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The Mission Cantina

485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
413-230-3580
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Ranked #8 of 101 restaurants in Amherst
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 24, 2014
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English first
Amherst, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Hey, if your looking for great mexican food, this is the spot! But be careful if you order the tacos because you might get your tooth chipped at no extra cost! Chewing on my third chicken taco on June 24, 2014 my teeth encounter a very hard object, and then I heard a nice crack. I'm no old man, so... More

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Granby, Massachusetts
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Still hungry after our dinner. The tacos are mini size so order many of them. I had the Fish Tacos and the tiny pieces of fish were hidden under a lot of shredded red cabbage. But the Margaritas are good and friendly service. Seems like a nice place to get together with friends and make sure you get there early... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Mexican style food is hard to come buy in our area but Mission Cantina fill that niche very well! Of course, you have to arrive early to get a table since it is very popular. I don't mind feeling like I have joined the blue hair crowd for the early bird specials to get a seat at the bar! Otherwise,... More

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Western MA
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23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Deservedly popular and crowded. They expanded the restaurant but that didn't even dent the hungry diners. Go early, go often! The food is truly excellent (and I am a Mexican food maven) and the margaritas are both varied and exceptional. Atmosphere is casual with everybody knowing they will have a bit of wait and willing to talk cheerfully with strangers... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We tried this place after hearing great reviews. Also heard how crowded it gets. We arrived a little before 5:00 on a Sunday and had to wait about 40 minutes for a table. There was a steady stream of people behind us. Looks like they need to expand. The loaded nachos, chicken mole, beef burrito and combination taco plate were... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Mission Cantina is th enewest mexican restaurant in th earea. Theyhave done a wonderful job creating a fun atmosphere. Wait staff are great, freshfood, good prices. Only challenge is it is very popular! Better to get there early. Loaded nachos are highly recommended.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

From the minute you walk in the door, you know that Mission Cantina is a Mexican Restaurant. You are greeted by the sound of traditional Mexican music and lots of traditional Mexican decor. They have a half circle bar, with a decent amount of seating directly in front of you as you walk in. The bar is well lit with... More

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Leverett, MA
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206 reviews 206 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Mexican food in Amherst MA? You bet and it is really quite good. We were a bit apprehensive about trying this place - having been to a number of quite good places, often local mom and pop places in the southwest. But, we were told it was very good so we decided to check it out. A good move. It... More

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Granby, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The food here is fabulous! Do not leave without trying the guacamole and salsa ... its top notch! The burritos are amazing and the enchiladas are to die for! The wait at dinner time is long, but well worth it. You can make reservations for a party of 6 or more.

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hbon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The problem with Mission Cantina is that there's nothing about it that is good enough to compensate for the myriad inconveniences of eating there. Having to wait an average of 45 minutes to an hour is okay, but the restaurant is poorly configured for hanging out. Only having space heaters is probably not a problem in the summertime, but it... More

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