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El Cantarito Restaurant

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120 W Santa Fe Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5632
+1 714-528-6090
07:00 - 21:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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149 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is the bomb! Had menudo which was one of the best I've had. It was perfectly hot, the tripe was soft and the corn kernels were the perfect consistency - chewy and soft but not too soft. I also had a carne asada and carnitas tacos and I'm coming back tomorrow for Taco Tuesday. They had the most... More 

Thank Sarah J
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

In the area on business and found this restaurant online. The reviews were outstanding so I gave it a try. The gentleman who seated me was very friendly and attentive, ensuring I got my drink and chips... Checking back often. My waitress was nice if not a tad curt. I ordered the huevos rancheros (breakfast items served all day). It... More 

Thank HalotusMargotAssayer
Placentia, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

This restaurant serves the best authentic Mexican food in Placentia. The tacos,chili rellenos,carnitas burritos are wonderful. It always makes you feel good when the staff treats you like old friends. Lupe and all the waitresses are so friendly. Their albondigas soup is terrific too. My friends go there a lot for breakfast and have cinnamon coffee.

Thank auntie9a
Santa Ana, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The food is really good. Some of my recommendations would be the Chili Rellenos and their shrimp cocktail. Haven't been disappointed with any meal I've had there. Service is very friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere is cozy. What more could you want. Oh yes they are very reasonably priced!

Thank MacHolmes
Orange County, California
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

We first started visiting El Cantarito several years ago for breakfast. We now eat breakfast here probably once every two weeks on Saturday mornings. We literally had no idea they had a killer Taco Tuesday day until maybe six weeks ago. Now we started coming here for Taco Tuesday as well! All to say, Lupita is our go-to waitress but... More 

Thank Bryan Z
Placentia, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This place has been around for quite a long time, while other restaurants come and go, this place serves Mexican food in the traditional side with large portions. I love to order their soup (Caldo). Try out you wont be disappointed. No frills , just great food.

Thank Bay59
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

I came a cross this little place by accident. It's cozy and very traditional. The food is great. However I have only place orders to go. Never have sat down to ear there. For customer service is a little on the minus side ( at least for take out). Once we were standing at the counter for over 7 minutes... More 

Thank Roxana R
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We love this place! It's our favorite local Mexican restaurant. Good food, very affordable, friendly and efficient staff. They also cater events, and we had them cater our wedding reception. Try the Taco Tuesdays.

Thank Paul H
Brea, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

I once asked a Mexican buddy of mine" How come there are a million Mexican restaurants in the LA Orange Co. area and so very few good ones?" A friend of mine invited me here. Boy what a gem! Unpretentious, with great service and way above average food to boot! Best tacos in town, great chile relleno, very good fajitas,... More 

Thank belmarduk
Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

What a find! I was craving some authentic Mexican food and headed to old town Placentia. I first approached El Farolito and the line forming down the sidewalk made my choice for me to keep driving down Bradford. I ended up looking up places on Yelp and there stood El Cantarito. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W Santa Fe Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5632
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Placentia
  • Phone Number: +1 714-528-6090

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?