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€€ - €€€Mexican,
765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
+1 530-544-1233
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
“enchiladas” (8 reviews)
“pork” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
€€ - €€€
765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for the first time for a lite lunch. We ordered a full order of Nachos to split, this amazing dish was piled high with chips cheese, meat, and veggies. The owner took the time to chat with us towards the end of our...More

Thank Kate3124
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time here - and we really enjoyed our lunch. Service was quick and friendly. Atmosphere is a cross between Mexican Restaurant and Lake Tahoe cabin style. Portions were so big, neither my husband nor I even finished half our entrees. Good value!

Thank Sharron G
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The Cantina is a nice place that offers good Mexican food. It is nicely decorated and has dining areas on different levels and outdoor seating in good weather. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The complimentary chips and salsa were fresh and homemade. My daughter...More

Thank danieloW7812SH
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I have eaten at Cantina for over 16 years and have always had good service and wonderful food. We went on August 3 to celebrate my daughters 40th birthday as the whole trip was planned on her reliving her favorite experiences when we had a...More

Thank Karen A
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We go here every time we are in the area. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the ambiance and the breeze. I had the spinach enchiladas and loved them! They have generous portions and friendly service, plus free chips and salsa. Give this gem...More

1  Thank Anaundda E
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We went on Monday evening, July 3rd, around 7:30 and the restaurant did not appear to be busy. There were four of us and we were seated promptly. We were served water fairly quickly but did not see our waitress for 20 minutes. Our order...More

Thank moakamom
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner. Our server was very friendly and the food came out pretty quickly. The food on my plate was like warm. My enchiladas had rubbery tasting flour tortillas. That was a new taste experience for me. Black beans and rice could have been...More

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Nice service and good food at reasonable prices. Restaurant feels cosy and the setup is similar to a southern European mid 90s restaurant. Good Mexican food and nice appetisers.

Thank Steve E
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by here for lunch and I was blown away by how good the food was and I'm hard to please when it comes to Mexican food. The chili relleno was the best I've ever had. And the cheese enchilada was also delicious. I'm...More

Thank Nan555
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Bicycling is one of the best ways to experience the views and variety of Lake Tahoe. Nestled on the southeastern shore only a short two mile bike ride from the heart of central South Lake Tahoe sits the Cantina restaurant. For cyclists taking the bike...More

Thank AuburnEagleTraveler
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)
  • Phone Number: +1 530-544-1233
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