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“Mexican (almost) finally comes to Balmain” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cantina Bar

Cantina Bar
350 Darling Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
298100086
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Ranked #3,471 of 5,099 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Mexican
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Sydney, Australia
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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Mexican (almost) finally comes to Balmain”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This place is definitely a unique addition to Darling Street. The atmosphere is awesome. But, the food is just ok.
Ive eaten here a couple of times and have found that there are really good dishes ( pulled pork tacos) and really bad ones ( chicken wings). I cant say that is very authentic Mexican, I get the feeling that they have tweaked the menu to make it inciting to a larger audience. The space is quite small, so it seems to always be elbow to elbow....which I think gives it a good vibe.
Super expensive margaritas that aren't very strong. However, some great imported beers and an incredible selection of hot sauces.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The food police should shut this place down.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

The word appalling is not enough to describe the crime this restaurant has committed against Mexican food. If you want to eat flavourless slop washed down with cheap overpriced wine this is your place. They cannot even get chicken wings right. The service was fine and I am sure the waitress was embarrassed by the food she had to deliver. We didn't complain but will never be coming back to this joke of a Mexican bar and restaurant and should be closed down.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great bar, excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

After a disappointing lunch elsewhere, we stumbled across this bar. We didn't eat here but are really keen to come back. It has an edgy feel to it with interesting art work on the walls. $10 margaritas in the afternoon! The service was fantastic. Very attentive and you never waited for the next drink.
Will def be coming back for an afternoon drink or dinner.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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