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Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705-1031
+1 512-419-7482
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

My family was at the Seton Medical Center visiting a family member and needed to have dinner and directly across the street was Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina that was recommended by many of the staff at the hospital. So all 9 of us walked directly across the street for dinner. The staff was great, the food and selections were terrific,... More 

Thank Marty1960_13
Level Contributor
60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Ok place but don't think I will be back. We were there for a rehearsal dinner with a party of 20 or so. The food was cool when it came out and just didn't stand out to me as exceptional, granted we only had three choices of entrees to pick from. The service was good and employees were friendly. The... More 

Thank dpatterson20
austin, tx
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276 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

After close to three weeks out of the country, I was jonesing for some Mexican food, and so I headed for one of my go-to places, Santa Rita. Nothing fancy, just good food at a decent price, good 'Ritas, hot, thin chips with tasty salsa, and good service. There is a little patio for dining outdoors, and the Happy Hour... More 

Thank trawicki
Sherman, Texas
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167 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We ate here as a work group and everyone got something different! Every really liked what they got! I got a chicken plate that was very good. The salsa was pretty spicy and the rancho beans had some heat to them too! I would eat here again if I as in the the area!!

Thank txtrvlrs
Austin, Texas
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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

First - my bonafides. I grew up in Austin, went to UT, and have lived all around the state. Our family went to a lot of different Austin Tex Mex places, but - for the last 20 years or so - Santa Rita has been the choice. Sure, there are a lot of really good Mexican options in the foodie... More 

1 Thank Andaltex
Austin, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

Some of work group met up at the Santa Rita on 38th St for Happy Hour. We were upset when we left because the service was terrible, the appetizers were cold and the (server/manager) were being discriminatory toward us. Yes we were laughing loud and having a good time, but after the 2nd round of Margaritas, we were cut off.... More 

Thank Tali M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

Yesterday I visited this place with a bunch of friends. Friendly serves yet food was average at the most. Still would eat here

Thank Anderson P
Austin, Texas, United States
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118 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

Santa Rita is a good cantina in a good location. We enjoyed the Santa Rita Chalupas at an inexpensive price.

Thank Bennett S
Austin, Texas
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

Our server Alex was the most attentive server we have had in years. So personable and friendly. I ordered Tex Mex #1 and hubby ordered Tacos Al Pastor, both were above average dishes and were delicious! Great atmosphere and most importantly they were quick. We were in and out within 30 minutes! We will be sure to return to Santa... More 

Thank MizlizL
Austin, Texas
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100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Great food, not expensive, super friendly people, have been there about 4 times and will keep going back!

Thank Abel G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705-1031
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-419-7482

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