Cantina
Cantina

Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 02380220500
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 04:00PM,
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 04:00PM - 09:30PM; Thursday - Saturday: 04:00PM - 10:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Sebastian Francik
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located very close (30 second walk) to London Road which has numerous bus routes that run directly to and from Southampton city center. Also we are only a short walk from Southamton Central station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located on Bedford place road in Southampton where we have street parking right outside our restaurant. Alternately there are 2 large car parks within a couple of minutes walk.
A word from Cantina
Cantina was the city of Southampton's original Mexican restaurant. Our much loved neighborhood Cantina is a firm favourite amongst our army of loyal Amigos, for its rustic charm, freshly prepared authentic Mexican food and laid back atmosphere.
Celebrating ten years of being at the heart of the Bedford Place buzzing bar and restaurant community, we've marked this milestone with a new look that is respectful to our status as a firm favourite on the local dining scene.
The striking new decor, and vibrant atmosphere along with our brand new menu make Cantina one you definitely do not want to miss.
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Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating4
  • Food3.5
    Service3
  • Ambience4.5
    Value3.5
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (2)fit for foodies (1)group bookings (1)outstanding value (1)Show More
  • Lovely Start to Evening
    Jayne
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Met with friends prior to going to theatre so we were on a deadline. Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Drinks arrived promptly. Food was lovely, tasty and nice and hot and good value for money. Lovely atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The quality of the food was
    IanM
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    The quality of the food was excellent but the portions were not e.g. the Fajitas were mostly pepper with a little chicken and while very tasty a little disappointing. Service was OK but in spite of asking for a leisurely dinner was rushed even though the restaurant was only about 25% full. Again in spite of asking for coffee after desert it arrived before desert and we had to send it away.
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  • Although the food was good
    Michaela
    Dined on 20/9/2013
    Although the food was good at La Cantina the service was absolutely shocking.We had to ask if our drinks could be brought over after seeing them be sat on the bar for about ten minutes. Then no one wanted to clear our plates, when someone finally appeared to clear our plates we were asked if we would like to see the dessert menu we informed the waitress we still hadn't had our main course. Overall the staff did not seem to know what was going on.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIce food
    RussellCox
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Nice food...service a little slow but very pleasant and welcoming....but overall nice experience...would definitely go again
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  • needs improvement on Main course
    southamptontaster1
    Dined on 24/6/2013
    Starter tasts great but main course needs improvements.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mexican as it should be
    Aplant
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Went in a saturday evening, the restaurant was full. Excellent food, really good value. Staff are friendly and attentive. I would go back.
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    disabled access, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not faddy food good and wholesome
    FOODYJANE
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    something for everybody I reckon, I had the calamari salad as was on a diet and it was the most fresh wonderful salad I have had for ages, and my friends who had not been before love there food to and thought the atmosphere was amazing..the staff were friendly and warm...would go again
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Lovely Food
    Emz1
    Dined on 26/4/2013
    Not been to Cantina for a while and so glad we did, food was lovely better than before! Only minor issue was our table of was next to the front door so every time it opened we felt the cold come through.
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  • Cantina Cantina
    Tuscanreview
    Dined on 20/4/2013
    Great evening out, very hospitable staff and friendly atmosphere
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great mexican
    Dobber
    Dined on 18/4/2013
    The food was great value, Thursday night fajita nigh twith cocktails and nachos all for £12, Service was quick so ideal if going pre theatre,
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    disabled access, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Quick & simple lunch. All
    wikthor
    Dined on 19/3/2013
    Quick & simple lunch. All was great value, and awesomely good service. Would definitely recommend for lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    slewis100
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Fantastic quality Mexican food, so reasonably priced, perfectly cooked and a lovely environment. We have been coming here for nearly 5 years. Highly recommend it!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    Sharon
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Excellent service and food to celebrate a family birthday
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & great value
    Charlotte1357
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    It was my first time eating here and certainly would again! The chicken fajitas were the best I've had and the cocktails were very tasty too! All food was presented amazingly. Would definitely recommend.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious mexican
    gingerella88
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    Lovely food, I really enjoyed the burritos and nachos that I had, and great cocktails. Helpful servers and great atmosphere, I would come back!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Good Food
    Daisy
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    The meal was very reasonable on price and the atmosphere was good and so was the food. The service maybe a little slow for some peoples liking but for us it was just right giving a nice space between courses.
