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Kay & Dave's Cantina

262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
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Ranked #218 of 578 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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201 reviews 201 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is delicious and we used to bring our very young children and no body minded if they were fussy or loud. That being said, it has very high quality food that I really enjoy. Love the soup, love the guac, love the salmon. My kids always like it and even my foodie husband likes it. I would never... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Really enjoyed the fish tacos as a light dinner. The margarita was made with agave wine since they didn't have tequila and it was still tasty.

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Santa Monica, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Kay n' Daves is a local Mexican restaurant with three locations. Local residents always go to and speak highly of this restaurant. The Santa Monica location on 26th street is in very chi chi Brentwood.....the very expensive part of town. This is an area where you may well run into a well know person. Yet, the restaurant is moderately priced.... More 

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Los Angeles
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We go often for lunch to this restaurant. Service super friendly. Food is great. I recommend the carne asada, that comes with one enchilada and a chile relleno. We love it and we go several times a month. It is close to our office and it is often the choice of all.

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New York City, New York
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265 reviews 265 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Began with guacamole and tortilla chips. Had black bean soup that was thick and delicious. Next, we ordered fajitas with chicken, molcajete with chicken and salmon another one with beef too. Habanero pesto shrimp and salmon and spinach enchilada were also ordered. The dishes were plentiful. Our waiter Chris was terrific. I recommend this location and the other one I... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stumbled across this small "cozy" restaurant after a recommendation from some locals. Lovely Manager, good waiter - great vibe. Food was very good - perhaps Oaxacan. Would definitely go again. Reasonable prices. Recommend.

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San Francisco, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Food is bland compared to good LA Mexican food. The margaritas were decent however they arrived after the appetizer (even though we ordered drinks first.....one of my pet peeves). On the positive side, outdoor seating and atmosphere was great. Downtown culver city is very cute. I would return only in a pinch, there are better options.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

I had my taste buds all set to enjoy some California Mexican food, but was so disappointed. My husband ordered the cheese enchiladas which he described as cheese enchiladas with spaghetti sauce on them. I ordered the Chicken Soup which I thought would have a spicy tortillas soup like quality. It did not have any spice to it at all.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

I really want this place to be better than 3 stars but it just taint.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

Very friendly. Large menu. I wasn't impressed by the salsa, but I prefer a chunky, thick, cilantro heavy, flavor spicy salsa ;) The portions are large enough to share. The service is outstanding. RECOMMEND

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Additional Information about Kay & Dave's Cantina

Address: 262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
Phone Number: 310-260-1355
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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