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Benzina Cantina, Preston, AU-VIC

Benzina Cantina

4.4
4.4
132 Reviews
$41 to $100
Mexican
A Mexican inspired Bar/Restaurant, built entirely from shipping containers with a rooftop hangout! Located at 84 High Street, Preston Vic

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2 people

7:00 pm


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    0431 178 288
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a space to host your next private party? Our bar Blown Crazy offers the perfect setting for your special occasion. Whether your hosting a birthday party, engagement party or any other type of event our space can be customized to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our event space.

What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Suburbs

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Northern Suburbs

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Northern Suburbs

    Hot spot

  • Northern Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Suburbs

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Suburbs

    Lively

132 Reviews
  1. Sarah

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Took over half an hour for drinks to come out. Food also took a long time coming out. Asked for a bottle of water twice and was not given one. Had troubles with paying spent about 20 minutes to pay for our meal. Not happy at all with service and quality of food.

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  2. JhonathanA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I felt very comfortable in this place, it is quite spacious, colorful and the attention of its staff is fantastic, refreshing cocktails and delicious food, I will definitely come back with friends.

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  3. Gaetano

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighbourhood place with nice atmosphere, friendly staff good food and great service, drinks were a bit slow getting to us but were very nice, I will definitely go back and recommend it to others

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  4. Kara

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great as well as the venue itself. Unfortunately we found the food to not be very enjoyable. The fish taco was dry, and the vegetable chalaquiles and chimichanga were rather ordinary.

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  5. SamanthaH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has amazing food friendly staff and table service which seems to be a thing of past, but I love it and it’s how are should be run! Thanks for amazing food and the staff were quick not to leave you with dirty plates on the table. Drink list was nice and reasonable frozen watermelon margaritas amazing! Would dine back here in heart beat.

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  6. MichelleM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was yummy. We tried tacos, a burrito, nachos & chips and all were good. Service was friendly, but we would have appreciated table service, rather than QR code ordering.

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  7. AndrewW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Made comfortable as soon as we entered. Staff were attentive and served politely and quickly even though it was fairly busy that night. Tried a range of dishes. found them well prepared, tasty and filling. I had the chef's special Chicken Curry and Corn tortilla which was delicious. They have a wide range of tequila drinks available but I was driving. Shame.

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  8. wattlebird

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff, great food, great atmosphere! Due to Valentine's Day it took a while for our orders to come with kitchen being hit with so many orders but all worth the wait :) We'll definitely come again!

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  9. MarkD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and good service. Found a bit noisy sitting inside.

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  10. RDapp

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fish burrito ever and the best spicey margaritas

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  11. MelodyJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! The drinks were a little pricey but you expect it from an eatery in this area. I loved the chimichanga and the range of hot sauce at the table was a nice touch. The service was fantastic and the servers were incredibly accommodating and kind. Great place, will definitely visit again.

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  12. Tracy

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately the food was not as it once was prior to 2020. The vibe and the extension was gorgeous and the service has been awesome..everyone was lovely. I low-key miss the old corn chips they used to offer and the guac you mix yourself.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and pleasant environment. I will visit again

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  14. LexieS

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The trio of tacos are my go to and are very tasty. The wine per glass is reasonably priced. On a previous occasion my husband, who’s not a big fan of Mexican, said his Blanco curry chicken and corn tortilla was very enjoyable and he was pleased with the portion size. Friendly but over worked staff. Literally run off their feet. I don’t know if that’s the norm but we’ve been there twice now and it was the same on both occasions. This in turn means a bit of a wait for drinks and food. Not suggesting that it’s put me off returning but it’s just something to keep in mind.

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  15. ElyseK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I dislike only having the option to order on QR code, it’s awkward trying to huddle around the phone and scroll through. At the best least there should be a physical menu to look at. The margaritas just tasted like lime juice, very weak which was disappointing for $20 each. Would also recommend more quac for the corn chips. The corn chips weren’t authentic either.

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  16. melisam

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely spot! The staff were kind and accomodating and they were able to make adjustments to the food to suit my intolerance to dairy (vegan cheese option). Will absolutely eat here again as the food was delicious and outdoor area was perfect for a summer night!

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  17. KoulaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious and well proportioned for the price. Chicken tacos could use some improvement. Perhaps pulled chicken rather than large pieces. The drinks were great, with a good selection of cocktails and different tequila’s. Atmosphere was relaxed, will certainly visit again!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited approx 20-25mins for service, no one came so we got up and left. Only as we were walking out the door did wait staff approach us to ask where we were going. It’s a shame, because I remember the food being quite good.

