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1882 Cantina

4.2
4.2
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
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Savor the spice, flavor and aromas of the best food from Mexico, Central and South American countries.

South of the border cuisine takes center stage at Pechanga’s 1882 Cantina. Serving brunch & dinner five days a week, 1882 Cantina features quintessential dishes from regions known for bold flavors that are favorites now in California.

This casual restaurant proves the perfect place for meeting up with family and friends, watching fútbol or other sports, and for enjoying a refreshing margarita or sipping on an artisan tequila.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med)

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (951) 770-8440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Celaya

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Cross street

    Pechanga Parkway

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    The Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in California totaling 188,000 sq ft. The casino features over 4,000 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room with tables, and an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo facility. At Pechanga, our live entertainment is world-class, in intimate venues where every seat feels like front row. Tickets for all Pechanga Theater shows, boxing events and comedy club performances are available for purchase. The box office is located next to the Pechanga Theater entrance.www.pechanga.com

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Time at the restaurant was good, only wish it was a little more secluded from the rest of the hotel walking by.
  2. M

    Morena

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The customer service was amazing. The waiter went above and beyond offering best drinks and food selection. We had jalapeño margaritas and the Tierra and Mar for two dinner. It was delicious.
  3. TT

    TonyT

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Disappointed in the menu change. Preferred “a La carte” vice current menu for Taco Tuesday. Service and server was wonderful.
  4. TT

    TonyT

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Robin and Angelo provided such a professional and wonderful experience. Looking forward to returning soon!
  5. DS

    DonS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I have tried to contact you previously through your website unsuccessfully. We arrived on time to our reservation that was confirmed by you on 5/26 to find the restaurant closed. The person working at the front desk indicated that they were there to do some paperwork - but that 1882 Cantina is always closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. How could you reserve a table for us and send us a confirmation if the restaurant is not open? Doesn't say much for Open Table and their communications with restaurants. We are/were NOT HAPPY. This review is for Open Table and NOT the restaurant. Nancy and Don Smith desnbs@verizon.net
  6. TD

    ToniD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious. Looking g forward to going back to their tequila bar!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service and drinks are amazing
  8. GD

    GDub

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there to celebrate the 40th anniversary of my 21st birthday. Decor and ambiance are fantastic and the location is nice and quiet. The prices are very reasonable and the quality of the food is exceptional. The dinner menu options do not overwhelm you. Our appetizers were; Trio De Ceviche, Mexican Elote and Coctel De Camarones. All were very good but I am on the fence with the shrimp cocktail. It was spicy and I would like to see more than 2 camarones on the rim. The main courses were Ensalada De Tostada, Carne Asada Tacos and Surf & Turf Burritos. All were fantastic. The slight criticism would be to marinade the steak longer to deliver more flavor. The surf and turf burrito is exceptional. That suiza sauce is addicting and next time I am putting it on everything. The strawberry and peach Mocktail Margaritas were a hit and we finished the evening with Tres Leches Cake. You really can't go wrong with any restaurant at Pechanga but 1882 and Journey's have a very relaxing and quiet environment to enjoy your meal and you are not hit with casino chaos when you leave.
  9. HD

    HappyD

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Dining at 1882 Cantina was wonderful!!! We had an amazing server and our food was brought to our table in less than 10 minutes from ordering it. The food was delicious!!!
  10. YL

    YayaLisa

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Mexican food we've had in awhile! Can't wait to go back! Just wish they were open every day.
  11. JP

    JPulido1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Drinks were ok but the entree was not as described on the menu. We ordered the steak ranchero plate and it did not mention that it was sautéed with tomato sauce which we had asked if it had tomatoes. Not the best tasting food for the price
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    All I have to say is take your business elsewhere. This food is ok. There was a floating piece of whatever in my drink. The service was not great. My server was super rude and kept ignoring me! She passed my table 3-4 times while I waited for my check. And then took another 10 min to bring my card back. The place was filthy with rice all over the floor tables not being cleaned. The hostess was really rude in fact she cancelled my open table and I had to email the next day because I did go. I did eat there. These people are lazy. Up front. The one girl looks like plastic and had a stink face. They hire young kids who just sit up front on there phone. And don’t help out there were about 5 just sitting up there. No one single person made eye contact. Not to mention there staff had complaints that I can hear from the table behind f me because they forgot someone’s meals. I would never come back here. And drinks are over priced. Food was bland. I rather go to La Cocina any day.
  13. BS

    BarryS

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food
  14. GR

    GerardoR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The chilaquiles are lethally hot! Service was fast and drinks are great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Appetizers and drinks were good, main dishes were dry and blended, and did not tasted fresh. Place closes early, staff forgot plates for appetizers, we ended up finishing up at Umi’s.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful all around
  17. s

    sirenao

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I decided to try this restaurant for date night. We were able to get in quickly and we were waited on immediately even though the restaurant was relatively busy for a Saturday night. The food was phenomenal and we got a lot of food for our money. We are already planning our next date there!
  18. B

    Blake7897

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We frequent Pechanga weekly and rotate restaurants every time we go. The food is always fresh and flavorful here. The service is usually spot on and completes a wonderful dining experience. This time no so much. It started out to be just as wonderful as it usually is , but after we got our drinks and ordered our food it fell flat. Our server was never to visit our table again. He would help other tables around us and would give us a glance and walk away. We had to flag him down every time we needed a drink refill. We were going to order dessert but decided not to after finishing our meal and trying to flag him down for about 15 minutes. Very disappointed . I’m not trying to steer people away for 1882 Cantina what so ever. The dining experience here is usually so very good.
  19. JP

