La Villita Cantina

4.3
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31 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
La Villita Cantina is located in the Franklin Village neighborhood in Hollywood. The menu is classic Mexican cuisine featuring both traditional preparations and an extensive Vegan & Vegetarian focus. La Villita Cantina takes great pride in it's exceptional collection of Tequilas and Mezcals. This list has a focus on quality, value and extravagance to suit the needs of all Tequila enthusiasts.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jensen is an amazing server. So attentive and always has a smile. The food is delicious and I love the atmosphere! Highly recommend!

SS
London
22 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The tostada salad had barely a tablespoon of chicken in it.

m
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Their service is not very good despite it not being very busy. They made a mistake on the bill to top it off!

M
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We stopped into the restaurant during the Ciclavia event. Worthy. Plus we wanted to help a local business since the event may have affected their business.
The food was good. We had tacos and the mango salad. The salad actually was quite tasty and I would try to make it at home.
The margaritas were ok. And the same for the Paloma cocktail.
Service was good, but the place was empty at 1:00. Probably because of the street closure in front of the establishment.
Worth a try. Reasonably priced.

B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks for the lovely dinning experience.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A really good spot.

s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome drinks and food in a fun atmosphere.

ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend dinner!

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service and good Mexican food, nice menu selection, fun environment, interesting drinks menu!

v
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tried this new place in my neighborhood and discovered a little gem! Service and food was fantastic. The only suggestion I would have to management is it’s way too bright inside. We had a 9pm reservation and it was like cafeteria lighting. Turn down the lights, put some candles on the tables and we’ll be loyal customers.

I
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

What an opportunity to create a great Mexican dining experience in this neighborhood. What a fail. The food was edible at best. This could be SO much better. We won't be going back.

KL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come for the el Coche Fantastico Margarita's & Cauliflower taco's! Y.U.M.!

EE
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, food and top-notch margaritas. Need to Uber/Lyft as parking is limited. I like that it has high ceilings and great ambiance.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In KA for a conference

GF
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m never disappointed with the food at La Villita. My most recent trip for Friday dinner included the carnitas enchilada platter and chicken adobo fajitas. Both come with beans and rice, are well seasoned and absolutely delicious. Their quesadillas are great too. My only criticism is they do not give chips and salsa with the meal unless you pay $6 for them and an order of guacamole is pricey at $11. It’s still a wonderful place.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reservation and customer service was great! Food was very good.
Special occasion, so we ordered margaritas. They were very bad. Not much flavor, not good drinks.

L
Los Angeles
193 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The interior setting is lovely, the food was OK, but the service was pretty bad. Took a long time to get our food and the servers, etc. were not very interested.

BM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The servers were fantastic and the place was super cute. Food was good too.

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan options! Delicious margaritas. Wonderful ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great wait staff. The only problem is that it was very difficult to hear each other, even the person sitting next to me.

h
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fresh food! Amazing service from Andrew & fellow staff. Such a great night all around! Thank you!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here with friends and it was amazing! Great service, beautiful space and an entire vegetarian menu!! Will definitely be back!

PS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I want to like La Villita, but the food just is not that great, and neither are the drinks. The staff are super nice. The place is pretty. But the chips are light to the point of no flavor. My smoked chicken enchiladas were pleasant but the flavors were not that great all together. The margarita seemed watered down. The tres leches cake was delicious but the flan was too heavy. For a Saturday night it wasn’t busy. If they could get the flavors right they just might make it.

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not impressed. Food was mediocre. Rice and beans cold, only tacos were warm.

Place is trying to be hip but it was underwhelming. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and was hopeful. Sigh.

SC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Took an hour and a half to receive our overpriced food. We had it have it all wrapped to go because we were going to be late for our show. After leaving, noticed that 2 of the 7 meals ordered were wrong (1 missing). Awful!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Food doesn’t come in a good pairing size if you want more than just a main course. Our food came out luke warm; this includes the multiple appetizers, soups and entrees we ordered. Margaritas were watered down and the lime juice was over poured. Attempted to order another margarita and the jalapeño seeds made it unbearable to drink.

Asked the waitress for recommendations and vocalized concern that we were ordering too much but the waitress said that it was an okay amount of food. After eating the appetizers, soup and getting to main course I was unable to have more than a bite or two of my entree which was actually the best tasting but I had too much of the other courses. Really wish the waitress would’ve been able to recommend a better way to taste the menu.

VL
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, fresh, and the service was excellent. I'd come back here over and over!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious, especially the smoked chicken and clever use of pomegranate seeds as a refreshing punctuation. Drinks were unremarkable which is strange because we loved the drinks on our first visit. Different bartender? Our server was delightful and attentive which was a vast improvement over the first visit when we were seated and then abandoned for 20 minutes after our drinks were delivered. Noise level is crazy loud, especially when there’s a birthday party of drunk people on the other side of the restaurant. We almost had to shout to hear each other and Franklin Avenue seemed sedate by comparison when we left. We’ll go back, but we’ll bring earplugs next time. Pricey for what it is, too. But that’s dining in hipsterville for ya.

AS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Healthy Mexican in the neighborhood! Go early with kids and they have simple items and great chips, salsa and guacamole! Enjoyed the combination plates, and many options for vegan, veggie, meat lovers, and gluten free!

A
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at our new neighbourhood restaurant for brunch. Awesome menu options for us as vegetarians.
Great space - such a nice job on the design of this old space.

KM
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic, but margarita was just so-so. Decent service, and a very nice space. I’ll definitely go back!