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Sonora Cantina

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41144 Big Bear Blvd, CA 92315
909-866-8202
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Salsa!

Tacos Toreado was flavorful. Menu is extensive. Late night business dinner, so no chance to try the Margaritas. I highly recommend for authentic tasty Mexican food. Will go back!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Wendy H
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We just returned from a long weekend in Big Bear and had dinner at the Sonora Cantina on Saturday (8/8) evening. I have to say, this is probably one of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to in a long, long time. We arrived around 6:30 PM or so, having been put-off by the long lines at Hacienda Grill. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Tacos Toreado was flavorful. Menu is extensive. Late night business dinner, so no chance to try the Margaritas. I highly recommend for authentic tasty Mexican food. Will go back!

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Peoria, Arizona
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69 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Pretty good Mexican food with fair prices. Drinks were good. Margarita was not watered-down. Staff was friendly. We would recommend this restaurant.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We dined here due to another restaurant not allowing our dog on their patio. The food was good and the margaritas were excellent! Our server was very friendly and didn't even balk when our dog barked at her. Thank you for the excellent service!

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San Jacinto, California
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Third trip to Senoras. Wait time about 30min. on a Saturday. Service always very friendly. Margaritas delicious. Food this time was OK. Average tasting and chips seemed a bit stale. Prices have also jumped up a bit. Over-all would recommend as a nice night out restaurant.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I went to Sonora Catina with my family in January 2015. Our dinning experience was just average, nothing special. We went to Sonora on a Saturday evening around 6PM, and was told it was a 30 minute wait, which was no problem, and we hoped that meant everything here would be fantastic. The service and staff were all great. All... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I always try the chile relleno on my first visit to a Mexican restaurant. I do not like a lot of coating but most have so much you can't find the chile. Not here. This was one of the best I have had. A light egg white coating, fresh chile with a little bite, good amount of cheese, very tasty... More 

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Fallbrook, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I am very predicable when traveling up to Big Bear where my first dinner must be here and include on of the Original Asombroso Margaritas, it's a little steep at $12 but a lightweight like me can easily share it. I choose not to this trip and could not get rid of the "permagrin" for an hour after. I love... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went to Big Bear on Labor Day weekend and there were so many people. It was hard to find a place to eat. We roamed the little town but there were huge lines everywhere. As we drove out we found Sonora Cantina. As we waited to be seated we ordered margaritas at the bar. We ordered some we didn't like... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

From the beginning to the end, this was NOT a good experience. We got there and were told the wait was 20 minutes. That's fine. But we could see at least 5 tables outside and numerous tables inside that needed to be cleaned off. Even in the bar area, where you must stand to wait to be seated had two... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41144 Big Bear Blvd, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: 909-866-8202

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 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?