Trejo's Cantina

4.5
173 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The Churros were the best I've ever had in my life!!! Thank you everyone for a fantastic experience

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive for the quality of the food.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh ingredients, new versions of tacos, you gotta come try this place.

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DR
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good and ingredients fresh. Excellent value

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OT
Los Angeles
716 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Okay for a fast meal.

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L
Los Angeles
218 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was fine, good, but almost nothing was great. Perhaps because it was Taco Tuesday, and we went with a tacos only meal. Best taco was far and away the jackfruit, though I didn't have the carnitas, and others at my table were raving about that. Beef Barbacoa was good, but spicy shrimp wasn't really spicy, and chicken and cauliflower were both kind of dull. The Trejo Cerbeza was fine, nothing special. While table's hot sauces were very good, there was no salsa. Would have liked to taste their take on that. Guacamole appetizer was great if small for sharing. And beans side dish was very good, too.

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r
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and they were so accommodating also they made sure we were comfortable 😊

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RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food ok, same as chipotle. Save your money. Went there to try a spin on Mexican tacos. Nothing special.

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ER
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tacos are very creative and tasty. Delicious vegetarian options. The chips are guac are not worth it though—$9 for rather crappy guac. Stick to the tacos ($5-$6.50 each) and the burritos. The tacos are relatively large. Lots of great flavors. Healthier than most Mexican food.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was our 2 year Anniversary and our first time at Trejo's. It was very nice, waitress was amazing. Food is a bit pricey, over $5.00 for one taco and no sides, not even chips and salsa. Appetizers were delicious, we had the empanadas, only get one per order; however very tasty. We'll definitely go back again....Oh drinks were FABULOUS.

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IG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, drinks and food. The salsa and guacamole tasted fresh and home made. This is a place worth checking out.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cantina atmosphere and food at high end prices. El Portal has much better food and atmosphere.

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L
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food- cauliflower and salmon tacos were amazing! Street corn was interesting with the popcorn...My husbands mushroom burrito and my carnitas bowl were worth the value and scrumptious. Tons of choices for alcohol- a definate place to visit for a foodie! Service was outstanding!

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service fast and friendly.
We are vegetarian and they had great selection for us. Can't wait to go back!!

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KP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience. Wish the drinks were a little bigger. Waiter was amazing! Food tasted great!

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RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated at the very first table by the door. Not ideal for conversation.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I thought the food was very good with exception of the salad that I ordered. It was drowning in italian dressing that was very salty. I never asked for dressing on my salad at all and my waitress never asked if I wanted dressing on my salad. She did not bother to come back to our table once my wife told her about the salad. So we gave her tip to the nice valet parking crew. I loved the blackend taco. It was wonderful, I look foward to coming back, hopefully I will get better service next time.

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DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole and chips was amazing with pistachios. The spicy shrimp bowl was so good! Took a bite of the barbacoa burrito and loved it as well. We faced the outside and the weather cooperated. Good time for all.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Loved everything about it. The food was amazing. Had the Blacked Salmon bowl. The drinks were amazing as well. Our server was named Tobi and she was amazing. She made our experience even better. She was very helpful and so friendly to us. All servers should be like her. Definitely coming back to eat again soon.

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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
25 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
42 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
17 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
6 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
65 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
3 reviews
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
9 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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