    JonP

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third visit, really enjoy the whole experience and the margaritas are outstanding. I will be back keep up the good work
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! The margarita was also very tasty!
  21. JB

    JennyB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Fish tacos were very salty, dry and tasted like tuna out of a can. All other guests had good meals
  22. LB

    LauraB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    More food options and make sure the food on the menu is available
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We ordered steak salad and a steak entree. My husband asked if they can slice the steak in the kitchen so he can make fajitas with it (since they don’t have fajitas on the menu and the entree included tortillas anyway). Server said no we can’t because of Covid (which I didn’t understand; maybe they slice it with their hands?) then the food arrives. My salad had skirt steak same as my husbands. My steak was sliced on top of my salad, my husbands was not. So what’s the difference and how can someone say we don’t slice it because of Covid. We can’t continue to use this excuse when we are unwilling to do something. Not fair for your customers. Food was not bad, steaks were a bit tough. And the restraint was not busy at all.
  24. LF

    LauraF

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Wasn't impressed with the food. Corkage fee was outrageous, $25.00.
  25. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food. Would definitely recommend to others. Prchanga has Great restaurants everywhere.
  26. KV

    KarieV

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Chips and salsa were great! Souza enchilada was great!
  27. NB

    NamB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  28. AD

    AlmaD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience was very good, the food was delicious and the service was very good, the servers Robin and Arturo were very attentive, I will definitely return.
  29. CS

    ChiSpecial

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Restaurant is on the other side of the casino which is nice because the vibe is different than being smack dab in the middle. Decor and style is amazing, and the wait time was very short. Food was good, not great. Drinks were good - a little too much margarita mix in some of our margarita on the rocks choices. Overall a fun time, we laughed and drank and had fun. Solid 3 stars.
  30. EC

    EricC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Good overall. Could use and outdoor seating area.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They have converted the cafe to the Cantina. The guacamole and salsa were fresh and flavorful. However, the tortilla chips are thick and taste similar to Fritos—I’ll take a hard pass on the chips. The margaritas are good, but not great and not artisanal as one would expect given the price point. The food is not a good value at this price point and it is unfortunate as I had high hopes for Pechanga’s new restaurant. I would not eat here again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We order 5 different meal, and not 1 was good.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We came here and the food and service was terrible. For $500 bill I would have happily paid more to eat elsewhere in the casino. Overpriced, bad tasting food. We got the ceviche, enchiladas, a variety of tacos, bacon wrapped shrimp, and menudo. Carne asada tacos we’re more like birria tacos and not good. Ceviche had no salt and just bland. Best thing was the beer (can’t get that wrong) and chips and salsa. Very disappointed. And to top it off the service was terrible. The manager ended up being our server after our server disappeared.
  34. KV

    KateV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a chicken burrito and it was delish! Only thing I would say, please warm up the enchilada sauce before smothering the burrito! The sauce was cold and didn’t go well with a delicious burrito! Sara was our server! She was friendly, on top of everything and overall amazing!
  35. NW

    NickWorden

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were great and food was delicious and flavorful. Will definitely be coming back again. Service was great and drinks were kept full!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all know these are trying times for everyone, but with Justin as the manager, you can’t tell! He was jumping in behind the bar, helping at the host stand, table touching all tables to make sure that the staff was supported. With a manager like Justin! This place is awesome. I actually called earlier to ask his name because I was so impressed observing him. That is how a restaurant manager should be! Take it for me, I am one.
  37. K

    Kadijah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was awesome. Thank you Brandon for making my birthday a memorable one. Definitely will be coming back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here for date nights to taking the family out to eat, good food, great atmosphere.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    First, I was familiar with the restaurant from its days as The Lobby. Not much has changed in that regard. The physical layout was comfortable with a nice choice of seating - full booths, half booth/half table, full tables and high tops. The service was great and the staff were very accommodating. I found the menu to be limited to basic or familiar Mexican items. I would have liked more variety. The food was decent, but nothing to write home about. In fact, I found my food to be somewhat bland. I ordered the carnitas plate w/black beans. I wanted the refried beans but they are cooked with chorizo and I don’t eat chorizo. My husband ordered the carnitas burrito, which looked delicious, but he said they were stingy with the meat and it was just ok. The chips were interesting - thick, very crisp, and very “corny”. They were good. Both salsas, red and green, were ok. The guacamole was both smooth and chunky. It was also decent. I had a Cadillac margarita and my husband had a Modelo Negra on tap. He said the beer was excellent. The margarita was too sweet for my taste - I’ve had better. Overall, the dining experience was a good one with fast and friendly service. If you don’t mind somewhat bland Mexican food and a limited menu, you’ll enjoy it.
  40. IC

    IvonneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for group gatherings with friends and/or family! Staff is friendly. Drinks are delicious!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

1882 Cantina is rated 4.2 stars by 139 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


Google Map for 1882 Cantina

45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592-5810

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pechanga Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eric Celaya

  • Entertainment

    The Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in California totaling 188,000 sq ft. The casino features over 4,000 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room with tables, and an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo facility. At Pechanga, our live entertainment is world-class, in intimate venues where every seat feels like front row. Tickets for all Pechanga Theater shows, boxing events and comedy club performances are available for purchase. The box office is located next to the Pechanga Theater entrance.www.pechanga.com

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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