Cantina Laredo

Restaurants , Mexican Covent Garden
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Walking into Cantina Laredo, with its bright décor, thumping soundtrack and friendly greeters, you could be in any US mall – and that's no coincidence, because this is the London outpost of an American chain of Mexican restaurants. Some Americanisms have found their way onto the menu here: cilantro for coriander, zucchini for courgettes. 

The menu is straightforwardly Mexican and Tex-Mex. Tacos, enchiladas, flautas, empanadas and quesadillas all make an appearance. Guacamole is made at the table. There's also an ample selection of dishes from the grill (parrilla), including a mixed grill in which prawns, chicken and ribs all feature.  

Cocktails are a highlight, majoring on tequila (over 30 on offer) amd Margaritas as you would expect (both traditional and inovative). But they don't ignore the other spirits or cocktail families: a lychee martini is one of their house cocktails. They also offer hosted Tequila Dinners for groups of ten or more, in which three or four courses are matched with tequila cocktails.


Venue name: Cantina Laredo
Address: 10 Upper St Martin's Lane
Opening hours: Meals served Noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £14.95-£29.95
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Jennifer S

My husband, friend and I had an overall very pleasant experience here Friday night. First of all, the aroma of delicious Mexican food hits you when you enter which is always a good sign. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table but NBD in the end.

I got the chile en nogada (vegetarian) which was quite good- a bit of spice was a great addition to the mixed veggies in the creamy sauce. I highly recommend this dish. Also the avocado martini was perfect! 

My husband love his carne tacos but the patatas side dish it accompanies was terrible. The spice on top is just.... blech. My husband said it tasted fishy. We sent it back and the waitress kindly removed it from the bill. I got the asparagus in its place which was lovely. 

We shared the chocolate brownie with walnuts but my friend became alarmed when he bit into a shell. This time the manager came over to apologise and again, he removed the item from the bill.

The service overall was much better than I typically experience at London establishments. The prices were fair. 

Sonny C

This is a pre- theatre favourite. The guacamole is a must- freshly made at the table with your choice of ingredients- have everything!! They import the avocados from Mexico because the more local supplies are not flavoursome enough! The frozen margarita's are the best I have EVER tasted & be warned they are deceptively strong! Best to go Wednesday evenings or Saturday afternoon for 2 for 1 deal on these glasses of pure joy! Good deal early bird set menu but my favourite is the Botanos platter- a mixed starter for 2 which is delicious & with the guacamole makes a perfect Mexican tapas meal for 2

Eva C

It may not be the cheapest restaurant and not with the most fancy food but please remember it is Mexican not French or Asian fusion. Therefore, it will not be that surprising. I believe that the food is served in nice dishes that appeal to Mexican culture those who ever visited Mexico, I guess can agree. Also, the food is fresh and tasteful (chicken with king prawns and green rice delicious), as a drink Mango Margarita is my favorite. The little touch of preparing the guacamole at front of you it is also outstanding remember you can chose what would yo like in it. Instead of old flowers you have lemons and limes on tables which are typical for Latino culture.


I never write reviews but Cantina Laredo is phenomenal. A group of 9 of us came here for my birthday just last week and upon arrival we were escorted immediately to our table (with a reservation of course). The frozen margaritas were some of the best ive ever had and my mole pablano was fantastic. The guacamole was delicious and freshly made at the table. I have no complaints whatsoever and can't wait to go back!


Eating there on a Sunday evening made me wonder if the food was as fresh as it’s made out to be. We were presented with a very poor example of ceviche which was served in very old, tough, stale corn tortilla shells and dull tasting quesadillas. The main courses, enchiladas, were covered in what appeared to be an MSG based sauce and again the tortillas were stale in taste and texture. With all the atmosphere of a mid-market business hotel it was hard to find anything to like about this restaurant except the friendly and attentive staff who asked for our opinion on the food and offered to fetch the manger. However, the manager refused to come out from the kitchen to talk to us.


I visited the resturant last weekend and could not fault the food, servie or the overall experienace. I thought the food was delicious and the staff were super sweet and helpfull. It is clear that the other negative reviews are written by those who should not dien out in London. I thought the price reflected the quality of the food and if I wanted a cheap sloppy meal in a greasy spoon I would do so. However the atmosphere at Cantina Laredo was worth every penny and I will be making my visits regular to the beautifully decorated resturant. A must for those who enjoy true yummy Mexican


I went hear with my family of four for dinner before a theatre visit. I can't agree with the Negative views expressed as we had a great time! The free totilla chips went down well with everyone and our steak and chicken Fajitas were spot on - our two children 7 and 9 ate everything and had never been to a proper Mexican before. The service was attentive without being obtrusive, it was lively without being too noisy and had a chilled Vibe. The two Magauritas I had were absolutely yummy. Decor was subtle and modern. All in all I can not fault this restaurant, they found us a table when we didn't have reservations on a busy Friday evening and nothing was too much trouble. Along with the Theatre trip this was one of the highlights of our stay in London.


Visited with wife and kid. Food pretty good; not overly spicy. Portions sizes reasonable, not US size. Guacamole starter excellent. Service was efficient and friendly. We arrived early so did not need to wait, but busy later.


I agree with the timeout review. The overall experience I had was bland and dull. Considering the price, there are far better restaurants you could be eating in.

Alice & Brice

Delightful service and atmosphere, smiley waitors in a soft lit environment. Quite expensive but totally worth!


Our party of four all thought it was good food, good service (attentive without being intrusive) + great cocktails at the bar (although these turned out to be expensive with the additional 12.5% service charge at the bar which we were not expecting). The no reservation policy puts us off and stops us giving it a higher rating.