Hussong's Cantina

Price guide: Mid-range

3930 Las Vegas Blvd S Suite 121B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119

Price guide: Mid-range

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#2 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Las Vegas
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Singles, Live entertainment, Relaxation

Expert review of Hussong's Cantina

Restaurant quality Mexican food at café prices, this is some of the best value food in town.

Appearances can be deceptive. While the TV showing sports, laid back atmosphere and tourist tat on the walls makes Hussong’s Cantina look like any old bar-with-kitchen, this is one of my two favourite Mexican restaurants on the Strip (the other being Border Grill). It’s fantastic value, the food is incredible and the vibe is relaxed without getting rowdy.

Food and drink: 

The original Hussong’s in Ensenada, Baja California (this is the first restaurant outside Mexico), claims to be the birthplace of the margarita, and you won’t care whether that’s true when you taste these – they’re incredibly strong and not too sweet. But it’s the food that’s really special here – there’s an extensive menu covering everything from “gringo food” (burritos) to hard core Mexican dishes such as tongue and bone marrow tacos. 

Recommended dishes: 

My absolute must haves? The Elote Plazero – cheesy, spicy corn on the cob makes the best starter imaginable – and the main course of grilled half chicken with a membrillo glaze, sweetcorn mash and spicy sauce. Divine.

Ambience: 

Super-relaxed and fun – on weekends, there’s even a mariachi band who’ll croon anything you like, from traditional Mexican songs to Michael Jackson. It can get a bit rowdy on weekends, but it’s more of a fun rowdiness than an irritating one.

Service: 

Variable. I’ve always found the door staff to be charming but sometimes the service has been slow. Also, I always end up landing the relentlessly fake friendly waitress, which gets on my wick.

Location: 

It’s part of The Shoppes At Mandalay Place, which connect Mandalay Bay and Luxor, so just south of the Strip proper. It’s worth the hike, though.

Price advice: 

Starters from US$4.95, mains from US$11.95. Excellent value.

More information on Hussong's Cantina:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Mexican
Address:
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S Suite 121B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119
Telephone:
702-553-0123
Website:
http://www.hussongslasvegas.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
11am-2am daily, although it has a tendency to close early on slow nights.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Cheap eats

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