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Canteen, madison, WI

Canteen

4.6
4.6
204 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 285-5703

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Van Ommeren

  • Catering

    If you’d like to arrange a catering delivery, have a special request, or would like to place an order please call at 608.285.5703, email Arle at amontes@foodfightinc.com, or fill out ou<br /><br />https://canteentaco.com/catering/<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    We’re great for group events because we’re open to doing just about any kind of awesome you have in mind. We can do taco & nacho bars, tray-passed apps and tacos, or plated entrees. Book us for casual events, business dinners, birthday and holiday parties, and rehearsal/welcome dinners. Let’s pa

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 403-8723

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Parking details

    https://uli.com/parking122 W. Doty Street Madison, WI 53703This underground ramp includes five floors of convenient and secured underground parking with direct access to the Capitol Square. Weekday Hourly Rate : $1.00 per 20 min./$20.00 max Weekday Evenings (after 4pm) : $3.00 flat fee Weekend : $5.00 flat fee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 204 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Good for Groups

  • Madison

    Healthy

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  1. BH

    BobbieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great place near the Sylvee. Staff accommodated our large party on short notice and all staff was fantastic. Food was ok, no complaints but pricey for the quality.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped for lunch while visiting the farmers market. Excellent tacos and service!
  3. SO

    StevenO

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good Mexican food. Charming environment. When making the reservation through OpenTable we did indicate it was for our anniversary, but no mention was made of our anniversary when we arrived or any other part of the evening.
  4. M

    Moose

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks as always!
  5. A

    Auntie

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good. I had the enchiladas and there was more than enough to eat. The others in the party had the taco salad and a burrito and everyone was pleased with their food. The Tecate Chelada style (salted rim, tajín spice, lime wedge) was great and friends enjoyed the margaritas, It is casual with seating outdoors and indoors.
  6. MS

    MadcitySRJ

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    With all the inflation in dining out prices, this mexican-style style is refreshing in modest prices. Even better, the food and margaritas were excellent. The ability to make reservation via OpenTable is also a big plus.
  7. N

    None

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent!
  8. SA

    StacyA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Waitress was nonexistent, took forever to have her come by our table. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy; no drink refills, still I will keep going. Food and drinks are amazing!
  9. J

    Jeff

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tacos and margaritas with prompt and friendly service. Can't wait to return!
  10. KJ

    KristinJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent spot to eat dinner before a show at the Overture. The staff was very accommodating and our server was kind and efficient. We loved the outdoor patio. Capitol building is in full view and we could see the water too. We loved the food too.
  11. J

    James

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Reservation was at 6:15 and didn't our food until 7:30. You don't get a high rating for that.
  12. S

    Satisfied

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Highly recommend the Nachos! Definitely recommended.
  13. TR

    TracyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sam was a great waiter, my only problem was my shrimp tacos had no flavor but overall I had a wonderful experience I would definitely come back again
  14. T

    Telly

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good Mexican food here, with incredibly friendly service (Cris!). Highly recommend if you’re in downtown Madison. Food is always fresh and tasty.
  15. MR

    MeganR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food wasn’t good; we’d have been better off going to a walk up burrito place. Enjoyed the margarita and the outdoor dining.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place - cute vibes - pretty loud
  17. H

    Hilltopper81

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pork belly and carnitas tacos were great! El jefe margarita was good too.
  18. NM

    NatalieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was quite loud when we were there, so it was difficult to have a comfortable conversation at the table. But what can one expect on a Saturday night? The food was good.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Canteen is amazing. The margaritas are strong, the tacos are great, and the churros are THE BEST!
  20. MR

    MichaelR

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly and helpful waitstaff with very good food.
  21. J

    Jameson

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was quick and cordial, and the classic burrito was delicious.
  22. s

    shrimplover

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A bit noisy- small restaraunt. But food and service were excellent.
  23. SP

    SharonP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service!! Busy place would recommend reservations.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great, but it was just a little loud at times.
  25. T

    Tacotits

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best barbacoa tacos around!!! 2nd anniversary lunch with my wife and they comped our churros which were sooo good! The real star was the flan. Oh my god I’ll never forget that flan.
  26. L

