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Cantina La Mexicana

4.1
4.1
36 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Cantina La Mexicana had its start back in 1995 as a small taqueria, formally known as Taqueria la Mexicana. Owners Robert & Carolina Rendon have since transformed that small Taqueria into what is now a full service restaurant. Although the appearance may be different, Cantina still serves the same classic dishes that Taqueria had built its reputation on.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday-Wednesday: 10:00 am-10:00 pm Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 776-5232

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Somerville

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EC

    ElizabethC

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great atmosphere, and reasonably priced apps and entrees. Love it here!
  2. T

    Titlemama

    New England

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good Spanish, Mexican food. The best guacamole ever, and yummy appetizers that were a new taste treat.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The retried beans were out of this world! Tasted like they added mole. Delicious! Salsa was nice and spicy. Had the shrimp filled chili rellenos! A first for me and hopefully not the last.
  4. SG

    SatwinderG

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday .. great time
  5. SE

    SouthEndDiner

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service was spot on. Our waitress seemed to still be learning the menu, but the hostess/other waitress was very knowledgable. The space was well kept and cozy. Theres even outdoor seating. The Habanero guacamole was tasty - although it could have been a bit spicier. We both ordered the Mexican plate with chicken. The chicken was well seasoned and the bean were impressively good (and vegetarian!) The corn tortillas were a nice accompaniment to the dish and made up for the underwhelming rice.
  6. L

    Leslie

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was poor and unappealing. I had the enchiladas and my date had tacos. They put onions over everything - and that was basically their idea of flavor. Even the salsa was unappealing!
  7. AW

    AnnW

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Went to hear the Saturday night band and went early enough to have dinner. Mine was a shrimp cerviche which was definitely excellent. Music was great!
  8. KM

    KMS1

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Best Margarita ever! Small, but potent. Also, good mole.
  9. F

    Fallon

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came to Cantina with five friends for a farewell dinner last week. We were seated immediately and the food was great! The owner even came by to give us a sample of his super spicy salsa to have with our chips :-). The margaritas were great as well! I recommend the Rosemary and Ginger margarita, but it's strong!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner and staff were warm and welcoming. The food was delicious!
  11. B

    Brasndeisparent

    Atlanta

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, big portions, freshly fried chips, good guacamole, good service, reasonable prices
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was great! Parking was a little tight, but food and service was great!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Cantina La Mexicana! The selection of margaritas is fun, and the food was excellent, a cut above a lot of the Mexican we find in this part of the U.S. We met friends there, and had a great time. We plan to return.
  14. MO

    MarthaO

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our favorite family spot for over 20 years! We had a birthday party dinner for 18 people and it was all handled beautifully. There is a semi-private area for larger groups. The food is delicious, kid friendly, and the blood orange margaritas are killer!
  15. LA

    LaurenA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and thoughtful staff and delicious food st a fair price. Will certainly return!
  16. SG

    SatwinderG

    New England

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Birthday party .. the owner was great but the food was cold and they ran out of avocado
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, authentic food for a great price. The server was conscientious of my date's food allergies which was much appreciated. Would definitely return again!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I was there with two of my coworkers for lunch and found the service to be very good. We all chose the same plate which consisted of: 1 taco 1 tamale 1 enchilada 1 chile relleno We were satisfied with the food and the portion was adequate for lunch./ I will go back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good authentic mexican food, I highly recommend it if you want real mexican food. Nice friendly service. Will definitely go again!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2011

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    As a native Californian, it's very hard to find good Mexican food on the East coast. Cantina la Mexicana definitely satisfied my standards.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING service. A+ will be coming again!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2011

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food and drinks for a good price
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2011

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    This really should be a neighborhood gem, but the food needs to improve. Start with making better tortillas and refried beans. If those aren't right, there's no point in the rest.
  24. L

    Lulu

    New England

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a fun little Mexican restaurant. Quite good food, fresh, and delicious. The maragaritas are great. Definitely a restaurant to come back to again and again. And I can totally see why this got rated "Biggest Bang for the Buck"! We'll be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2010

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our second meal at Cantina La Mexicana. We liked it very much once again and thought it was a very good value. It's more authentically Mexican and less Tex-Mex than most Mexican restaurants in Boston. The service was excellent and the room was quiet though there were plenty of customers on Saturday night so it didn't seem dead. The TV was on over the bar with sports on, but the sound had been muted, which we appreciated. It was conducive to conversation. The flan was delicious.
  26. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2010

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great authentic Mexican food. We especially liked the fish tacos (lots of cilantro!).
  27. CD

    CDMA

    Palm Springs

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2010

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A bustling, fun Cantina! Great spot for groups. The unbelievably low prices do not reflect the quality of the food. A great value. I had the best chiles relleno there that I have ever had....the skip the deep fryer. Try it!
  28. WB

    WendellB

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My wife and I came in during a quiet time late on a Thursday afternoon. The owner greeted and seated us. He explained the menu and made some suggestions while he waited for his waitresses to come in to start the evening shift. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. The food was very good, and the overall service was great. We'd definitely go back again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2010

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It was a good restaurant price wise, has short menu.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2010

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I had high expectations for this place...but it turned put to be marginal fare at best. The prices are very reasonable....but that's pretty much it.
  31. KL

    KLiz

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2010

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our party of four had an fun time at Catina La Mexicana. They have amazing Sangria here and the service was outstanding. We even received complimentary drinks from the manager. This is the perfect place to enjoy some Mexican food with friends.
  32. DG

    DanG

    New England

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2010

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastico! If you miss Texas, come here. If you think Border Cafe serves Mexican food, you are about to be educated.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2010

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The food was a bit bland--I had to add salt to almost everything I ate. It also wasn't very spicy-hot, which was requested. I probably won't be going back any time soon.
  34. RM

    RobertM

    New England

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2010

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It was a very busy Saturday night, so that might account for the less than stellar ratings. The meals were good, and the staff diligently tried to make up for what appeared to be a "short-staffed" evening. But we waited an inordinate amount of time for the initial welcome, and the margharitas were a disappointment.
  35. PB

    PhoebeB

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2010

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was good but service was lacking. Asked for table to be wiped down because it was sticky and the buser couldn't understand what we were asking. Instead of finding someone who could help us, he just ignored us. Finally the server eventually came over to us and we explained that the table was sticky and dirty and she took care of it after hunting down a rag and cleaner. Not a great start but the food was good and the server did try her best after the table cleaning.
  36. JV

    JonV

    New England

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2010

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We started with great homemade tortilla chips and perfect salsa. I had the Jalapeno margarita - very tasty with a nice bite. Then all three of us had different varieties of enchiladas (they were out of the Mahi-Mahi). one rajas with mild sauce, one pork & beef with mild sauce, and one with potatoes/chorizo and rajas with spicy sauce. all were very good, though the waitress gave the beef & pork to the vegetarian, the chorizo and rajas to the person who doesn't eat mushrooms and the rajas to the omnivore. fortunately, we figured out the error before the vegetarian ate the meat. They all were very tasty, the spicy sauce was not overly so and the mild sauce had amazing flavor. Roberto, the owner, is very friendly and helpful. a good host!

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Cantina La Mexicana is rated 4.1 stars by 36 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


Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Cantina La Mexicana

247 Washington Street Somerville, MA 02143

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Somerville

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday-Wednesday: 10:00 am-10:00 pm Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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