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Sunset Cantina

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86
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

916 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215-1204
United States
phone: (617) 731-8646

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 29
Photo of mynie
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Ahh... now I see what went wrong. I thought this was the Sunset Grill, which I had heard referred to as Boston's best beer bar, and which supposedly has over 100 taps. So when I got to the Cantina, I was a little disappointed because it only had 30 taps.

That, my friends, is the problem of a man who doesn't have any actual problems.

Anyhow, the tap selection was still geographically and stylistically diverse, and it contained a handful of rare-ish beers (Grapefruit Sculpin, Alpine's Duet), along with regional fare and German offerings. Nothing Belgian or Scandinavian on tap, but that just seems to be the way they run things in New England.

The vibe of the place is fairly bright and upbeat, but that may be because we went on one of the first warm days of Spring. Handful of TVs playing sports, lots of old and well-kempt beer swag including a pretty impressive tray collection, then lots of PoP merch for regional bands. I could see the place getting pretty loud and packed late at night, since BU is right across the street, but at 6 on a weeknight it was easy to find a seat and the clientele consisted mostly of people in their 30s and 40s.

Wait staff was friendly. As for the food--I had tacos, and they tasted very similar to the tacos they served in my grade school cafeteria. I don't mean that as an insult, however. It was actually refreshing to see a straightforward menu, without any dumbass attempts at "fusion" or whatever. I am really fucking tired of people adding soy sauce to Mexican food.

My only knock on the place is the lack of online beer menus. Everything else is pretty dang legit.

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4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Another Excellent Date Venue

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Here's the baby brother of the Sunset Grill in Alston (about a mile away on the same street, Beacon). The selection is not as extensive, but it is more than adequate for the typical beer bar.

The food is fine but nothing special. Kinda the typical stuff you find at a bar in Boston.

The beer selection is superior, but not as extensive as its big brother. I can usually find something I've never had before, which is, frankly, not easy.

Photo of mcguirmn
3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Not even close to Sunset Grill and Tap.

Never had a good experience with the waitstaff here. They either forget about you, or come to take your order but know nothing about the beer.

The beer selection is 100 times better at their allston location. Most of the time, when I would order interesting beers that I had never heard of, they either didn't have it, or couldn't find it. Not very good qualities for a bar that prides itself on its beer selection.

Most redeeming qualities are their margaritas and their food (which are both amazing)

Photo of david18
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I found out about this place on the Beer Advocate forum when looking for a good place to go on an upcoming visit to Boston. In general this is a very good place. My only problem is that it was very far out of the way from the center of town and I had to take a cab in both directions. I believe it's across the street from Boston University.

The tap selection was very good and there were at least four beers I had never had including selections from Clown Shoes, BBC and Kona. The bartender was very knowledgible and friendly and gave me a number of tastes. The bottle list is also very impressive. The menu looked interesting but i didn't get anything. It's a good place but I'm not sure if it was worth the trip especially after I discovered some good places closer to my hotel.

Photo of charliedvrs
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I'm at the Grille all the time. Love it. An old friend was in town and told us to meet her at the Cantina for dinner and some drinks.

The Cantina has the same vibe. Almost sports bar/almost chain restaurant with tons of decorations on the walls. All around a fun place to have dinner. Menu is the same as the Grille. Great burgers and sandwiches, awesome nachos, some quality mexican style cooking. All around fun place.

They list about 30 beers on tap on their menu - maybe a bit less. Still a decent amount but pales in comparison to the sister restaurant's 100+. My biggest problem came when my girlfriend and I walked up to the bar, and literally struck out on the first 4 beers we asked for. This wasn't 12 oclock on a Saturday night either, it was 7 oclock on a not too busy Wednesday. Our waitress didn't seem too knowledgeable about the beer list either, but at the least very friendly.

Maybe I'm being a little harsh on this place. It's just not a good beer bar. Come here if you like Margiratas and other mixed drinks but there are plenty of other options in the area if you're looking for a good brew.

Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After a few job interviews, I decided to have dinner here. The restaurant is across from Boston University's campus. The restaurant had some tables outside for the gorgeous day. Inside, the restaurant is somewhat long with a medium sized bar to your right. Lots of various memorabilia everywhere. Somewhat felt you were in some chain restaurant like a TGIFridays. But it had a novelty to it, almost like the Friendly Toast up in Portsmouth, NH when it comes to atmosphere.

A pretty large menu of food is offered at the restaurant. I went with their signature Fajita Pita Melt which was quite good. The restaurant seems very infamous for their margaritas. However, the beer they do have is wicked awesome. Some nice micros on tap (I had the Weyerbacher Pumpkin, which I never saw on tap).

Since it was 4:30 on a Wednesday, it was not too busy but lots of staff on hand. My bartender seemed very knowledgeable and friendly.

Overall, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Trailmix242
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Maybe I was expecting too much from their beer list but I was not impressed. They had around 30 or so drafts but nothing that yelled out try me and nothing that you can not see any where else. They use pint glasses for all of the beers which is not great. The different sizes they offer is nice though i am not a big fan of large beers since they just end up getting warm. The bottle list was also better than most places but again nothing special. Food wise they have an extensive menu leaning toward the southwest and cajun. I am always worried with menus this big and I was proven right again. The nachos were excellent but the tuna melt I had was barely warm. My buddy got the mac and cheese which had mushy pasta. Pretty impressive tequila list though. Service was excellent though.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

All the other reviewers have done a good job on the basics of this spot

"Smaller (in size and beer selection) then sister site Sunset Grill."

Cross the street from BU's hockey rink, five mins from Fenway, this place is friendly and relaxed, extensive and varied menu of worthy and tasty options. Go for the food, beer and tequila.
Plenty of quality Beer offerings, locals and from far and wide. Also extensive tequila options. I was with a school group of 50 (!) on this visit, they definitely know how to accommodate a large group and everybody enjoyed the athmosphere and the food. Enjoyable and certainly worth a visit if in the area.

Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This bar is a smaller version of the Sunset Grille, with a slightly different theme. The focus here is on Mexican fare. They have a lot of different Mexican food on the menu, which is generally pretty good. They also have dozens of tequilas behind the bar too, and the tequila flights are a good way to try a few different ones. The service and atmosphere is just about what you can expect to find at the Grille, a cool place filled with young people. The focus here is more on the bottled beers. They have a very good selection, but slightly scaled back from what you can find at the Grille. The prices are what you'd expect to pay for good beer. I had a Weybacher Blithering Idiot and an Ayinger Celebrator for $4.99 each. Overall, this is a great location for beers if you are on the BU stretch of Comm Ave. It's a great place if you are going to Agannis Arena.

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