BLANCO Cantina

4.3
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328 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Latin American

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Casual
Fun
Offering casual dining for big appetites, over-the-top cocktails, and the hottest happy hour in the city (we call it #halfyhour) from 3-5pm and 9pm - close daily; we offer a mixture of booth & hightop seats indoors, and a 30 seat patio in the summer!

Blanco Cantina is the ultimate central spot for socializing and watching the game - we are always down to fiesta, whether you grab a quick bite or stay all night.
Our tequila & spirits collection is off the hook, with over 75 hand-selected choices.
We believe nachos should be as individual as you are, so build your own!
We love brunch (ahem, day drinking) so join us weekend & holiday from 11am - 3pm.
We have classic margaritas on the rocks, slushy concoctions, and a fun selection of feature cocktails & drinks.
Last but not least, save some room for our Big-Ass Burritos, available in two sizes, and we won't judge if you have to use a knife & fork...
What 328 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent but food quality was not

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LauraD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I were in desperate need of tequila and tacos so we decided to pay a visit to Blanco Cantina and I'm so glad we did! Everything from the food to the service to the overall atmosphere was top-notch! I definitely recommend Blanco Cantina to others seeking a fun night out with friends!

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CherieW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best margaritas I have had I calgary..love the tilapia tacos

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Blanco is always a great place to go ! One of my favourite spots on 17th! I am never disappointed

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Leslie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service all around. The staff worked hard to accommodate us under the circumstances.

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great gluten free options, great food, drinks, and fun atmosphere!

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CaitlinT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can sum up our amazing experience in one word: Guacamole!
(yum)

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mcwilly
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went on the first day opening after restrictions being listed. All the staff were happy to be there and gave us lots of attention. Tacos were great, but the tequila selection is the best part! Bartenders are knowledgeable and able to offer suggestions and even a sample if you're lucky!

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Yyc235778
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Huge tequila select unfortunately our service was poor my spouse waited 30 mins for a drink also had to ask the server 3 times for his side of brisket

If you want tequila I recommend blancos but don’t expect too much from the service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was Mediocre and expensive for the amount! $35 for Nachos which a smaller serving than you’d get at other restaurants. And jones the most underwhelming nachos I’ve ever had.

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DanielleF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was simply perfect. Tres leches is the most incredible thing I’ve ever consumed, you need to save room and try it!

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Therese
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always awesome!!! Obsessed with the pork tacos and chili coconut marg.

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JOANNES
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an excellent Mexican style casual restaurant with great food. The margaritas were too good as well! Can't wait to return.

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AlisonP
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great deals on taco Tuesday. Drink specials lacking. Great service.

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vipAdebisi
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice space. Interesting drinks. Food was not that spectacular except the avocado fries was a hit with the table! Good place to try once

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IreneS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Blanco is a nice place to meet folks and have a few drinks and laughs. A bit noisy for real heart to heart conversations. And I jave defibitely had better margheritas elsewhere.

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Unigirls
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Ambiance was great. Food was pretty good but the drinks and services were disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The restaurant seemed very quiet for dinner, but activity picked up later in the evening. Margaritas were very tasty, but the menu choices for dinner meals seemed limited to us. Portion sizes were good. Service was excellent, right amount of attention without feeling rushed. Staff even caught up with us on the sidewalk outside to deliver our take home box of leftovers we forgot on the table.

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CarolT
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Went for Happy hour and we had the tacos the mushroom and crispy tilapia was delicious and the Avocado fries were amazing. Loved the spicy pineapple jalapeno margarita.

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groupsofsix
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great night out with friends for Taco Tuesday! Really great selection and so tasty! Love the white sauce!! Awesome drink selections. Probably the best margarita in town!

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VeeR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to catch Super Bowl Sunday. The tacos were amazing as usual. Service is consistent. Waitress was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Very loud. Food wasn’t great

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StephenJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tha tacos are delicious, and half price on Tuesdays! The margaritas are yummy, service is great. Nothing bad to say!

