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Calaveras Mexican Cantina, Newtown (NSW)
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Mexican Good for groups

Calaveras Mexican Cantina

Level 1 / 324 King Street, 2042 Newtown (NSW)
Mexican
Average price A$30

Calaveras Mexican Cantina

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Pollo Loco - Spicy Chicken Quesadilla
A$24
Chipotle Chicken in our tortillas w fresh coriander, mozzarella & drizzled w salsa
Grilled Veggies (v)
A$24
Sautéed mixed grilled veggies & mozzarella drizzled w salsa

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Calaveras Mexican Cantina, Newtown (NSW)
Calaveras Mexican Cantina, Newtown (NSW)
Calaveras Mexican Cantina, Newtown (NSW)

Reviews

  • Donna P.1 review

    June 19, 2021

    3/10

    I researched this restraunt online and expectation versus reality was very disappointing. The entry feels like that of a cheap strip joint, at the top of the stairs is a run down bar and an outdated dirty space. Dusty, smelly and noisy. All of the above would have been acceptable had we not been charged an exorbitant price for middle of the road cocktails and feebly presented, lack-lustre food. Both of which looked and tasted like last-minute guests had arrived and there was very little in the pantry. Although the service was ok and very timely, incorrect dishes were presented to us (which we thought were ours and therefore ate) only to be told it was their mistake but it was still going on our bill. Fair enough, we ate them. With a good clean and refurbish, combined with a menu review and an injection of passion this space could be amazing. However the website does not promote the reality of this dingy place.

  • Tim B.1 review

    June 11, 2021

    10/10

    Great night! Great service and fantastic food. Would definitely come again for more tequila shots and good times! The margaritas were amazing too!

  • Caroline S.1 review

    June 10, 2021

    10/10

    Beautiful and cozy atmosphere, with an amazing food and great service for a fair price!! I do recommend and I’ll certainly go back there!! My expectations were extremely exceeded!!

  • Mark B.1 review

    May 20, 2021

    3.5/10

    Food was very very average Explained it to the manager who didn’t care and replied that he serves thousands of happy customers each week. Don’t waste your money on this over priced wanna be restaurant.

  • Jacqui B.1 review

    May 6, 2021

    6.5/10

    I have mixed feelings about this place. The decor is fantastic, and in fact, one of the main reasons I chose the restaurant for my daughter’s 15th birthday dinner. The music was deafening, though, although a good selection, so it was hard to talk. The menu is a bit underwhelming, with interesting versions of standards but missing others, and no choice to have things less hot. And the level 2 heat was pretty hot. The ‘tapas’ section of the menu didn’t really have a selection that would add up to a logical tapas style meal, and the mains all had strangely much rice. We were excited that there was ceviche but then it was served in tiny chunks on a massive bowl of blue corn chips, which is very odd. There service was quick but mixed, with some very professional pleasant servers and some rather sullen ones - all very young blonde women, which is fine though more diversity would be good. My selection of tacos were okay but not amazing, The soft corn tortillas were cold and seemed at bit stale. Choice of corn or flour would be good. The churros were pretty ordinary and very over priced but the tortilla ice cream sandwich was good. The servers put sparklers in my daughter’s churros and sang happy birthday, which was very nice but didn’t seem to understand the significance of the 15th birthday. Generally, the decor/ambiance is the standout - menu and authenticity targets need some refinement - like give some mild options for the non hardcore natives but also don’t serve ceviche on chips - maybe hire some non white people and/or wait staff over 21, if you’re going to say ‘tapas’, make it a workable tapas menu etc etc. Not sure why my score added up to 6.5 cause more like 5 tops.