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  19. CarmenF

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Efficient, friendly and professional service with great food 👍🏼

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  20. Emspired

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every time I come here I am not disappointed. The food is so tasty, they cater to gluten free and vegan and I’m not even vegan but the flavour is brilliant! Drinks are endless in variety and omg the churros are just divine. Give this place a try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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  21. Nana

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love doing the bottomless brunch with Heather! This is the second time I've enjoyed it (once with my partner, and this weekend past with my mate) and it is 10/10 a good time - just be prepared to sleep the rest of the day away, in a good way... ;) The food is delicious, the prices reasonable, the drinks spectacular, and Heather is an incredible, and fun, host! She also always works to accomodate any dietary requirements (a vegetarian partner, a gluten-free friend!). I'll come back, for all these reasons, time and time again! Thanks so much Benzina Cantina for your top notch, local, tasty service. x

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  22. CarlosC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food, drinks, and dessert as always. Excellent. Unfortunately, there was a group of six women being very loud, making it difficult to have a comfortable conversation.

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  23. MatthewL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here! Food and drinks are always amazing.

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  24. SabrinaG

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. I will definitely come back.

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  25. BernadetteL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had burrito bowl with pork was very tasty and not too heavy. Having a choice of mocktails was nice as well, virgin cosmopolitan was very good. Churros were a great way to end the meal.

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  26. KylieH

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service and lively atmosphere, still easy to talk. Food was delicious and margueritas perfect!

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  27. LillyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised by the ambience. The food is delish. The service is amazing. Friendly and inviting staff.

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  28. Crash

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place, good tasty food, great service - will return.

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  29. Veronica

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My advice is do not sit outside! They have a heater that goes on and off every 15minutes so u sit there freezing for most of time. Made for a below average dining experience. Oh, and the fish taco was flowery (over cooked fish in thick batter) so I’d recommend u give it a miss. Another thing to be mindful of they default a 10% tip on the bill when u got to pay. Which is a bit presumptuous considering we only saw the wait staff twice.

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  30. TonyE

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Great service Our waitress was extremely attentive We have been several times and will continue

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  31. JillindaH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An extensive authentic range of menu options. We had nachos, a mix of soft tacos, chimichanga & churros. Everything was so delicious! The margaritas were divine and refreshing. Lots of different areas to dine too. Heather is the consummate host who makes you feel you’re dining with family. We loved our evening and will definitely be back, especially when that tempting rooftop bar opens! Thoroughly recommend!

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  32. bernox

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it sure did live up to my expectations... i absolutely loved the food... my beef tacos was just the way i imagined it to be... clean flavour fresh ingredients & not to over the top... the vegetarian version was just as nice though... & the chips covered in their house spices was just spot on with a lovely zingy flavour... & the Mexican beer i chose was a perfect match... SIMPLY MOUTHWATERING 😋... no dought about it i be back 🖤🩶🤍

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  33. heatherf

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best nachos ever!! Amazing service, thanks Heather We'll be back

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  34. robbo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Benzina Cantina,serice was excellent ,food was tasty and a nice ambience. Will definetely return and recommend

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  35. GeeZed

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The welcome, interactions and service was great. Owner/host was is an asset to the business. Very engaged and engaging. And generous! The sangria was diluted/weak/watered down. Avoid the curry, actually not Mexican, but a chefs insertion. Too rich, gooey, slimey, saucy, and the chicken had chewy and boney bits in it. The Mexican food was top notch, albeit small portions/fillings vs price, is a watch. Venue is rustic and vibey, lots of different spaces, areas. Summer would be great to sit outdoors. Leave room for dessert! Will definitely come back and try happy hour and some more of the menu!

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  36. tobyj

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated right next to the kitchen so it wasn’t comfortable

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  37. ShereenR

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Excellent customer service, polite cheerful and attentive staff. Will be back again to try out other dishes.

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  38. GeraldineD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Food was great. Staff were lovely and very efficient. Had a great night.

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  39. MichaelB

    Victoria

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a brilliant night and the food as always delivered quality. Could see the team was under a bit of pressure so despite a few delays the team was excellent and attentive. Special mention to Heather, who really looked after us all night. Be back again very soon.

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  40. JaeC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tacos were nice… a bit drippy. Staff were lovely. Nice atmosphere would come back 😊

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Benzina Cantina is rated 4.4 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


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84 High St, Preston, AU-VIC 3072

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Preston
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    0431 178 288
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a space to host your next private party? Our bar Blown Crazy offers the perfect setting for your special occasion. Whether your hosting a birthday party, engagement party or any other type of event our space can be customized to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our event space.
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