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La Cantina Bar & Grill serves authentic Mexican cuisine using traditional techniques and the freshest of ingredients. In addition to our dining menu full of Mexican favorites from Nacho Platters to Lomo en Salsa de Arbol, we are proud to offer a full VEGAN menu with vegan meats, cheeses, sour cream and all other vegan ingredients.

Our bar is packed full of Chicago’s widest range of tequila and mezcale choices. Fresh, delicious margaritas and cocktails are crafted to be both unique and accessible. We carry a large selection of domestic, craft and Mexican beers and are also known for having the Chicago’s best Sangria.

We are located south of Millennium Park, east of Soldier Field and very near McCormick Place in Chicago’s fast growing South Loop neighborhood. We are also proud to serve the Columbia College community of students and faculty and offer a special STUDENT Lunch Menu Mondays – Fridays. Check out our CATERING and DELIVERY menus for your next private event or party. ORDER ONLINE NOW for fast, easy hot delivery or pick-up.


DINING MENU

items and prices subject to change.


    • BOTANAS/APPETIZERS

    • Ceviche Cantina

      13.95

      Tilapia filet marinated in lime juice, garlic, cilantro, hot pepper, onion, corn and spices.
      Add jumbo shrimp $6

    • Coctel de Camarones

      16.95

      Shrimp cocktail in tomato sauce garnished with diced onions, cilantro, avocado, lime juice and a hint of  jalapeño.

    • Mini Quesadillas

      7.95

      2 quesadillas cut into 8 pieces, stuffed with cheese and choice of veggies.
      Add chicken or steak $3

    • Queso Fundido

      7.95

      Melted Mexican cheese served with your choice of our salsa verde or roja. served with tortilla chips.  Add chorizo, grilled onions or poblano peppers $1.

    • Mini-Chimichangas

      8.95

      Mini-burritos (4), stuffed with your choice of steak or chicken and beans, fried and topped with sour cream and guacamole.

    • Guacamole

      7.95

      Our mouth watering guacamole made with only the freshest ingredients.

    • Tamales

      6.95

      Your choice of 2 handmade pork or chicken filled tamales.

    • Queso Panela

      9.95

      Panela cheese in olive oil, garlic, oregano and thyme, served in our red sauce.

    • Fried or Grilled Shrimp

      16.95

      Jumbo butterflied shrimp breaded and deep fried. Served with cocktail sauce.

    • Nacho Platters

      per item

      Made with Chihuahua cheese, beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa ranchera and sour cream topped with your choice of:
      Cheese 9.95
      Chicken 11.95
      Steak 11.95
      Pork 11.95
      Ground Beef 11.95
      Grilled Veggies 11.95
      Shrimp 16.95

    • TACOS LA CANTINA

    • Served with your choice of cilantro and onions, or with lettuce, tomato and cheese.

      per item

      Chicken 9.95
      Pork Carnitas 9.95
      Ground Beef 9.95
      Steak 9.95
      Al Pastor 9.95
      Chicken Tinga 9.95
      Steak Tinga 9.95 
      Chorizo 9.95
      Egg & Chorizo 9.95
      Beer Battered Tilapia 12.95       
      Vegetarian Grilled 9.95

      Served in its own sauce:
      Tilapia & Shrimp Roja 17.95      
      Tilapia Salsa Roja 12.95 
      Shrimp Salsa Roja 14.95 
      Chicken Mole Sauce 10.95

    • PESCADO/SEAFOOD

      Served with rice, beans and pico de gallo.

    • Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

      17.95

      Jumbo shrimp cooked just right and basted with a fresh garlic butter sauce featuring cilantro, onions and fresh tomatoes.

    • Tinga de Camarones

      17.95

      Grilled shrimp with tomatoes, onions, and chipotle pepper.

    • Tilapia al Mojo de Ajo

      15.95

      Tilapia cooked just right and basted with a fresh garlic butter sauce featuring cilantro, green onions and fresh tomatoes. Add shrimp for $6.

    • Filete de Pescado

      14.95

      Fresh tilapia breaded and fried or unbreaded and broiled.

