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Cantina

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Mexican, Caribbean, Cuban
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2901 2ND Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233-2900
(205) 323-6980
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3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Casual Atmosphere

This is a very nice place to take family and friends when you want an upscale casual place with good food to sit and talk. The atmosphere is leisure with no pressure to eat and leave, to make room for the next customer. The outdoor patio as well as the large party room are fantastic places to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
John L
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Madison, Alabama
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Madison, Alabama
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice place to take family and friends when you want an upscale casual place with good food to sit and talk. The atmosphere is leisure with no pressure to eat and leave, to make room for the next customer. The outdoor patio as well as the large party room are fantastic places to sit, eat, drink... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lovely place for lunch or dinner. Wonderful tacos. Great atmosphere and outdoor dining near the ever popular Pepper Place Market area. There is plenty of seating inside and out for large groups with many large family-size farm tables.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ate at this restaurants food truck while I was at Sloss Fest. It was spectacular and I had the Cuban. The sauce and spices were right on point and the price was competitive. I will eat here again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I asked our teenage son where he wanted to go for his Birthday, and since he wanted Mexican we decided to go to a very nice area of town where we knew there was a decent Mexican Restaurant. We arrived to a line at the cash register/order-taking-area and had some banter. The line took about 4 minutes... More 

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Birmingham AL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have eaten at Cantina before my most recent dining experience. The food has always been hit or miss in taste. This time it was mostly miss. The order was for chips and salsa, fish tacos, vegetarian tacos and garlic fries. The chips and salsa were an unusual color for salsa, an orangish color that looked much like tomato soup... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Food was ok. Cashier had a sour attitude. Portions small for a $14 lunch that didn't include any chips or rolls. When I requested some I was informed that they did not provide any samples. I would have to go back to the cashier and order them. This my first and only time I will be here.

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Conveniently located in Pepper Place, this has become a local favorite. Warm and inviting with patio seating and a large room for group gatherings. The fish tacos are outstanding as are the nachitos. Some of the side I have tried are the garlic fries, corn in a cup, and rice and beams. They also have beer and wine. Good place... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

starting off, i don't know what all the fuss is about. we recently went there on our roadtrip and had a great time. location looks really good. it's counter service, but i don't consider that an inconvenience. plus, the waiters were really nice guys (one of them gave us some hints on which places to visit on our trip) and... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Mediocre food - at best - and prices are too high, all things considered. Counter service and everything is premade

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Memphis TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Cantina takes an updated approach to Tex-Mex standards and appeals to those who also like freshness. 7 of us conducted a little business while enjoying the queso and the guacamole in advance of delicious and affordable entrees. The gaucho steak and fish tacos were especially good. Try this place if ambiance is unimportant and you have a hankering for good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2901 2ND Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233-2900
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: (205) 323-6980

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Cuban
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?