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The Mission Cantina

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
+1 413-230-3580
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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216 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People kept raving about this place, but warned us that it is so popular that there is often a wait. We arrived early (about 5:30) and got the last available table. The food is very good, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the service is fine, and the margaritas are just as they should be.

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Thank Mike L
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I've been here dozens of times and NEVER been disappointed. No exceptions this evening, and the service was above and beyond. Our loaded braised beef nachos were delicious but not quite hot enough, so our excellent waitress brought us a fresh basket of hot tortilla chips to finish the dish, no charge. Carnitas enchiladas "Christmas style" were outstanding. It was... More 

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Thank sofismon
mass
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Spicy and sweet drinks/food with the best specials around. Would eat there all the time if we lived closer!

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Thank chillinchicnic29
Massachusetts
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

While the food is good, the wait is always long and they intentionally understaff. Simultaneously they will seat two people in a booth for 3 or 4 despite a table for two being open - it's enough to spoil dinner.

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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183 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great spot in south Amherst with amazing margaritas, good beer choices and super taco selection. The chips, salsa and guacamole is one of the best around.

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Thank Pierre R
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We love Mission Cantina. If you're willing to sit and eat at the bar you just might get seated earlier. They are busy from the moment the doors open. Great selection of drinks from local brews to a variety of tequilas.

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Thank TomP413
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Mission Cantina is a wonderful Tex-Mex/Mexican experience. The place is small and crowded and the wait can be an hour or more, but they make a mighty tasty margarita ( I had a ginger margarita which was awesome) and there is so much going on in this little hole in the wall that the time flies by. The warm homemade... More 

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Thank Kaycee12561
Northampton, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

If you want mexican food in the Pioneer Valley, there is no place better, period. While there are some great Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian joints in Holyoke and South Hadley, Mission Cantina is the #1 Mexican stop you'll find. We probably end up here at least once every 6 weeks at the least. The taco plate is out of... More 

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Thank evanindecisive
Florence, MA
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The food is great, the staff is friendly and the service is wonderful. The only underwhelming item I had was a house Margarita. It was not very good, not much tequila and was served in a large soda glass.

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Thank Hamphoops12
New York, NY
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

The Mission Cantina is very unassuming from the outside, but once you walk inside you forget where you are! This place was totally packed but the service was still awesome. The food is probably some of the best Mexican I've ever had and the place is really cool on top of it all!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-230-3580

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?