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“Disappointing after reading WONDERFUL reviews...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Cantina

The Cantina
818 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
970-879-0826
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Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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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.
Denver, Colorado
1 review
“Disappointing after reading WONDERFUL reviews...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2010

We were truly disappointed with our visit after reading the GREAT reviews for the restaurant. We had a taste for Mexican food tonight so looked online for the best in Steamboat Springs, CO. We are from the Denver metro area and just visiting tonight for tomorrow's Mustang Rally and to celebrate Father's Day weekend. Upon arrival, all was off to a good start - friendly hostess at the door, seated quickly, and greeted at our table with waters, chips and salsa. We ordered an appetizer when ordering the drinks and it came within minutes to the table. Then, everything went downhill from there. I was drinking water, my husband - tea, and son - Pepsi. Our server checked with them once on refills while I filled my cup with their leftover water. 30 minutes from the time of our appetizer was how long we waiedt, at least, before we got our meal. At this point, my son had filled up on chips and the appetizer and no longer hungry, my husband was in the same boat, and well, I was just overall very disappointed with the wait and the service. The restaurant wasn't full - not empty either - not all that busy though. A table of 8 that walked in after us was served before us. Since this was our first time and first impression, I don't think we will return next year when we come to town for the Mustang Rally.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Authentic atmosphere and food. Tasty margaritas.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

The Cantina is perfect for a tasty meal, fresh squeezed margaritas and generous portions. We ordered buffalo steak fajitas; they were offering a daily special AND it was happy hour. Needless to say, it was an excellent value in a fun atmosphere. Service was good, would definitely recommend for any occasion.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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seattle
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218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
“Fun local hang out! Good food, atmosphere etc.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

I was in Steamboat during the "mud season" and there were not a lot of restaurants that were open. The Cantina is very inviting and the crowd was fun and local.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic margaritas.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2010

My boyfriend and I came here before heading out to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Certainly try the margaritas. We also really enjoyed the queso chesse dip. Must try it!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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krisjeffb, owner at The Cantina, responded to this review, April 26, 2010
We certainly do take our signature fresh squeezed margaritas seriously. And we have quite a selection of tequilas and concoctions. Try the mojito margarita -- a perfect summer drink -- made with a fresh pineapple infused silver tequila and lots of mint. LIght and refreshing!
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Steamboat
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“My very favorite restaurant in Steamboat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

Not your usual fare but Mexican with a tantalizing variety of flavors, creative, delicious and healthy. A treat for your palate, never disappoints. The staff is courteous, pleasant and attentive. Great prices.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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