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Margaret's Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Ste I, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1541
+1 919-942-4745
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Margaret's has a take on Southwest / Mexican food that is completely and totally their own. I have loved their tempeh burritos for as long as I've lived in Chapel Hill, and have never found another place that offers anything similar. Great people, great atmosphere, locally-sourced food... One of those places you love to come back to!

Thank Zemo T
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

If you haven't been to Margaret's in the past year, some things have changed. The name is the same, some of the same friendly staff remains, and the menu item names are largely the same, but the food and the service are oh-so-different. My favorite dish has long been the vegetarian pozole. It was rich and tasty with enough tofu... More 

Thank Cronenc
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Margarets Cantina is our favorite "comfort" restaurant. It is close to our home and we love the food choices. We came in Saturday night and had our first ever disappointment. The food was to our liking as usual, but the service was inattentive and the wait time for the food to arrive was much longer than normal. If the restaurant... More 

Thank Ned M
Hardyston Township, New Jersey
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161 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped in based on Trip Advisor reviews - was not disappointed! Don't be fooled by the location. Once you pass through the doors you'll find a laid-back, cool, Mexico-meets-Jimmy-Buffet kind of vibe. Mild din throughout the room - enough without feeling noisy. Interesting, fresh and local-fare influenced menu. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan (and gluten-free) choices. Tuna roll appy was... More 

Thank adeluciajr
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

My wife and I went last night. We have gone several times. I always prefer their vegetarian dishes such as the quesadillas although I have had chicken and beef. Last night was the Nachos Grande without any added meat. Fresh ingredients and a salsa sauce I like. We were the only ones seated outside last night although it was perfect... More 

Thank Vaughn G
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Sit at the bar, meet wonderful people and order a Cuban quesadilla ! The shrimp cocktail appetitizer is unusual and healthy!

Thank Harvey J
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Very helpful staff, helped me order. packed left overs. no wait. extensive menu in a mall easy to park

Thank Laura F
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442 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Searching for lunch on our navigator, we were expecting Mexican, and disappointed when we were directed to a strip mall location near a grocery store, but walked in to find more of a downtown bistro feel than the typical Mexican decor. There are no standard comp chips and salsa either, but you won't miss them as you peruse the menu... More 

Silver City, New Mexico
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill. Although one might try to describe this as a Mexican restaurant, I think the website is right on with calling in Southwestern, now that I have spent some time in the Southwest. While I usually get my favorite burrito with green Chile sauce(very good) , I always look for the specials on... More 

Thank Albert008
Durham, North Carolina
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90 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We went on a Friday night and were so excited to see that the specials were back. There was a period of uncertainty and turnover after the original owner (Margaret) had to leave and sell the restaurant because of health problems. Happily, the new owner has wisely left the old menu as is, and the staff have come up with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Ste I, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1541
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-942-4745

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