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The Cantina

££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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818 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (8th Street)
+1 970-879-0826
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is not that good. Shredded pork is dry rice is dry chips and salsa are just really average. The place isn't the cleanest and had a musty smell. I don't know if this owner is trying to save money or something... but turn your fricken heat on in the back the bathrooms tight wad.. On a lighter note..... More 

Thank Bailey F
Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for some Mexican food late one night and gave this place a try. Staff was friendly and fun to chat with. Lots of seating but most of the back room was closed at that time. My work partner and I both got different burritos with different toppings and were both really happy with them. Full bar and... More 

Thank donaldc570
Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this restaurant by chance when walking by. They had a great special on the board so we decided to stop and were not disappointed. The food was great and the service was quick and friendly. We were ready for some authentic Mexican cuisine when we happened upon it. Quaint atmosphere too.

Thank tracys925
West Hartford, Connecticut
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466 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a decent lunch here. Tacos al carbon were great and they used two corn tortillas so it didn't fall apart. Tortilla soup was noted as really good as were the enchiladas. They had a handful of beers on tap. We didn't try margaritas. Service was friendly and quick for our party.

Thank Int_Bus_Travel
Littleton, Colorado, United States
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend had visited this restaurant some years ago, and he remembered it as being good. So we went. Not worth the trip. Here's the breakdown: Good margarita, but served in a cheap plastic glass Good salsa, but served with cold, bland tortilla chips Chili relleno was only average; tamale slightly better. Chicken quesadilla was serviceable. Rice and beans tasted... More 

Thank Marie J
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122 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Actually missed this on the map when I was looking for a mexican place; saw Vaqueros and Salt & Lime. But checked out both their menus after walking past this place and decided to go back as their menu sounded better. Got a combo plate - tamale and taco. Black beans good, and really good salsa. Fast, efficient waitress, kept... More 

Thank Lisa L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Great food! We would visit again. The service was great. Loved the atmosphere. Easy access and parking was plentiful. Loved the salasa

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We often go here on Taco Tuesdays and love the quality and value. The staff is sometimes a little aloof but I think it's because they are at the end of their day and this time is a shift change. Love, love, love their salsa and am trying to reverse engineer it so I can make it at home.

Thank Jennifer W
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The food was tasty and everything was correct with our order! If you get take out for a group very often you will find missing or incorrect items. This was spot on and delicious. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would eat here again in a heartbeat.

Thank janesayler
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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Better than other Mexican eateries in Steamboat. We shared small plates, which worked out well for our large group. Enjoyed lunch while doing in town shopping.

Thank stelm0

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    (8th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Lincoln Avenue between 8th and 9th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Steamboat Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 970-879-0826
Fun, casual dining in historic downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Cantina is one of Steamboat’s oldest dining establishments and serves creative Mexican cuisine and award winning fresh squeezed margaritas for lunch and dinner daily.The highly acclaimed fresh-squeezed margaritas are made with fresh lemons and limes — no sour mix here. Signature items include tequila-fired fajitas served flaming table side; Chimi Cozumel filled with shrimp, mushrooms & spinach topped with jalapeno pesto cream sauce; Carne Asada made with tender buffalo steak; and homemade cinnamon fried ice cream.The Cantina in Steamboat offers a children’s menu, a gluten free menu, a large variety of vegetarian options and plenty of fresh salads and soups.

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