    Lafery

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The space is great, although a bit loud. They were busy, and our server noted they were understaffed for the evening (which is totally understandable). We didn't see our server much, and the wait between ordering drinks and ordering food was very long, which, added to the kitchen being backed up, made for a long wait. We were given a discount, which was nice of them. I think we may have just been there on a tough night, and the food was good, but could have used more attention/earlier communication from our server.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good was delish! Definitely try their Mexican street corn! It's a nice small Mexican eating spot!
  28. GB

    GBBB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our reservation was for 6pm on a Saturday. As soon as we were seated at the table, we were told by the host and then by the server that there was another reservation for the table at 7:30pm and that we would need to be done with our dinner by that time. We had been planning for a leisurely dinner after a long week, but certainly understood that they were busy on a Saturday night. However, with every course we ordered, we were reminded again by whoever happened to be by the table that we had to exit by 7:30pm. It was busy and the service was slow, which would not have been a problem except that we were on a deadline with constant reminders that we were going to have to be out the door by 7:30pm. We ordered a second round of drinks in the middle of service (with plenty of time to make it to the deadline), but they didn’t arrive until about the time we received our check. The host came over for what must have been the 4th or 5th time that night to remind us the table had another reservation at 7:30pm and we had to chug down the margaritas to make the exit. I understand it was busy and that the staff was under pressure to turn tables, however, it would be a good idea in future to open up more tables for reservations on a weekend evening, or space the reservations out in order to accommodate for service that might be slow.
  29. SA

    SarahA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was running a little late and we called and they were very polite and appreciated a heads up. We got a drink, app, and main all very delish! Can't go wrong with their tacos. Great place to stop in before a show, or before a night out on the town.
  30. E

    Elena

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    It took 40 minutes after placing our order to receive our 4 vegetarian tacos. The table next to us arrived after we placed our order and received two courses before we received our order. When the table next to us got their tacos/burritos we asked our server “are our tacos coming?” And she grunted “well yeah!” And then immediately brought out our food, which were at that point completely cold. We did not complain as she dropped them off and ran. I ate them, because at that point I had drank half pitcher of margarita and I needed to eat. At this point we had to flag our server down for everything, another margarita, more water, dessert, a box, and then the check. She clearly was not trained or was stretched too thin. And also, did the kitchen not recognize that this food was not being ran? Did they not care? was there a manager there? So disappointed.
  31. AH

    AllisonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem! The vibe was incredible. The food was amazing!! I would definitely recommend & can’t wait to go again myself!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We frequent there a lot and Last night was not your best night. I know late night happy hour can become overwhelming but you seemed short staffed. After 20 minutes of waiting we had to pull aside a staff member to get us even water. Minimal time spent at tables. Our food also took quite a bit of time but the tacos are always great! Just probably an off night and we will still be back!
  33. AP

    AtotheP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great spot, great food & service was awesome too! will be back but this time will indulge in a margarita!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Canteen is my favorite Mexican food in Madison. The tacos and burritos are particularly excellent, and if you want the best (and strongest) margarita you’ve ever had, you have to go with the frozen strawberry!
  35. D

    Delodelo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Mediocre food and terrible service. I won't be back.
  36. LL

    LorieL

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Late lunch during happy hour. Tacos were excellent and so were the margaritas.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Loud with annoying college kids. Can they stay on state street and not ruin the rest of the city.
  38. SG

    SuperG

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    the service needs a improvement urgently, we were waiting for a request like 10 minutes, only when we stand up to leave the server comes to ask if we need something else. no bueno.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is good. Service was good, but slow due to restaurant being filled.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good for families!

FAQs

Canteen is rated 4.6 stars by 204 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Canteen

111 S Hamilton St, madison, WI 53703

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    https://uli.com/parking122 W. Doty Street Madison, WI 53703This underground ramp includes five floors of convenient and secured underground parking with direct access to the Capitol Square. Weekday Hourly Rate : $1.00 per 20 min./$20.00 max Weekday Evenings (after 4pm) : $3.00 flat fee Weekend : $5.00 flat fee

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Van Ommeren

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (608) 285-5703

  • Catering

    If you’d like to arrange a catering delivery, have a special request, or would like to place an order please call at 608.285.5703, email Arle at amontes@foodfightinc.com, or fill out ou<br /><br />https://canteentaco.com/catering/<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    We’re great for group events because we’re open to doing just about any kind of awesome you have in mind. We can do taco & nacho bars, tray-passed apps and tacos, or plated entrees. Book us for casual events, business dinners, birthday and holiday parties, and rehearsal/welcome dinners. Let’s pa

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 403-8723

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