Los Charros Cantina

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150 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Chef Colt Taylor of The Essex Restaurant is excited to bring the shoreline Los Charros Cantina, an homage to authentic Mexican street food. With a simple approachable Kids Menu, and a wide array of spirits, Los Charros serves as the perfect place for a family outing or a girls night out. Bringing his love of the authenticity and spice of traditional regional Mexican Cuisine in the style of a refined taqueria that respects the heritage of all 7 regions of the food centric country. Layering is the cornerstone of flavors from salsas to moles, proper organic heirloom corn from Oaxaca, and a true respect for the peppers and cheeses of the regions. This fun and casual new concept will be served in the open kitchen, bar room, and newly added al fresco dining area of the current space. You’ll find Los Charros through the rear entrance of the building, where the entrance for The Essex is found through the stone front vestibule.
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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is great and the atmosphere is lively! We will return.

A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here several times and always enjoy the food and atmosphere. This time we brought out-of-town visitors and they loved their meal (we shared tacos, beans, rice, chips and salsa flight) and margaritas. Churros were enjoyed by the others for dessert and I ordered the flan for myself.

The flan was a good individual size portion, but it did not look fresh, the consistency vas strange—not smooth and with congealed pieces throughout. Also, when I spooned up some of the caramel at the bottom, there was such a strong taste of salt, it made it even more unappealing.

I was very disappointed, but did not want to spoil the otherwise very enjoyable dinner/evening by complaining to our server, so I just decided to give up on it.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was beautifully presented but had no flavor. I ordered the oyster tacos and there was 1 small oyster and 1 thin slice of avocado per taco. That was pretty lean for a $ 15 price tag.

K
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have had many good dinners & drinks here. Definitely get a margarita, the flight of salsa & guacamole. I usually get the soft tacos which are small, but good. This time I got the taco salad with shrimp. The shrimp was yummy, the salad part and dressing could have been better. Great vibe if you sit in the right place. Definitely ask to be in the main room. The desserts are yummy.

WB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food in a lively setting!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date spot, they workers are super nice and food came out relatively fast. Loved our salsa flight and the person who told us about it was very knowledgeable. 10/10 dinner place, will definitely come back.

WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased by our first visit to Los Charros Cantina. What a fun experience. The food was truly delicious, from the Salsa Flight, to the variety of Taco options, and ending with Tres Leche and Fried Churros. We'll definitely go back.

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a gem! Our Server, Chelsi, was absolutely fantastic, especially on a very busy Saturday night.

CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is imaginative and always great. The service is friendly and efficient. The ambiance is a bit trendy with a sophisticated edge. .Overall a great vibe and a great dining experience.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, lively atmosphere! Amazing food, delicious drinks and great music! The chef was very accommodating to food allergies as well!

PM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end Mexican cuisine served in a festive and friendly environment. Their SEVEN types of salsa were fabulous!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! The new menu is great. The mojito tacos are amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Debbie was our waitress and boy does she makes it fun!!! She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the menu and a true professional! The food is super fresh, delicious and I look forward to going back!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great drinks. Debbie is the best server there.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with another couple and all four of us were crazy about the food and ambiance. We were lucky to get Debby as our waitress because her advice on what to order was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. We love this place.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite family restaurant. Delish and interesting for adults, accommodating for kids.

G
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance! Loved the fun atmosphere...
Food was very good :)

KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun atmosphere. Vibrant. Definitely need to put this on your list if you have not been there. Bar has great drinks, food is terrific. Love the attached sister restaurant for fine dining-The Essex. (quieter,, gourmet food)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable, ingredients were very fresh. Authentic and unique menu. May seem a little pricey, but it’s obvious why. The quality of the food they serve is like nothing around here. Will definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Amazing!