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    outstanding value
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  • Great food, they forgot us though !
    Foodienomes
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Great meal although I think they may have double booked our table and we got shoved on a small table at the bar! Having complained twice we were finally moved but still stuck out of the way! Main meal was Delicious though and a friendly waitress made the experience better from the bad start.
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    special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Date Night
    Middle14
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We decided to go for a first date here as we are both fans of Mexican food and have been in the past. The great atmosphere helped relax any tension and helped the evening go perfectly. Our indecision with our ordering was greeted with good humour our waitress, which resulted in us spending the best part of 3 hours there. The food was amazing, and the wine was also great, and for 3 courses and a bottle of wine, the bill was a pleasant surprise. Overall, great food, great atmosphere, great value - would definitely recommend!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, service slow
    eatsoutalot
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Me and my 2 friends had a meal here on a Saturday night so we expected it to be busy. We all had starters and 2 of ours came, 5 minutes later and the third was still missing. By the time the 2 of us had finished ours the third one was finally brought out which was ashame as we didn't have them at the same time. Mains were nice but we were left waiting for over 10 minutes for our bill which we had to remind the waiter we'd asked for, Overall we enjoyed it but we could have had 15 minutes extra in the club after had we not been left waiting!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican!
    Debbiesilv
    Dined on 30/1/2013
    Really good food and service,swapped dessert when my friend didnt like her choice!Starters v nice,nice tapas style and good heat levels!
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor all round
    mikenlinz
    Dined on 19/1/2013
    Firstly our whole party of 10 were struggling to breathe and the place is extremelly stuffy. The drinks took nearly 10 mins each time we ordered The waitress put a wine glass on my fork and rather than moving it just let me try and catch it from going anywhere. As there were so many of us the tip was included fair enough but it worked out we'd given a further 10 on top of this while we were counting. The waitress whilst stood waiting for us to pay i might add lent over took it whilst we were still calculating. We had to ask for the 10 back and she tried not to give it. We love mexican food but wont be returning here again
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  • So tasty
    katienev
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    I don't normally choose to eat Mexican food but this was some of the most flavoursome, colourful and tastiest food I've had in a long time. The service was excellent. It wad a birthday meal and they offered a complimentary dessert which they selected and it was the perfect choice! It was very relaxed and chilled. I will definitely go again and even signed up to their loyalty scheme.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    FuseyVeggie
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Lovely visit to Cantina. Staff were attentive, polite and knowledgeable. Menu was excellent with plenty of vegetarian options. Service of food was prompt and starters, mains and puds were all excellent sized portions and yummy. We will return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restuarant
    Emily
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Spotted a 25% off voucher on voucher cloud and thought we'd give it a try. Lovely food and great Sangria. Staff were really friendly
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made his birthday!
    WillComeAgain
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    I booked a table for me and my partner as it was his birthday. We dont get out very often due to having a One year old son, so wanted to try somewhere different. It was our first experience at Cantina and it was brilliant! The food was outstanding, it was very good service, the staff were friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. I have rang family members and told them all to come here! Best restaurant in Southampton, thanks guys :)
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    business meals, group bookings, good vegetarian options, brunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have done better........
    Chivs
    Dined on 26/10/2012
    We found the ambience and service at La Cantina very good but we were disappointed with the food. When my vegetarian son was given a meat dish, in error, and girlfriend's meal was found to be cold in the centre, the staff were very apologetic and provided replacement meals for both. However, our son had to eat solo, as the rest of the party had finished their meals by the time his was served and was compensated with a small beer. At the time, we didn't complain but on reflection we feel it would have been good for customer relations to have offered us a complimentary bottle of wine or desserts. I guess that if you don't ask, you don't get!