    • Fried Shrimp

      18.95

      Jumbo butterflied shrimp breaded and fried. Served with french fries. (Does not include rice, beans, and pico de gallo)

    • Camarones a la Diabla

      17.95

      Jumbo butterflied shrimp in our spicy Guerrero sauce.

    • Tilapia a la Diabla

      15.95

      Tilapia fillet simmered in our spicy Guerrero sauce.

    • COMBINATIONS

    • Parrillada Mixta (Serves 2 Adults)

      44.95

      Mixed grilled steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, chorizo, tilapia, and green onions. Served with rice, beans, and choice of tortillas.

    • Flautas y Enchiladas

      14.95

      Three crispy chickne flautas and two chicken enchiladas with your choice of our famous mole sauce or our tasty salsa verde or roja.

    • El Gordo

      18.95

      Two steak, chicken or pork tacos, Two chicken enchiladas and Two chicken tostadas.

    • ENSALADAS/SALADS

    • Add grilled chicken, steak or ground beef $3. Add tilapia $5. Add shrimp $6

    • Garden Salad

      7.95

      Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese and garnished with fried tortilla strips and avocado.

    • Spinach Salad

      9.95

      Fresh spinach with hearts of romaine, vine ripe tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, cucumbers, white onions and carrots with your choice of dressing.

    • Caesar Salad

      7.95

      Hearts of romaine with Caesar dressing.

    • Chipotle Chicken Salad

      10.95

      Romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, cheese, cucumbers with our homemade creamy chipotle ranch dressing. Topped with a grilled chipotle-marinated chicken breast.

    • Taco Salad

      10.95

      Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, rice, beans and sour cream, served in a homemade tortilla bowl.

    • Dressings: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Creamy Caesar, Chunky Blue Cheese, French, Classic Italian, Creamy Ranch, Raspberry Vinaigrette.

    • MEAT and CHICKEN

    • Zamora

      16.95

      Char-grilled steak or chicken topped with charro beans and served with cactus salad.

    • Bistec o Pollo a la Tampiqueña

      16.95

      Marinated 12 oz. steak or chicken breast char-grilled to perfection. Served with a cheese enchilada, guacamole and sour cream.

    • Bistec a la Mexicana

      14.95

      Sauteed skirt steak strips, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, salsa roja, jalapenos and cilantro.

    • Lomo a la Cantina

      13.95

      Steak or chicken with onions, tomato and cilantro mixed with roasted potatoes in our mild salsa roja.

    • Lomo en Salsa de Arbol

      13.95

      Steak or chicken simmered in a spicy chile de arbol sauce with tomatillo.

    • Grilled Arrachera

      16.95

      Char-grilled 12 oz. skirt steak.

    • Pollo en Salsa Verde

      13.95

      Tender slices of chicken breast simmered in our spicy salsa verde.

    • Pollo Michoacano (Pollo en Mole)

      13.95

      Tender whole pieces of chicken simmered in our delicious mole sauce.

    • Pollo en Salsa

      14.95

      Chipotle Grilled chicken breast sautéed with zucchini, onions and tomatoes in our chipotle salsa.

    • Pechuga Reyena

      15.95

      Chicken breast stuffed with chihuahua cheese, spinach, onions, bacon, and garlic, covered in our salsa poblano. Allow 35 minutes.

    • Pollo a la Parrilla

      14.95

      ½ chicken char-grilled. Allow 35 minutes.

