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101 Cantina

Mexican, Bar, Pub
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1632 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603-1840
+1 352-283-8883
11:00 - 02:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

With a bar inside and outside, you have a good choice of scenery. I've never eaten here, but the people I was with said their food was good. Overall it's a central location to have a good time with friends!!

Thank adamsrod
Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

The focus of this restaurant is the drinks. It is mainly a bar that also serves food. It has all the prerequisites that one might expect in a college bar, for instance, sticky floors, dirty tables and no paper towels in the bathroom. The food was ok. The atmosphere is fun with loud music and young people everywhere, just don't... More 

Thank Beth W
Gainesville, Florida
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Cheap drinks, good atmosphere, awesome staff. All in all it's a common stop for just about any time I'm in midtown, and an absolute must-hit for Sunday fundays in Gainesville. Cantina can be many things depending on which day and what time you attend. The music is almost always on point. During the days when it's not too crowded, the... More 

Thank Brad S
Ormond Beach, United States
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

If you are looking for a quick bite for lunch & like a young crowd, liquor & loud music, this is the stop for you! You can eat outside in the front or back, as well as eat inside. The food is just average but the service was excellent. A fun college town stop.

Thank Ericka M
Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

Fun college town restaurant with a large outdoor area. I ordered the Cabo Wabo rolls and the buffalo chicken taco. Those were great! The salsa was flavorful, but I prefer it to be hotter. Service was good. There's no kids menus so the kids ended up with gigantic burritos. Otherwise all good and we'd definitely be back.

Thank WPMagicJourneys
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

Was in Gainesville for business this past Monday and was in the mood for some tacos. I passed by cantina and decided to head in and check them out. Though their chicken tacos were okay their drinks and queso were delicious. The bartender, Picco suggested her favorite drink, a guava mojito. It was just right. Will go back there for... More 

1 Thank Mgvelasquez
Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014

Was in town for a football game (Go Gamecocks :-) ) and stopped here before the game. Nice atmosphere, beautiful servers/bar tenders that were friendly. Had a nice bar outside in the back but was a little chilly so we stayed inside. The food looked good and ended up being a little better than expected. Definitely a spot to check... More 

1 Thank Willie T
Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

let me start off by saying this place is the real deal! Gameday is awesome, and the service was incredible. the food is great and the drinks were even better. this is a GO-TO place if you're visiting gainesville for sure. Everytime i'm in gainesville i will be stopping by to grab a beer and a bite.

1 Thank msmitty1
Maple Grove, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Living in MN good Tex-Mex is hard to find. Fortunately, my gf lives in Gainesville and took me to 101 Cantina for a 'Tex-Mex Tuesdaze' as she calls it. Very good food, wonderful atmosphere for young crowd, very reasonable prices, awesome service! Definitely try it if you're in for some Tex-Mex.

Thank pavan_206
Sarasota, Florida
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

A small place on University Ave, easy walking distance from campus. I've been several times for a quick dinner after class, and this is one of my favorites. The small, tapas style tacos are great, 3 is enough for me, 4 if I'm really hungry! My favorite is the "Senior Feesh", a spicy fish taco. With each taco costing between... More 

Thank Maizegirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 15
Mexican, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1632 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603-1840
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-283-8883
101 Cantina is a Mod-Mex Restaurant and tequila bar. Featuring full service lunch, dinner, and late-night menus, 101 Cantina is a chic addition to the mid-town area

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?