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The Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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818 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487-5005 (8th Street)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend had visited this restaurant some years ago, and he remembered it as being good. So we went. Not worth the trip. Here's the breakdown: Good margarita, but served in a cheap plastic glass Good salsa, but served with cold, bland tortilla chips Chili relleno was only average; tamale slightly better. Chicken quesadilla was serviceable. Rice and beans tasted... More 

Thank Marie J
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122 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually missed this on the map when I was looking for a mexican place; saw Vaqueros and Salt & Lime. But checked out both their menus after walking past this place and decided to go back as their menu sounded better. Got a combo plate - tamale and taco. Black beans good, and really good salsa. Fast, efficient waitress, kept... More 

Thank Lisa L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Great food! We would visit again. The service was great. Loved the atmosphere. Easy access and parking was plentiful. Loved the salasa

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We often go here on Taco Tuesdays and love the quality and value. The staff is sometimes a little aloof but I think it's because they are at the end of their day and this time is a shift change. Love, love, love their salsa and am trying to reverse engineer it so I can make it at home.

Thank Jennifer W
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

The food was tasty and everything was correct with our order! If you get take out for a group very often you will find missing or incorrect items. This was spot on and delicious. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would eat here again in a heartbeat.

Thank janesayler
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Better than other Mexican eateries in Steamboat. We shared small plates, which worked out well for our large group. Enjoyed lunch while doing in town shopping.

Thank stelm0
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a great place to ease into for a few beers, or more. The Mexican food was ok, and better than most non-Texas, Tex-Mex places. Service is incredible and friendly! I like how "different" it is to step in versus the other offerings up and down the street.

Thank OilDog
Denver, Colorado
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98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

All I need to say is..... This place has great service, delicious steak fajitas, and fresh lime margaritas!

Thank Julie L
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

He food was pretty good but a large party came in and they were pretty flustered. A few things we had were forgotten, understandably with the big party and not enough people. It was an off time between lunch and dinner. We still had a good experience and food was good.

Thank Sprtzfam M
Purcellville, Virginia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Went for an early dinner with our family--great attentive service. Happen to be there at happy hour-with three teenagers, happy hour food is usually just a snack--not this place. A couple of us ordered Chicken Quesadillas and the rest of the family ordered off the menu. All the food was very good, but those Quesadillas were amazing. Chicken was awesome.... More 

Thank kkubal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
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
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487-5005
    (8th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Lincoln Avenue between 8th and 9th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Steamboat Springs
  • Phone Number: 970-879-0826
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.

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