    • BURRITOS

    • All Burritos: A large tortilla packed with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Suizo (melted cheese & red sauce on top $2)

      per item

      Chicken 10.95
      Steak 10.95
      Pork 10.95
      Ground Beef  10.95
      Tilapia 13.95   
      Tilapia & Shrimp 16.95
      Shrimp 16.95   
      Vegetarian Grilled 11.95
      Chorizo 10.95   
      Chicken Tinga 10.95
      Steak Tinga 10.95   
      Chicken & Mole Sauce 12.95

    • QUESADILLAS

    • Flour tortillas filled with melted cheese

      per item

      Cheese 8.95
      Chicken 10.95
      Steak 10.95
      Pork 10.95
      Ground Beef 10.95
      Tilapia 13.95
      Tilapia & Shrimp 17.95
      Shrimp 16.95
      Vegetarian Grilled 12.95
      Chorizo 10.95
      Steak Tinga 10.95
      Poblano Peppers. 9.95
      Mushrooms 9.95
      Grilled Jalapeño 9.95

    • FAJITA GRILL

    • Grilled with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini and served with your choice of warm corn or flour tortillas

      per item

      Chicken 13.95
      Pork 13.95
      Steak 14.95
      Shrimp 17.95
      Steak & Shrimp 18.95
      Chicken & Shrimp 16.95
      Tilapia & Shrimp 18.95
      Vegetarian (includes mushrooms) 13.95


VEGAN MENU

    • VEGAN APPETIZERS

    • Vegan Cheese Mini-Quesadillas

      9.95

      Served with pico de gallo and sour cream.

    • Vegan Cheese & Chorizo Mini-Quesadillas

      12.95

      Served with pico de gallo and sour cream.

    • Vegan Cheese & Ground Beef Mini-Quesadillas

      12.95

      Served with pico de gallo and sour cream.

    • Vegan Grilled Veggie Mini-Quesadillas

      11.95

      Served with pico de gallo and topped with guacamole, sour cream and vegan cheese. Stuffed with cheeser, rice and beans.

    • Vegan Grilled Veggie Mini-Chimichangas

      10.95

      Served with pico de gallo and topped with guacamole, sour cream and vegan cheese. Stuffed with cheeser, rice and beans.

    • Vegan Chorizo Mini-Chimichangas

      11.95

      Served with pico de gallo and topped with guacamole, sour cream and vegan cheese. Stuffed with cheeser, rice and beans.

    • Vegan Ground Beef Mini-Chimichangas

      11.95

      Served with pico de gallo and topped with guacamole, sour cream and vegan cheese. Stuffed with cheeser, rice and beans.

    • Vegan Guacamole

      7.95

      Our mouth-watering guacamole made with only the freshest ingredients.

    • Vegan Tortilla Soup

      4.95
    • Vegan Vegetable Soup

      4.95
    • VEGAN CHILI RELLENOS

    • Vegan Chiles Rellenos

      14.95

      Served with rice and beans and topped with salsa ranchera and sour cream.

    • VEGAN NACHOS

    • Vegan Nachos topped with salsa ranchera, refried beans lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and jalapenos en vinagra.

      per item

      Vegan Cheese nachos 11.95

      Vegan Chorizo Nachos 12.95

      Vegan Grilled Veggie Nachos 12.95

      Vegan Ground Beef Nachos 12.95

    • VEGAN TORTAS

    • Vegan Tortas stuffed with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and guacamole and served with rice and beans.

      per item

      Vegan Chorizo Tortas 11.95

      Vegan Grilled Veggie Tortas 10.95

      Vegan Ground Beef Tortas 11.95

    • VEGAN QUESADILLAS

    • Vegan Quesadillas served with rice and beans

      per item

      Vegan Cheese 10.95

      Vegan Grilled Veggie 12.95

      Vegan Ground Beef 13.95

      Vegan Chorizo 13.95

      Vegan Poblano 12.95

    • VEGAN BURRITOS

    • Vegan Burritos stuffed with vegan sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, beans and cheese and served with rice and beans.

      per item

      Vegan Grilled Veggie Burrito 11.95

      Vegan Bean and Cheese Burrito 10.95

      Vegan Chorizo Burrito 12.95

      Vegan Ground Beef Burrito 12.95

    • VEGAN CHIMICHANGAS

    • Vegan Chiminchagas stuffed with cheese, topped with guacamole, sour cream and cheese and served with rice and beans.

      per item

      Vegan Chorizo Chimichanga 11.95

      Vegan Grilled Veggie Chimichanga 11.95

      Vegan Ground Beef Chimichanga 11.95

    • VEGAN TACOS

    • Vegan Tacos: topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese and served with rice and beans.

