Pepe's Cantina - Church Street

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62 reviews
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Mexican
Chef Pepe’s innovative menu puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. Linger over drinks, rediscover Mexican classics – tableside guacamole, tacos with authentic fillings and fresh house-made tortillas and discover Pepe’s signature entrees at Pepe’s Cantina Mexican Grill. We invite you to come and enjoy a unique Mexican experience in a friendly and fun atmosphere!
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MH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shredded chicken is amazing !! It is what keeps me coming back. I took my mom this time and she was obsessed with the carnitas ! The frozen margaritas are super strong (which I love), the queso is so great and happy hour specials are the best in town. I recommend this for a Mexican restaurant any day ! I get all my friend to go here and we all love it

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P
Orlando
60 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We requested a standard table, because high tops are not as comfortable. They only have 3. We ended up at a hightop, not the best way to have dinner, but we managed. The noise level was too loud for us. But the food was excellent, the margaritas awesome! The tortilla chips were meh. But the carnitas!! Yum! Good retried beans and rice was much better than most.

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N
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my son enjoyed sitting outside listening to the music. This was our first time to Orlando and we live authentic Mexican food. Our waiter was so pleasant. The food was delicious. Definitely going to visit here again.

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F
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went on a Sunday morning thinking we would do brunch. After checking it out we went with the menu. Food was really great. The tableside quac was delicious and ample. I had the Mexican pizza and thought it was very good. We will go again.

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RP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, drinks were nice and strong (frozen margarita), however our only complaint is that it was hot inside the restaurant. The front door was left open, and there was no air circulation inside the restaurant. Even in the back it was warm. Was the a/c off or underpowered? I don't know...

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K
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was just ok. Very noisy with a party crowd doing lots of shots behind us.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say that it passed my expectations. Everything was great starting from the appetizers to the drinks and obviously the dinner plates. It's a must visit!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent, the servers were great. Handled our large group nicely. My only gripe was that I had made the reservation asking for outdoor seating and we were placed in that "hallway" like section. Other than that, enjoyed it.

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MH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so great ! I love coming here cause the food is so good and they actually kept it open for us later than their closing time which was super nice. 100% recommend

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NM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

If the service had been better the whole experience would have gotten 5 stars!

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MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Regular at this restaurant. Pleasant staff and good food

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m
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table for 8 was ready for us before we arrived. Drinks we're prompt and chips and salsa were flowing. I like that they asked before continuing to bring us more though. Server was polite and friendly. Food was delicious!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Chicken empanadas were dry and flavorless.

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great selection of food, very good service. Food was tasty. Nice outside patio if the weather is cooperating. Small walk to the Amway Centre.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with 16 guests and had a great experience. Roberto was outstanding and made sure we had the best possible dining experience!!

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o
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We made reservations through OpenTable and upon arrival, it didn't seem to have mattered. We explained we made reservations and it was ignored. Unfortunately there was an Orlando City Soccer event in the street making our experience unenjoyable. This was no fault of Pepe's but did ruin the idea of coming Downtown and enjoying great Mexican. Because of the street event, we were placed in a common area of the Bumby Arcade to escape the noise. Again not conducive to a great dining experience. The waitress must have been new as she was unfamiliar with the menu, Mexican food & drinks. We love the Winter Park location and it's much quieter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided to visit Pepe’s prior to our concert at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. We arrived and were quickly greeted and seated. Cocktails were delivered quickly, along with the table side guacamole. Our meal came out in a reasonable time, and tasted fresh. Our server Erika was on top of drinks and chips, and quickly returned with anything we requested. We had a mix up on the order, but it was rectified within minutes without question. Overall, our experience was excellent. The only issue we had was that there was a street party directly outside the door and it was very loud. Not the restaurants fault, but it made it harder to converse.

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L
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

A group of friends visited this local establishment to celebrate National Margarita Day. A reservation was made in advance so when we arrived our table was already reserved. At first, the experience appeared to be going good until our drink orders were placed. It took more than 78 minutes for our first margarita to arrive. When we inquired as to the long wait the response provided was that the restaurant was making a new batch of margaritas. The restaurant did nothing to compensate for the long delay in our drink orders.

The food arrived well before the drinks. I’d recommend the Shrimp Tacos!

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BP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not clean, not organized, two servers for entire location.

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RS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I've been to the Pepe's Cantina in Winter Park- this one was just as good! I dined with my sister in law, who is vegan. Pepe's has an entire page of their menu dedicated to vegetarian and vegan options. She got vegan tacos and was happy with her choice! I had the grilled shrimp quesadilla with a side of veggies. We each had a cocktail, which were well-mixed, yummy and strong but not too strong :)

My only complaint is the noise level. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience!

