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Pappasito's Cantina

#208 of 3,045 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
St. Johns
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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6513 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78752-4303
+1 512-459-9214
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have eaten in this exact location since 1984. I live overseas now, but each time I make it to Austin I stop by. The food is the best. It is better than the one in San Antonio. Thank you so much for having Gluten Free options. So good.

Thank Ari001
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have family that loves going Pappasito's while visiting us from Michigan. We had a party of 10 and we're seated within 30 minutes. The service was good. We always order the chicken/beef fajitas and there is plenty share. We loved the table side guacamole and it was especially fresh this visit. We will be back.

Thank Travelgalforever
Round Rock, Texas
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been there many times over the years and I think I've tried everything on their menu. But it had been several months (maybe a year) since I was there and on a whim, we decided to visit for lunch on a Sunday. The food was every bit as good as, or maybe better than, I had remembered. We... More 

Thank HomeChefinTexas
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144 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was late in the day, so maybe that was the issue, but the salsa (both red and green) was watered down and lacked flavor. The beef fajitas lacked seasoning and were very tough. Disappointing evening

Thank Glenn K
Huntsville, Texas
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I took our adult son to dinner last night & had an excellent meal. Our son ordered the quail & it was wonderful. The good old Tex mex is hard to beat. Portions are large and service is OK. All and all, Pappasito's never disappoints.

Thank marycathyjoneslmp
Norfolk, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling alone for business I happened upon this restaurant on a Monday night. Lively atmosphere greeted me at the front door which is good for a solo diner. I took the meal at the bar and was met with a nice enough server. Chips and salsa appeared instantaneously. They were thin and a bit greasy but the salsa was good.... More 

Thank Lyn S
Fort Worth, Texas
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107 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to start by saying I really like Pappasito's. I love the food, the guacamole is amazing, the chips are light and fresh, the hot sauce is served warm and will not burn your taste buds away. Food is very flavorful. Service is always a bit slow, but they are always super busy, so calm down! The alcoholic drinks... More 

Thank Lisa B
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun cantina...it was packed, there was a roving but unobtrusive mariachi trio, and the food was good. We had a nice waiter, but he seemed like he was still learning, and not really great yet. We ordered table-side guacamole (which was excellent!) but as another reviewer said, the chips are so thin we had trouble scooping without... More 

Thank Janet A
Dallas, Texas
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187 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During a visit to UT, my family met at this Pappasito's for dinner. We enjoyed the usual casual dining atmosphere you know to expect with this concept. It happened to be my son's birthday and our waiter coordinated a birthday celebration with the mariachi singers that was great (as compared with the wait staff standing around the birthday boy and... More 

Thank Lon B
Casselberry, Florida
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171 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I tried Pappasito's Cantina because I love Mexican food and my hotel was right next to it. This place is always packed so I figured it had to be great. It was so-so and the noise and trouble getting service make it not worth the effort. Guacamole was excellent, salsa's were great and the chips as well. I ordered Ixtapa... 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
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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: 6513 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78752-4303
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > St. Johns
  • Neighbourhood: St. Johns
  • Phone Number: +1 512-459-9214

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