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Cantina

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Mexican, Southwestern
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765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
+1 530-544-1233
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Minden, Nevada
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 improved if they were served warm. My wife's chimichanga was almost deep fried. Another new... More 

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Thank LV2KNOW
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108 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Fort Worth
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 not from here so I don't know much about Cal-Mex but this was as good... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 path from downtown to the bustling beach Camp Richardson, this is a perfect stop for... More 

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Northern California
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Came on a Saturday night and had quick service. Generous portions and our chips and crispy tacos were not greasy.

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Thank MaNPaM
South Lake Tahoe, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Living in South Lake Tahoe, we have visited the restaurant many times. I have to say that the portions are good size and they do have a variety of items available. The have an excellent Monday night special menu for around $8.00 with the same size portions. The bar is nice with several pub tables. Now for the service. EXCELLENT.... More 

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Thank FosterMT
SanFrancisco Bay Area
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279 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A local place good for lunch or dinner. A huge menu so something for everyone. I was disappointed with their chips (not fresh made for sure). Service was excellent. It's a big place so seating was fast on a Friday night.

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Thank ReneeC08
St. Petersburg, Florida
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94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We ate at the end of a rush so almost no one was there. The greeter and server were both extremely congenial and friendly. We didn't feel as if we were a bother in their day. Excellent chips and mild salsa arrived quickly. The chips seemed hot and fresh. The food also arrived on hot plates. We both got combination... More 

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Thank xath
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here for the last 40 years ! Always the same fantastic house salad with the house dressing! Great service! Great tacos chips and salsa and dinner meals!!

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Orinda, California
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

My friends and I go on a yearly trip to Tahoe to play some golf and then head to the Cantina for some food and drinks. We've done this every year for the past 4 years. Have to say, the quality of the food has gone down a bit. Everyone in the group noticed. Perhaps a new cook/chef that day?... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?