La Cantina Opelika

3.7
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35 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
The mission of La Cantina is to provide our patrons with an exceptional dining experience built around superior quality food and impeccable service in a unique atmosphere and locale. We recognize that every dining experience is an investment in both time and money, and therefore we strive for every visit to surpass the customers’ expectations of both value and variety in what we offer through our upscale menu and hospitality.
La Cantina serves the downtown community and strives to be an attraction that draws customers from surrounding areas. Building from our historical location and strategic repurposing of materials from the local area, we are positioned both literally and figuratively to be a destination of distinction.

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Margarita Kits

Takeaway
Starting Apr 21, 2020·Tue-Sat 15:00-20:00

Choose your tequila and we will send a bottle along with our signature house recipe mixer, logo cups and fresh-cut limes. Almost as good as being here with us!

Family-style Taco Kits

Takeaway
Starting Apr 15, 2020·Tue-Sat 15:00-20:00

Customize a take home meal for your family. Enough for 15 tacos! Just choose your meat and sides, and we will do all the work for you. Just call 334-203-1418 to order!

What 35 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.8
Food
3.6
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.9
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ERobinson
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family made reservations that grew to almost double the amount of the original reservation and La Cantina did an amazing job at accommodating us. The food taste fresh and the server informed us that the beef was locally sourced from a farm not far from the restaurant. Service, food, and the downtown experience of a covered patio exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return!

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review! We always look forward to seeing you.

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BrianW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The service was horrible. The food took over an hour to arrive from the time it was ordered. Nothing was done by management to address this issue. I will not be returning.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great staff - we booked for a graduation dinner and it was wonderful.

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JessicaF
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

My children and I ate here after church on Sunday. Hands down the absolute worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had in Opelika. Service was awful. Our food was cold, and I literally had to ask for them to warm it up twice. Who wants cold cheese dip and burritos??? There were maybe ten other people there, and we had to wait almost 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. We will never be back.

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on November 29, 2019

Our sincerest apologies for your recent experience! Obviously, this is not our norm nor would we ever hope for a customer to leave feeling this way. But we do value the feedback and will be investigating the reasons behind the obvious errors that occurred during your visit. Our goal is provide the highest quality experience, which includes both the food and the service, and we will continue to strive towards that end.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Thank you fir a nice dinner

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you! Please come see us again soon.

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JImT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our meal at La Cantina

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on September 29, 2019

Thank you for the great rating! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal- entire staff was welcoming and friendly. Great menu options for both food and drinks. Reasonably priced and great outdoor dining with live music was lovely. We will definitely return when visiting our son at Auburn!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good, but could use more spices. Atmosphere on patio was nice.

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ChipT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made reservation online only to arrive at a closed restaurant. No sign out front stating any reason, no outward indication as to why. Called the restaurant twice, phone rang until disconnected, no answering machine or message. Messaged them on Facebook, got this response: "We are so sorry! We had signs up for a week and postings on social media about our being closed this week until Friday, but I see you made this reservation on Open Table, which obviously allowed the reservation to go through without someone here realizing it since we weren't here to get the notification."

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on July 13, 2019

Again, our apologies for the miscommunication. We will make every attempt to make sure this doesn't happen again if we are not going to be open on our normal hours.

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JacobG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

This place was overwhelmed by an average Friday evening crowd. Very disappointing, waitress was very slow and forgot several ordered items. Not impressed.

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on June 25, 2019

We are very disappointed in your recent experience, and would like to provide some clarity that might shed some light on our obviously less-than-stellar night! We recently changed computer systems and on this Friday, all our stations went down but one - and then was only sporadically communicating with the kitchen station, resulting in much delay and mistakes on the orders. We worked diligently to fix these issues, and all is well now. We hope you will give us another try in the future.

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vip2foodies
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great margaritas! Guacamole fajitas and street corn delicious.

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ChristopherL
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time I've been to La Cantina and both times the food and service were great. We had a large group this time and they accommodated us perfectly. The table was already set up when we got there. Our server Michael was fantastic. Very attentive and accommodating.

The only thing is I wish they'd have pitchers of margaritas :)

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant! I’ve been there three times in the last month and a half!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

I like this restaurant, especially when you can sit outside on deck in the spring and Fall, or when weather is nice. Food is always good. Great options for taco’s. This evening the bar service was really slow. Took a long time for a margarita. It was busy and they were backed up, but you would like to get that drink in early. Otherwise a nice spot for a casual meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our server & the cheese dip was AHHHMAZING!

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on January 17, 2019

Thank you for the review - hope to see you again soon!

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vipMeganH
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second time dining and let me start by saying this is not your usual Tex-mex Cantina. The menu is fresh and modern with farm fresh to table cuts of beef from the owners’ Black Angus Cattle Ranch up the road. My husband and I are excited to go back, we have both tried several different dishes and been more than beyond pleased with the quality of ingredients, presentation and plating; thus, we look forward to trying new dishes on our return. Take your time, order an appetizer, savor your entree, enjoy the outside patio and make sure to save room for dessert!