      per item

      3 Vegan Chorizo Tacos 10.95

      3 Vegan Grilled Veggie Tacos 9.95

      3 Vegan Ground Beef Tacos 10.95

    • VEGAN ENCHILADAS

    • Vegan Enchiladas topped with choice of salsa roja, salsa verde or mole sauce and sour cream. Served with rice and beans.

      per item

      Vegan Cheese Enchiladas 12.95

      Vegan Chorizo Enchiladas 13.95

      Vegan Grilled Veggie Enchiladas 12.95

      Vegan Ground Beef Enchiladas 13.95

    • VEGAN FAJITAS

    • Vegan Grilled Veggie Fajitas

      13.95

      Vegan fajitas served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and choice of tortilla.

    • VEGAN SIDES

    • Vegan Side Dishes

      per item

      Vegan Cactus Salad 2.95

      Vegan Pico de Gallo 1.00

      Vegan Guacamole 1.00

      Vegan Rice 2.50

      Vegan Beans 2.50


 

MARGARITAS & COCKTAILS

    • MARGARITAS

    • Nina Margarita

      Our famous 19 oz. frozen lime margarita topped with our red sangria (frozen only)

    • Grapefruit Margarita

      Original winning Finlandia vodka margarita at the first annual Cantina drink contest.

    • El Remedio

      Your choice of any of our Mexican beers, a shot of Don Amado Mezcal Reposado, or los Amantes Mezcal Reposado, tomato juice, fresh squeeze lemon juice, chile powder, served in a 27.5 oz. salt rimmed glass.

    • Million Dollar Margarita

      Don Julio Reposado, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice.

    • COCKTAILS

    • Tequila Sunrise

      Jose Cuervo Tradicional blanco, 100% Blue Agave, fresh orange juice, and a splash of fresh cherry juice.

    • Poloma

      Maestro Dobel Reposado 100% agave Tequila, grapefruit soda, and fresh lime juice.

    • El Remedio

      Your choice of any of our Mexican beers, a shot of Don Amado Mezcal Reposado, or los Amantes Mezcal Reposado, tomato juice, fresh squeeze lemon juice, chile powder, served in a 27.5 oz. salt rimmed glass.

    • Salma Hayek

      Olmeca Altos Blanco 100% Blue Agave, fresh lime juice, muddled cucumbers, simple syrup, and a splash of soda water, served on a chile powder and salt rimmed glass.

    • Drunken Berry

      Bacardi dragon berry strawberry rum, passion fruit vodka, and lemon-lime soda.

    • Caipirinha

      Leblon Cachaça, muddled fresh lime, simple syrup, on the rocks

    • Mojitos

      Cruzan rum, fresh lime, mint, simple syrup, finished with a splacsh of club soda.

      Flavors: strawberry - Mango - Passion Fruit - Cherry - Pineapple - Coconut - Peach - Raspberry - Strawberry

    • Malibu Mango Martini

      Malibu mango rum, triple sec, splash of fresh Orange juice, served on a sugared rim glass.

 


 

TEQUILAS & MEZCALES

    • BLANCO

    • Tequilas Blanco

      This Tequila is transparent in color, twice distilled and the tequilas on this list are all 100% product of the Blue Agave plant. Usually not aged, the tequila is bottle in Mexico within 60 days from production.

      Cabo Wabo Blanco

      Patrón Silver 

      Casa Noble Cristal (triple distilled Organic)

      Gran Centenario Plata (Aged 26 Days in Oak) 

      Tres Generaciones Plata (triple distilled Organic )

      Fortaleza Blanco 

      Avión Silver

      1800 Silver

      Sauza Hornitos Plata

      Herradura Blanco 

      Partida Blanco

      Jose Cuervo Tradicional Blanco 

      Don Julio Blanco

      Olmeca Altos Plata 

      Corazón

      Kah Silver

      1921 El Tesoro Platinum

      Espolón Blanco

      Milagro

      Corralejo

      Lunazul Blanco

      Siete Leguas Blanco

      Cazadores Blanco 

      Calle 23 Silver

      Corzo Blanco

      Reposado

       

    • ANEJO

    • Tequilas Añejo

      "Añejo", means "Aged." This Tequila is aged for a minimum of 12 months in Oak Barrels. The color is a deep amber, aromas of vanilla, wood,and caramel influence the nose, taste. The finish is complex and long.