  • Clare F.1 review

    April 24, 2021

    10/10

    I visited this restaurant , for my birthday with family last year . I was seeing family up in Newtown , and spent the night having dinner here .The food was amazing , the service was great , we were served by a girl that did an amazing job for her second shift . Good food . Good Alcohol . Great atmosphere

  • Anita A.1 review

    April 17, 2021

    9.5/10

    Great find indeed! Staff were very helpful and welcoming and attentive. Decorations are amazing and the bench seating was very comfortable. Music was fun but a little loud for a conversation. Tacos were awesome - fish taco was the best. Mango margarita was incredible too. Come back in a heartbeat

  • Jasmin M.1 review

    April 11, 2021

    10/10

    was an awesome restaurant great scenery and great food plus the drinks menu was filled with variety! would definitely recommend, they were able to cater for dietary requirements like vegan and vegetarian as well :)

  • Shane R.2 reviews

    April 8, 2021

    10/10

    Get your laughing gear around the great Mexican spot in Newtown!! Absolutely delectable!!

  • David P.1 review

    March 16, 2021

    9.5/10

    Great food, fresh and full of flavour. Great staff who where helpful, friendly. Overall it was really good value. We will definitely be back soon

  • Madeleine M.12 reviews

    March 12, 2021

    7/10

    Calaveras was okay, not sure I would rush back. The best dish was the cheese bean dip, and the Calaveras margaritas were good too. The place was a bit noisy and a bit overpriced for the quality

  • Laisa R.1 review

    February 26, 2021

    7.5/10

    The restaurant ambiance and staff were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the frozen margaritas. The food was good, could have been better but non the less it was an overall great experience.

  • Jessica A.1 review

    February 26, 2021

    7.5/10

    The food was nice but nothing amazing. Drinks are over priced. Do not get the mango chilli cocktail, it was not nice whatsoever. The waitresses were nice and the interior design was cool.

  • Paris T.1 review

    February 26, 2021

    5.5/10

    This place had a great vibe which draws you in. But the service and food was not up to the par, especially for the price. The service was pushy and a little rude, demanding that we must order all our drinks and food immediately as we ONLY HAVE 2 HOURS! Then while we are enjoying our meals and drink, our waiter and table hands were consistently returning to take the single plate we finished amongst the five dishes, or to remind us of our limited timeframe. I would have enjoyed it more if the timeframe wasn’t a consistent reminder, and probably would have spent more money if they hadn’t been so pushy to make all our choices at the beginning. We would have enjoyed just somewhere to snack, catch up and drink heaps. This is not that place. Go to a little hole in the wall family owned business cause these guys are all about getting you in and out.

  • Justin H.1 review

    February 26, 2021

    8/10

    The girl that had been there for 2 days was very nice but the guy on the other hand he kept trying to upsell us drinks. Which was not appreciated as me and my palentine were enjoying out 1 litre frozen passion fruit mango strawberry margarita and did not need any more.

  • James W.1 review

    February 7, 2021

    9.5/10

    Greeted by interested people and promptly seated. Staff were informative and honest with menu selections. Above standard western Mexican menu selections that were presented with adequate serving utensils and dishes. Will go again.

  • Emily G.1 review

    January 27, 2021

    8/10

    The food was delicious, the staff were really lovely and friendly and we loved the decor and fairy lights. The vibe was great. Would have been nice to have some more South American modern music rather than western. Also, the cocktail drinks were delicious but for the price tag I don’t think they were strong enough. The tacos were amazing but probably a little bit overpriced.

  • Louise M.2 reviews

    January 8, 2021

    6/10

    I had been struggling to book into this place for a while and was super excited when I finally got a booking but was left a little disappointed by the end of it. The food wasn’t bad in any means, I had just expected something different. The service was fine but the restaurant could do with some love. It’s needs a little spruce and the music was not fitting with the atmosphere. I am glad I tried it but wouldn’t go again.

  • Linda O.5 reviews

    January 7, 2021

    8/10

    Great food, great drinks, great service. Will be back again soon.

  • Jody H.4 reviews

    December 11, 2020

    10/10

    Arrived 10min early and were seated no problems. Food and drinks came out very quickly and waitresses were friendly. Cannot fault this place. Had a great night

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How to get to the restaurant

Level 1 / 324 King Street, 2042, Newtown (NSW), Australia

Additional information

Enmore, Sydney Inner West

Features

, South American, , Tapas, Christmas and New Year

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