Elsa's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

★★★☆☆
  • 3618 Linden Ave

    Dayton, OH 45410

    Map & Directions
  • 937-252-9635

About Elsa's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

Hours
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
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The Dayton Hash House Harriers have been coming to Elsas for 20 years. We visit about twice a year with about 20 to 30 people and have never been treated as badly as we were today. We came in early, as we usually do, and arranged to have

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The Dayton Hash House Harriers have been coming to Elsas for 20 years. We visit about twice a year with about 20 to 30 people and have never been treated as badly as we were today. We came in early, as we usually do, and arranged to have

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The Bad Juans are the GREATEST if you have one you will have another.......

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The Bad Juans are the GREATEST if you have one you will have another.......

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I eat a lot a lot of Mexican....honestly, there's better choices out there. The salsa tastes like glorified ketchup, and the food itself is rather bland. Service is harried and impersonal. Seriously, go elsewhere.

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I eat a lot a lot of Mexican....honestly, there's better choices out there. The salsa tastes like glorified ketchup, and the food itself is rather bland. Service is harried and impersonal. Seriously, go elsewhere.

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Elsa's is a great place for lunch...I haven't had the chance to eat there for dinner yet but I'm sure I will. Great food and the Bad Juans are the best Margaritas in the Land. Well worth the trip and I'll go again even though I'm in Virginia. KoKo like!

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Elsa's is a great place for lunch...I haven't had the chance to eat there for dinner yet but I'm sure I will. Great food and the Bad Juans are the best Margaritas in the Land. Well worth the trip and I'll go again even though I'm in Virginia. KoKo like!

Pros: Great Mexican food and great drinks with good people

Cons: None

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I have to agree with the previous reviewer. While the Bad Juan was potent it was small and overpriced. I ordered a small frozen margarita. It was $4.50 and it came in a shot glass! The food was greasy and bland and the portions weren't great for the price. The queso dip was good but not like your typical white cheese dip. (stringy cheese rather than melty) For great mexican food I would suggest keep to the small Mexican owned spots like La Pinata. They have MUCH better margaritas, food selection, and prices.

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I have to agree with the previous reviewer. While the Bad Juan was potent it was small and overpriced. I ordered a small frozen margarita. It was $4.50 and it came in a shot glass! The food was greasy and bland and the portions weren't great for the price. The queso dip was good but not like your typical white cheese dip. (stringy cheese rather than melty) For great mexican food I would suggest keep to the small Mexican owned spots like La Pinata. They have MUCH better margaritas, food selection, and prices.

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Elsa's looks cute from the outside. However, on the inside, it looks like a junky bar restaurant. We ordered margaritas that were over-priced and came in small glasses that were not even margarita glasses. The menu was very small and half of it was not even Mexican items. We ended up leaving after the margaritas.

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Elsa's looks cute from the outside. However, on the inside, it looks like a junky bar restaurant. We ordered margaritas that were over-priced and came in small glasses that were not even margarita glasses. The menu was very small and half of it was not even Mexican items. We ended up leaving after the margaritas.

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Greetings from the Sun Coast!

I don't regularly take the time to write reviews but, in this case, I had to make an exception. The food is great - on par with an authentic Mexican restaruant here in Venice Florida. A good friend of mine, former native of the Dayton area, recommended this quaint little spot to me. The Bad Juan lives up to its reputation as the best marguarita....anywhere...period.

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Greetings from the Sun Coast!

I don't regularly take the time to write reviews but, in this case, I had to make an exception. The food is great - on par with an authentic Mexican restaruant here in Venice Florida. A good friend of mine, former native of the Dayton area, recommended this quaint little spot to me. The Bad Juan lives up to its reputation as the best marguarita....anywhere...period.

Pros: consistently great food.

Cons: 18 hour one-way drive from Florida ;(

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By far the best authentic Mexican cuisine in the state. Try the shredded beef tacos, chili con queso appetizer and the BAD JUAN margaritas. Can't be beat!

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By far the best authentic Mexican cuisine in the state. Try the shredded beef tacos, chili con queso appetizer and the BAD JUAN margaritas. Can't be beat!

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When in Dayton (my long-ago hometown) last year visiting from DC, I spent a fabulous evening at Elsa's. We had delicious food (agreed by all), great service, and lots of fun. I found it to be one of the best Mexican restaurants I'd been too. (I'm not sure which location I went to.)

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When in Dayton (my long-ago hometown) last year visiting from DC, I spent a fabulous evening at Elsa's. We had delicious food (agreed by all), great service, and lots of fun. I found it to be one of the best Mexican restaurants I'd been too. (I'm not sure which location I went to.)

Pros: great atmosphere, great food, lots of fun

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Granted, most places in the US are never going to be completely "authentic", but this place was so contrived as to be laughable. The salsa and gazpacho were almost interchangeable, and tasted like they had just freshly opened a can of Hunt's diced tomatoes and poured it into a bowl.

And the rest of the food was barely a step above taco bell.

If you want "Mexican" food that tastes like you went and picked up Miejer brand taco shells and mixed in some prepackaged seasoning into the meat, then go to Elsa's.

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Granted, most places in the US are never going to be completely "authentic", but this place was so contrived as to be laughable. The salsa and gazpacho were almost interchangeable, and tasted like they had just freshly opened a can of Hunt's diced tomatoes and poured it into a bowl.

And the rest of the food was barely a step above taco bell.

If you want "Mexican" food that tastes like you went and picked up Miejer brand taco shells and mixed in some prepackaged seasoning into the meat, then go to Elsa's.

Pros: None

Cons: , Expensive, Canned tasting

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I love mexican food.... this is the first mexican food joint I went to when I moved here from California......

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I love mexican food.... this is the first mexican food joint I went to when I moved here from California......

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I dined here a few weeks ago for lunch. It's a nice place to go if you want Mexican and want to avoid long...

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I dined here a few weeks ago for lunch. It's a nice place to go if you want Mexican and want to avoid long...

 

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