We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
127 S. Union, Traverse City, MI
231-941-5038
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #180 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

Hotels travelers are raving about...

Write a Review

77 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    11
    20
    16
    15
    15
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Holland, Michigan, United States
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

I agree with there 3 star rating. Frozen food heated up to order. Just not worth it...food that will keep you alive nothing more.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Michigan
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat. We had quesadilla appetizers, which were decent. I'd say overall average food, typical Mexican restaurant.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Traverse City, Michigan
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Average Mexican food prepared by Americans. Prices were high for the portions and seating maximizes floor space while reducing privacy. This is not a destination restaurant for us.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Traverse City, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Best tacos I have found anywhere in town. Their tomatoes are simply divine. Great location and also has outdoor seating.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The food was just ok, and the charges for every little sauce and salsa are ridiculous. I understand that it's not a corporate restaurant and that profit is the goal but it really is just kind of a bummer to pay and extra dollar for some sauce for your taco.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sat outside at 1 of the 3 tables and had an enjoyable meal. Queso and guacamole were good. Ordered 1 shredded beef soft taco and ended up ordering another one it was so delicious. Waitress was friendly and we had good service. Would return here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owosso, Michigan
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I like to think of myself as a Mexican food snob. I grew up with my best friends grandmother's food where she cooked for migrant workers on the Texas/Mexico border so we were spoiled badly. You have to know the difference between Los Tees or Cuatros Amigos cap and what REAL mexican food is. That being said you have to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Traverse City, Michigan
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were here for dinner & sat at 1 of the 3 tables outside on the side walk. The service was average, but the food & sangria were a huge disappointment! We each ordered enchiladas; the chicken ones were adequately filled, but the cheese ones were practically empty & portions were very small. The food was not very hot or... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Savannah, Georgia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Went with friends for lunch; we were the only ones sitting at the outdoor patio. Restaurant was busy inside which is no doubt the reason for the slow service. But the food (when it finally arrived) was good...nothing outstanding, but good. I had the chicken fajita, my friends had the tacos and tamales.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Well, how to start? How about with the free chips and salsa brought to our table to start the meal? My dining buddy traveled a lot in California (as well as other places) and has eaten LOTS of Mexican cuisine in his time. He says in retrospect, about our meal, that we should have left when they served the salsa.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Union Cantina also viewed

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
 
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
 

Been to Union Cantina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Union Cantina

Address: 127 S. Union, Traverse City, MI
Phone Number: 231-941-5038
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Union Cantina staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?