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“Nice place for a drink” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alley Cantina

Alley Cantina
Ranked #20 of 125 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Albuquerque NM
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice place for a drink”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Alley Cantina was a nice stop to take a break while walking around the Taos plaza. We ordered nachos, and as the other reviewers mentioned, not the greatest nachos were to be found here. Bland, soggy with crusty beans and a bit greasy. Good place to get a quick drink. Nice location and out of the way from the crowds roaming around. We knew this wasn't the best place to eat, as we came apon the cantina during the vey busy labor day holiday, and hardly anyone was eating in the cantina. All the other restaurants were pretty much packed. Good sign the food is not the greatest.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Norman, Oklahoma
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great stop for food, drinks, and music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

I had a great burger and fries at Alley Cantina and hubby enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich. It is cool, clean, and comfortable inside. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and the food was fast and yummy, including the pink lemonade. They have live music very night, too. The "oldest house in Taos" is a great place to stop for a bite as you peruse the Plaza.

Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Average Tex Mex”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Just off the Plaza down an alley - hence the name. Don't sit outside if you don't like smoke pollution. For lunch had nachos with chicken, mostly mundane and soggy but heaping plate which I could not finish. First glass of iced tea is $2.50 and rfills come in pitcher for which they charge $3.00 each. Unusual as normally free refills. Was not informed of this little extra! There are better places to eat in Taos.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barryjw
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AUSTIN
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Ambiance, Food Mediocre - So Just Go For A Drink!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

This restaurant is in the corner of the extra shopping space right behind the Taos Plaza. The ambiance is fantastic inside and the outside seating area is also very nice, just hot in the summer. The Alley Cantina's claim to fame is that the building that houses the restaurant and bar is the oldest building in Taos. Really all that remains of the building that was built in the 16th century is the south wall of the kitchen and the east wall of the kitchen and bathrooms. My husband and I shared a green chili burger and an order of chips and spicy salsa. The chips were stale, but the salsa was spicy and very good! The hamburger was OK, but not inspired. So eat if you want, but definitely go for a drink and enjoy!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Franksie
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

I was hoping for a revisit to El Patio that was there many years ago ... My dinner was not good. Some of our family said their quesadillas were very good. Pricey for no atmosphere. Sat on patio & unfortunately had to endure smokers.

Visited July 2012
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Thank ColoradoTenn
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