Austin >Food & Dining > Cantina Laredo
201 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.265603 -97.745166
Can't stop myself. – I go every week. I work and live downtown and find the people to be so much more attentive than most downtown restaurants. The two salsa are a unique touch. One is served hot and one is served cold, but both are wonderful. I usually order the brisket tacos, but I havn't found anything I didn't like. I'll go again next week. Much better than most mexican food restaturants in Austin.
EXCELLENT PEOPLE, EXEPTIONAL FOOD!!!!!! – I went to Cantina Laredo two days ago on Saturday... It was the best experience in a while... Our waiter was ultra nice and really good at answering all my questions... He was awesome... It all stared with the welcoming environment and a great warm welcome from the hostess she kindly took us to a great cozy booth and told us about the Top Shelf Guac made table side... We couldn't turn that down... I had the shrimp flautas which was ultra tasty and delicious... I just say give it a shot and you'll love it...
Much better than people are saying, give it a chance on an off day – Went on a Monday night and no one was there. The guacamole is amazing, the beef fajitas are marinated so well, the margaritas are great, tortialla soup is some of the best I have had and the Camaron Poblano Asada was also really good but a bit heavy for me. Tequila flight with three premium tequilas was only 20 bucks! All is all I was pleasantly surprised.
So bad we never even sat down! – I have to say Catina Laredo is the WORST RUN RESTURANT IN AUSTIN. I wish I could tell you about the food, but the service was so bad we never even got a table. We came in on a quite Sunday evening around 6. I would hate to see this place if it was actually busy. When we arrived there were literally nine empty tables that we could see from the door, all with dirty dishes, but we were assured by the host it take just a minute to clean one off. After at least 10 minutes of watching the host get a drink, chat with the wait staff, and generally wonder around, he finally returned to the host stand to tell us they now had a 20-30 minute wait. Never mind no one had even cleaned a single table in 15 minutes. While we were waiting a party came in from the patio and told the bar tender that they had been waiting outside for half an hour and never saw a waiter. The bus boy brought them drinks, but no one had even been to there table. At least one other party walked out during this time, and I would suspect several more followed. The staff wasn't rude, but they were completely INCOMPTENT. Don't waste your time; there are so many other great TexMex restaurants in Austin. I won't make the mistake of going here again. If you want to try it I would hurry because I expect they will be out of business soon.
try the killer botanas platter and fresh guac! – After reading a few less than flattering reviews, I couldn't resist adding my dos centavos:
I wandered into Cantino Laredo with seven of my girlfriends post happy hour at Cedar Street. They were able to seat us right away. Our server was friendly and patient (despite our decision to try making our own guacamole at the table-it wasn't as good as the top shelf guac he eventually talked us into). We ordered the botanas platter and, I think, nachos al carbon. The botanas platter was fabulous and the chicken and beef on the nachos had the most amazing flavor. I don't know that I've ever tasted better seasoning on a skirt steak. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was relaxed. I enjoyed having that option in the middle of the 2nd street district where ambience and price tags are a bit more Miami meets new York than my teacher paycheck can handle. So, that's my take. I liked Cantina Laredo enough that I'm taking my parents and husband back there this evening to celebrate my birthday. Maybe I'll see you there.
Bad food, bad service – There are many great mexican restaurants in Austin and this is not one of them. If you are in a hurry no need to read the rest of this review. The service was absolutely the laziest I have ever seen in Austin. The server was annoyed to explain anything to us about the menu. The server pushed us through the dinner. The appetizer was quickly followed by our entree and the check was put on the table just after we started our entree. My entree was taco's on corn tortilla's which was served with flour tortilla's. The server started to argue that I ordered incorrectly, but fixxed the meal. By observing the other diners experience, the goal was to move people through the restaurant on a time schedule. The food was pricey and tasted was if came from a corporate kitchen then reheated.
Best Tortilla Soup in Austin – I can't comment on any other menu item, because, well I ALWAYS get the soup. On my first visit I wasn't very hungry, so I ordered a cup of tortilla soup. When it came out I told the waiter there was a mistake, I ordered a cup not a bowl. He assured me the trough before me was the cup. It was delicious! I now crave it and try my best to eat it once a week.
Mexican food, atmosphere was nice but the food was bad – The food wasn't seasoned enough, and tasted like was made from a can with all the tomato sauce. The music was nice and place was clean but I wouldn't recommend there food.
good food, good location – fun restaurant. we watched the downtown criteriums while eating on the street corner. Couldn't have been more like europe! this place had very good service from the time we entered to the time we left. Enchiladas were great! Tortilla Chips were fresh, not stale. I did like the two salsas, one tasted like toasted chiles/chipotles and the other was a more typical tomato flavored picante. Queso was a perfect appetizer. The bill was a little pricey, so I'd give it more dollar signs. Don't think the margaritas were worth the price, but the enchiladas were.
good food – We had dinner here tonight and it was wonderful. The margaheritas were perfect. We will be back here for sure.
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