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SueS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

First of all when I look at a drink menu and I see a classic drink I don’t look at what the ingredients are Because I know that drink so I looked at the drink menu And saw a piña colada which is one of my favourite drinks so I ordered it in and when they brought it it was yellow and I thought that side. So I took a sip out of it it was frozen and it was sour as hell. Piña coladas our sweet they are not sour. I couldn’t drink it I didn’t like it at all I thought it was very odd so I asked our server and he said oh it has lime slush in it which I thought was really weird it any rate I gave it to my husband. I looked at the drink menu again, and again I didn’t read the ingredients in the drink because these are classic drinks that are listed that you wouldn’t think twice about if you if you see them on menus everywhere and you drink them all the time Piña colada‘s are sweet they are not sour. I couldn’t drink it I didn’t like it at all I thought it was very odd so I asked our server and he said oh it has lime slushy in it which I thought was really weird at any rate I gave it to my husband. I looked at the drink menu again, and again I didn’t read the ingredients in the drink because these are classic drinks that are listed that you wouldn’t think twice about if you if you see them on menus everywhere and you drink them all the time. So I ordered a strawberry margarita a frozen one again these are normally sweet. He brought it to my table and again it was full of lime slush and it tasted terrible nothing like any strawberry margarita frozen that I’ve had in my entire life so enough said about the drinks. My husband didn’t like anything on the menu and we are big Mexican food lovers because everything was made a little different than we expected. He ordered A side dish of refried beans. Refried beans are usually like smashed up like almost like a paste. These look like baked beans and did not taste anything like any refried beans we’ve ever had we didn’t like them.

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vipJinnMarie
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dropped in for a quick happy hour and was pleasantly surprised as we hadn’t been here in awhile...food was good value and tasty, and the staff is very nice. Absolutely recommend!

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vipshawnb
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and funky location ... everyone really enjoyed it!

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KStew
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Blanco is one of my roommates and I’s favorite places but we went during happy hour and we didn’t get the discount on our food. Unfortunately we didn’t notice until we got back home. Probably just a mistake and not a huge deal. We will still come back anytime as we love the food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We appreciated New Year’s Eve last minute reservation, great service at the table, excellent vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place !

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groupsofsix
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. We do find that the tacos are inconsistent. Some days better than others. Today there was an enormous amount of cabbage and very little meat or anything else. Excellent margaritas!!

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AdamO
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A go to spot and easily my favourite spot for mexican food.

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Ipieters
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Sad that they don't have the half priced nachos. That was the main thing for us

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Vaunflufinhagan
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good Mexican food. Pricing during happy hr is good.
Great Tequila selections. Huge portions. Tacos during happy hr are a great value.
The mushroom one was great.. .who knew!?

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Dazzle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food. Quick and friendly service. Definitely would recommend. Vegetarian taco options were a little limited however.

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Vern
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good experience. Waiter was awesome. good food.

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DoCaF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. My favourite Mexican restaurant in the city.

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vipJoizee
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Margaritas were amazing but the food was just meh...

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ELEYYC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nachos were really good but the tacos weren't really that great - bit disappointing for a Mexican restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I went to BLANCO this past weekend for the first time. Overall, the experience was fair/okay. I originally ordered a lime ‘poodle’ for my drink but the server advised that they were out of stock of the sparkling wine/prosecco (which is part of the cocktail). Instead I opted for a watermelon margarita on the rocks. Not what I had originally wanted but it was very good. There were some issues with my meal however. I ordered the vegan bbq jackfruit tacos and requested that no onions be included. The tacos arrived to the table with onions. I sent it back to the kitchen and the server tried to bring back the same plate advising there were no onions - when there clearly were. The manager got involved and apologized for the issue. I ended up ordering the tilapia tacos instead. 2/5 at best. Nothing special. Would not return here for the food but the cocktails are very well done. The staff and manager were also very friendly and accommodating.

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JeffShibby
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the place! Food was amazing. I'll definitely be coming back

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BLANCO Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 228-1854.

BLANCO Cantina is rated 4.3 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

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