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“We love this place”
Review of Cantina 76

Cantina 76
Ranked #51 of 984 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: Cantina 76 is a lively, independently owned restaurant and bar that specializes in fresh Mexican-inspired cuisine and signature margaritas; providing a fast yet satisfying dining experience in a casual, upbeat atmosphere with seating inside and out at two locations in Columbia, S.C. and one in downtown Greenville, S.C. Margaritas are hand-crafted using elements like agave nectar, fresh lime juice and variations such as muddled strawberries and basil. Full of fresh, unique ingredients, the menu includes a large assortment of imaginative tacos, as well as enchiladas, nachos, salads, quesadillas, chimichangas, soups and sides. Sauces, dressings and salsas are made in-house daily, and the bar is stocked with a selection of premium tequilas. This comfortable, inviting restaurant and bar is a go-to for families, couples, young professionals, the business community and college students – perfect for a night out and drinks with friends or a quick meal with coworkers during a lunch break. Cantina 76 was founded in 2009 by four college friends in Columbia, S.C. A popular neighborhood restaurant and bar serving fresh, Mexican-inspired cuisine, Cantina 76 expanded to Columbia’s Main Street in 2013. Its first out-of-town expansion is to ONE City Plaza in downtown Greenville, S.C., in 2016.
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Description: Cantina 76 is a lively, independently owned restaurant and bar that specializes in fresh Mexican-inspired cuisine and signature margaritas; providing a fast yet satisfying dining experience in a casual, upbeat atmosphere with seating inside and out at two locations in Columbia, S.C. and one in downtown Greenville, S.C. Margaritas are hand-crafted using elements like agave nectar, fresh lime juice and variations such as muddled strawberries and basil. Full of fresh, unique ingredients, the menu includes a large assortment of imaginative tacos, as well as enchiladas, nachos, salads, quesadillas, chimichangas, soups and sides. Sauces, dressings and salsas are made in-house daily, and the bar is stocked with a selection of premium tequilas. This comfortable, inviting restaurant and bar is a go-to for families, couples, young professionals, the business community and college students – perfect for a night out and drinks with friends or a quick meal with coworkers during a lunch break. Cantina 76 was founded in 2009 by four college friends in Columbia, S.C. A popular neighborhood restaurant and bar serving fresh, Mexican-inspired cuisine, Cantina 76 expanded to Columbia’s Main Street in 2013. Its first out-of-town expansion is to ONE City Plaza in downtown Greenville, S.C., in 2016.
South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“We love this place”
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

We've been coming to this restaurant since it opened--great tacos, chimichanga, guacamole, margaritas--our faves. Service is consistently good. My only request would be to please tone down the salt wherever possible and add fajitas to the menu--any chance for housemade tortillas? A family can dream! :-)

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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Nice variety of tacos”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

While I prefer to drive to Charlotte for my favorite tacos, Columbia definately benefits from the creativity and selection provided by Cantina 76. Now open on Sundays, which I really appreciate. Have enjoyed a couple shrimp and fish versions and definately thought the trio dip sampler with queso, quacamole and a sweet fresh salsa were quite yummy. The tacos could be filled up with ingredients a little more for my best review but I just order extra slaw and guacamole and it's fine.

Visited February 2014
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Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Mexican”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Great service, food and overall quality fresh mexican food, not too many places like this around anymore. def you should try it out!

Visited February 2014
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Gereat food friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

I've been to the cantina 76 twice both times for lunch. What I had the first time was so good I had the same thing the second time. 3 soft tacos one with the beef brisket, 1 Peruvian Shrimp, and 1 grilled shrimp.each one without standing in their own regard. The Peruvian Shrimp tomewasa must try. The margaritas looked delicious since I was on a lunch break it was tea for me. Our server was fast, friendly and obviously well trained. The owner Chad was there both times over seeing everything and helping out when needed. This restaurant shows all the signs of a well run establishment. A must visit if you're I the mood for outstanding food and service. I can't wait to get back.

  • Visited February 2014
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South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
391 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
“Nice option in the USC area...”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

chips n salsa
Peruvian shrimp taco
bbq brisket taco
beef enchilada

No standard free chips n salsa while waiting for your order to arrive,you can purchase the items,which we ended up doing.
My Peruvian shrimp taco was delicious,crunchy,sweet and hot all in one.
The beef enchilada we ended up sharing and both found it to be ok.
The little lady had the bbq brisket taco and found it to be ok as well.
The dining area is rather large and we opted to sit beside the fireplace on the chilly day we visited.
Its clean and the staff were all pleasant.

  • Visited January 2014
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