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“Nice enough, but bland Mexican food?”

Side Street Cantina
Ranked #70 of 1,459 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The building, decor, atmosphere, and staff are nice.
The standard offer of tableside fresh Guacamole (not free, plus tip) impressed my wife.
The chips are good, thick, and served warm.
They were out of cilantro... apologized the fellow making tableside guacamole dip... Somebody should have been racing to the grocery store to prevent that...
All seemed good enough, but I've never had to add salt and pepper to almost every dish on the table, including the guacamle dip, in a Mexican restaurant.

Thank AverageNiceGuy
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We went there based on tripadvisor reviews and proximity to our hotel. The food was excellent, the restaurant quriky and great fun and the fresh maragaritas are absolutley amazing.

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Thank Christine E
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

My husband was grumpy when we pulled up, by all appearances his wife had chosen a dive, but when the food came we were both very pleased! Sweet and spicy are our favorite combo, and the ingredients were top-notch. My husbands parents came from across the border and we love this authentic Mexican with a twist. Highly recommend!

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Thank Brooke M
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Food and service was excellent on a slow Monday night. The Dragon Cerviche is not to be taken lightly, it took two caprehinas to put out the flames, but was oh-so-worth it. My companions had fish tacos and cheese enchiladas and spoke very highly of each. Plenty of chips and dip accompanied by excellent table-side guacamole (extra $). Will go there again before the week is out and we move on to the next port of call!

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had fish tacos and chicken tacos. Chix were $1.50 for happy hour on a Wednesday! Food was awesome. Service was as good as possible. The Server had the entire section we were sitting in(maybe 10 tables). He was flying all over and kept it together very well. But that many tables can be challenging. I was wondering where his backup was, because he was swamped. Besides that we'll be back, the food stands by itself. Shhh,shhhh, don't tell anybody.

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1  Thank 4andaposthole
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