Glendale >Food & Dining > La Cabanita
3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA | Directions 9120834.201549 -118.227610
Neighborhoods: Montecito Park
Couild be great, but NOT quite – My wife and I have toured many of the best Mexican restaurants here in Southern California, the capitol of great mexican food outside of Mexico. Everytime a list of 10 best mexican restaurants comes out we visit each and make our decisions. La Cabanita was one of those restaurants. With high hopes we entered the cramped but quaint front area. There is a much larger dining area in back but we've never been seated back there. The good news was that the food tasted great!! The bad news is that the service was atrocious and impersonal. It took quite a long time to get asked for drinks. A while longer for our food order. When our order came to us both my wifes and mine was flawed. I asked for no cheese (lactose intolerant) and my wife asked for chicken not beef tacos and enchilada. When the correct order did arrive we loved it. Our recomendation is that they should give the chef a raise and give the wait staff and/or manager the boot.
great Food, Horrible service – I do like the food at La cabinita & I go to a lot of mexican restaurants!!! I have been there 3 times. So food is not the problem, it's the service, the service really drags this place down. they make you feel ignored, take a long time to come around to you. want another margarita??? forget about it. More chips??? better luck next time.
it's a shame because when you get bad service you usually don't return to a restaurant.
BEST MEX IN LA...BAR NONE. – I drive from Hollywood to Montrose 2-3 times a month JUST to eat here. The Chili Rellenos are the BEST I have ever eaten. Paired with the amazing chicken enchiladas in the black mole. Unbelieveable. So rich and chocolaty with the most sophisticated spices. The two salsas that come with the homemade chips are to die for, as are the soups that come with the combo meals. I take issue with the person who says the Chili Relleno are frozen. That is complete poppycock! This is truly a gem of a restaurant and I will continue to eat there, as will my children and their grandchildren. Period.
Casual Montrose Mexican eatery for families, friends and colossal margaritas. – In Short
Popular with locals for both its authentic Mexican cuisine and its giant, frosty margaritas, the three airy dining rooms are regularly bustling with a lively crowd of couples, families, and groups of friends. Huge 'rita glasses hang over the white-tiled bar, while giant murals, Latin American folk art and paintings make a colorful backdrop to the pleasant beat of salsa music. Specialties include pork with green mole, pork chops baked in pasilla sauce, pozole, carne asada and chile rellenos.
I MISS THE OLD LA CABANITA! – This was a tiny little shack when I first started eating there. The BEST Mexican food I ever had. Then they had to expand. This was done at the cost of service and quality of food. Ever bit into a half frozen Chile Rellnos? Neither had I until after the expansion. Typical long waits in the original version was extended to agonizingly long waits. And the quality of the food was obviously cheapened, you could taste the cheap cuts of beef and chicken from what was once the best.
And to top it all off, after you eat all that salty food they take the liberty to charge you for any soda refills. Thats pretty dang weak if you ask me. $6 for a couple of cokes, PER PERSON?!?! Thats just sheer greed people.
Most great restaurants take a turn for the worse after expanding...This one proves that.
Neighborhood Couple – Food was what we went there for and was as expected. Service was poor: We were a party of two. My husband watched the drinks we ordered at the bar for some time before they were delivered. The waiter had to ask who had what. When the food came the waiter had to ask who had what. We were given the wrong check for payment. We had to get up and hand the corrected bill with payment to the waiter and there was a real estate business care from the waiter in our bill -- TACKY. Like my husband saide, "After that service, would you buy a house from this guy?"
Don't believe the HYPE – I have read many positive reviews and articles about this establishment. I was truly unimpressed and found myself hoping for the dining experience to improve. The location is clean and the wait staff is responsive but that's it. The food is average at best. From the beginning, the chips are unsalted and greasy and the main courses lack any uniqueness. This is the first restaurant I have ever been to that does not have any seafood; not even one shrimp dish. The "famous" mole was too sweet and left an after-taste for days. There are other establishments or Mexican "chains" that will settle the Mexican food carving in a far superior manner.
Favorite Mexican, by far! – I have been a loyal fan of La Cabanita for many years now. Be sure to try the chuletas en chile pasilla, the most amazing pork chops you'll ever taste, and the green mole is heaven, too. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here, the waiters are very friendly and always remember me. Great margaritas, too!
Our neighborhood secret – i hate to let every in on our secret, because La Cabanita gets crowded enough, but this place is special. The moles are terrific, complex flavors and smooth texture. Service is very friendly and attentive. Prices are reasonable.
Simply the BEST! – Since moving to LA from the South, my wife and I have had a hard time finding quality Mexican food of the "non-baja fresh" variety. La Cabinita is, bar none, the best Mexican restaurant in LA. Tucked away in the Montrose/Glendale border...it offers Mexico City style cuisine. The Sopes Compuestos is an amazing dish and the Chiles en Nogada is simply incredible. The atmosphere is laid back and comfortable...and much improved since the recent expansion. Service is always good, and a waiter named "Louise" is always extra friendly and helpful. Don't miss the wonderful breakfasts, too!!
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