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Sonora Cantina

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41144 Big Bear Blvd, CA 92315
909-866-8202
Today
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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 meal

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
2happybeachbums
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Jacinto, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Sonora Cantina knows how to make a Margarita! My favorite is their Cadillac Margarita, and it is well deserving of its name. This wonderful drink is packed with flavor and tequila. It is available frozen or "on the rocks". I always go old school, Salt and "on the rocks" and it's a perfect 10 every time. My wife enjoyed... More 

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Arcadia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I went with the Big Juan challenge in mind. I got it, and missed finishing it by 1/4 of a pound. My boy got the nachos with carne asada, and he liked it. My wife got menudo and thought it was ok. I'm not one to judge menudo. My girl got a cheeseburger and enjoyed it. The big Juan burrito... More 

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Big Bear Region, California
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I never feel good about writing negative reviews, but there are several really good Mexican restaurants in Big Bear Lake and unfortunately this is not one of them. My husbands exact words with his dinner are "that was the poorest excuse for an enchilada I've ever had." The atmosphere is average, the food is below average, the location is good,... More 

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Highland, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This is our go-to place for Mexican food in Big Bear. Everything that we have tried has been delicious, but two of our favorites are the chile verde burrito, and the shredded beef quesadilla. Very good chips and salsa, and the service is always good. Bright, colorful atmosphere, with the booths and walls depicting traditional Mexican culture.

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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: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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?