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Diego's Cantina, University City, MO

Diego's Cantina

4.7
4.7
349 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 12 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 349 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and tasty food! Surprised by how good the bean dip was! Guacamole was a little onion-y. Loved our tacos - shrimp and fish were the 2 favs!
  2. S

    Steve

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with regular and vegan options, great atmosphere, and wonderful staff.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diego’s is a fantastic dining experience all around. The service is always absolutely superb - friendly, accommodating, prompt and enjoyable. Our waiter was witty, respectful and always ready to help make the experience the best it could be with recommendations and service. Now to the food - it’s the best. The grilled cheese shell is phenomenal….PHENOMENAL. A MUST. The margaritas are delicious with light, fruity flavor options that aren’t overly sweet. The queso is flaming, literally they light it on fire. And the grilled banana dessert is the perfect little sweet ending to a meal. The atmosphere is delightful with greenery and twinkle lights and cozy details all around. This place is trendy and cozy all at once with excellent service and food for decent prices. It’s one of my favorites and I highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Excellent quality of food and speed of service. Disappointed they do not serve beef.
  5. M

    Maureen

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food was great - service was questionable.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was pleasant for the most part. Server was very attentive but she was nice. Overall it was a decent night.
  7. AF

    AngelaF

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance at Diego’s! Great food fun drinks, as well as attentive service.
  8. DS

    DanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Recommendations from our server were excellent. Queso was awesome.
  9. A

    Alexandra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food here is always amazing but unfortunately our server Michael made our experience not only uncomfortable by giving us attitude more than once but also had messed up an order for someone who is vegetarian by serving her meat & charged alcohol on the tab of someone who is sober. Instead of apologizing he immediately blamed her for his mess up saying that she talked too much & got him confused on the order. To clarify on this particular interaction, she was asking questions about the soup and wanted the vegetarian/vegan option. To wrap up the night we wanted to do a round of shots, one other patron at our table is sober so we wanted to still include him so we asked for a "melted snowman shot", it's fine if he didn't know the term for a shot glass of water & we tried to explain it to him but he again got aggressive with his tone & became argumentative as well as making backhanded comments on our intelligence. Once he brought us back our round of shots, he once again tried to belittle our intelligence by saying what we ordered (melted snowman shot) was actually called an angel shot. Everyone at our table has worked in the industry before & immediately corrected this. An angel shot is code for "I need help because I don't feel safe", I hope that going forward the staff is educated on this term since it is universally known in the bar and restaurant industry & can really help save someone from danger. Of course we calmly tried to correct him but his tone got loud & aggressive once again, so we decided to close out our tabs. We wanted to leave immediately so we didn't even look at our tabs while closing out but my friend who doesn't drink realized his tab was higher than it should have been. We asked for receipts but after waiting for ~5 minutes & he didn't bring them we asked the bartender who gave it to us right away, sure enough he was charged for alcohol.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on December 11, 2022Hi Alexandra, We are absolutely horrified you had such an experience with our server. Michael is no longer employed with our company and we hope you visit again soon. Thank you for the informative details that helped us make such a decision.

  10. M

    Music123

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Very attractive place with good food. But WAY TOO LOUD. And waiter talked too much. Annoying !!
  11. G

    kayG

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One entree was good; the other extraordinary. Margaritas were yheh. House better than purist.
  12. S

    Sonja

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Great to have a separate vegan menu.
  13. LD

    LindsayD

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere. Very fun. The enchiladas were very good. The salsa was too tangy for me, and the house margaritas too tart.
  14. m

    meatlover

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience
  15. D

    Danielle

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening on the patio. This has become one of our favorites places. The food, service and atmosphere always makes us feel like we are on vacation. We had the dumpling soup (chochoyotes I think); I had the vegan one and my husband had the one with chicken. Will definitely order again and again.
  16. D

    Diane

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night, good food, fun atmosphere. A little loud by the bar, but we were by the bar so expected!
  17. MR

    MRPstl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Wish had more nonalcoholic beverage options
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sean, our waiter, was excellent
  19. JM

    JamieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best vegan Mexican menu in STL. Great food and service!
  20. g

    generous

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on a beautiful Saturday. Everything was fabulous!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food and cocktails were great, front of house needs a lot of work.
  22. AB

    AnnieBob

    St. Louis

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening to eat outside - our server was great and food and drink yummy!
  23. SZ

    SheriZ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service.
  24. E

    Eatfish3x

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service. A favorite place to grab tacos. Windows were open as it was after 7 pm got a little chilly but not too bad. Love the STL weather.
  25. EA

    EmilieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! I will be back! Menu is small but mighty!
  26. JB

    JellyB

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and yummy. Margaritas and chips are tasty.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, our waitress was friendly and the decor felt comfy.
  28. K

    Ksturner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual! Love the ambiance and great food!
  29. L

    Love2dine

    St. Louis

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great Mexican food. Vegan options. Margaritas with fresh squeezed juice. So much better than the chains. And the decor is great. The kitchen messed up my order, but other than that, we all really enjoyed it.
  30. TR

    TonyR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance - true to a south-of-the border feel with a touch of elegance. Clean as a whistle. Super charming servers - efficient and personable. Delicious food -- love the menu -- not too long, not too short. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
  31. JG

    JennG

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time and we can't wait to return! We sat on the patio - lots of shade - and started with the shrimp app and flaming cheese - both tasty. Michael was really informative about the "best items" and his recommendation of the shrimp taco was spot-on! Best taco I have had, with a cheesy layer in the shell. The Purist margaritas are exactly my style, but they had lots of options.
  32. C

    Cynthia

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food , nice atmosphere.
  33. JL

    JLH9201

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Diego’s. It’s our go-to restaurant for every occasion. We love the food, the people there, the ambience - just everything. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of the community!!
  34. s

    staceyh

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great...great atmosphere. Its casual but feels special. Service and food were top notch. I love the small player concept. We will be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we loved it!! best !

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Thanks, we hope to serve you again soon!

  36. GF

    GailF

    St. Louis

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This was our second time trying this place. The first time food and service were good, but it was too loud. This time service was slow. The appetizer was great, but the rest of the food came out cold. We sat inside by the front windows and when the sun came back out after the rain, it was blinding. Maybe some kind of solar shade could help. We paid out bill quickly and left. We won’t be back.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Hi GailF. Our apologies that your second experience wasn't up to your expectations. We did not go into business to provide sub par or slow service. The fact is, we are severely short staffed and have some new employees that are still training. I hope you can understand that we are doing our best. Thanks for the recommendation on the sunshade.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Poor food, poor service…..enough said

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Hi Anonymous. Details would be a little helpful for us to decipher your review. Regardless, we hope you have a great rest of your summer!

  38. MM

    MeMyself

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Diego's was the best upscale Mexican we've had in St. Louis. The drinks (margheritas), appetizer (flaming queso) and entrees were perfect. They were unique, interesting, well prepared and well seasoned. Servings were just the right size for the table, and were exciting to eat based on flavors, textures, colors and presentation. The service was incredible. Our server paced the drinks and appetizers to give us time to enjoy each others coming but not so much to have the evening drag. He was chatty but not intrusive, present but not overbearing, gracious but not subservient. We've never been to Diego's before, but we will definitely be back and we have already recommended Diego's to several friends.

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Hi MeMyself, We appreciate you taking the time to get into some details about your experience with us. Don't forget to sign up for our loyalty program, if you haven't already. Cheers!

  39. D

    Danielle

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place more and more! Bartender was really friendly and suggested some great tequilas that I normally would never try. Great education. Enfriojladas were divine and service was top notch!

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you, MarlaT. We are excited that you were able to try some new things; we do love educating people on tequila. Look for upcoming Tequila Dinners too. We look forward to serving you again in the near future!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time with friends from the others countries

    Diego's CantinaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank, Anonymous! We love that you brought your friends with you to enjoy our restaurant. The more, the merrier; cheers!

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 4.7 stars by 349 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 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • 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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