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

I was so impressed with Pepe’s Cabtina and will be back again soon! What started as needing a place to eat before the theatre turned into a memorable experience. The wait staff was so fast, quick to bring us waters, chips, and salsa the moment we sat down. They brought more chips and salsa quickly as well. Was impressed with their attention to us as well as their kindness. Food was excellent. We will be back again soon!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Slooooow and expensive.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready when we arrived. Servers were friendly and attentive. We ordered tacos, a burrito, and enchilada plates. The portions are a good size and enough to share if you have a smaller appetite. Great location for dinner before a game at the Amway Center. Reservations recommended.

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Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service!!! Was greeted by the bartender and then our busser and server was excellent!

I’m Mexican and will say that this is as good as it gets in Orlando! FYI the watermelon margarita is amazing!

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent food, good ambiance, very good service - attentive and good downtown location. Definitely return and recommend. Cheers!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment. Loved how accommodating they were for my large group!

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AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group and the staff could NOT have been nicer or more professional! We loved the foods and it was a fun evening.

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, good service and extremely convenient to the Arena for live events. Location on Church Street offers a myriad of options before or after a meal if needed.

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A
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and it was perfect location to the downtown bar scene which is what we looking for. Our server (Stephanie) was also very good it was almost like she was our friend and knew us for years based off the conversations we had.

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Columbus
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent Mexican food downtown. The pineapple fajitas are great, just depends who’s in the kitchen.

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ES
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Table side guac and drinks are all they really get right. Food ordered was incorrect, service was ok. Second time having this type of experience. So Highly recommend for Guac and drinks. Anything you do after that is a crap shoot

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and the food is always fresh and delicious. Management here is very top notch

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H
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Laidback Mexican food.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner with my family at Pepe’s Cantina. We did have a misunderstanding with the appetizer that we were not too thrilled about, but overall the food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun. I would definitely come back again in the near future and try sitting outside since the view of the surrounding restaurants, lights, and buildings is nice.

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LH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a horrible experience. Our reservation was for the outdoor patio, they seated us in a back hallway with only one server. A mess of brooms and cleaning supplies were visible propped against the wall.

We ordered drinks and an appetizer as we sat down. After 30 minutes, no sign of our drinks or the waitress to take our order. She made eye contact a few times and said she’d be right back, but never did show up.

We ended up going to another restaurant. Four people, drinking and eating. They lost us.

I’ll never return or recommend to a friend.

Steer clear.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good. Margaritas and sangria not so much. Our waitress was excellent but hampered by too many tables assigned to her and next to no support. She ran her butt off on 10 tables. Despite her efforts several tables left after long waits for food and drinks.
Location wise it is very convenient to Amway Center - five minute walk. However, slowness of service will keep you on pins and needles. Not the best way to relax and enjoy the good food.

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W
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

On the surface, Pepe’s Cantina seem like a cool spot to sit and have some Mexican food. We were seated in the back – way in the back – essentially outside the restaurant in the hallway. It was very crowded. Very loud. Could not hear the waiter at all. That loud. I appreciate fresh ingredients and prefer my Mexican food that way. Pepe’s Cantina clearly used fresh ingredients but their food needed more salt? It just had no flavor. As for the drinks, Mojito’s were on the list however when I ordered it the waiter told me he could not make it. They were too busy. My husband ordered a rum runner. The waiter did not know what that was and would not place his order. I guess if you’re looking to be in a trendy area this is it. But clearly, there is better Mexican food and better ambiance out there.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was awful - no flavor and at those prices!!!!!

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S
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pepe’s Cantina was great for dinner before the Orlando Pride game. Portions are really large so come hungry.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Group of 7 went here before a concert. Took almost 90 minutes to get our food. We tried to leave before they brought the food & they said 'only 10 more minutes' so we waited and still it was another 30 so we were late for the show. When the food showed up, some of it was good, fish tacos were cold & uncooked, pork enchiladas had gotten cold / dried out (probably sitting for a bit). Said he would give us a discount but didn't (didn't have time to nitpick the bill & did not figure this out until later). Instead we got a round shelf tequila. Yuck. Oh, 2 non-drinkers so that was not appreciated. Plus, since I was not drinking I kept trying to order a club soda & they never did bring it out. Waiter was just rude & dismissive. Awful experience - will never go back.

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