1651 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914839.928928 -75.164520
Neighborhoods: Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia
If you're feeling a little rough around the edges from the pervious evening's good times, a couple of margaritas and a plate of nachos from Cantina will set you right.
big disappointment – I had passed by this resturant several times and told my fiance we should try it out. I love mexican food and have been searching for a great mexican resturant. When we finally went we found the atmosphere very charming, however, the so called "Mexican" food was not. The menu was very limited and we felt we had to settle for what we would have never chosen at another mexican resturant. When we did get our food it was not even close to any other mexican resturant we've eaten at in the past. It was also the only mexican resturant I've ever eaten at that was ala carte. We found it to be pricey for what we got and the food didn't seem to be of good quality. I had spanish rice and it was so bland I couldn't finish it. Needless to say I would not recommend Los Caballitos as a good choice for a mexican resturant. If you only want drinks and an appetizer you might be okay.
i heart the Cantina – The Cantina Los Caballitos is one of the best new(ish) additions to Passyunk East. The food is absolutely fantastic and the "appetizers" are large enough to feed two people and leave you stuffed. The staff is always friendly (albeit occasionally forgetful), but they're all gorgeous to look at, so who cares? Some of my favorites--the empanadas, especially the beef with oaxaca cheese. The goat burrito is to die for, and the pork tacos are fantastic. For a yummy little side treat, try the garlic shrimp. The shrimp are huge, the garlic sauce is incredible and the little chunks of roasted garlic are nothing to sneeze at.
And the price is great--2 entrees, 3 drinks, and 2 cups of coffee was only $44.
They're my new favorite hangover cure--a mojito and a cup of coffee.
They're a little stingy on the guac though.
addicting – their interpretation of Mexican is rather loose but what they come up with is fun, tastey and they?ve earned their creative license. (and, um, yeah. Mexican restaurants should always give you chips and salsa when you sit down. folks that seem surprised by this, well . . . ?????)
The atmosphere is very romantic in an indy let?s drink one too many negro modelos kind of way. It?s fun when packed with local hipsters, confused when neighborhood south philly ruffians find their way to watch a game. Luckily they don?t stay because no one gives them positive reinforcement for shouting at the tv.
The juke box is excellent ?yes, a real juke box- which means that bad music choices can?t be made by random patrons with no taste in music.
You see, that?s really the genius of a real juke box rather than those ?internet? box things.
Oh, and the servers are hawt, in the bike messenger genre.
I don't get it – I understand there are few options in South Philly, but this place was horrible. The service was rude and inept, the margaritas were rather pricey considering they used tequila that tasted like rubbing alcohol and sour mix instead of fresh juice, and the food was bland, boring, and served cold. I ended up eating half my entree and then filling up at the taqueria across the street, which I highly recommend.
Great food and even better margaritas – The Catina is a great place to eat, drink and enjoy good company. The food is amazing and priced well. The margaritas are probably some of the best in Philly. The prickly pear margaritas are even more delicious than they look. The reason the Cantina did not receive 5 Stars was because of a discrepency on the happy hour menu. The menu states "half priced house pitchers of margaritas", it does not state only the original margarita pitchers as "the house flavor". When I approached management they explained to me that only the regular pitchers are half price. After some words, they gave us the discount. The Catina needs to explain that not all pitchers are half price. 5 Stars without the attitude from the management about the wording of the happy hour menu. I will be back for more amazing drinks and great food. This was 1 of 5 times that I was dining there that I had the happy hour problem.
Great. Just Great. – This place is great. The food is incredible. The free chips and salsa are yummy. The food and drink menus are both extensive. This is my go to place for when I'm out with a large group. The pitchers are huge and get the job done. To the person who didn't know there was going to be pineapple in her Al Pastor tacos, that's what is in Al Pastor tacos. Pineapple and pork.
My favorite food items though are the ceviches. There's one on the menu that is very good, but they usually offer another 2-3 as daily specials and they are possibly the best ceviches in the city.
Disappointing-hope it was just a bad night – I was very excited to try this place and very disappointed. The biggest disappointment was receiving 2 half filled margaritas while waiting for our table. Never have I received a half full drink at any bar. The staff seemed overwhelmed which I think is why the drinks came up short; it was Friday night prime time. They were tasty though. I was also dissapointed in the special I ordered: Tacos Al Pastor (?). Didn't know it would have pineapple and didn't like it and also surprised to receive white rice at a mexican restaurant. I am a big fan of The Royal and hope these are just some kinks they are working out. Also had an altercation with some very drunk people hanging out in front of the door when leaving who were yeling negative comments about Vietnamese people. Though I don't believe this to be the restaurant's fault, I think they should be aware of very rude drunk people literally blocking the door on the way out. On the brighter side, our server Melissa B was excellent!
Best Mexican Restaurant in Philadelphia – I have been to many Mexican restaurants in Philadelphia and the surrounding area and this restaurant is by far my favorite. I am a vegetarian and it has so many delicious options. The black bean soup and vegan fajitas are to die for. You get free chips and fabulous salsas to start - which is great. The strawberry frozen margaritas were amazing. The servers were very attentive and I love the dim lighting - it's romantic!
Very Fun Bar – This place has great drins, good food and poor service. My friends and Igo here at least once a week. It's just really fun to sit around and drink a couple of pitchers of margaritas and snack on some nachos or tacos. As has been said already, the jukebox is one of the best in town and this place rocks. My only complaint is that the service can be a little rude, but after a couple of margaritas, nobody cares.
Best New Bar – The Cantina is easily Philly's best new bar this year. The margaritas are great and the food is outstanding. It's got a killer jukebox and the bar crowd is always hopping. I am usually a fan of traditional and not flavored margaritas, but I love the orange margaritas here. In fact I wish I had one right now.
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