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The Cantina

818 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 8th Street
Transit: Lincoln Avenue between 8th and 9th Street.
Description: Fun, casual dining in historic downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Cantina is one of Steamboat’s oldest dining establishments and serves creative Mexican cuisine and award winning fresh squeezed margaritas for lunch and dinner daily.The highly acclaimed fresh-squeezed margaritas are made with fresh lemons and limes — no sour mix here. Signature items include tequila-fired fajitas served flaming table side; Chimi Cozumel filled with shrimp, mushrooms & spinach topped with jalapeno pesto cream sauce; Carne Asada made with tender buffalo steak; and homemade cinnamon fried ice cream.The Cantina in Steamboat offers a children’s menu, a gluten free menu, a large variety of vegetarian options and plenty of fresh salads and soups.
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74% Recommend
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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We went here on a Friday evening with a party of 6. We waited about 30 minutes for a table. When we were finally seated, we waited, and waited and waited for our server. No one ever came. The volume of noise was so loud, that we could not ever sit and talk to each other while we kept waiting... More

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Union, MI
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Stopped in 3 days in a row just for Sangria and tortilla chips and salsa after shopping, riding bikes, etc. around town. Great afternoon break ! ! ! We sat outside and enjoyed the sun and Sangrias were incredible ! ! !

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

2 adults and 2 kids had a lovely evening with good atmosphere. The adults enjoyed very good margueritas but the food was generally only average. Plenty of it - complementary nachos and salsa arrived shortly after we sat down - but the mains were underwhelming I'm afraid. Staff were friendly and service was quick enough.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

When we are in the mood for an early dinner, Nachos and Margs at the Cantina are our favorite choice. Ask for Eliel as your server, he's the best. Locals Chris and Jamey

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Jeff L, Owner at The Cantina, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We always strive for the best service and Eliel is one of our most veteran servers here at the Cantina. I am very happy that you enjoyed your experience and I look forward to seeing you here again. We really appreciate the local support and again thank you for your kind words. Sincerely, Jeff... More

Lakewood, Colorado
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The food here is mediocre at best, yet it's pricey for mexican food. $14 for a burrito that is mostly filled with rice. My mom had the mandarina salad and it was mostly romain lettuce with very little else. We spent over $100 for dinner for 4 adults and a 5 year old without alcohol. That was for a burrito,... More

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Jeff L, Owner at The Cantina, responded to this review

Hello, First of all I would like to thank you for your feedback. If it were not from feedback we would not be able to get to where we need to be as a Mexican restaurant in Steamboat Springs. As one of 8 Mexican places in Steamboat we know you have many choices to go to and we appreciate you... More

Broomfield, Colorado
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stopped in around 7:30 pm for dinner. We were able to get a seat right away. We ordered the Santa Fe enchiladas and a chicken burrito, with white queso sauce. It was the best we ever had. I might drive back to steamboat just for that Santa Fe enchilada! I eat at a Mexican restaurant wherever I can, it... More

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Jeff L, Owner at The Cantina, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your wonderful review. We strive to do our best every day and always enjoy hearing comments like yours! Hopefully we see you again soon. Sincerely, Jeff LaRoche More

18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great place to get a margarita and a snack and take a break from Lincoln Ave. shopping. But the entrees are pretty average.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We don't take a trip to Steamboat without stopping in for a meal here! Have been going there for 22 years! Good good food, nice atmosphere!

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Burrton, Kansas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The food was pretty good, but the made from scratch Margaritas is what will bring us back! Good eats in a good atmosphere with great drinks.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We were not super hungry, so ordered the beef empanadas (3) and tacos (3) to split. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that the food was on the bland side. The sopapillas were great!

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