Los Charros Cantina

4.6
267 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
We have launch Los Charros Al Fresco! 16 tables under giant tents in the rear parking lot complete with music, heat and wifi! Enjoy dining again, in a socially distanced and responsible but fun way! Opening Indoor Dining June 17th!

Chef Colt Taylor of The Essex Restaurant is excited to bring the shoreline Los Charros Cantina, an homage to authentic Mexican street food. With a simple approachable Kids Menu, and a wide array of spirits, Los Charros serves as the perfect place for a family outing or a girls night out. This fun and casual new concept will be served in the open kitchen, bar room, and newly added al fresco dining area of the current space. You’ll find Los Charros through the rear entrance of the building, where the entrance for The Essex is found through the stone front vestibule.

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Special menus

  • All New Los Charros Cantina Menu!

    Starting Sep 6, 2020
    As we expand our menu beyond the taco, we invite you to come and enjoy our inspired Mexican cuisine that pays homage to the roots of this great cuisine. indulge in our salsa flights, and leave room for our churro beignets... but there's plenty of room for margaritas in between!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 267 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were exceptional, only made better by a fantastic waitress and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional outdoor dining experience. I’m so happy I finally got a chance to dine here. Both the food and service were fantastic. Our server Deby was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. All the safety precautions were clearly taking place. Scrumptious does not begin to describe the food. All I can say is flavor, flavor, flavor!! My tastebuds are popping just thinking back on it and writing this now. If you have the chance, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Foodies
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Open kitchen offers a modern, cool appeal. Great service, margaritas, and food . This restaurant is ever evolving and getting better and better!

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has it all. Food, service, ambiance. They are fully complying with covid protocol.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love, love, love the food and service!!!

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Nosy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. The food was delicious. Our server, Chelsea was excellent. Very clean and felt safe dining there during the pandemic.

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vipCoco
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Los Charros is consistent always delicious and fun.

CT
CarieT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my FAVORITE local restaurant. Just delicious, and I love the salsa flight.

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vipKelly
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the best taco salad, tacos, and street corn. We will definitely be back again soon!

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BriH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Energetic hostess and supportive on dish details. Felt good in the outside area given COVID. It did get a bit chilly in the late evening and would request heaters to avoid any discomfort. Overall very good food, service and settings.

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2dinefor
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place. Welcoming helpful staff. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

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MarkV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am an executive chef that used to live in Roswell NM and this is the only place I have been to up here in CT that reminds me of the food I ate down on the border. Excellent food and fantastic menu.

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ChrisG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

We were not able to see the bill until it was sent to me in an email...45$ for a small pitcher of Margaritas is ridiculous !!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. The staff and even the cooks who are visible inside were all masked up. The staff was very diligent about cleaning and wiping down all surfaces after use. The food was fresh and excellent. Our waitress was very helpful , knowledgeable and recommended a few things for us that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise. We will definitely be returning as soon as we can.

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always superb, no matter what you order! The food is always consistent and delicious. the staff is fantastic too. I highly recommend Los Charros!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The meal was delicious, however portions are small.

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KimB
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Drinks absolutely superb but overall disappointing food. Didn’t find it to be that authentic and my steak taco ( advertised as being from a local highly respected farm) was so cremated that it was black hard chewy pieces of I don’t know what. I don’t know why a chef would think that was ok to serve. The waiter was kind enough to immediately offer a replacement with was better but still way over cooked. I would possibly go back when the bar is open for margaritas and an appetizer, but there are other good Mexican restaurants in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. The menu has many choices and food is well prepared. Guacamole, quest, skirt steak were my favorites. Servers and chef / owners are friendly and helpful. Some good items in the marketplace available to go. This will be one of the standard spots we go to.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food!

JH
JenniferH
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Ridiculous prices for tiny drinks and amounts of food. Was so excited. Very sad.

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JustinD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot. The food is great. Queso is the best. Deb and Chelsea are great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food was pretty standard. Seasoning was bland. Nothing bad about anything but we expect a bit more innovation and flavor from this chef.

