Trejo's Cantina

4.4
154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
This celebrity-fronted restaurant — actor Danny Trejo is behind it — features Mexican favorites in a hip, colorful space filled with large tables, a patio and artwork by local artists. The menu has a decidedly Los Angeles slant, with vegan specialties served alongside steak asada, fried chicken, beef brisket and washed down with 34 taps of California Craft Beer and Wine, Frozen Margaritas and Aquas Frescas.
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MM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was extremely disappointed at the quality of the food. Service was okay. Being a latina, I expected more. The price was way to high.

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b
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Prices are fair, but the flavor was short. My carnitas tacos were so soggy, the tortilla split and they had little flavor same with the other taco choices. The best thing were the empanadas. Get those and save yourself the disappointment.

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Great local beer selection. Chips and salsa were good. Worst shrimp taco I have ever had. 4 tiny shrimp on a cold corn tortilla with a not so fresh taste. I ordered the Baja fish taco but received the blackened salmon. It had a small slice of dry salmon. The barbacoa taco was a good size and flavor. The wet carnitas burrito was had a good flavor but man were they skimpy on the wet sauce.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Especially for vegans. Love the mushroom tacos! Lots of flavor. Attentive service and fresh food.

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DR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I ate here before a show at the Pantages. There were very few people there- probably because it was early mid-week. We had several different individual tacos, each delicious. I ordered an avocado infused margarita, which was surprisingly good, and my daughter had a traditional margarita. The service was friendly and quick - we had plenty of time to walk the few blocks to the show.

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OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, super quick with the food.
The Mushroom Asada Burrito was the best thing we ordered!

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l
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First visit to Trejo’s - chose the Cantina as it was walking distance from the Palladium. They have plenty of parking options nearby including a valet lot in front of their restaurant. Noise level was loud but not so much that you have to raise your voice. Service was slow despite the restaurant not being very busy. Might have been the kitchen as our server was attentive. Nice selection of taco choices or you could have a bowl or burrito instead.

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TC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good I have had better tacos. But overall it was good I would go back.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Appetizers were huge, but bowls were on the small size. Still, the food was excellent. And the restaurant itself was beautifully decorated.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The breakfast burrito was awesome.

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AL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was freezing! And the food was just so so.

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JR
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It's a casual restaurant, but it serves up really tasty Guacamole and chips, and a nice selection of tacos and burritos - including several vegan and vegetarian items,w which was good....the food was filling and the prices moderate.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My family of 5 enjoyed the Cantina. The food was excellent. The only thing that was missing which our neighborhood Mexican Restaurant provides was an unlimited bowl of chips with the salsa which they refill without asking you.

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We heard about Trejo's while watching a Sunday morning interview show with D. Trejo. I was so impressed by the concept as well as the fact that it gives offenders a second chance. When friends came into town, we decided to see it for ourselves. Overall, we were very happy with our visit. The server was attentive and helpful, but not overbearing. Most of us tried the tacos and the general consensus was, "DAMN GOOD TACOS". I like that they offer them individually, as it allows you to try a selection. I had the Mushroom and Baja Fish Taco's, but tried bites of the Carnitas, Asada and Brisket. The tacos are so flavorful and interesting. I definitely would go back to try all of them. The only disappointment of the night was dessert, specifically the Churros. Both my friend and I were so excited about fresh Churros. Unfortunately, both orders (and yes, we each ordered our own because we did not want to share) were quite overcooked. This rendered them extremely hard and with a bitter taste. However, they came with two dipping sauces that were delicious. One a thick chocolate (it might have had chili because it had a great smokey taste) and the other a tart berry puree. I could have eaten them with a spoon though. That will not stop us from returning to try more tacos. Now, I need to check out those Donuts!

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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual. Good atmosphere

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timer & I must say I'm hooked. I'm from the OC but I occasionally go to LA for different reason. So now when I go down I will make it a point to stop & eat at Trejo's Cantina. This place is AWESOME, & the food is off the hook! I also got a chance to meet Danny Trejo himself. Took pictures with my family & I & was real OG, down to earth & the ultimate gentlemen! Thank you Danny for your hospitality & being so friendly to me & my familia! God Bless, & we'll be back very soon.

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JL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to the Cahuenga location for lunch on Saturday.

The servers were friendly and attentive.

My friend really liked the Shrimp bowl.

I had a double IPA and a Asado Steak wet burrito. Adding the sauce adds about 25% to the cost of the burrito. Received a lot of chips. The burrito was okay, pricy compared to my enjoyment of the meal.

