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“Great tacos al pastor and fresh spicy salsa!”

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Cancun Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 109 Restaurants in Johnston
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great tacos al pastor and fresh spicy salsa!”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

Wow! I'm impressed!!!
We were in the area getting my car fixed and wanted to have lunch. I went on Yelp and we picked Cancun because the reviews were pretty good.

However, I was not expecting anything- really. I have tried so many around the state and up to Attleboro, and been very underwhelmed (except for 1 place - La Lupita in providence but that is a fast food set up) by them all. Coming from South Florida where there are real Mexican restaurants (not Tex-Mex) I was happily surprised by the food.

They brought chips and salsa - the salsa was fresh and when I asked if they had any spicy, they actually brought a smoky chipotle salsa - not a bottle of hot sauce to add like so many other places. We mixed the 2 and it was great. They had a special on Tecate draft beer for $2.50 so that washed it down nicely.

The lunch menu is big, and they do have a lot of margaritas and specialty drinks. I also saw the full menu and they offer the same things most restaurants do, but also other things that most chains do not- like Tacos al Pastor (steak, pork or chicken)

So I ordered the steak Tacos al Pastor and my friend the chicken and avocado salad in a tortilla bowl.

Tacos al Pastor - small pieces of marinated steak set in 3 soft white corn tortillas, accompanied with chopped white onions and cilantro, shredded cabbage and served with rice, refried beans, shredded lettuce and a tomato. Also some red sauce I didn't touch. THEY WERE GREAT!!!!! Mexican street food! Great flavor - I added the mixed salsa as well and was very happy. At $9.25 they cost more than the $1.50 street tacos in Mexico, but what the heck- they were worth it and way cheaper then a flight to Mexico. The rice was better than most places and the beans were ok- a bit runny but the flavor was good.

My friends loved her chicken and avocado salad - big fresh slices of avocado, marinated grilled chicken breast and lettuce with cheese ( I can't remember if there was anything else) but she was very happy.

Service was attentive and fast and we lingered after still munching on the salsa and chips. I also asked the server how they got the corn tortillas to not fall apart when picked up and he told me how they heated them a bit and other ways they cooked them for different dishes. So it's ok to microwave the flour, but the corn needs just a hot pan to firm them up a bit - Thanks for the info!!!

I am very impressed and will definitely bring my BF back- we both love Mexican food and I am always looking. Now I have a place to go.

I am surprised by the reviews that said the food was just decent- to me just decent food is " On the Border, Azteca, Chipotle, Moe's, so many others and worse is Jalapenos. Lots of places that are just decent that I never go back again.

Fresh salsa, more authentic Mexican dishes that actually are prepared correctly is a real find. I definitely recommend Cancun.

  • Visited May 2013
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East Providence, Rhode Island
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Margarita!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

The house Margarita is great. Went there for Cinco de Mayo and really enjoyed the party atmosphere. It is very crowded and I think they needed more table and chairs outside under the tent. The food was good but it's hard to judge on such a hectic day.
The staff was pretty attentive, and that's important when it's the busiest day of the year.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Deb C
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“bad experiences here”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

The first time we ate here was just a few months after they opened. The food wasn't good at all - no real flavor, came out room temperature rather than hot. And the glasses and silverware were dirty, then they had big vacuums going - so loud we couldn't have a conversation, and the servers were yelling to each other across the restaurant. But, we gave them the benefit of the doubt and figured they might still be working out the kinks since they were pretty new. After a long while, we tried it again, and it was worse the second time.

There were about 4 tables filled when we were there the second time. We ordered and it took about half an hour to get our food. My husband's order was wrong, and both our plates were lukewarm at best. It was obvious from the look of the refried beans that the plates had been sitting for a while. He sent his back since it wasn't what he ordered, and when the plate came back we could easily see that the main dish had been scraped off the plate and replaced with the new one and the same sides had been left on there.

Again, the food had no flavor - tasted a bit canned. After that time, we decided a third try wouldn't be necessary!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank library_girl_ri
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Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good food, atmosphere, staff”
Reviewed 22 September 2012

The Cancun Mexican Restaurant happens to be close to us, so it is often a "go to" when we are out-and-about running errands, or if we want to take our kids and grandkids out for dinner. The relaxed atmosphere is acceptable for the smallest of children, and the waitstaff appears knowledgeable enough to seat kid-families away from other diners that might not like a crying baby ( even though we were all there once! ) Sorry, I digress.
The food is always consistent and flavorful, I particularly enjoy the Tortilla soup, and the Mole Chicken, however the shrimp dishes are good as well. They also make a nice Sangria. Stop in and enjoy.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank JL G
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“food tastes like cleaner”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

new mexican restaurant, I was excited. first couple of times were good, wait staff very friendly. then hardshell tacos started tasting like cleaner, I let the restaurant know, the nodded thank you, and it continued. and what was once homemade food turned into freezer burritos. too bad, I won't go back.

Visited April 2012
Thank nora c
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