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Cabo Cantina

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Santa Monica
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1240 3rd Street Promenad, Santa Monica, CA
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10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Happy Hour on 3rd Street

In terms of specials this spot can't be beat. Drinks are huge (can easily be split which I did) at reasonable prices and nachos are always a winner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bmac2012
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New York City, New York
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only stopped here because one of our crew saw how busy it was and wanted to try it. We didn't regret the decision. We were served by Eric when sitting at the bar, he was friendly, really great to deal with and have good advice on food and drinks. As tourists we noticed the drinks prices are on keeping... More 

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Thank spookikiwi
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In terms of specials this spot can't be beat. Drinks are huge (can easily be split which I did) at reasonable prices and nachos are always a winner.

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Thank Bmac2012
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This is a sports bar on the third st promenade but you don't have to be interested in sports to enjoy it There are drinks deals on all night, the tex mex food is cheap and cheerful and good value for what you get The service is quick (I would imagine the waitresses are on commission ) as your drink... More 

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Thank Diveguide
Los Angeles
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

A decent bar/restaurant. Taco Tuesday is fun there and not too expensive. A nice festive party atmosphere.

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Thank Samuel M
Gloster, Louisiana
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

The food was the bomb.com almost as good as Joe T Garcia in Forth Worth, Texas. Friendly environment great place to watch sports ..,

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Thank Clayjkggb
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Let me say the positives first. The salsa is amazing. I want the recipe. The chips are nice and fresh and made it the highlight of our night. We ordered happy hour margaritas which were 2-1.. She asked if we wanted to make them bigger for $3 more. Now here's the catch. The bigger margaritas are $3 more than the... More 

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Thank jaygilgert
Level Contributor
86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We were looking for a decent bar in Santa Monica but could not find anything so we settled for this place which was actually surprisingly really good and fun. we ordered some snacks, chips and dip, sunset rolls, and they had 2 for 1 margaritas and PBR. The music was really really good and the waitresses were very nice. The... More 

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Thank listenshh
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

My husband and I stopped by here on the way back to our Hotel. It looked busy and lively and we took 2 seats looking out to the front of the bar on the passers by. We ordered a beer for my husband and the waitress 'talked' me into a large Marguerita as there was only a $4 difference from... More 

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Thank Pauline L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

This was our first bar that we arrived at after our 15 hour flight. The bar tender was super friendly and looked after us all night, even buying us a couple of rounds. His name was Brandon. Happy hour is 4-6 and you buy 2 drinks for the price of one (one drink was $3) This is a Mexican place,... More 

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Thank Liv C
Sydney, Australia
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112 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Maybe coming here to take advantage of happy hour is a better idea than coming for lunch. Food was average at best. Drowned in hot sauce was ok but felt dissapointed. I had 3 chicken tacos. Upside is there is a free self serve icey water machine. Santa Monica is alright and this would be a good place to chill... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1240 3rd Street Promenad, Santa Monica, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 am

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

Staying in Santa Monica

Neighborhood Profile
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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