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Cantina Mexicana

) #116 of 688 Restaurants in Arlington ££ - £££ Mexican
515 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
+1 703-979-7033
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“chorizo” (2 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
Mexican
PRICE
££ - £££
DETAILS
515 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
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1 - 10 of 132 reviews

Reviewed 13 April 2017

We live in the area but generally avoid this block of restaurants. Based on past experience, we know they add as much as 50 percent to their prices because tourists and visitors flock there simply because they don't know where else to go. In other...More

Thank Joe I
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I guess the Mexican food you get on the east coast is different than the west. Craving Mexican food one night. We looked for something close to the hotel. Not very busy on a Tuesday night around five. Staff looked like they didn't want to...More

Thank Colo01
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We love the chicken soup here loaded with vegetables! The bowl size is large enough for a meal. The black bean soup is very good and the platanos fritos are pretty darned good too with a nice caramelized crust. We tried the avocado salad with...More

Thank zenborzoi
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Pupusas are great as are many of their other dishes. I tried the sour cream enchiladas (filled with chicken) and they were quite tasty. The grande maragarita is excellent as well.

Thank Cal93012
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We go here every year during our stay in Arlington while we're in town for work. They always stay open late for us and the food is always good. We love the margaritas, food is always consistent and they have several vegetarian options.

Thank Margo W
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Good service, large margaritas, many good food options, hoppin' music.... not bad for a local food joint that's been around for 11 years. The booths could be updated (no spring left). Quite small footprint. I had the chicken and shrimp with cilantro pico. It was...More

Thank cindypicard
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

First off, trip advisor says thus places closes at 3 pm. Not true. Open for dinner. Had a couple really nice Spanish beers on tap. The Tres Colores dinner is quite good too. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank ColoTravellers
Reviewed 23 October 2016

On a mid-Sunday afternoon there were only a few folks here. There are a few tables outside, but we ate inside. My carne asada was decent, with plenty of not-very-tender beef, rice, beans, and the inevitable shredded lettuce. My companion had a bean burrito, which...More

Thank Ralph B
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We like to go here because it feels like home. The food is good but not great. The staff is always nice and we always run into people we know.

Thank MCWC
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a good restaurant for serving Mexican food, but being from California where we have many good Mexican restaurants - I would rate it as slightly above average. The service was excellent and wait staff friendly, so I had a good experience.

Thank Chuck49ers
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-979-7033
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