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 16 September 2020

Dear unhappy guest, I am so sorry that you felt like your meal was not up to your standards or ours for that matter. During this heightened period of uncertainty we have definitely provided some more simplified options based on guest requests, however there are still some very aggressive flavors and exciting dishes. I would happily walk you through those options and would like to make it up to you. do you have a number or email I may contact you on? Colt

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vipFoodie
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service!! Highly recommend the lobster dinner and cocktails! 😎

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food and drinks. The service was exceptional.

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buzzylunch
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, reasonably priced tacos and good homemade guacamole and hot churros. Big, safe feeling tent for outdoor dining and friendly service. Will definitely return!

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vippostna
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there. Nice outdoor seating area, nice music, attentive service and high quality enjoyable food. Best Chiles Relleno ever. Great guacamole too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The waitress was annoying and overbearing. The foo

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Nancy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place is terrific and the people are so friendly and helpful. We celebrated a friend's birthday here, outside in the tent, and it was a truly special occasion. If you are sick of what gets passed off in the northeast for Mexican food, try this place instead. The food is authentic, interesting, and really, really good.

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vipCherylp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The staff was friendly we did not have to wait to be seated at our table since this was our first time at this restaurant we did not know the menu would be only on our phone we did not know how to spell the name of the restaurant therefore we had to wait for the waitress to return to table to help us I think there should be something on the table to guide customers it would be helpful also paying the bill with the waitress holding iPad and waiting for us to pay felt like we did not have time to think about tip and to look at bill overall though we enjoyed our dinner

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KimD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious good. Friendly atmosphere. Will definitely go back soon. The BEST guacamole I've ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

This wasn't our first time here. The music was way too loud inside. We were yelling at our waiter for everything. Maybe he was new, I don't know. But he wasn't bringing his A game that night. Parts of our order didn't come out on time for what ever reason. I like strong drinks; the rum punch I had was rough to the taste buds. Fix it y'all.

So, the executive chef reached out to me. I love that you care about this and I thank you for it. You have earned our repeat business and my party and I shall return.

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 29 August 2020

Dear valued guests, I am so sorry to hear about your negative experience. overall, we have louder tables with music and quieter tables, due to the locations of speakers. we can happily seat you accordingly if you voice your desire to be at a quieter table (ask for the 30's and you'll be all set!). As far as the server, ben, he's actually one of our bartenders, and due to covid and everything going on our staff is smaller and tighter due to all of the government imposed and mandated costs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience3

This was only our second time at this restaurant. The first time the food was outstanding. This time, not so much. Actually, it was subpar! Sad, because we brought friends with us!

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 29 August 2020

Dear valued guests, I am so sorry to hear about your negative experience. overall, we have had to adjust menus a few times in the midst of all of this to try and find a happy place that makes our customers happy and also keeps us in business. if I may ask what your name is so that I can look up your bill and see what dishes that you ordered? we have largely had wonderful feedback on the new menu but we are just 2 weeks in and I may have to make tweaks. how can I make it up to you? colt

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about both Los Charros and The Essex. These restaurants are both beyond excellent. The service and the food quality are second to none. We love both restaurants and look forward to every time we come. Don’t give this a second thought, you will not be disappointed!!!!

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vipCandy
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very creative menu! Delicious cocktails and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks! Very courteous staff. This should be a regular dinner spot for everyone in the area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meal, we ordered so much food! Our server, Chelsea, was incredible! Loved her. The music was fantastic. We can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

Good guacamole and salsa flight.

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LisaPR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Felt badly for waitstaff who had to walk across parking lot for everything. Staff extremely accommodating and friendly. Drinks were dixi cup sized.
Much prefer the old essex restaurant both menu and layout.

Los Charros Cantina
Responded on 29 August 2020

Dear valued guests, I am so sorry to hear about your negative experience. overall, the drinks are not 'Dixie cup size', they are just smaller looking than there glass counterparts, but still hold the same 10 oz that our rocks glasses hold inside. as far as prefer the old essex... the Essex Restaurant has grown leaps and bounds from 3 years ago and is operating in the front of the building. id be happy to make you reservations there if you'd like?

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vipAnneA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good. Service was very good. Prices were very reasonable. Would recommend

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TraceyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. We ate inside due to weather, although their outside dining is huge and under a tent, tables were properly spaced and food was top notch although it's all a la carte. Margaritas were excellent. Free dessert for the birthday girl....delicious Beniets.

FAQs

Los Charros Cantina offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 237-4266.

Los Charros Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.