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La Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Takeaway

2.6 out of 5 2.6/5 from 8 reviews (add your opinion)

72 Commercial Street
Edinburgh
EH6 6LX

Phone: 0131 538 0022

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: Yes
Delivery: No

Opening Hours:
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5 from lag (12%) on January 4th, 2008 (11 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

The food in this place is superb, you must go and try the stews. Also some of the deserts are to die for...

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5 from kelli smillie (12%) on January 30th, 2008 (11 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

This is truly one of my favourite restaurants at the moment, the food and service is really nice.

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1 from andrew (12%) on July 1st, 2009 (10 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

Went on Sunday night. Very poor service - had to complain about the wrong drinks, wrong food and the bill was wrong. Staff's English was very poor. Service took ages. Had the nachos - as others have said, they were very plain. £45 for a meal for 2. Would not go again and would not recommend.

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5 from David (12%) on July 26th, 2009 (9 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

Have just been for a Sunday afternoon meal with family (five adults and one child). The Mexican staff are a delight (I'd like to hear Andrew's Spanish! - See review from 01/07/09). Starters, Mains and Drinks (including a bottle of Wine, 2 Coronas, 3 Vodka and Cokes and 3 cocktails and coffee) came to £125 which about £20 cheaper than going to a chain like Chiquitos for food which is of a much better quality. We have been to La Cantina a few times (both when it was El Mariachi and since its change of management) and have never been disappointed.

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2 from Gail (12%) on August 9th, 2009 (9 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

I had been here before and had loved it so suggested going there when meeting up with a friend.

The starter was nachos, which was a very small portion but nice all the same. For the main course I ordered Vegetarian Chimichanga but received what looked like a burrito. As it looked okay dedided not to make a fuss. However when I cut in to it I found that it had chicken in it. I raised this with a waiter who noted that there was vegetables in it too!!! As a strict vegetarian this is not what I wanted to here, He reluctantly took it away and replaced it with a veggie alternative 15 minutes later when my friend had finished her meal. Night ruined would be reluctant to visit again.

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2 from Gemalias (12%) on July 27th, 2010 (8 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

I was going to leave a review taking into consideration the price of the food however I find that whatever you order it is completely overpriced for what they charge.

I've ordered from here twice and on both occasions it has been a disappointment. The delivery took 1:30 on the first occasion for a burrito and on the second occasion 1:25. Staff seem polite however not particularly familiar with customer service. Chefs on the other hand must be pretty incompetent to make a simple burrito or burger... Tasteless, overcooked, badly proportioned, very very under seasoned (if at all)... Coming from a chef who actually quite enjoys Mexican food on my day off I'm sad to say this is the worst Mexican I've been to in Edinburgh. Actually, some of the worst service and food I've had in Edinburgh, especially considering the price. A for effort, sort of FAIL for actual execution.

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1 from TDK1 (7%) on June 20th, 2009 (10 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

I had a bad experience at this restaurant. My wife and I went there for a Saturday night meal. It didn’t bode well to start with as it was practically empty, which isn't a good sign for a restaurant as it means customers are not going there. I now know why this is. We ordered drinks to start which arrived late and my beer was given to me in chipped glass.

We both started with Calamari and of course you need to get this cooked just right, they didn’t. They could not cook it properly and it was overdone. Both of us did not finish it. Our tortilla chips I think were Sainsbury’s basic range at 7p a bag and boy did they taste like it - totally flavourless.

Clearly struggling and cutting their costs and buying in cheap supplies. The main courses arrived; I ordered a simple chicken fillet, in a Cancum sauce. The chicken was overcooked and totally rubbery and the sauce had separated and was bland. My wife ordered the Aubergine Bake, the aubergine should have a little bite to it however like the chicken it was overcooked. We also wondered if they had bothered to add any basil to the tomato and basil sauce, because we couldn’t taste any. To top it all, when I visited the toilet, the issue of keeping the toilets clean were being ignored - they were beyond filthy.

We can’t tell you what the deserts were like as we paid the bill and left. A good night spoilt in our opinion. The service and the food were both bad. It's a poor quality imitation of a Mexican restaurant. Not recommended.

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1 from katemc (7%) on April 25th, 2010 (9 years ago)

La Cantina, 72 Commercial Street, EH6 6LX, Edinburgh

I have never had such an awful restaurant experience in my life.

My friend and I entered the restaurant on a busy Saturday evening. The waiter informed us we may have to wait a while for our mains, which of course we would expect with the place bustling. An HOUR later our food arrived. I pointed out that we had not received our starter, but not to worry - just remove it from the bill. I then noticed my chicken Caesar salad was nothing like a chicken Caesar salad. It was the wrong lettuce, no croutons and had cucumber, onion and tomato thrown in. I was informed that that is the chef's variation of a chicken Caesar salad, despite what the menu clearly describes. Unwilling to wait for another dish I ate most of the salad. My friend however thought her chicken burrito was fantastic until she began eating it and discovered bones and skin. So put off by that she ate none and picked at the nachos (the missing starter that suddenly appeared).

It was a further 45 minutes before our plates were cleared and we had an opportunity to speak to somebody about the food. I thought at the time that the gentleman in question was perhaps the owner or manager. He was dressed very smartly, apologised sincerely, spoke to the chef and informed us that something would be removed from our bill. I thanked him heartily and was relieved that I had managed to voice my complaint as I find that a very hard thing to do.

The full price bill was slipped on to our table and like fools, we sat there, waiting for the revised bill, not wanting to bother anybody else.

Sometime later we eventually put our coats on and made our way to a man running the bills into a cash register. He charged the full price, refusing to listen when I tried to explain that we had been offered something off the bill due to the burrito. He claimed that the man who said that was just a friend and could not alter the bill. He would not listen to what our complaints were with the food. He was very aggressive, threw a menu towards me and threatened to call the police. He was adamant that we were "at it" and and shouted just "pay I'm busy". We paid and left the restaurant feeling embarrassed and angry.

The whole awful experienced lasted over 2 hours.

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