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Trackside Cantina

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3815 Railway Avenue, Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Smithers, Canada
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We had not been in a very very long time, we were sooooo disappointed the first time we never went back for probably 3 years. Decided to give it another try for an anniversary get together with friends what a huge improvement. Everything was so tasty and fresh, source local ingredients where possible, a whole shelf of sauces to chose... More 

2 Thank Marilyn C
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This visit was an improvement over last year's. The menu must have been tweaked a little and was not as heavy on beans and rice. I had a Taco Trio (chicken, fish, pulled pork) which was super-tasty, with real guacamole. Hubster had something chicken and it came with a side of beans. (What is it with Mexican places they never... More 

Thank mbw56
Redditch, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Had a lovely meal here, sitting on the station platform and watching a train go by. Had a really good Ice Tea with frozen raspberries in it, a first for me but thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Would go back.

Thank TandyTravellers
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

A great little restaurant by the side of the railway track which serves Mexican food. The atmosphere and service is great, and great to have a change from burgers and chips. The food was good and reasonably priced. It provides a great alternative to the other choices available in the town.

1 Thank G0Lightly_2011
bragg creek alberta
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104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The good news...this is a very cool building and atmosphere. The bad news is that the food is bland and poorly seasoned. The rice and beans had no seasoning. The chicken street tacos had stale corn tortillas and just chicken. No sauce, no cilantro, onion, nothing. And just a bit of salsa and sour cream on the side. Not authentic... More 

1 Thank sunsnowmud
mafonna, Owner at Trackside Cantina, responded to this review

Our executive Chef has indeed been to mexico many, many times & has most certainly eaten the cuisine. Our philosophy is FRESH, we would never serve a tortilla or anything else, that wasn't. Had you perused our menu further, you might have found exactly what you were looking for. We have MANY taco choices that are filled with sauce, onion... More 

Vancouver BC
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I think the Trackside Cantina is one of the best places in Smithers to eat. While other places have their ups and downs and change owners the Cantina seems wonderfully consistent. Mexican, obviously, but fresh, tasty, and affordable. What more could you want?

Thank MisterPG
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

I had only been to one other Mexican resturant before so was not really keen on going. But what a wonderful meal I had and such good service. Highly recomended

1 Thank peggychapple
Victoria, BC
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I love ordinary Mexican food - chile rellenos, enchiladas etc. - so I was a little disappointed to find that the Cantina had a fancier menu with none of the ordinary stuff. I can't remember what I ordered, but I do remember that it was delicious. The Cantina is in an old train station with a lot of atmosphere -... More 

1 Thank Rapsac4
Ketchikan, Alaska
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in the NW! I've been stopping in for the 6 years, almost every trip thru town, never been disappointed. A great menu, nice atmosphere, great service, fine margaritas, and a raspberry ice tea that is well worth having a second!

1 Thank Skymule
Burns Lake, Canada
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

I was really looking forward to trying this place as it was ranked #1 on Tripadvisor. While there wasn't really anything wrong with the food or the service, I was definitely disappointed. I ordered the Burrito Polo Verde, and it was the blandest Mexican food I've ever had. The "Mexican rice", for example, appeared to be plain white rice with... More 

Thank boronewts

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 14
Mexican, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3815 Railway Avenue, Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Smithers
  • Phone Number: 12508473363
Authentic Mexican cuisine with the focus on fresh! Many ingredients sourced from local farms & almost everything made in house! Salsas, soups, dressings, desserts, sauces, salads, cornbread & much more all made fresh daily! Fun & festive decor, unique beverages & creative cocktails, latin wines, south of the border music, and fabulous staff!

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