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“Food is okay, but there are better places” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cantina

Cantina
#347 Sisawath Quay, Phnom Penh 015654, Cambodia
+855 23 222 502
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Ranked #367 of 799 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Cambodia's oldest Mexican restaurant. Tortillas and salsa made fresh daily.
Phnom Penh
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Food is okay, but there are better places”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Used to be a top choice for Mexican food but there are several places that are better. In addition, the place keeps strange hours as is not open on weekends and seems to be closed every time I go.

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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
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English first
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Best place for Mexican food and a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Cantina Bar and its owner, Hurley, are a bit of a Phnom Penh institution. It was one of the first places in town to serve Mexican food and is still one of the best choices. I especially love his soft tacos. He also has Pacifico Beer and a good selection of tequilas. I especially enjoy sitting out front and watching the river and the people. The service used to be pretty bad but may have improved. I have only been once since returning to Phnom Penh after a one year absence, so it is too soon to tell. Opens at about 3:30PM, although he has experimented with lunch in the past.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phnom Penh
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Spotty Experiences”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I love the energy of a good Mexican restaurant, the family atmosphere, the everyone is welcome atmosphere. This one's a bit different.

I used to go here for the margaritas because they used good tequila and the most basic, authentic simple formula- 100% totally satisfying. One does the trick. Then I founf I could ask for the same thing at other restaurants along this strip and they would make it pretty much the same way- good tequila, fresh lime, cointreau, nada mas..... for about 1/2 the price. But that is not whay I left. The real reason I left is because the atmosphere was so spotty. Occasionally with the owner gone, the girls would be more natural, more lively and the place seemed normal. Then it would transform itself into an expat bar where regulars gather around an owner's table with the same regulars and the girls seemed under pressure to cater to this group - nervous and not easy to engage. This "quien es mas expat" atmosphere I found overbearing.It's is located where all the tourists go. If you want an expat hideway - hide it somewhere. That would be most authentic. Then I could understand this approach.

But to be fair - it probably is a good place to get drunk with other English speaking people especially late at night.

The food seems decent for the price and there is a focus on good quality ingredients. The quesadilllas and other hot dishes are served up on steaming cast iron plates and generally good, although the sauces and jalapenos are dished out sparingly, in fact way too sparingly. If you ask for more, you may be charged extra! This restaurant is just a few years old so don't feel like you are treading on sacred ground just yet. As far as the Mexican food, it will probably suffice for somewhat of a Mexican food fix, although the price will be higher, the better ingredients (for Cambodia) are probably worth it - the menu does not have all the choices of a normal Mexican restaurant but seems to succeed with many dishes- it's just this 'cool expat' attitude here that is tiresome and the last thing I look for in Cambodia.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A Small slice of Cambodian history - with a authentic Mexician menu and bar..!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

A place you could walk passed and miss yet would regret that you did if you went inside.. aswell as great mexican food, amazing tequila's and a warm welcome, this place reaps history..with original photos by Al Rockoff (wikipedia him) of the Khmer Rouger entering Phnom Phen in 75, front line war shots, scenes from the City of Ghosts and the clock and sign at the end of the bar made from original M16's and AK47's - barrels bent and de-commissioned of course..!! - more than worth a cold beer, taco and browse. - ps the old guy in the bell boy uniform who hangs around outside is the guy who plays the bell boy in the City of Ghosts... still living the dream...respect..!!

Visited March 2013
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Portland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Good food, nice environment and reasonable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

It is so nice to get Mexican food in PP. I look forward to my meals here when in town. Reasonable, yummy and always pleasant. Good margaritas too.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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