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) #157 of 325 Restaurants in Lake Tahoe (California) ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican,
765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
+1 530-544-1233
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible6%
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Mexican, Southwestern
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We go here every time we are in the area. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the ambiance and the breeze. I had the spinach enchiladas and loved them! They have generous portions and friendly service, plus free chips and salsa. Give this gem...More

1  Thank Anaundda E
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We went on Monday evening, July 3rd, around 7:30 and the restaurant did not appear to be busy. There were four of us and we were seated promptly. We were served water fairly quickly but did not see our waitress for 20 minutes. Our order...More

Thank moakamom
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner. Our server was very friendly and the food came out pretty quickly. The food on my plate was like warm. My enchiladas had rubbery tasting flour tortillas. That was a new taste experience for me. Black beans and rice could have been...More

Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Nice service and good food at reasonable prices. Restaurant feels cosy and the setup is similar to a southern European mid 90s restaurant. Good Mexican food and nice appetisers.

Thank Steve E
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by here for lunch and I was blown away by how good the food was and I'm hard to please when it comes to Mexican food. The chili relleno was the best I've ever had. And the cheese enchilada was also delicious. I'm...More

Thank Nan555
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Bicycling is one of the best ways to experience the views and variety of Lake Tahoe. Nestled on the southeastern shore only a short two mile bike ride from the heart of central South Lake Tahoe sits the Cantina restaurant. For cyclists taking the bike...More

Thank AuburnEagleTraveler
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Came on a Saturday night and had quick service. Generous portions and our chips and crispy tacos were not greasy.

Thank MaNPaM
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Living in South Lake Tahoe, we have visited the restaurant many times. I have to say that the portions are good size and they do have a variety of items available. The have an excellent Monday night special menu for around $8.00 with the same...More

Thank FosterMT
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A local place good for lunch or dinner. A huge menu so something for everyone. I was disappointed with their chips (not fresh made for sure). Service was excellent. It's a big place so seating was fast on a Friday night.

Thank ReneeC08
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We ate at the end of a rush so almost no one was there. The greeter and server were both extremely congenial and friendly. We didn't feel as if we were a bother in their day. Excellent chips and mild salsa arrived quickly. The chips...More

Thank xath
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 765 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150-6500
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)
  • Phone Number: +1 530-544-1233
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