      Cabo wabo Añejo

      Casa Noble Añejo

      Avión Añejo

      Kah Añejo 

      Gran Centenario Añejo

      Partida Añejo

      El Tesoro Añejo

      Patrón Añejo

      Hornitos Añejo

      Patrón Roca Añejo

      1800 Añejo

      Fortaleza Añejo

      Calle 23 Añejo

      Don Julio Añejo

      Cazadores Añejo

      Herradure Añejo

      Corralejo Añejo

      Milagro Añejo

      Corzo Añejo

    • REPOSADO

    • Tequilas Reposado

      "Reposado", means "Rested." This Tequila is aged for a minimum of 2 months and up to 11 months in Oak Barrels. The color is light amber and notes of vanilla, wood, and caramel influence the nose, taste and finish of the Tequila.

      1800 Reposado

      Cabo Wabo Reposado

      Partida Reposado

      Casa Noble Reposado

      Kah Tequila (100 Proof) 

      Olmeca Altos Reposado

      El Tesoro de Don Felipe Reposado 

      Hornitos Reposado

      Tres Generaciones Reposado

      El Tesoro Reposado

      Patrón Reposado 

      Gran Centenario Reposado

      Patrón Roca Reposado 

      Espolón Reposado

      Avión 

      Cazadores Reposado

      Corralejo Reposado

      Herradura Reposado

      Fortaleza Reposado

      Corazón Reposado

      Don Julio Reposado

      Calle 23 Reposado

      Corzo Reposado

      Milagro Reposado

      Arte NOM Selección 1414 Reposado 

      Lunazul Reposado

      Fortaleza Reposado

    • EXTRA ANEJO

    • Tequila Extra Añejo

      Casa Noble single barrel 5yrs

      Partida Elegante

      El Tesoro Paradiso

      Gran Patrón Burdeos

      Maestro Dobel Diamante

      Avión Reserva 44 

      Herradura Selección Suprema

      Don Julio Real

      Don Julio 1942 

    • EXTRA AGED SILVER

    • Tequila Extra Aged Silver

      These tequilas are aged usually a minimum of 1 year, then through special process of filtration becomes silver in color but retains the qualities and taste of an aged tequila.

      Casa Dragones (blend of 5yrs and Silver)

      Don Julio 70 

      Patrón Gran Platinum (Triple distilled )

    • MEZCALES

    • Mezcales

      Del Maguey Vida

      Illegal Reposado 

      Don Amado

      Fidencio Clasico 

      Zignum Silver

      Zignum Reposado 


STUDENT LUNCH MENU

    • LUNCH & STUDENT

    • Served with rice, beans and pico de gallo

      Sub shrimp 4. Sub tilapia 2.

      Available 11:00AM-1:30PM Monday- Friday.
      Available ALWAYS with valid & current student ID.

    • Tacos

      8.95

      Two steak or chicken tacos packed with lettuce, tomato and cheese on a corn or flour tortilla.

    • Burrito

      8.95

      Your choice of meat loaded with beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, & sour cream.

    • Chimichanga

      8.95

      Fried burrito with your choice of meat & topped with cheese, sour cream & guacamole.

    • Quesadillas

      8.95

      Your choice of meat grilled with cheese on a flour tortilla.

    • Flautus

      8.95

      Flute-shaped taco filled with shredded chicken & fried. Garnished with lettuce, sour cream, & cheese.

    • Torta

      8.95

      Your choice of meat with beans, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream & cheese.

    • Enchiladas

      8.95

      Three rolled up corn tortillas filled with your choice of meat, cheese, or ground beef. Topped with cheese & sour cream.