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Cantina Marina

Cantina Marina

Mexican Restaurant and Beach Bar$$$$
Southwest Washington, Washington
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  • Liz A.
    "Be sure to try the fish tacos!"(9 Tips)
    Blair M.
    "Yummy beers/food plus a great view of the Washington Monument."(12 Tips)
    Jeff S.
    "Bring the pup and enjoy a margarita and nachos."(10 Tips)
    Connor T.
    "The Steak Tacos are to die for and if you happen to be a..."(3 Tips)
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  • DCist
    DCist1 week ago
    Come for the island-inspired cuisine and stay for the brilliant sunsets magnified out over the river. Dogs are welcome on the patio, but in the summer on Mondays, they host a dog-friendly happy hour. Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    In addition to fish tacos, there are very good wraps filled with golden shrimp, a po' boy stuffed with juicy tomato slices and crunchy oysters, and a muffuletta that does justice to New Orleans. Read more
  • Garrie F.
    Garrie FarrowMay 19, 2014
    I found out that they are known for there tacos & there is a reason for it. I got the steak tacos and was completely amazed on how good they were. The view was great! Go at sunset.
  • Melissa
    MelissaApril 8, 2013
    Awesome little bar on the water. Hell or High Watermelon beer is the way to go. The Hippie Chick Sammy was also thebomb.com after I added a little ranch dressing (like a fattie) to it!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Grab a seat on the upper level and watch the boats float by on a good day with a drink and some delicious crab nachos.
  • Feld G.
    Feld GiesyMarch 24, 2016
    I didn't expect much and was nearly blown away. The beer and micheladas were good (and cheap), food was delicious and fried (but of course), and the view was awesome.
  • Brent G.
    You have to know and love the marina bar scene. If you do, come here, no doubts. Great staff. Good food. Great vibe. You won't be disappointed.
  • Yulia D.
    Nice view, great selection of bottle and can beer.No tap beer unfortunately.Another great plus smoking is allowed at the outside bar and seating area - very rare!
  • John D.
    John DaytonJuly 17, 2016
    Like the other reviews...its crowded, but grab a table, the food is OK, and the atmosphere is great! An excellent spot for sunset & outdoors
  • Katrina K.
    Katrina KuhnJune 10, 2012
    What a beautiful view of the water! I ordered the steak and chips with queso, and it was delicious! Our server was very friendly and attentive.
  • Kimberly
    KimberlyJune 5, 2011
    My affection for Catina Marina is all about the location - open air bar on the marina. It's great for an after work drink in the spring and summer.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GMay 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Absolute fabulous to enjoy warm weather and sip on adult beverages, smoke cigars, and look at beautiful woman. Bartenders are wonderful.
  • Liz A.
    Liz AskewApril 21, 2013
    Friendly staff, gorgeous view, cold drinks and great food--what more old you want! Be sure to try the fish tacos!
  • Connor T.
    Connor TurnerMay 30, 2011
    The Steak Tacos are to die for and if you happen to be a shrimp fan, the BBQ shrimp are apparently awesome. (Plus it's dog friendly) Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    Cantina Marina's patio and deck offer views, drinks, music and snacks right on -- make that over -- the Washington Channel. Read more
  • Josh B.
    Josh BlandApril 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Cantina is a sweet outside bar in the Southwest Marina. Just a few short blocks from The SW-Waterfront Metro, and across the street from Arena Stage. Menu is seasfood/Mexican fare with TONS of drink
  • Blair M.
    Blair MJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I shouldn't tell this secret but this is the perfect place to spend the 4th of July. Yummy beers/food plus a great view of the Washington Monument.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Kendra S.
    Kendra StephensAugust 17, 2014
    The Margarita's a strong and the classic Cadillac Margaritas was amazing. Loved the Jambalaya Pasta.
  • The Blogtrotter Girl
    Do you want to relax? This is the right place. Order a Corina beer, some nachos and enjoy the nice view!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.August 10, 2014
    Great deck for drinking after work! Fun people watching. The nachos are fantastic!
  • Campbell B.
    If you're with a group, just order Super Nachos. Everyone will be full before you can finish it.
  • James B.
    James BroadyAugust 12, 2016
    Fish tacos, casual beach bar atmosphere, drink specials, friendly staff, fun crowd.
  • foodie h.
    foodie huxtableAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place to booze, nosh and people-watch. Hopefully, they'll bring the mini corn dogs back! SOON.
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WeiAugust 15
    Great place to hang out by the water, but get there early on a game day to claim a seat
  • Astrid M.
    Astrid MorescoJuly 18, 2014
    Great spot on the water. Doesn't even feel like your in the city anymore
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff StrubeMay 8, 2015
    Bring the pup and enjoy a margarita and nachos. Terrific atmosphere.
  • Kati R.
    Kati RutherfordMay 6, 2011
    I wish the $11 tacos came with free napkins. Make sure you ask for them at least three times.
  • Bryce B.
