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Corolla Cantina

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$$ - $$$
American, Caribbean, Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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1159C Austin St, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla, NC 27927-9680 (Formerly Corolla Cantina Bar & Grill)
+1 252-597-1730
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

We made our first stop at the Corolla Cantina this summer after arriving in Corolla a little early for our house check-in. The Cantina was located across Route 12 from Twiddy and was absolutely the best was to kick off our vacation. We had a large party of three families and the the staff was more than accommodating and the... More 

Thank GingerSnapCracklePop
Honea Path, South Carolina
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191 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Typical tourist trap very average very expensive staff is excellent however the food quality does not match the price.

Thank srb1996
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

What a delicious little gem in the rough. From the outside I confess, our expectations were not high. But the service and food did not disappoint! Delicious food and fun canned craft brew selection (though they were out of some of our faves). All conveniently located near the Lighthouse, Whalehead Club, and 4x4 Access Area.

Thank Alexis M
Everett, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Grabbed some take out from Corolla Cantina for our last night at the beach. I had a crab quesadilla which was very good, although not very big. My wife had a big nacho dish which she enjoyed. Can't speak on the establishment, atmosphere or service. But it appeared to be a place that would be nice to sit down and... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Great food and service! The place is not too expensive, kid friendly and has great service. The only downfall is that they don't have draft beers.

Thank Princess421
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We had great service and everyone enjoyed their dinner I would recommend this to a friend. We met the owner and she was really nice, and I even bought a long sleeve super soft T-shirt.

Thank bhaleyzoo
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The definition of Cantina is "a bar" and they have that, so I don't know where all the preconceived notions of what kind of food this place serves or should serve come from. This staff is so fun and energetic, if they only served beer, that would be all right with me! The fact I can get some delicious chicken,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Our waitress Brittany was a real sweetheart, very attentive. Great quesadillas too! The fish and chips was phenomenal. Should not be surprised coming from NYC the small restaurants seem to have the best food and not expensive at all. We come to the outerbanks every year and now we have our go to place when we want great Mexican food.

Thank Susan B
New York
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Staff very nice, good food priced right. Cozy not too big some outside seating but would try to go early for dinner as it probably gets busy with the tasty food.

Thank NewYorkDad_of_2
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

On a positive note - The staff was pleasant, the ambience was relaxing and I was very excited and hungry. And the chicken quesadilla I had was very tasty. On the not so positive side - the smoothies were milk-based. I have lactose intolerance and yeah, I asked. My issue is not severe or life threatening like some folks with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Caribbean, Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1159C Austin St, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla, NC 27927-9680 (Formerly Corolla Cantina Bar & Grill)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Corolla
  • Phone Number: +1 252-597-1730
Corolla Cantina is located in the Corolla Light Town Center across from the Historical Whalehead Club. Look for the bronze horse!! Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week serving California/Baja style dishes w a twist. Enjoy your dinner and watch the sun go down over the Currituck sound w a frozen drink in hand on our patio. We are sure your gonna have a great time!!! See ya here!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?