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

Birthday - nice quiet and unique experience.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican restaurant I have been to in my entire life! Oh my god this place was amazing! The atmosphere, the food, the staff absolutely INCREDIBLEEEEE

l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love the food! Best Mexican fare in the area! Great margaritas! Visit at least once a week, and can't wait to come back. Only negative is it is a little noisy, so request a table toward the sides or out on the patio.

HV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant wait to visit again-
Best guacamole and chips...
Loved the Salsa sampler as well-

AM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved it and will be back! Service exceptional!

SR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ! The owner and chef is amazing . Quite frankly I’ve never met a niceer owner and chef . Amazing Atmosphere and amazing food. Also try the Essex in the front of Cantina

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Sherry Rizza, I am at a loss. You had a $170 bill. $150 minus the kids for 3 people to have 11 cocktails and dinner. Yes chips are typically free, when they bring in inexpensive mass produced frozen remade chips. We bring in organic non gmo heirloom corn from Oaxaca, make tortillas and 7 different salsas fresh, and make chips daily from that. We charge $4. Perhaps you wrote this review while still drunk?

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YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed with our experience here after having read a very good review. The food was mediocre and the noise level was deafening. And a Mexican restaurant that doesn’t serve Mexican beer appears to have some management issues.

SF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and unique menu at Los Charros. Great drink and dessert selection as well. It's quite lively there, but the staff are great and overall it's one of our favorite restaurants on the CT shoreline!

MH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The staff was friendly and service was good although there were a couple errors. Like my son ordered the fish dinner and got the fish tacos which we had to send back and wait for his meal to be made. The place was a little noisy and temp was warm inside. We enjoyed the guacamole and chips. Loved the idea of a flight of salsas so we got that. Although out of 7 salsas only 3-4 had a worthwhile flavor. The food was tasty but portions are definitely small. And two tuna tacos are $14 served with nothing on the side? Not even a scoop of rice? I had the margarita of the day which was tangerine- blindfolded you would say it was delicious but not tangerine. The place was good but not so sure it’s great.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Don’t get the Brussels sprout tacos. The sprouts are so fried they are unrecognizable and then drenched in a syrupy sugary sauce. My stomach is a wreck. Had to take medicine when I got home. The guacamole also tasted sweet. So strange. My husband didn’t like his chicken either. Disappointing. Won’t return.

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 15 July 2019

Chelsi, your server, she said that you were very satisfied with your meal and did not voice any complaint and ate everything on your plates. Tastes are subjective, however had you given your server the opportunity to replace your dish of the KOREAN INSPIRED SPICED HONEY crispy Brussels as listed, we would have happily done so. your review is the reason the system is broken. food borne illnesses do not set in in 2 hours, they take 12-24 hours to exhibit symptoms. not 2 hours. because SCIENCE

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e
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to Los Charros. 🥰 food is excellent and service is great.

MC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The sangria wasn't great but everything else was. We are old and wanted to chat, so our waiter found a slightly quieter corner for us and it was perfect.

S
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails, food and service were great and we would return when in the area again.
Tequila Old Fashion was different and good as was the Sangria.
Was disappointed at the small selection of Mexican beer but not a big deal.
Lobster tacos & chorizo tacos were both great as were the shishito peppers.
For dessert we had the churro beignets and they were awesome.

RP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and drink. Noisy. Great value. One of only a few with good Mexican style salsas.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The place is so cute. The food is amazing. Very authentic and just so yummy. Smaller portions but you will fill up by getting an appetizer of their amazing chips and salsa flight or chips and guacamole. The service staff really goes out of their way to recommend good items and tell you all you need to know about the food. They cater to all allergies and dietary restrictions (i’m Vegetarian). It’s a great place with great food and drinks and I would 100% keep coming back.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good Mexican meal before the show at the Ivoryton.

NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating waitress! Fast service. Good food n drinks.

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food; reasonably priced; excellent service; festive ambiance; noise level due to music, too loud, hard to converse with people at our table

JV
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent wait staff. Will definitely be coming back.

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