Seattle >Food & Dining > Mexican Cantina Y Veracruz Cooking
600 Pine St Ste 402, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.612516 -122.335425
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
One would expect better for being in the heart of downtown! – dined at Mexico Cantina in Pacific Place last Friday night (Dec
4th), along with my husband and two friends. We
arrived at Mexico at 7:20 pm and were told by the two hostesses that
there was a 30 minute wait. Since it was the holiday season, we
expected this wait and were happy to sit and chat just outside the
restaurant entrance. There were no seats in the bar and no open
benches so we had to stand during the entire wait. After 45 minutes
had passed and the groups that had arrived prior to us had still not
been seated, I approached the hostesses and inquired how much longer
the wait would be. They responded that we would be seated in less than
10 minutes. We waited another 15 minutes and still were not seated,
nor were the other parties ahead of us. Despite the fact that no one
was being seated, the hostesses continued to tell newly-arriving
parties that the wait was still 30 minutes. Finally they began seating
parties (all of which waited over an hour, yet were told their wait
was 30 minutes), and our party was seated after 1 hour and 20 minutes
of waiting. When we were taken back, the hostesses made no apologies
for the wait nor did they offer any sort of compensation. Fortunately
our waiter was friendly and did his best to serve us quickly, but our
food was cold and intensely salty. Coupled with the poor jobs
performed by the hostesses, the experience literally left bad tastes
in our mouths.
My experience with this restaurant is not entirely negative, though. I have been
to Mexico several times before and had wonderful food and service,
which was the reason I suggested we return on this occasion. I do
expect that a restaurant in the heart of downtown Seattle performs at
a certain level, however, and when nearby restaurants (such as The
Cheesecake Factory, Gordon Biersch, and P.F. Changs) have been able to
seat me and my party within the minute they estimate, I expect tthat restaurant hostesses would be able to demonstrate better seating
Take your chances when you go to this restaurant as both the service and food are simply too inconsistent for their prices and prime location. The e-mail address listed on their website for their manager did not work when I attempted to pass my comments along, which demonstrates great disinterest in the satisfaction of their customers.
Not impressed – Thought we would like it,Service was poor,one of the dinner selections was to salty to want to eat,My nachos was bland and mainly a mixture of cheeses and it came without sour cream or guacamole, We will not go back nor will we rate it very good,
died and gone to heaven – Love this place. Great service, great food. Everything I've ever had has been so good. The bartender rocks. He hustles and is as good as they get. And the chips are some of the best, you can taste the lime. One of my favorite places to eat.
Mariachis – FYI Mariachi Quinto Sol (Mariachi Club from University of Washington) will be performing from about 6-8 pm on Cinco de Mayo. See you there!
Great Margaritas! – My husband and I frequent this place for the margaritas. They are great! Especially for half price at happy hour. They also have a great happy hour menu. The food is really great for a chain place as well. For dinner we always split the fajitas.
great service and awesome seafood – mexico cantina is the perfect place to eat before i go to the movies. what ive found, though is that going for the seafood and more snazzy dishes is the way to go. they do burritos well but their salmon and shelfish is great! also, when i havent loved my food, i have still really enjoyed the service.
It's like the ikea of Mexican joints! – The place is always packed on the weekends. And it's not because the food is great. The movie theatre keeps that place busy. The food is on or a miss. Sometimes it on, sometimes it's off. The same goes for the drinks. As busy as they are you would think they could get things right. Wrong!
Not as good as the Gordon Biersch - but so much cheaper – Yes, it?s not real authentic Mexican food, blah blah, yes, corporate restaurant, all that. Whatever, if you?re waiting for your movie to start it?s a good place to grab a beer and a taco. The veggie fajitas are a good value (one order is enough for two) in an otherwise very over priced menu. The enchiladas are very nice though rather mild. The shots are generous, though I can only afford the 1800 out of the ample Tequila menu. Margaritas aren?t bad, but you?d do better at Toreros (401 Broadway E ? On top of QFC). Bottom line, it?s a nice place to waste some time ? it?s certainly cheaper than the Gordon Biersch and a big step up from the other eateries in Pacific Place.
Always a Great experience! – I love Mexico Cantina! I have never had a bad meal there. I introduced my friends and now Tuesday nights are all about ribs after practice. Yeah! Ribs at a Mexican joint! The best in town. The meat falls off the bone so easily you don't even need to use your fingers. Just stick your fork in and give it a twist. The pablano sauce on the chicken enchiladas are to die for. The rice and beans are the best. It's not your typical Americanized Mexican menu either. Lots more than just burritos & tacos with extra jalapenos. Watch the fresh sheet for exciting specials. I want the sugar cane skewered prawns and salmon special again. Oh, and one thing you won't see on the menu... half orders. Most of the portions are big, so If you feel like eating lighter, many of the meals can be cut in half. Just ask. The staff is beautiful, friendly and knowledgable. And the drinks are great. A nice selection of tequilas, too. It does get packed at times. But I almost always get a spot in the bar with no wait. Give it a few minutes and the next movie starting will open up a few tables and bar stools.
My only complaint... 3 TV's, not very well placed (unless you enjoy a stiff neck) and all working off one tuner so there's only one game to watch at a time. That could send some sports fans next door.
Worst Drink in my Entire Life – If this is the "Best Mexican Restaurant in Seattle", then its time to move to the 'burbs! This is not a Mexican restaurant, this is a corporate theme restaurant. Located in a opening at the top of the Pacific Place Shopping Mall, the ride to the top reminded me of a scene in Soylent Green where I was about to be processed. I opted for a traditional Mexican triple-threat dinner and margarita, whilst my wife went for a nouveau cuisine chicken with mango. One kid ordered the chicken quesadillas hold the peppers. The other ordered chicken enchiladas, sauce on the side. In general the scheme of this restaurant is to make Mexican food "nouveau cuisine" by removing all signs of fat and flavor. They apparently use no cheese nor spices. When my margarita arrived I thought I had been served a Shirley Temple by mistake. However, holding it up to the candle-light in the darkness revealed that it glowed green not pink, to my great disappointment. This is the sweetest drink I have had anywhere, including the Kool-Aid my mom served me as a child. Even my kid wouldn't eat the quesadillas -- what is a quesadilla without any cheese? Dry as a rice cake. The chicken enchilada sauce was simple white sauce, no cheese and no spices. My wife's chicken was tasty, but only because I suspect it was raw in the center -- I couldn't see for sure because it was too dark. If you think Cucina! Cucina! is an Italian restaurant, then this is the "Mexican" restaurant for you! A good choice for people who are afraid of food, including old ladies and small children.
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