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  • Amazing choices!
    lovemexican
    Dined on 26/10/2012
    The food was so good, and there was so much! I had a gorgeous beef burrito and there was no chance I could finish it, so lovely! Waiter was very attentive, money well spent. Will be coming back for sure.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but bland food
    Nomnomnom
    Dined on 26/10/2012
    I really liked the decor, atmosphere and staff, just the food was a massive let down. As a group of friends, we opted for the tapas style dining for a more sociable meal, as such we managed to get a sample of a variety of different dishes that were on offer. However, the story was the same with almost every dish. It was very bland and not what you would expect from Mexican food which is known for its various exotic flavours and spicy kicks. Unfortunately, food being the main reason you go to a restaurant, I can't recommend eating here despite being a great place in all other departments.
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  • COLD
    Enjoysgoodfood87
    Dined on 20/10/2012
    bad food all round, cold starter and unedible main meal, the chilli n lime steak strips were that tough even my steak knife could not cut through it !!!!!!! Couldn't wait for bill to come so we could leave.
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  • Awesome!
    G316
    Dined on 20/10/2012
    Me and my work friends had a great time. You also have a great team working for you!!! Thanks Guys.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I picked Cantina off a list
    YumMum
    Dined on 13/10/2012
    I picked Cantina off a list of places close to the Mayflower:we all enjoys Mexican/Texmex food. Cantina goes beyond the predictable nachos, burritos and Fajitas, with some really tasty and imaginative dishes. A good selection of starter/tapas dishes includes crispy little taquitos stuffed with sweet potato, chill and goat cheese. My main course was 'huevos rancheros'. was a rich stew with beans, root veg with tortilla chips and topped with fried egg. My son's fajitas were fabulous, with tender pink steak and fab home made salsa.Desserts were great;churros and chocolate, hot fried ice cream chimichanga and sopapillas,light sweet 'taco chips' with honey and vanilla cream were heaven! We would go again, and recommend la Cantina to friends.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    nickyd33
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    We had a lovely evening meal in Cantina Southampton, but felt to complete the whole Mexican atmosphere it would have been nice to have some traditional Mexican or Salsa music playing in the background :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to see a "veganised" menu!
    PurpCob
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    As vegans, we are used to having to ask lots of questions to ensure that meals are suitable. Cantina have helpfully "veganised" a menu by crossing out all none suitable items, making choosing our food that much easier. We enjoyed some very tasty fajitas and a lovely pitcher of cocktail.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never return!!
    Star
    Dined on 1/9/2012
    Food was reasonable (not worth the price) service was standard nothing to talk about!! I was extremely disappointed as I had a voucher from Boucher cloud that expired the day I was in the restaurant but I was advised that it couldn't be used as it was no longer on the system!! This was totally out of order as I had a voucher in my hand that was clearly in date but they refused to offer it to me!!! Also my partner burnt his hand on the fajita dish we were not warned that the wooden part of the dish was piping hot and when asked to aid his burnt hand the waiter wasn't bothered and just offered ice!! It was quite a bad burn! All in all I will never return and not recommend it to anyone and be making a formal complaint!!
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  • Superb
    Matthewandhayley
    Dined on 1/9/2012
    We had a table booked for 19:15 and arrived early but were early but they seated us straight away, the food was amazing if anything the starters were too big as we couldn't eat our mains so my only advice is go for the nachos and share them! We had Hannah serving us and she was great. In all we had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday meal
    Birthdayboy
    Dined on 17/8/2012
    Had a very nice birthday meal with good service and great food, even got my meal for free!
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  • The staffs were friendly.
    Betty
    Dined on 23/6/2012
    The staffs were friendly. The service was fantastic, and the food was so yummy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here
    Gazza
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    My first visit here has been good. The food is good and well cooked, the staff are un-intrusive but readily available and it has a nice mexican atmosphere.
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    business meals, brunch, outstanding value, afternoon tea
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  • Went to La Cantina in Southampton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Went to La Cantina in Southampton in honour of Cinco de Mayo. We were the only ones there to partake of the 3-for-2 tapas offer from 3:00 - 6:00, but the restaurant had a laid-back vibe that put us at ease. The waiter was exactly attentive enough, the food was standard but well done and satisfying, and the cocktails refreshing.
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  • Myself and my partner have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 28/4/2012
    Myself and my partner have dined here several times and always had a great experience however we were really disappointed on this occasion as we had to wait over an hour for our starters. We were booked in for 6 as we has to be at the guild hall for 7.30 but at 7.05 we had to complain. Once we got our food it was very nice but it did make us late and changed the mood slightly.
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