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Diego's Cantina, University City, MO

Diego's Cantina

4.4
4.4
434 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Voted Best New Restaurant by St. Louis Magazine and Feast Magazine. St. Louis Magazine A-List Restaurant. Our Queso Flameado, is described as St. Louis' Best Queso by food editor, Ian Froeb of The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

We are an elevated Mexican restaurant with a beautiful, yet casual atmosphere. Located in a quaint residential area in University City, just steps from Clayton, our tropical oasis awaits you. Our menu is comprised of mostly small plates so you can experience multiple items to satisfy your palate. You can't go wrong with our costra (grilled cheese) tacos, sheetpan nachos, enchiladas or barramundi tacos. Our margaritas and cocktails are made with fresh juice, squeezed in house and only the best ingredients. Relax on our patio, open air or garden dining rooms. We have all day happy hour.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (314) 553-9906
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    We can provide event space for up to 50 guests. Please contact us during normal business hours to discuss with our event and catering manager, Michael.
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Cross street
    Delmar
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 434 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Louis

    Healthy

  • St. Louis

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Midtown

    Innovative

  • Midtown

    Healthy

  • Midtown

    Great for outdoor dining

434 Reviews
  1. JimN

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A comfortable, easy dinner. The server was very knowledgeable and friendly; things went at a good pace.

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  2. 30Auguie33

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is awesome, outer server was knowledgeable, food plates are small

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time. Excellent service. The food is good and we can count on a good meal.

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  4. ralphs

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to Diego's for the vegan menu! I had tacos , fiesta salad and red wine. Everything was fabulous! Such a nice ambience

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute and quaint restaurant with a nice vibe. Our service was excellent, stayed on top of us all night. Food was good as well, I opted for all of the happy hour deals and was pleasantly satisfied with everything from the chips and salsa to the drinks! Will definitely be back.

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  6. CityDiner

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresh food, great service, great place. Throughly enjoyed the shrimp bowl.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chicken burrito is the best! I get it every time! :)

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  8. RebeccaH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was a little slow but great food and great atmosphere.

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  9. GretchenH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and Service was very good. Appreciated the way the team worked together. A little surprised at the expense, but overall a nice experience.

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  10. Aflh2o

    St. Louis

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and good service. Really cute place. The Old Fashion cocktail was delicious!

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  11. DebbiG

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation. It was not crowded. Our waitress was nice but very inefficient. She got my order wrong. We had to ask for same things three or four times before we actually got them. We waited a very long time when they made a mistake we ordered dessert. The food is good, but I would say overpriced overall if you include the poor service.

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  12. TimH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and it was a pleasant surprise. Very reasonable pricing and great food.

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  13. Carlos

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and service was great! We saw a lot of larger parties so we plan on bringing friends and family when they are in town for the holidays. Can't wait to return!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was great the food was not what I had expected.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasted like vending machine food. Fish was overcooked and to be sitting under heat lamp for some time. Vegan tacos were pretty ok. Mexican coke was the highlight of the night 🥴

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  16. JennaB

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow and they were not busy. Food was mediocre. Disappointing as I’ve been there in the past and was telling Eve one how amazing it was

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    paper straws but had the heat on with the doors open lol

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Carlos

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diego's was fantastic! The patio setting was lovely, and the chicken soup was the perfect comfort food and warmed us up. My wife loved the spicy margarita. Can't wait to return.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most stylish Mexican restaurant in St Louis. The food and drinks were the best! I had the flaming queso, the turky taco, and the smokin hot. Jeff, the bartender was so fun to talk to! I just can’t say enough great things about this place, I’ll def be back and will bring friends. Excited to check out Bonito next door!

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  20. Neff

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff that Jeff bartender is super cute definitely going back to that see bartender

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One the best spicy margaritas in town! Amazing staff! Great service!

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  22. Carlos

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very refreshing. TBH, I didn't think I'd be able to find this good of Mexican in the midwest. The vibe and service were great too. I recommend drinking some tequila, they have some of the cheapest prices I've seen in a long time - maybe it's being in the midwest, I don't know.

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  23. JohnN

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good and service fine. Their website says that they have half of on selected wine on Wednesday. When I asked about that they said the website needed to be updated and that they could not honor it. I was very disappointed that they chose not to give us that price. We went there in part because of the discount on wine. I will not go back because of this.
    Diego's CantinaResponded on October 12, 2023
    Hi John. We are absolutely sorry that this has happened. Our general manager did not know of this and it seemed that the server didn't check with management. We absolutely would have honored the discounted price as it is our fault our website hasn't been updated. Clearly, this put a damper on your evening. We invite you in again, if you will, and we will certainly honor the half off wine bottle price on any day of the week for you. Again, our server never should have not made that judgement and we will discuss it in our shift meeting this evening. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the opportunity to make amends.