La Cantina Opelika
Responded on January 17, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We enjoyed talking with you and serving you again. Looking forward to many more visits!

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Pdave333
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Service and attentiveness was good. We love authentic Mexican/ Tex-Mex cuisine and were excited to try La Cantina. The items on the menu looked intriguing and tasty. Received complimentary chips and salsa promptly and our food orders came out in reasonable time. Biggest complaint was that all the food (other than the jalapeno Marg) was rather bland. Not near enough spice or pizzazz for Southwest fare. The complimentary red salsa was actually sweet and had a strange flavor. Portion sizes were ample and atmosphere was fine but food flavor was a disappointment. BTW... Bartender was on point as both margaritas were delicious!!

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DanielleH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a group there for Graduation dinner . Jennifer and her staff were awesome. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend !!!

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vipALZR32
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Service was slow. Food was cold. Service charge was added to the bill and server did not point it out prior to giving the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience4

Made the reservation 1 and a half hours before I got to the restaurant, and the hostess told us that they stop checking for reservations after 5pm, so our table was not ready and we had to wait an additional 20 minutes for a table. Once we ordered, we waiting nearly an hour for our food.

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vipCaptainCrown
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A small group of us ate here after an Auburn game and it was great. The service was fast and friendly. And, the food was really good. The queso with the chorizo sausage was fantastic! Fun place in a neat location away from the crazy crowds after an Auburn game!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Made a reservation through OpenTable, still waited an additional 40 minutes to be seated.

Food was good, but the servers were very overloaded.

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I reserved seats at the La Cantina for a post graduation lunch. Ironically, I chose that place because they were the only ones that could accomodate a reservation for 20 seats at the time I needed to reserve them. I'm sure glad they did, the food and service were great. I'll be looking for an excuse to come back and eat there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific spot, quite a surprise for Opelika!

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vipMike
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really nice menu options. Not often can you find fried ice cream that's actually fried! Also love the ability to mix and match the variety of tacos.
For a Mexican restaurant in the South, I did expect my salsas and jalapeños to have a lot more heat than they did, which I thought was missing. Overall very nice meal, would drop by again.

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vipLADF
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We went for Mother's Day and it was just what I wanted - casual, quiet. They had a breakfast buffet set up, which is a different type of food from the norm. I think the Mexican food is best.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

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vipATLFoodie
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good, atmosphere was very fun! We had a reservation for 10 and they were ready for us when we got there! Our server was outstanding! She was fun, energetic and made the evening extra special. We were celebrating our sons graduation and commissioning from Auburn and she made it an even better celebration!

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vipLynM
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

GOOD sangria, great variety of delicious food and our server, Devony couldn’t have been more personable. She checked back often to see if we needed refills, etc. Very nice experience 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good experience. Drink prices were a little steep. Food was good and seemed better than average Mexican food!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Not just the run of the mill Mexican restaurant. Interesting new food combinations. We'll go back. Friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and quaint setting. We were so pleasantly surprised and will definitely visit again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Cantina hits every mark consistently. The food is so much better than your typical, cliche "free chips and salsa" joint. Don't come in expecting your standard Mexican fare. The complimentary salsa trio is a great starter with a traditional red, a bright citrusy green, and my favorite black bean and corn salsa. I almost always order the queso and chorizo which has the right amount of spice to balance out the creamy cheesy dip. Some favorite entrees are the steak quesadilla (steak is well seasoned and has never been overcooked, pressed in a lightly buttered and crispy tortilla) or the burrito bowl (with grilled chicken mixed with black beans, corn, rice, peppers, onions and queso making a hearty, savory, satisfying meal that is enough for lunch the next day). As far as drinks, I've been impressed with the offerings on the menu as well as the willingness of the staff to make exactly what I request even when ordering off menu. It is a bit more expensive than your standard Mexican pricing, but it is worth the extra dollar or two for the freshness and quality of ingredients used. The servers and hosts are friendly and gracious, and you can tell they truly want you to have a good experience. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun with a great modern small town vibe, that doesn't take itself too seriously, and matches with the decor and location. If you're looking for something a little different, but that will still have a menu to please everyone, and not break the bank - give La Cantina a try. And don't forget to save room for dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is awesome. It is true Tex-Mex. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The entire staff is so nice. Once seated they start you off with 3 different types of salsa - traditional red, bean/corn, and verde (my favorite.) This was not my first visit and it certainly won't be my last. The food is amazing. Everything I have tried has been exceptional, but my current favorite is the chicken burrito bowl. This is a great place to go if you are looking for a pretty quiet atmosphere and delicious food. The prices are a little more than the (on every corner) Mexican places in the area, but the food is better quality by far. You definitely get your money's worth.

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vipKB08
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

The food was not good and no fewer than 4 servers kept dropping by while we were eating. The brunch scramble eggs were coated in a crust from the griddle and the sausage was burnt. The side of black beans tasted like they were straight from the can. I will never go back.

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La Cantina Opelika does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Cantina Opelika also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 203-1418.

La Cantina Opelika is rated 3.7 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

La Cantina Opelika does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.LaCantinaOpelika.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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