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“Great Tequila, Eat Elsewhere”
Review of Cantina Mayahuel

Cantina Mayahuel
Ranked #657 of 4,834 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Cantina Mayahuel can have 4 or 5 stars for its selection of tequilas, but barely gets a three for food. The menu is incredibly limited and three times more expensive than it needs to be for food of a similar quality. This is not where you come for cheap eats.

There was nothing wrong with the taste of the food, but it was also not world beating. I might come back to drink, but that is it.

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Reviewed September 1, 2010

I was turned on to this restaurant by a friend and needed to try it. The make their own mole and since my wife loves it we had to go by. It did not dissapoint. We got there for lunch and were the first people in the building. They do Mole only on Tuesdays and Friday's, it is over chicken and if you are a Mole fan, you will love it. They have an extensive selection of Taquila and Mezcal. There is probably only room for 50 people inside and outside, but it is worth getting off the beaten path.

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Reviewed March 2, 2009

Really really wanted to like this place. I did LOVE the decor and atmosphere and the great tequila selection. Had a wonderful tequlia and a great margarita.

Our group of four all had the same impression. Nice location in North Park neighborhood. Service was good. Nice outdoor patio area as well.

We knew the menu was limited as I checked it out on the website before going. I don't mind a limited menu - figured that means they specialize and it would be good. We found it just average and in fact on in our group said that Rubios makes better tacos. (No offense intended to Ralph Rubio).

We all had different things, but all agreed the tacos were not that great. We had an appetizer, guacamole, salsa y serranos. The chips were not homemade and tasted like they were from a bag that you could get in a grocery store. Almost stale tasting. The guac was average to good. The salsa had no heat at all, but was fine. The chilis were ok and we mixed them in the the others.

The tortillas on the tacos were average. I can buy better at my local corner store. The fish and shrimp tacos I had were OK. The mahi mahi and shrimp were cooked fine, but not very tasty. One in our party said the steak/beef was not tasty and tough.

We did not go on a Friday, so missed the mole special. But judging from our food experience we will not return.

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Reviewed July 28, 2008

Fun place, if you like Tequila and margs this is the place to go. Small but tasty menu, nice area outside to sit...great place

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Reviewed December 12, 2016
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