Our Story






Cantina Mexicana / Taco House History

Cantina Mexicana is a wonderful Tex-Mex family restaurant formally known as the Taco House.  In 1978 at the age of seventeen, its current owner Gloria Arias began working at The Taco House, and while working hard long hours as a full time dishwasher she learned, and studied her way into becoming a chef.  She was then offered the opportunity to purchase the Taco House, and became the new owner in 1995.  In 2005 she changed the Taco House name to its current name Cantina Mexicana.  She since has opened a second location in Arlington as Cantina Mexicana Too.

What Makes Us Different?

Our ingredients are prepared daily and under rigidly controlled conditions to guarantee complete freshness.  All our delicacies are served at steaming temperatures so they may be served piping hot and ready to enjoy.  Our specialties menu section is based and created upon our fresh catch & products delivered to our restaurant daily.  Our Premium Signature Margaritas are prepared to satisfy everyone.  Come and enjoy a memorable dining experience and try our one of a kind featured top shelf Cocktails or Cocktail Desserts handcrafted by our in-house mixologist Manfredo Lagos.  Do not leave without having one of our homemade desserts.

Location 1

515 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202


Location 2

922 Walter Reed Drive

Arlington VA 22204


Cantina Mexicana serves traditional and authentic Tex-Mex food.  We serve a variety of specialties prepared by our chef of 40 years Gloria Arias, and our talented team of sous chefs.

515 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202




Wednesday 11AM–11PM


Thursday 11AM–11PM


Friday 11AM–11PM


Saturday 11AM–11PM


Sunday 11AM–11PM


Monday 11AM–11PM


Tuesday 11AM–11PM

922 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204




Monday 3PM–11PM


Tuesday 3PM–11PM


Wednesday 3PM–11PM


Thursday 3PM–11PM


Friday 11AM–11PM


Saturday 11AM–11PM


Sunday 11AM–11PM

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