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Cantina 18

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433 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605-1314
+1 919-835-9911
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a busy Friday night and Cantina 18 was busy. I understand the need for efficiency in that setting but the server seemed bothered to answer a simple question regarding our drink order and the type of fish in the fish taco, The food was just so so and not what one would expect from a Jason Smith establishment.... More 

Thank ncinme
Lake Worth, Florida
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373 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had excellent fajitas, guacamoli and quesadilla. Seating is both indoor and out. The young staff and the restaurant envoronment are vibrant. Gluten free options are available. Our large group was easily accomodated.

Thank MMMarty2ya
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good customer Service Warm Chips Average Food and Beverage - they do have drink specials on the week nights

Thank blythe0117
Cary, North Carolina
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So glad to welcome Cantina 18 to Cary/Morrisville! Food was excellent - fresh chips, salsa and guacamole. Shrimp tacos and chicken quesadilla were very tasty. Attentive, enthusiastic staff. Outdoor picnic table seating available too. Full bar -although first week it is still being stocked. Can't wait to return!

Thank SouthernVoice10
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious food with great cocktails. Bartenders where rocking with a packed restaurant. Best margaritas around!!Beautiful evening with outdoor patio. Must visit.

Thank Ellen S
Chadbourn, North Carolina
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Cantina 18 is a tex-mex style restaurant with a modernized theme. I went here as part of a business trip and got the chicken fajita. I love mexican-style food but the food here was kind of bland to me and did not have much flavor. The sauce that accompanied the chips tasted more like chopped up tomatoes than a salsa.... More 

Thank Nicky H
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163 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

An attractive place - two stories with outside seating - and indoors opens up to outside in nice weather. A lot of menu choices, the food is imaginative and tasty. They are flexible, e.g. there are a lot of choices on the taco menu - and if you order two or three tacos you can mix the types. The food... More 

Thank Hank8Raleigh
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I've eaten several times at Cantina 18, but tonight was the last straw. I'll never go back again. Two or three of us, both genders, have had lunch, dinner, and/or drinks over the past couple of years, both before the renovation and after. The food is still good, but the service has gotten progressively worse. Wait staff training must be... More 

Thank AVLDweller
Raleigh, North Carolina
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106 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch, having read the recent reviews. This restaurant really was good. The decor is OK, but the food and service was great. Well trained wait staff, who were helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. Very good Queso and Guacamole. Shrimp Tacos were really great. The chicken enchiladas were also very good. There is a... More 

Thank George O
Apex, North Carolina
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

With friends in from out of town, we headed to Cantina 18 for dinner Friday night because they wanted Mexican for dinner. We arrived to a cheerful greeting and a full restaurant. The manager took our number to text when our table was ready. He read the number back to us and it wasn't correct so we told him to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 433 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605-1314
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-835-9911

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