Pasadena >Bars & Clubs > Paseo Cantiana
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.145536 -118.144755
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Very unpleasant dining experience – We have almost gone here several times, and finally tried it when the wait for PF Chang's was too long. I should have known better when I saw the small number of diners on a Saturday night. The food was OK. I would have been happy to pay 8 or 9 dollars for my plate, but the 17-dollar price tag was pretty insane for the low-cost ingredients and lack of creativity. I had very typical chicken enchiladas with rice and beans. Sodas are $3 each and they charge for refills. So I think we spent $9 on about 15 cents worth of soda--what a profit. Most importantly, the 8-piece mariachi is SO incredibly loud that we could not possibly share even a few words with each other. I've been to plenty of Mexican restaurants where the volume was kept at a tolerable level. The band is good, so it's quite shame. I just don't see the appeal of going out to dinner and staring at each other in silence. It seems like they are going for the atmosphere of a nightclub...where they just happen to serve food. Maybe they should ditch the menu and just offer drinks and music. Needless to say, I will never go back here.
Worst Mexican Food Ever – It was a Saturday night and the place was empty. At first I thought,"It's the economy." Then I realized, it's the food.
The mole was horrible. I would describe it as ketchup with chocolate. Nothing tasted fresh. It all had a funky flavor to it. For a moment I wondered if my taste buds were off, maybe I was suffering from degenerative taste disorder and it come to a tipping point at Paseo Cantiana.
Nope. Then I realized, it's the food.
I've eaten food off street vendors in third world countries. I can eat anywhere. I'm cool. About five hours after this meal that calling it mediocre would be a compliment, I got sick. I'll spare you the details.
This restaurant should be closed down.
Someone dishonest at this place – I ate at Paseo Cantina on June 8, 2009 and ordered their $6.95 buffet. I left a $1.00 tip at the table and paid with my credit card. When I received my credit card bill a $4.00 tip was added on dishonestly. I tried calling the manager 3x and he cut me off when I complained about this dishonest charge.
Very Pleased Overall! – My family and I just enjoyed a great Sunday Brunch for my mom's birthday at this lovely restaurant and we will definitely come back again. At first I was a bit apprehensive because of all the bad reviews but I am happy to say that we all had a great time and had absolutely no complaints about ANYTHING! Sure the mariachi is a bit loud but then again, that's what an acoustic band of that size in an enclosed area will sound like.
Mariachi's are supposed to be loud and lively (as most of us Latinos!) so if you don't like Mariachi music then maybe this place is not for you. However, if you want to enjoy a great mariachi band with wonderful regional dancing in between, great service and good food, this restaurant superceeds the likes of Cielito Lindo or the old La Fonda any day! And you can't beat the price for being able to enjoy the music for more than 2 hours without ever being rushed out.
Our server Hector took great care of us and made no mistakes on our bill despite the many drinks we were ordering. We will definitely come back again!
Everything in One Mexican Restaurant ... – I've been to this restaurant several times and will continue coming back (smile) excellent food, service and drinks! Any time I have guests that come into town ...its a must to have dinner or brunch there - Wonderful experience from the entertainment (Mariachis are outstanding! Exceptional! Treat overall) food, service and Margaritas are divine ...Finally a Mexican restaurant in Pasadena that offers it all!
The Worst – I took my family on Sunday and couldn't be more disappointed. The food was horrible. The chile rellenos were raw the beans were cold like they were scooped out of the can and the rice was white salty and mushy. I grew up in a traditional Mexican neighborhood and worked in Mexico City for 5 years so trust me this was insulting. The Mariachi band was outstanding but the volume was in the 200 decible range so the server has to ask for you order several times. If this place is hoping to attract Latinos it won't last. I am at a loss for words to tell you how bad this place was. Never again.
i think their kitchen is a microwave... – Only because i have to give it one star... it doesn't even deserve that. This place was expensive, and the food was horrible.... I didn't finish my dish. And they got our order wrong so my sister in law didn't even get her food till we were all done. Everyone at our table was unhappy with their meal, and we ended up visiting the Hat right after for some chili fries... Stay away from this restaurant, your better off with canned beans.
Mediocre food and SOME OF THE WORST SERVICE I have ever experienced. AND they billed my credit card for an extra $50 that was not on my receipt. [It was business travel, so I kept the receipt.] Very dodgy. Avoid at all costs.
Avoid the watered down Tequila!!!! – I recently went to the Paseo Cantina on Friday. I brought along my girlfriend, who is very Fine, and her sister. We all went there with the intention of having a great time, drinking and hearing the live mariachi band. The band was fantastic and the food was descent. My only complaint is that all three of us had 5 shots of tequila (Patron) within a two hour period, and none of us even had a slight buzz. On any other day 2 shots of tequila would have me on the floor drunk out of my mind. But for some reason these "watered" down shots of tequila didn't have any effect on me. So my advice to anybody that wants to have a great time with a good buzz, is to just order beer. Believe me! or else all you'll be drinking is some expensive water in a shot glass.
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