We heard about the cantina from a few ppl in Sedona, so we had high expectations wehn we walked in. Unfortunatly it was not what we were hoping for. My husband and I were the only ones in our party,we were given a tiny table that could mybe sit one. With salsa,chips and our drinks - there was no more room for our plates when they arrived. The food was ok, not very authentic if that's what you are looking for. Our server was nice but around us the bussers were very loud and made a lot of noise banging the dirty dishes while cleaning other tables,they did not mind us at all. Will not be back.
I live in Sedona and when I first moved her I tried them a few times before determining I didn't like it. Everytime I've ever gone it's noisy and the quality of the food is not there. The tomatoes are soft and soggy. Yuk.
There's a way better Mexican Restuarant in Uptown use to be called Vista Cantina and has Great Views of the Red Rocks. That is where I go now for Mexican. I tried Casa Bonita twice. Not bad either. Good food for the price
I've lived in Sedona for over 25 years, and have watched restaurants come and go. This one's here to stay. I have dined there dozens of times since they opened, and I've never had a bad meal or lacked for a good time. It's one of several places that I always take my out-of-town guests to enjoy a special experience. Don Kirchner
I've never been a fan of Mexican food, but Javelina Cantina made me a beliver. It's the best I've ever had. I'm living in California now, but I'll never forget their food. If you ever have a chance, stop by.
I consulted this web site to get reviews of mexican restaurants in Sedona before picking one. I picked this one based on the strong reviews here. Unfortunately, it is difficult to qualify the tastes of anonymous reviewers and how they align with your own perspective. let me try to clarify my perspective.
My wife and I live in San Francisco and have made a point of trying many different restaurants at various price ranges. We have no problem spending what many might consider a lot for a meal, provided that the food (and secondarily service and ambiance) are commensurate with our expenditure. We've eaten a lot of mexican food and have access to some very good restaurants at relatively inexpensive prices in areas such as the Mission district or South San Francisco. As a point of reference, one place we frequent is La Corneta.
Here is the good and the bad of this restaurant:
- nice tequila selection, which allowed for some decent margaritas.
- the chips were thick and decent
- I had the salmon tostada which was fine. Not superb, but was okay.
- probably okay venue for a family
- food came out very quickly
- service was friendly and prompt
- very much overpriced. shrimp fajitas plus rice and beans were nearly $20.
- fajita marinade clearly came from a jar (overly sweet, probably due to high fructose corn syrup)
- very crowded at the time we went
- it's a chain (not necessarily a bad thing)
There is no way we would ever consider going back here.
We are from so. calif., so we have experienced a lot of mexican food over the years. The catfish was very different and tasty, as were the tamales. Almost anyone can make a decent taco or enchilada, so we were surprised at the quality of the food. The scenery is special at Sedona and in this restaurant, so come in before it gets dark and enjoy it!
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