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“Awful restaurant”
Review of La cantinita

La cantinita
Ranked #1,233 of 1,786 Restaurants in Porto
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 28, 2013

I went to this restaurant with some friends. We had decided to book a table before we read the reviews on Tripadvisor. When we checked these reviews, the table was booked so we decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. The worst expectations revealed true, however. We started with iced margaritas, which were no good at all. When we asked for chilled, but not iced drinks, we were told that was not possible. We wondered why, only to find out that... they come our of a package, they're not even prepared in house! We were also told that this is the way tradition works in Mexico (now, this was not our first time in Mexican restaurants, or in Mexico for that matter!). We then ordered nachos for starters, which were not great, but alright. The worst was when we ordered the enchiladas. They were not properly cooked, they tasted like flour and were way too salty - even for myself, who actually likes salty food! We sent the food back to be properly cooked; once we heard the microwave, we were served new meals. Now they were cooked, but they still tasted awful. The cook may be Mexican, as the restaurant seems to argue, but if she is, she cannot definitely cook! And the service is terrible.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Went there with friends, hoping for good mexican food.
What we got was bad food, with mixed up orders by our waitress, as well as an arrogant attitude.

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Thank Filipe787
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

First of all, don't pay attention to the negative comments, they're from a group of friends who had a bad experience and decided to gang up and badmouth the restaurant - to me, that's just the worst kind of (cyber)bullying.

After having tried Mexican food in several parts of the globe, including in Mexico and in a top-rated Mexican restaurant in Vienna, I have to say that, although it's not as good as Mexican food in Mexico (it may have something to do with actually being there), it's miles above said restaurant in Vienna (Taqueria Los Mexikas), where the food was really greasy.

Both the regular and the strawberry margarita were great.
I also recommend trying the "Antojitos mix" and the chimichangas. A friend had fajitas and all it was missing was the sour cream - I need to ask if they have it next time I go there. The desserts were also surprinsingly good (surprisingly because I usually don't associate Mexican food with desserts)

Overall a great experience!

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2  Thank Elsa L
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you want to eat right, simply don't go to La Cantinita. I went there with some friends and we were eager to try mexican for that night. It was the first experience for many friends of mine but fortunatelly I was already in Mexico, so I knew that it wasn't supposed to taste horrible like that.
So first: the waiter was rude and was always forgetting every order. She didn't even care and was really rude with us all the time, never giving a proper answer. Actually she messed up the orders and gave different things to people that asked the same dish... Wow.
The food was lacking energy and was all fried things, not healthy or tasty at all, getting very expensive for the money they ask.
After all of this, the AC was broke and started leaking from there, not only a few drops but actual "rain" and the waiter was complaining and bored, not giving a proper excuse. What a flippancy!
In the end she wanted us to pay more than we originally order, saying that we were not correct or sincere, even after we all showed our bills and displayed everything. She is an actual jerk.
We DO NOT recommend this place to anyone. The food is not that good and the service was the worst one!

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1  Thank raquelcaldevilla
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile
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Thank Lili S
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