    Bryce BenderOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The tacos aren't really enough to fill you up for a meal, but the nachos are.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    For New Englanders, the fried clam basket here is definitely not a "real" fried clam basket (aka one in Cape Cod).
  • Bryan P.
    Bryan PowellJuly 11, 2015
    Margaritas are good. Don't recommend the fried baskets. Way too greasy. Atmosphere is great.
  • CeCeG
    CeCeGMay 8, 2010
    My favorite neighborhood watering hole. Gets crowded during happy hour but you can't beat the view.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The frozen raspberry margaritas are a little too sweet, but the frozen strawberry margaritas are damn delicious. Order them!
  • Melanie P.
    Melanie PhungAugust 27, 2010
    If you like migas, the kitchen will make them for you during brunch even if they're not on the menu.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MakulowichDecember 24, 2014
    Great place to spend a warm weather afternoon
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJune 30
    Great views, fun atmosphere. Order drinks but skip the food.
  • James A.
    James AndrewAugust 5, 2012
    Watch put if some dbag brings a cigar which they always do here unfortunately.
  • Wanda N.
    Wanda Ng FontanaJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great margaritas and awesome view! Love the fish tacos.
  • Sean F.
    Sean FreemanJune 1, 2016
    The Austin Skinny Mule is on point!! 👍🏽
  • Mackenzie
    MackenzieNovember 11, 2014
    Cold, bad service. Fish tacos smelled fishy which is never a good sign but the steak tacos were delicious.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PettyNovember 12, 2015
    Atmosphere is refreshing in the city.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilliamsJune 30, 2015
    Seafood platter but eating around dogs was a huge turn off! Never coming back!
  • Matthew Z.
    Matthew ZabludMay 28, 2010
    If you're at Cantina Marina, look from the top deck to see if we are partying out on 'Thunder Struck' - the Beekeeper Group boat.
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HainesMay 27, 2012
    Make sure you caffeinate, hydrate, and intoxicate!
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtMarch 8, 2012
    Sit under the plastic palm tree and enjoy the less-than-tropical breezes
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MentastiMay 12, 2013
    Try the Shrimp & Avocado Salad
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeadeMarch 16, 2011
    Washington Stamp Club meets here every 1st and 3rd Wednesday- 5:30pm.
  • Elijah V.
    Elijah VictoriaJuly 28, 2011
    If you come during lunch service is quick and you can sit wherever you want.
  • Nonya V.
    Nonya VissnessSeptember 10, 2016
    Micheladas (sp?) and the sunsets.
  • Angela T.
    Angela TrumbaturiMay 29, 2012
    The shrimp tacos are delish.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FoertschAugust 11, 2014
    Fish tacos, salsa too
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    While you're in SW, might as well get a beer at Cantina Marina.
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Leila is one of the best bartenders in DC!
  • Richard H.
    Richard HemmerSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish and shrimp tacos are great!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BlandMay 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    For brunch, get the migas. Its not on the menu, buts delicious
  • Reina W.
    Margaritas!!!! Crab sandwich was delicious.
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best tacos in the city.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GiangrandeAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Burger was surprisingly awesome.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HJune 8, 2013
    Speaks for itself.
  • Raphael D.
    Raphael David "Rico"May 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great atmosphere
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChangOctober 7, 2013
    Try the Shrimp Tacos
  • kazie w.
    kazie windsorApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Roxana is the best server!!!!
  • Connie K.
    Connie KAugust 21, 2010
    The view here makes up for the sub-par margaritas
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeadeMarch 16, 2011
    I love the catfish sandwich!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 21, 2011
    A good place to forget you live in DC. Read more
  • Josh B.
    Josh BlandJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The closing says 1130... but if its jumping, like tonight.... who knows baby
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some drinks.
  • Edz B.
    Edz BlancoAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy hour
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeadeMarch 16, 2011
    Upgrade to fries! It's worth it!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BarthMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Great place for a relaxing, fun day outdoors. Read more
  • Brett
    BrettJune 26, 2011
    This is a great place to bring babies.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyDecember 30, 2016
    Touristy place on the water
  • Elijah V.
    Elijah VictoriaJuly 28, 2011
    Dogs are welcome
  • Jennabeth T.
    Great margs!!!
  • M R.
    M RobertsMarch 20, 2010
    Tuesday is half-priced burger night. Cheap date.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CoughlinApril 1, 2009
    peep the Presidential yacht while eatin' Cajum style peel & eat shrimp and sipping a hurricane.
  • Jennifer P.
    Nothing is good here. Food is awful and the atmosphere is spring break cancun.
  • Trolly
    TrollySeptember 27, 2010
    Sometimes they close earlier than posted, which sucks.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BlandJune 13, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    I keep forgetting it opens at 1130. Not 11
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CoughlinApril 1, 2009
    kickoff summer with a hurricane and pound of peel and eat shrimp while watching boats
  • Steph S.
    Steph S.November 22, 2010
    Really terrible service and costs more than its worth :-(
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BairSeptember 11, 2013
    Bad customer service.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmAugust 10, 2014
    Tres colores
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