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The Mission Cantina

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
+1 413-230-3580
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant to try. Ever time we went by this place, it was packed. Finally we decided to stop in and try it and needless to say we will be back soon. Smallish in size, food is definitely big on flavor. Started with nacho chips and three different salsas which were addictive and... More 

Thank Patsy35_10
Northampton, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I heard about Mission Cantina 9 months after it opened never made a chance to make it down while it only occupied one side of the two-sided restaurant it is today. Boy, I was missing out and so have you if you haven't made it down. From the fantastic Mezcal Margaritas to Enchiladas with homemade mole sauce it is a... More 

Thank Cyrus S
Northampton, Massachusetts
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219 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

People kept raving about this place, but warned us that it is so popular that there is often a wait. We arrived early (about 5:30) and got the last available table. The food is very good, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the service is fine, and the margaritas are just as they should be.

Thank Mike L
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I've been here dozens of times and NEVER been disappointed. No exceptions this evening, and the service was above and beyond. Our loaded braised beef nachos were delicious but not quite hot enough, so our excellent waitress brought us a fresh basket of hot tortilla chips to finish the dish, no charge. Carnitas enchiladas "Christmas style" were outstanding. It was... More 

Thank sofismon
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Spicy and sweet drinks/food with the best specials around. Would eat there all the time if we lived closer!

Thank Nicole B
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

While the food is good, the wait is always long and they intentionally understaff. Simultaneously they will seat two people in a booth for 3 or 4 despite a table for two being open - it's enough to spoil dinner.

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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192 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great spot in south Amherst with amazing margaritas, good beer choices and super taco selection. The chips, salsa and guacamole is one of the best around.

Thank Pierre R
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We love Mission Cantina. If you're willing to sit and eat at the bar you just might get seated earlier. They are busy from the moment the doors open. Great selection of drinks from local brews to a variety of tequilas.

Thank TomP413
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Mission Cantina is a wonderful Tex-Mex/Mexican experience. The place is small and crowded and the wait can be an hour or more, but they make a mighty tasty margarita ( I had a ginger margarita which was awesome) and there is so much going on in this little hole in the wall that the time flies by. The warm homemade... More 

Thank Kaycee12561
Northampton, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you want mexican food in the Pioneer Valley, there is no place better, period. While there are some great Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian joints in Holyoke and South Hadley, Mission Cantina is the #1 Mexican stop you'll find. We probably end up here at least once every 6 weeks at the least. The taco plate is out of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 485 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3320
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-230-3580

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?