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!
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 19 2011
Walking into Cantina Laredo, with its bright decor, thumping soundtrack and friendly greeters, you could be in any US mall. Complimentary tortilla chips arrive at the table virtually as you do, along with two complex and tasty salsas – one warm, and filled with low notes, another chilled and spicy.
Sadly, flavours diminish from here. Oaxaca quesadillas con hongos, a ‘signature dish’ of toasted flour tortillas filled with melted cheese and mushrooms, were bland.
Another ‘special’ of pork tamales topped with a chipotle-wine sauce, and served with sides of rice and ‘sautéed vegetables’ (sweetcorn, courgette and carrot with cumin), continued the dull, heavy theme.
The chain claims to specialise in seafood, but prawn fajitas, served with flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, a ton of fried onion and six measly prawns, seemed outrageously priced at nearly £18.
Cocktails are a highlight; a virgin apple mojito made a refreshing, light accompaniment to the heavy food.
If Starbucks-style predictability appeals, Laredo might be your kind of Mexican: the chillies aren’t too hot, the flavours aren’t too challenging, and the service is attentive and efficient.
If, however, you like a bit of tang in your taco, you’ll leave this US chain disappointed.
Cantina Laredo 10 Upper St Martin's Lane
- Venue phone:
020 7420 0630
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Meals served Noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Main courses £14.95-£29.95
- 10 Upper St Martin's Lane
- 020 7420 0630
- 10 Upper St Martin's Lane
- Cantina Laredo
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
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.
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.