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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Always a good experience

I eat here regularly and the food is always great. The food truck is always close by and is very good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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English first
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I eat here regularly and the food is always great. The food truck is always close by and is very good as well.

Thank Donahootraveler
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a few dishes that I eat often and of which I am very, very particular. Fish tacos are one of those. The beauty of fish tacos is that they are so versatile. So, how can you mess them up? Well, some restaurants can. However, Cantina on Wheels ALWAYS DELIVERS amazing fish tacos. The fish is always seasoned and... More 

Thank Slmars1338
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We were just passing through Birmingham and found the restaurant on TripAdvisor. Walk in and see the sign "order at the register" and tried to figure it all out on our own. The employees didn't pay any attention to us and walked by several times. We finally just left. Awful service.

Thank Mindy S
Madison, Alabama
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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 

Thank John L
Birmingham, Alabama
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank beckdunk
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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98 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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.

Thank Abconnor2
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

Thank RuthinBham
Birmingham AL
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

Thank algal-12
Auburn, Alabama
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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.

1 Thank Muledaddy
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153 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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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
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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