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About The Cantina - Mill Valley

The Cantina is located in Mill Valley, California and is specialized in Mexican cuisine.

651 E Blithedale Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:00pm

Friday - 11:30am - 10:00pm

Saturday - 11:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday - 11:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Camino Alto

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 381-1070

Website:
http://www.thecantina.com/

Parking Details:
There is also additional parking behind the restaurant

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining for 10-15 and for 25-30
Anything larger and special accomadations can be made

Private Party Contact:
Manager: (415) 381-1070

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Cantina - Mill Valley Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Bar Seating (2)
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Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
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Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very good food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great overall great experience!!

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I love this restaurant and we always enjoy the food and margaritas. I would suggest the restaurant give the entire place a good scrubbing. I think there is so much foot traffic and it is so busy that it is getting a little dirty. Mainly table chairs and floors. Every restaurant has to keep up cleanliness and appearance especially to keep customers coming back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The Cantina has always been one of my favorite places in Marin...especially for Mexican Food. We're originally from Arizona, so finding good Mexican food was a challenge until we found the Cantina. We've eaten there dozens of times and always find the setting pleasant and the food wonderful. I particularly love their margaritas and their outdoor seating.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

sadly this restaurant did not accomodate our request in spite of being relatively empty. The guacamole made in front of you had no salt. the glasses were dirty and overall was just not good. if they were a bit more personable I'd come back. Our server was decent but really not worth it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

the chips and salsa are the best, warm and crunchy

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The waiter got my mom's order wrong and it took about 20 minutes for her food to come out. Rest of us were already done eating. They didn't compensate us at all. Not a great experience.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Dinner for two couples, early in evening (5: 30). Service was slow getting started because our server was handling many tables. He was good, just overtaxed at that point before additional personnel came on duty.

The group ordered different dishes, and they arrived relatively quickly. But the problem was the food. It might as well have been one order of one thing. All the food was soggy. All had heavy doses of the same sauce. It all melded into amorphous gloppy masses. None of us came close to cleaning our plates, and we all refused the offer of a take home box. Will not visit again.

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went to The Cantina this past Saturday evening. As expected, the place was bustling.
It took a while for the server to come by. Usually, they bring chips, salsa and water shortly after you're seated. No such luck this time. We placed our drink and food order with the server and about five minutes later the entrees came out. Still no drinks, water or chips and salsa.
Our server came by and explained the bar was backed up, but we felt really rushed sitting there with our entrees with no water or cocktails.
Usually the food and service are spot on here. The entrees were very good, but the timing of the service left alot to be desired.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

There were six of us, four adults and two children, for an early dinner. Our reservation was waiting for us, and we were seated promptly. Service was very good. Server treated the two children very well and let them answer for themselves when ordering. Chips and salsa were plentiful. Food was very good and large portions. Price was moderate. Entrées averaged $12 to $15 piece. We would return for another meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Best Happy Hour in Marin, Hands Down!! Great lively bar and Fire Pit Patio. Great Margaritas, Great Appetizers. Service is amazing, just be warned on Friday and Saturday nights they are extremely busy, so come and expect a wait. Food isn't Spicy but you can ask for them to make it Spicy if your like me and like the heat. I will be back soon

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Outstanding Value, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Haven't been back for a meal at the Cantina since the 1980s, and they have made some great changes. I had to ask the for the fireplace to be turned on - it was cold and raining outside so it was weird that they weren't burning a fire. Food was fabulous, loved the Carne Asada and Fajitas and tostada appetizer. Margaritas were yummy and loved that they sang my 22 year old son Happy Bday with the best Flan I have ever had. We will be back and probably make this a new tradition.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Always great service, food, and value at the Cantina!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2014

Pork was dry, chicken and portabello mushroom dishes were good. Service was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2014

It took forever to order and get our food. We had 14 people at our table and food came out at different times with no excuses. Kid food took forever, too. We have been going her for 20+ years and will not make it back in a hurry.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2014

We keep coming back to this restaurant for Mexican, not just because it is convenient, but because they get the food right every time. Great Chile Rellenos, excellent tostadas and enchiladas, tasty margaritas, warm fresh chips and great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2014

A decent Mexican cantina. It is rather typical California Mexican food served in large portions. Kid friendly and the bar attracts a noisy crowd. Not a place for a quiet dinner. We go there occasionally when the wife doesn't want to cook dinner. Their chile rellenos and crab cakes are good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2014

From the moment we sat down, and one of our water glasses was leaking from a hole in the bottom, up until the rest of our food and drinks never came, it was a comedy of errors. The food was good, but the service was indifferent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2013

