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“Best Mexican Cuisine in Golden Isles” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cilantro's Grill & Cantina

Cilantro's Grill & Cantina
20 Market Street Suite 100 Saint Simons, Island, Ga, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
912 434-9699
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Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Cuisine in Golden Isles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The food and service here are both tremendous. Every dish comes out hot, fresh, and full of flavor. The waitstaff is super friendly and have great attitudes. From the homemade chips and salsa to the unique and creative recipes on traditional favorites, Cilantros has got this down pat. The location, although sparkling and clean in the brand new strip center, is not the best for tourists to find. But trust me in that word will get out and they will come. I am a local and I will be dining here at least once a week. On our first visit we had the Nachos Supremos for an appetizer. For entrees, I had the Arroz Con Pollo and my wife had the shredded beef Chimichanga. Best Arroz Con Pollo I've ever had. The recipe was sort of out of the box, but it worked to perfection. The beef in the Chimichanga was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and very fresh. Seasoned perfectly. No frozen stuff here. Even the basics like the beans and rice were superior, and not just like some kind of afterthought. You could make a delicious meal out of just them. From this point on, I will not be patronizing any other Mexican Restaurant.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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375 reviews 375 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 97 cities Reviews in 97 cities
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
“Spacious and inviting on a hot day”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Good service - drinks served to us very quickly. Food cuisine is Mexican for the faint-hearted, however the fresh guacamole is very good. The ingredients are fresh and the lunch time Plate specials are inexpensive and quite acceptable. For me, the chilli rellenos was a bit too mild, but I expect they will make it the way you want. The freshness is welcome and the service cannot be faulted. Worth a try, though there is more authentic Mexican style food available.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brunswick, Georgia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Have eaten a few times at the Cilantros in Brunswick but it was never anything special so it was a nice surprise to have a good dining experience at the newly opened Cilantros on St. Simons. Margaritas were good and the vegetable fajita was excellent. For Vegetarians or Pescatarians there is a nice selection of items to choose from. Will definitely return.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Only Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Service was very slow. Food was just average. Menu lacking explanation of what you are getting. The chips served were stale.

Visited August 2014
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Just another "Mexican" food chain.....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The margaritas are of standard size and taste. Nothing special to write home about. Although rather new to St. Simons Island, the food served lacks energy and zing. Even the dipping salsa could use a little punch. Made sure before I wrote this article, but fool me once...shame on you.....fool me twice....I'm going back to the REAL Mexican restaurant down the street...now their margaritas are something to enjoy...at least twice a meal!

Visited August 2014
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