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LK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The couliflower tacos are pretty good

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were eating prior to going to Pantages for a play and they got us in and out without delay. Food was wonderful.

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J
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a treat! I left California 30 years ago to join the Army and after 25 five years there and another 5 in Seattle, I decided to come home. I went to eat there with a friend and we enjoyed it!!! I had three different tacos and chips with guacamole plus wings. My bud had the spicy shrimp burrito and appreciated that too. My beer, perfect and his horchata was exceptionally good. We had to order some to take home to our ladies, and that was well received on our return home. On top of it all, Danny Trejo sat at the table next to me... seemed to be a way cool guy and he eats his own food... another good sign. He was in a business deal it seemed, but really seemed at ease. This whole place was on and I will go back again. Thanks Danny and team, you got this one figured out.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for lunch with my mom and aunt wanted to try something new we were going to see a play at the Pantages, this place is a must try!!! Service from when we walked in was awesome!! The food was really good!! And the value for what we paid for was great!! I am recommending this to all my friends and family! Will definitely be returning soon!!!!

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B
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food just wasn’t good, mixed drinks were less than tasty as well.

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DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations and they had no table for us. We were going to the Pantages so had no time to wait.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, make sure to try the churros! Cole was awesome; a fantastic server! We also met Aloe Blacc here, it was nuts!

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NS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Brianne, our server, was perspicacious, friendly, helpful, and set a great example for the restaurant. Food was creative and delicious. No disappointments on the menu for anything we tried.

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PR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the service was very slow. We explained to the waitress our time constraints after waiting about 10 minutes at the table before we even saw her. Our drinks (margaritas) took almost 15 minutes, our appetizer took about 15 more minutes (guac & chips) and it was almost an hour before our dinner (salads) got to us. My order was wrong but I ate it anyway. Asked for the bill when our dinner arrived but had to ask 3 times for her to process it. Our reservation was at 6:45 and we RAN out the door about 2 minutes before 8pm.

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delish. Best in LA.

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EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service needs some improvement; it was hard to get our waitress’ attention, although the restaurant was nearly empty. Still, since the food was so good, I’d recommend this!

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GL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere. We went here for a birthday and it was a great time!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Party of 7. Lunch. Early at 1145am. Our server obviously forgot to put in one of my guests' order. 4 tacos. 2 of 2 different kinds. Pretty easy. No modifiers. All 6 of us were done eating. We kept waiting. She didn't even apologize until I called her over (for the 3rd time) to ask why his order was not here yet and that she obviously forget to put in his order. She never admitted to forgetting to put his order in while every other table around us that came in a good 30 min after us, got their order. My guests started to give their food to him.
Biggest surprise was that the manager was never told. I dont even think there was a manager. She didnt even take his 4 (or at least 2) tacos off the bill. She got our appetizer order wrong, too. And to top it off, they added an 18% gratuity on my bill of over $220. I didn't want to embarrass my guests so I signed the bill, walked to the bar where she was, and told her I was surprised she didnt even bother apologizing and comp-ing the one meal.
Never going back for sure.

They had so many cyber take-out orders that the guests in the restaurant get ignored and sub par or horrible service.

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A
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food but lots of extra cost for small servings. A $1 charge for pickled carrot, onion turned out to be a tablespoon of the vegetable which would have been free at another restaurant. Small guacamole and chips serving in comparison to other restaurants.

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PB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our party of 4 tried a little of everything from the menu and all of us were impressed. Surf and turf burrito was excellent, as were all of the tacos we tried...including the fried chicken taco and the nachos. Good beer list and tasty margaritas. Only drawback was speed of items from the bar... but that is hardly a real complaint since we made sure to get there early and had plenty of time for a relaxed meal and drinks before our show at Pantages.

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CO
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good cozy casual tasty 😋 restaurant to recommend to everyone

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BK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We really loved it. The guacamole was unique and tasty. The taco's were excellent and the margarita's even better. :)

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Great Food, Atmosphere was awesome! They were very welcoming to our group and the service was fast, professional and and friendly. Th food was awesome! We loved the appetizers, and bowls...the burritos were a hit as well! Thank you for a very nice experience

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VG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered the jalapeño margarita, jackfruit taco, and fried chicken taco. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend. Service was good too.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish Danny Trejo would have been there . I came all the way from San Jose.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Expensive food and drinks for a Cantina, very salty food, men's room horrible smell. I expected more.

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H
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food there skip the dessert

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WM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the diablo shrimp tacos! Fresh salsa was delish!

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