A PERFECT FAMILY SPOT WITH A GREAT SELECTION OF TASTY FOOD, FRIENDLY AND PRETTY PROMPT SERVICE. LARGE PORTIONS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR DOGGIE BAGS BECAUSE CANTINA USES FRESH INGREDIENTS. THEY USE CHICKEN BREAST AND PRIME CUTS OF MEAT, EVERYONE (6) WAS HAPPY WITH THEIR MEAL.
NOT TOO NOISEY EXCEPT FOR A FEW UNCONTROLLABLE CHILDREN AT THE NEXT TABLE WHICH SEEMS TO BE THE NORM IN MARIN.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2013

5 people 45 minutes excellent food, great service, fine margaritas. Couldn't ask for a better, casual dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2013

The Cantina has this great quality of feeling like a large, go-to, family Mexican restaurant (easy access, parking lot), with a small bar area that is great for watching sports…(there's even an outdoor patio area off the bar with a TV outside!)
AND it also has a cozy, even romantic vibe, inside. the food is excellent, and plentiful - with many choices.
you really feel like all your needs are met.

note: they close at 9, sharp on Sunday nights. so, if you go that night, like we did - I recommend going before 8 if you plan to hang out a bit. We had to go somewhere else to continue our conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2013

We had a group of 5 and were greeted warmly as members arrived. The food was really good and we enjoyed it all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2013

Great place for young kids. Lots and lots of noise.
Worked for us with grandkids. Very good kids menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2013

I ordered the CAMARONES RANCHEROS and the shrimp were over cooked.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2013

Been back recently after not going for a long time, and was pleasantly surprised that the food had improved 100 fold over last year. We have been back several times since. Maybe they have a new chef. The quality of the food has definitely improved and was excellent, the freshness as well. And put together nicely to make a memorable meal. The drinks were very good, but the food was the best! We will be going back tonight again. Between lunch and dinner we have gone a lot in just the last 2 months. I am so glad we gave it another try. And the waitperson is always wonderful here. Love this California Mexican.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2013

The service was great, but as others have mentioned they don't give you enough time between your appetizer and your entrée, and the same person (not the waiter) serves you your food ( and seems to be rushed and a little confused who gets what entrée.

The Cantina has good Mexican food, but not authentic, but I would definitely return and recommend it to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2013

Jose is the best waiter! My husband is on a restrictive diet and Jose made sure he did not have any salt on his food. The cooks obliged and that alone makes the Cantina a very special place!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2013

The waiter was very nice, but we felt a little rushed - the food came super fast and the help seemed a little anxious to get rid of us - I could understand if it was very busy, but it was not. Other than that, the food was good and the server very nice.

The house margarita was tasty but very weak in alcohol - so that was a dissappointment.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2013

Cantina has been great lately. I have been twice in the past month and both experiences were great. Service is very good and very fast. It's a great place to bring kids, and the food is excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2013

The food is always very good. Service
Outstanding and quick. Daniel is the
Best waiter .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2013

The Cantina is our "go to" when craving Mexican in Marin .... Simply the best! Better than all the rest!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2013

The food was really good and so were the drinks! They have huge tables which are very comfortable, great ambiance, parking right out the door and also outdoor seating...worth a visit...very family friendly and popular...a surprise ...and definitely on the list for more visits....

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2013

We had brunch here on a Sunday and it was very good. We sat outside on the patio. They had $5 drinks including a nice bloody mary. A couple of weeks later we had dinner there. The food was good, but not quite as good as we have had at other Mexican restaurants. No option to get whole pinto beans. It is a restaurant that we will return to occasionally.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2013

Always very good. Fast, fresh and good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2013

The food is hardly authentic, but it's not bad. The patio is certainly more pleasant than the interior - and quieter. The servers were pleasant, but not polished. If you want to eat rather than dine, give it a try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2013

This place is always very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2013

We had a wonderful experience. My sister has four kids, including twin toddlers. They are a handful! The staff was wonderfully accommodating and helped her feel at ease even when the kids were being crazy and making a mess! The food was great and there were a ton of items on the menu to choose from. The restaurant is beautiful and there patio was very nice as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2013

We just had an anniversary dinner there and we were very pleased with the service and the food.
Can't get any better.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2013

All the food was very good, especially the table side guacamole. The wait staff couldn't have been less interested in us.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2013

We had a wonderful time! Our reservation was honored immediately even though the restaurant was packed when we arrived. The food was delicious and our server anticipated and attended to our every need. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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