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41144 Big Bear Blvd, CA 92315
909-866-8202
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Ranked #33 of 106 Restaurants in Big Bear Region
Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

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
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Crestline, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, this is the place to go! Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. I ordered a margarita, but didn't care for the house tequila so I passed it on to my mom. The restaurant has a wonder ambiance, however it feels a little crowded once all of the tables are filled with... More 

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Hemet, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great Mexican food at reasonable prices especially considering it is in a resort area. I had the make your own pick 2 combo for about $10. There was also a pick 3. The service was great. If you order a mug of beer take the small size instead of the larger one which cost more per ounce.

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Additional Information about Sonora Cantina

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

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