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The Mission Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a Thursday in summer, and didn't have to wait at all for a table. Food was mostly very good (enchiladas and a burrito), or pretty good (chips and salsa). I would have loved fresh salsa, but it was not a deal breaker. We enjoyed the atmosphere, casual but with character. Super friendly service, too. Also very reasonable... More 

Thank KLF95
Amherst, Massachusetts
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135 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is in our neighborhood. We love their food, and they have a great bar which makes virgin drinks. You got to try the brunch!

Thank Wolfspark
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

On a rainy day recently, at lunch time, Mission Cantina was full of life and absolutely delicious food. The food, service, decor, and atmosphere were outstanding and really brightened an otherwise gloomy day--just the upbeat kind of place to raise anyone's spirits.

Thank Kate T
Springfield, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

A buddy of mine introduced me to this place. I love good Mexican food and this place didn't disappoint. We both ordered the taco plate, which allows you to choose 3 tacos and your choice of beef, caritas, fish, veggie etc. The fish tacos were outstanding! The tacos are smaller than the tacos you would get else where, but everything... More 

Thank dmgriss86
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is hands down the best in Amherst, but it will leave you waiting. The lines are long and it's usually packed every single night of the week, which does say a lot about the food. A must dine if you have time.

Thank Felipe F
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I come here once a month, and it is hands down the tastiest mexican-american food I've ever had! I was raised in Central America, and can attest that their beans taste just like home-made beans! Their loaded nachos are a must! I love their taco plate (carnitas and fish are my favorite), and my husband always gets the burrito ahogado.... More 

Thank Estudio P
w mass
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52 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

My original review, 'quality not quantity should be the watchword' still stands. Since I reviewed this place in 2012, there have been some changes. They managed to expand to next door to get more space (much needed), but the line to get in is even longer. One hour wait times are the norm here now. Even late diners should be... More 

Thank Petronius_arbiter
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Hands down BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT. This place has everything! Great atmosphere, service, drinks, the food is phenomenal. The best dish is there Chicken Mole. Everything in there Five stars!!! Absolutely the BEST

Thank Kookla718
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Whenever I'm in the area, I make it a point to stop at Mission Cantina - I can be somewhat of a Tex/Mex food snob, and the food here always delivers. Freshest best prepared Mexican this side of the Rio Grande, and the Margaritas never disappoint. While on the topic of worth the wait, it is not just about seating,... More 

Thank Mark H
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The food is so good here, fish and delicious. It is very popular and crowded. Try the. For .unchnorntake out. Or else you might. E airing of a table for a longtime.

Thank Judith G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: 413-230-3580

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?