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Cantina Mayahuel

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2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1508
+1 619-283-6292
09:00 - 21:00
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Northfield, Massachusetts
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119 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing waitstaff!! Just the right size tacos! With really delicious corn tortillas. Good pico and chips! Serves Mexican Coke! Yes, carnitas are good. Loved the chicken tacos with cabbage shred. Nice! Pintos and black beans were good. Wished rice was seasoned ( just plain white...) Guac was average.

Thank Northfielder2
southern california
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239 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tiny Cantina on Adams Avenue is a hidden gem. Though the menu is limited, everything that we sampled was fresh, flavorful and interesting. The real draw is the bar which specializes in tequila and mezcal. The waitstaff can assist you in selecting options from exotic choices seldom seen outside Mexico. Highly recommended.

Thank cedric09
Ramona, California
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Went here with friends on a Monday night - I was thoroughly impressed. Specializing in Mexican food, tequila, mexcal and margaritas (made from the aforementioned spirits), the concept is very simple but effective. The food - the carnitas tacos were the best I've ever had, period. I could have eaten 10 of them, but three came for just $7.50 -... More 

Thank MarkUSNA1998
southern california
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239 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Cantina is a local favorite of the food-centric crowd that is making Adams Avenue a destination. The limited menu is augmented by daily and chef's specials, any of which are worth a try. The pollo mole featured on Tuesday and Friday nights is amazing. The bar prides itself on a staggering array of tequilas and mezcals and the bar... More 

Thank cedric09
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This place exceeded my expectations! The menu is simple, yet sexy and exceptionally well done. I think that because they have a minimalist menu, everything is done with the highest quality and super fresh. The woman who helped us was kind enough to explain that the tacos were full size and one would probably be plenty. I ordered the carnitas... More 

Thank Dawn W
Londonderry, New Hampshire
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This place is super small, crowded, and loud so we grabbed seats at the bar. I found the margaritas to be very good and the food was ok. Don't get me wrong - it was good - but I've lived in Austin where there are many places with better margaritas and food that are way less crowded. Next time I... More 

Thank Veronica S
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Local gem. Lots of tequila and mezcal to choose from while you wait for a seat at the bar or a table in the garden. Festive boisterous crowd and staff. Very comfortable casual environment. Delicious Ceviche, fish tacos and a really fab happy hour. There's not much room to wait for a table. First come first served for tables, so... More 

Thank Liz E
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

We only had time for appetizers here, each one was to die for. The duck mousse brochettes was our favorite with the beef carpaccio next. Actuall I am going to call right now and make another reservation

Thank Outofdelaware
San Diego
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

This is a very interesting and unique restaurant and bar, specializing in Tequilas with a massive selection of any kind of tequila you can imagine. You can get shots to chug or sip and good margs. They REALLY know their tequilas if you want to become an expert! The food is also very good, from small plates to share to... More 

Thank LoveJazzandBlues
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

We've been here many times - lunch and din - and have always had a great experience. The neighborhood is cool. The locale is perfect: out of a movie scene but you are actually on set. The staff is fab, the tequila list has 200+ choices and best of all - the food is superb ( and the homemade salsas,... More 

Thank ECJoCal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1508
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-283-6292

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