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“Good tex mex” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo
Ranked #259 of 2,013 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good tex mex”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Given the options in the city this one is worth a try. Very American style Mexican. We keep going back.

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Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Seafood platter is excellent and inexpensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Cantina Laredo is my favourite place for seafood in Abu Dhabi - that may seem a bit odd, but after having several seafood dishes at various 5-star hotels, it really is the truth. The fish is always perfectly cooked - moist with a nice grilled char to it and the calamari are really very good - not chewy at all and not too greasy either. And it's less than half the price of the inferior 'top-quality' restaurant seafood dishes!

Their vegetarian enchiladas with chipotle sauce are also really good - I love that sauce! The guacamole is great but depends on the quality of the avocados, of course, which varies.

The only downside is the location - it may be convenient in a mall, but it lacks in ambience. The staff are all really friendly and helpful and we never have to wait long for food and drinks. It's definitely one of my regular spots in Abu Dhabi!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Erica H
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Coventry
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Mexican, if only it wasn't in a mall...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

First things first the food in here is great; the fresh guacomole starter is probably the best guacomole I've ever had. The service and restaurant too is also very good. The only thing that lets this place down is it's location. As it's not attached to a hotel you can't drink alcohol and being able to have a couple of nice cold beers would have complimented the great food perfectly.

Visited March 2014
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India
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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great Grub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

I go to this place at least once a year as I like to sample different cuisines and restaurants throughout the year.
As expected, service was prompt, they started us off with a generous portion of tortillas and dips. The place wasnt full as we got in pretty late around 10.30pm.
The food came superfast even though we ordered 4 steaks.
Steaks came as per what we ordered, although even though we ordered 3 diff types of dishes, they almost looked the same, with identical sides. Didnt have any additional sauce options except steak sauce. I generally like the steak with some side sauce if available.
Water was expensive I felt for a restaurant of this kind, i.e. not in a hotel.

What they could have done better is at least offer something complimentary? I ordered almost AED 400 plus worth of food and perhaps a dessert sample or so would've gone a loooong way in placing this restaurant on my fav list and always remembered. I mean simple small gestures.
Goodluck ;-)

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank timmyjt
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Osaka, Japan
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good, solid Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

Not a lot of Mexican food options in town but they do a good job. It won't probably be the best you've ever had but if you are craving some of your favorite dishes, I'm sure it will hit the spot. A good number of tasty dessert options as well with nice portion sizes.

Service is good/friendly as well which is a plus. They have a nice birthday cheer for folks there for that too.

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Thank Aaron R
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