Cantina 18

Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Raleigh
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  • Wendy C.
    "The strawberry vanilla bean sangria is the best in the area!"(3 Tips)
    Grace H.
    "The short rib nachos are the best thing in the world."(3 Tips)
    Emilie M.
    "skinny girl marg."(3 Tips)
    The News & Observer
    "Pineapple-Barbecue Chicken Nachos"(3 Tips)
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  • Emilie M.
    Can't go wrong with the romaine salad + chicken, shrimp taco, short rib taco, short rib nachos (with a friend), queso, skinny girl marg.
  • Emma L.
    Emma L.May 8
    The queso is AMAZING!!
  • Colleen R.
    Colleen RohlfFebruary 15
    Margaritas are delicous!! And the chips are fantastic! Wait staff was very attentive. We will be back soon! Loved it!
  • Ashraf E.
    Ashraf El-Ga'alyFebruary 12
    The waiting stuff can be annoying! Don't give enough space
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HamlinJanuary 23, 2015
    Their steak burrito is an excellent choice. Their guacamole leaves a little to be desired though...
  • Crystal I.
    Crystal IrbyDecember 30, 2014
    Great spicy margaritas and monitors!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ThompsonSeptember 21, 2014
    My personal fave is the chicken soft tacos, but the pork dishes are very popular. Dog friendly!
  • Raleigh H.
    Raleigh HappeningAugust 22, 2014
    Great queso and guacamole!
  • Karen G.
    Karen GrayAugust 13, 2014
    Fanatic food and service.
  • Kate D.
    Kate DowningAugust 10, 2014
    Strawberry Vanilla Bean Sangria and any of the Tacos!
  • Ralph G.
    Ralph GrayJuly 13, 2014
    Very good!
  • Conner H.
    Conner HobsonApril 14, 2014
    I've really liked everything I've gotten here. Meals come with really nice side salads with chunks of avocado. Good vegetarian options and the queso is amazing!
  • Art H.
    Art HansenSeptember 13, 2013
    11.00 for 2 crappy tacos with way too much goat cheese. This place has gone way down hill
  • blair w.
    blair womackAugust 30, 2013
    if you like the shrimp tacos, ask for the "old school shrimp tacos" they have chipotle crema on them and they're amazing. they'll make them special if you ask!
  • Rasha J.
    Rasha JalladJune 2, 2013
    Love this place! Best sangria and service ever(:
  • david m.
    david michaelMay 2, 2013
    Its so yummy. My server was amazing and the food, quick and delicious. Im upset I left my to go box right on the table when we left!
  • Bret A.
    Bret AskelandApril 4, 2013
    Awesome black bean nachos!
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WeatherbyApril 3, 2013
    $8 top shelf margaritas in Wednesday. So incredibly delicious. The sangria is killer, too. Sit in the bar area for excellent service by the ginger.
  • Keena B.
    Keena BartleyDecember 15, 2012
    The goat cheese guacamole is yummy!
  • Wendy C.
    Wendy CernelSeptember 9, 2012
    The strawberry vanilla bean sangria is the best in the area!
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 17, 2012
    To reiterate another's tip, the chicken nachos are HUGE but yummy :) The chips are a little greasy but otherwise, very good food!
  • Raleigh C.
    Raleigh CitizenAugust 2, 2012
    I really have nothing but compliments for Cantina 18. Read more
  • Donna B.
    Donna BackshallJuly 24, 2012
    Tuesday evenings appear to draw all the young ladies. Seriously, not a dude in sight.
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 20, 2012
    Try the Pineapple-Barbecue Chicken Nachos served with pickled chiles and Spanish olives. Read more
  • Brad L.
    Brad LockerbieJuly 5, 2012
    Good service. The manager took an interest in our requests concerning my wife's allergies. The server was also very helpful. The Adobo salmon was excellent.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BrewerMay 5, 2012
    Mix and match any two or three tacos for a great meal.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CoeApril 30, 2012
    Margaritas are off the charts! Staff is great, and the patio is nice. Food is average.
  • Melinda K.
    Melinda KateApril 2, 2012
    The ginger bartender is the best and so calming!
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinApril 1, 2012
    Strawberry. Vanilla. Sangria.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PatrickMarch 15, 2012
    VERY dog friendly!
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MoschlerFebruary 19, 2012
    The manager has a super sweet ass!
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WorthOctober 4, 2011
    Mmm vanilla bean strawberry white wine sangria
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BaughmanSeptember 13, 2011
    I love this place! The strawberry vanilla bean sangria is a must! The mahi mahi tacos are delicious!!!! And definitely get an order of guac
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HuculakAugust 17, 2011
    Order the grilled chicken nachos. DANK!
  • Grace H.
    Grace HutaffJuly 11, 2011
    The short rib nachos are the best thing in the world. There's more than enough to share, but you won't want to after you taste how good they are! Skinny girl margaritas go best with them!
  • Mike F.
    Mike FacchineiJune 15, 2011
    If you like cantina 18, you should try 18 seaboard.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonroeJune 1, 2011
    The Mahi & BBQ pulled pork tacos are the best!!
  • Nicki C.
    Nicki ClearyMay 29, 2011
    Pitcher of margaritas! Brought my friends puppy with us and sat on patio. Perfect summer night. Chicken burrito :)
  • Sharon H.
    Sharon HenryMay 14, 2011
    Short rib nachos!!! Enough for 2!
  • Ali B.
    Ali BethuneMarch 24, 2011
    Literally has the best chips and salsa I've ever had! Make sure you try the strawberry sangria too which has a hint of vanilla and tastes amazing
  • Bradley G.
    Bradley GuidryMarch 21, 2011
    Beware of the chicken house salad--sounds healthy but there is an entire salt shaker in it. Ask for less salt!!!
  • Sam S.
    Sam ShaberMarch 19, 2011
    PEAR Sangria, not peach! But you MUST TRY!
  • Sam S.
    Sam ShaberMarch 19, 2011
    The Peach Sangria is perfection. Perfectly balanced and tingles your tongue!
  • Frank S.
    Frank SJanuary 2, 2011
    Even though the posted closing time is 2 am, they'll kick you out at midnight. Eat quick and drink quicker :(
  • Meagan O.
    Meagan O'DanielNovember 4, 2010
    Shrimp & Grits is an excellent choice for Sunday Brunch!
  • Metromix
    MetromixOctober 29, 2010
    Margaritas are made on-site and Skinny Girl versions are available as a low-cal option. Read more
  • Jay H.
    Jay HammoOctober 29, 2010
    if you havent had the chicken taco you have never had good food before. also great draft selection
  • Julianne D.
    Julianne DavisJuly 18, 2010
    mango/cilantro shrimp nachos...go get em
  • Michael E.
    Michael EranaJune 2, 2010
    Great food, good people. Duck Confit taco is where it's at.
  • Eddie S.
    Eddie SautroMay 24, 2010
    great new restaurant, great food
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