Trejo's Cantina - Pasadena

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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 10 taps of California Craft Beer and Wine, Frozen Margaritas and Aquas Frescas.
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ML
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It wasn’t authentic enough. Chips were delicious good deep golden corn tasting with lime in it. But we got a small portion of chips for 6 people. Had to ask for more. My empanada was very good. I think everyone else in the party didn’t care for their burritos, bowls and tacos. Sorry I don’t recall getting black beans at a Mexican restaurant or curry. I wasn’t expecting it to be like that.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was ok nothing special got the salsa and chips with guacamole which were 9.50 which was over priced for the amount of chips a guacamole I received Im talking about 1 tablespoon of guacamole and a server must forgot we were there because we were waiting for her to come back to get refills on are drinks because they give these small cups for drinks something I would give my three year old.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good meal, good value, food took a lot of time to arrive

VA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great but the service was not so great. The waitresses need more service training and be more attentive.

ER
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Well, what can I say, it was a tasty taco, but it didnt feel worth the price. $5 for an average taco, Guisados in LA or Pour Vida in Anaheim are much MUCH tastier for an equivalent price.

N
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing options for all types of diets. Recommend the BCR burrito.....wet. The sauce reminds me of home. Wondering if the bottle it and sell it.

CD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is especially convenient for eating before a performance.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the atmosphere welcoming. I especially appreciated the service, our waiter was incredible honest and informative.

MR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beat burrito, tacos and quesadillas. the cheese is to die for.

SR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my boyfriend and cousin and we all had a great time. The street corn was so good, the bowls had a lot of flavor and the atmosphere was pleasant. Its a bit on the pricy side, however. I think we should have gotten more food with what he paid for, but it was still very good.

CD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was very mediocre and way overpriced. Cold and unappealing atmosphere. Margaritas were the worst I ever tasted. Will not go back.

SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our first experience was back when it opened, food was delicious and the servings were generous. Last week our reservations was at 2:15, the restaurant side was closed. We were seated on the bar side. The music was extremely loud and the bar top was a bit uncomfortable to eat lunch. The bartender, service was very nice and friendly. When we received our lunch, one of us ordered a carnitas taco, boy you can count the meat on that plate, that's how skimpy the serving was. Our burritos were just ok, somehow the flavor was lost from our first time experience. I will not go back to the restaurant. It's over priced and the servings are just too skimpy.

SC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice big, open, friendly space. Staff is very friendly and takes good care of you. Food is excellent, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, everything. Their signature salsa has an excellent rich flavor and not too spicy so everyone can enjoy.

JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were quite disappointed by the quality of the cocktails that we ordered, and, after waiting over 20 minutes for an order of chips and guacamole that never arrived, we decided to ask for the check. The server was amazing and was disappointed that we waited so long for a simple appetizer so he gave us one of our cocktails on the house.

The wait staff was wonderful. For the prices of the cocktails, we were disappointed with the quality of the alcohol. The speed of the food service left something to be desired. We likely won’t be returning.

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Met up with friends who brought their two young children. We were lucky to get a table that was big enough for the baby carrier and high chair for the older kid.

CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional all around. We will go again and tell our friends.

SG
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken tacos were absolutely amazing! That is all. <3

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. I chose to take my mom to a Mother’s Day lunch here. My mom was so pleased with everything: the food, the ambiance, the restaurant decor, etc. My mom was happy. And, when mom is happy, the children are happy. :)

PA
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was ok. Thought it was pricey for what we got. We each ordered a taco, guacamole with chips, corn on the side, and two fresca drinks.

DE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely poor, then food disappointment on top of that. It took an hour to get our food. This is basically a bar that serves bad food.

BR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant time there. The food and service were good and we liked the restaurant environment. Would go back for sure.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get together with friends

RG
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

My wife and I, drove from Fresno Ca. We made a reservation with the curiosity of a celebrity restaurant. And very disappointed with the food. I had a burrito, and my wife had the nachos. Burrito came in a aluminum wrapping. Not dressed in any sauces, and nachos we're something that can easily be done by a fourteen year old. Overall experience was dissatisfied. Sorry!

EK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

It was VERY NOISY-- I don't consider that ENERGETIC which is what is on the form. I did not like my chicken bowl at all. My friend thought her burrito was OK. The service was fast.

TD
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This time not so good. Tortilla soup and cheesecake were great. Other items not as good as before.

DC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Save room for the churro, they are wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! I’m vegetarian and love that they have multiple vegetarian/vegan options! We had tons of questions and our server was so patient, answered and explained everything, and was so accommodating! Fun music and ambience!

AD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food is alright. Horrible service. I do enjoy Taco Tuesday (its smaller version of their normal tacos but you get to have variety).

a
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Service was so so, but the food was really good. However, there is ZERO ambiance. It feels like a restaurant at LAX.

TB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went to use pay by OpenTable, but the restaurant didn't accept it, even though they said they do on OpenTable

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Not so good! Wanted to love it in the location next to the Playhouse but yech. Tacos expensive and bad, soup was awful, overall - go somewhere else!

NJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

JL
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very poor service. Getting someone to serve us was quite the challenge. Wait staff does not appear to care if customers come back to the restaurant. And we won’t.

MF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday there and had one of the best times ever. Food was great, drinks were awesome, and service was outstanding. Thank you for a great experience.

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect experience for a before show drinks and food. They sat us right away, wait staff was attentive and the food and drinks were well prepared. I would go there again definitely.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Only because of its close proximity to the Pasadena Playhouse.....The food was OK...but it didn't 'knock me out'.....Charging $2.00 for a tiny tablespoon-sized cup of guacamole or extra pico de gallo really annoyed me. I wouldn't have objected to the charge, but I expected a much larger serving of each for that price.

l
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. Food was good, best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. Went on a game night or something so I get the noise at the bar.

TA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Harsh lighting, waited 10 full minutes to be acknowledged by the wait staff, then they forgot half of our drinks, brought food out separately, then the dish was wrong -- wrong protein, no guacamole (never did arrive despite repeated requests). Then they cleared our drinks before we were even done with them. Will not be back.

O
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was eh... ok. Extremely cold in the restaurant. They needed to turn the heat on.! Looked around and almost everyone including me were eating with their heavy coats on. Kind of uncomfortable to eat while all bundled up! And the noise!! Noisiest restaurant I’ve ever eaten in! It’s all hard surfaces and nothing to absorb noise! My friend and I could hardly hear each other talk. Won’t waste my time or money there again. The location is so convenient for Playhouse goers but this is about the fourth reincarnation I’ve been to there over the years. Nobody seems to make a go of it there.

KS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I would recommend their margaritas, but not their food.

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