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  24. Carlos

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic happy hour deals - delicious hibiscus margarita and loved the costra trio. Can't wait to return!

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  25. JABear

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing margaritas, the queso was perfect, and the atmosphere is great.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. JeffD

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten much better tacos at Taco Buddha and Mission Taco.
    Diego's CantinaResponded on October 9, 2023
    Hey Jeff. We appreciate your taste for variety, but why not celebrate the diverse taco scene in St. Louis instead of knocking us down? Let's taco 'bout love for all flavors! ❤️🌮🇲🇽

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    service and food are fantastic. Love it every time

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s time to add beef and pork options to the menu. The booth seats are very uncomfortable. Other than that I really enjoyed my margarita and shrimp burrito, and it’s such a cute spot
    Diego's CantinaResponded on September 24, 2023
    We're thrilled you enjoyed the margarita and shrimp burrito! However, we're committed to being beef and pork free. Your feedback means a lot.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was super duper tasty and the vibes were immaculate.

    2 people found this helpful

  30. miguel

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a reservation for the patio made 3 days in advance. We were seated right by the street near the sewer and the smell of the sewer was not pleasant. Also, there were empty tables on the deck area the entire time during our visit. Our waters were empty more than refilled during our visit also.
    Diego's CantinaResponded on September 24, 2023
    We apologize for your unpleasant experience. We've taken immediate action to address the issue with MSD and are providing additional training to our staff to ensure a better visit next time. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we hope you'll give us another chance to provide a more enjoyable dining experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. LiseB

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had been there twice. This time food not as good. Fish taco was bland. Shrimp fajita bowl only ok…needed more spice/flavor.!large guacamole appetizer was quite small & expensive for the amount.

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  32. foodforlife

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the service was great. Our table was close to the bar, so it was a little noisy - but overall not too bad.

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  33. MelissaS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though it was very good, we were a little disappointed in the size of the $9 guacamole. We came here for the vegan options for 2 family members and they both said it was very good.

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  34. Jenny

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Service from Taylor was great!

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  35. BKP1

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went towards the end of happy hour. We ordered the nachos and margaritas. The nachos had good flavor however they didn't layer the topping so everything underneath was dry. The margaritas had an overpowering lime taste. The shrimp burrito was fine however it just lacked overall flavor. Our server was great that was highpoint of meal.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so disappointing, nothing was hot, and nothing was seasoned well. Very disappointing experience.

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  37. JaiceB

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diego's Cantina is a wonderful addition to the St.Louis Mexican cuisine scene, offering an "Elevated-Twist on Authentic Mexican Street Food". Great wine list. Even better Tequila offering. Small plates, fresh salads, wonderful guacamole, Shrimp TACOS omg. Casually posh environment. Great for date night without being too stuffy. The owner is amazing with a brilliant mind for creating experiences. Love this place AND Frida's!

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  38. ENoz

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliably delicious! Great margaritas and food and dedicated staff.

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  39. Shilt

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drink options are very good. We sat on the patio, and it was very pleasant. For an appetizer we ordered the queso, which was not as good as advertised. For an entree, I had chicken tacos which were very flavorful (added the jalapeño salsa which I highly recommend). Another in my group had the chicken burrito smothered in queso. It was good, full of chicken, and definitely smothered. The Vegan Fajita Bowl was not a favorite. It lacked flavor. The Costra de Pollo was very good. If drinking wine, I would opt for the bottle as the pours for a glass are very meager.

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  40. CatherineM

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diego's is just FUN. My friend and I sat inside, but felt like we were outside with the large windows open to the patio. These margaritas don't have any fake flavors, with every sip being delicious. I always get the Chicken Enchiladas Verdes. Their Flameado Queso is wonderful (not easy to find good queso). The artwork and decor is just so perfectly curated for that space. Diego's is a great value (so don't go raising your prices up a bunch unnecessarily!). I love it here!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Diego's Cantina using the Order Online button. Diego's Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 553-9906.

Diego's Cantina is rated 4.4 stars by 434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Diego's Cantina

630 North & South Road, University City, MO 63130

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Delmar
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (314) 553-9906
  • Private party facilities
    We can provide event space for up to 50 guests. Please contact us during normal business hours to discuss with our event and catering manager, Michael.
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