooner. We will definitely be back though and will be getting the carne asada again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was good but had high expectations based on reading reviews.
  14. T

    Tinydancer

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Always great for date night.. carne asada so good and staff very friendly!!! Thank you!
  15. l

    lindak

    Cincinnati

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Our first time there. Our only issue was with the small size and high prices of the margaritas. We’ll be back! Will order beer or wine.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best local spots for moderately upscale hand-crafted, fresh, house-made Mexican fare (and drinks). Also gluten-free for those interested. The carne asada and shrimp large plates (shareablea) are outstanding- served with freshly melted butter, Mexican rice, pickled veggies/peppers, and beans. The food is so flavorful, I felt as though I was eating it like a ravenous dog. Drink selection is also impressive. Margaritas are delicious, but not quite up to the flavor gold standard of Bakersfield. Service is professional and friendly. Minor demerits for not offering classic tortilla chips, and instead, serving two-three tostados at a time and requiring up charges for each refill. If you’re eating salsa and queso, expect to go through several tostadas (and paying for them). The atmosphere can also get super noisy and warm (almost like the heat is always running, even when it’s warmer outside). Other perks include a decent amount of parking near the building, outdoor seating available, and reservations accepted. All in all, a great dining experience in downtown Cincy!
  17. d

    donalde

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Sat at bar the bar waitress ignor d me she was too busy talking to her friends behind the bar 15$ for 3 small oysters is ridiculous and the wine was terrible no one offered a taste as I would not have ordered I won’t be back q
  18. EO

    EatingOutIsFun

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Allison was fantastic. We will be back.
  19. d

    davidb

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been following this chef for several years and finally been able to eat in the brick and mortar. Wonderful space, and awesome staff. This is the best Mexican cuisine in Cincinnati hands down. Everything is awesome and loved our time there.
  20. R

    Reluctant

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time. Really good - exceptionally fresh ingredients, great yet simple flavors, huge portions - easy to share; wonderful server staff!
  21. BB

    BrianB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Messed up orders, they try too hard with the food, make it more simple. Serving a large bowl of queso fundido with only 3 soft tortillas made no sense. Over priced. Avoid
  22. D

    David

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing flavors. The food was outstanding
  23. KP

    KaitlynP

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here from out of town and I also live in a city with nice Mexican restaurants. This was some of the best Mexican inspired food I have had in a long time!
  24. SP

    StephanieP

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Oysters were the outstanding menu item. Great ambiance - however outside of the appetizers, the mains were not standouts.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They all serve us like Kings and Queen. Taylor was front of us for the greatest cocktails. Manager was amazing and all of them as well! Food? Unbelievable! So good! One of the best restaurants of Cincy!! Thank you!!
  26. JL

    JeffL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to La Cantina and we were not disappointed. We booked seats at the bar, but were lucky enough to get a table outside on a beautiful evening. The wait staff were super attentive and the food was fantastic. We had the chicken enchiladas which we shared and each had our own appetizer. I had one taco and my wife had the quest fundido. Muy Excellente. Thanks to the staff for a lovely evening.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome every time!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  29. I

    Igal

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent food, waiter seemed overwhelmed, and overall the service wasn't great, it affected our appreciation of our evening. But again, the food was excellent.
  30. RH

    RhodesH

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and quality. Will definitely return.
  31. 1

    1bigfoodie

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    !Muy bueno¡ It’s an unquestionable joy to the senses to have a culinary genius create and offer delightful fare based on a foundation of the familiar. This quaint venue exceeds expectations thoroughly! We look forward to working our way across their varied palette-tantalizing offerings going forward. Bravo! It is on an upper-mid price point, and on the loud end of acoustics, but outside patio compensates.
  32. DM

    DetailMatters

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was amazing. Jackie gave us good recommendations, and was a great server.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife’s Birthday! Wonderful experience! Food was very good and the service even better! Thank you!
  34. D

    Debbie

    Cincinnati

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    4 of us tried this during a busy event evening. Despite being very busy the wait staff were friendly and fairly attentive. We shared guacamole and a sweet potato starter and both were outstanding and stand out Mexican dishes not like others I’ve had. Very fresh and creative. We also shared enchiladas verde that were outstanding. The large carnita dish was ordered by one of us and he felt it the meat was just ok but the rice and beans that came with it was excellent (he shared with us), smoky and flavorful. I’ll definitely come back on a quieter evening and hope to snag an outdoor table. Indoors, though is cozy and comfortable but too loud.
  35. SW

    SusanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cantina experience is fantastic! Highly recommend!
  36. DK

    DebbieK

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!
  37. LB

    LinneaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Transported to Tulum Mexico~ A truly delicious & artistic mexican fare gift to Cinci! We needed a fun night out, and La Cantina went above and beyond our expectations! Loved the outdoor seating with heaters.
  38. BD

    BobD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was great, very good and friendly service. Much louder than I like, and they need better ventilation. A lot of cooking oil smoke on the air.
  39. AD

    ArtemesiaD

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first experience was with the pop up inside Crown Republic. Been trying to get into the restaurant for a while. The highlights were the oysters which were as great as we remembered and the carne asada which was so tender and flavorful. We ate the carne asada before I could get the picture. I was also very happy with the tequila flight, it was a brand I've been dying to try, Cantera Negra. The drinks were also amazing, I had the colada margarita , my friend had the tamarindo margarita. The only thing I would not order again is the queso, it was not bad I just didn't like the thickness of the cheese, it was a texture issue for me. We had a awesome experience and can't wait to go back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very attentive and knowledgeable staff

FAQs

La Cantina is rated 4.7 stars by 297 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 18 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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