A Look At Playa Cantina, Now Open in Playa Del Rey

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Playa Cantina Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

David Reiss grand-opened Playa Cantina last night at the western end of Culver Blvd. in Playa Del Rey. The space feels like some sort of beach-house from The Yellow Submarine that crashed into an old school Irish-American dive after the giant inky octopus tentacles that cover both its interior and exterior gave it a toss. The inside of this cantina finds dark and gray leather booths and a shiny, pirate-approved black lacquer bar aside sunset-hued, surf-shocked murals by local artists, and Eater reports that a patio is under construction too. The menu is party-friendly Mexican, with two types of hand-cut, meat-topped fries, plus wings, nachos, house-made albondigas soup, shortrib and Baja fish tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and asada, carnitas, and fish plates. A chili relleno-topped sirloin burger and chorizo mac and cheese appear to be the most intriguing offers, though expectations here are higher for a fun, homemade bite than a serious Red O competitor. Check out our slide show of Playa Cantina and see the restaurant's full menu below.

Playa Cantina 119 Culver Blvd. Playa Del Rey

Playa Cantina Menu

Starters & Snacks

Playa Cantina Nachos $6.95
House-fried corn tortillas chips with jalapeno, jack and cheddar, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole
Add chicken, steak, or carnitas for $2.00

Housemade Guacamole $4.95

Fries

Carne Asada $7.95
Diced steak, jack, cheddar, queso freso, and pico de gallo

Chorizo & Cheese $6.95
Sauteed pork chorizo, melted cheddar, and queso fresco

Sea Salt $3.95
Hand-cut fries tossed in sea-salt

Mac & Cheese

Straight up $3.95
Pork Chorizo $5.95

Playa Cantina Party Wings $6.95
Eight deep-fried chicken wings tossed in house hot sauce, served with bleu cheese dip, carrots, and celery sticks

Pizza Mexicana $11.95
Topped with sautéed shrimp, black beans, sour cream, shredded jack, cheddar, and Mexican parmesan

Homemade Soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup $4.95
Garnished with diced chicken, roasted corn, fresh avocado, and queso fresco

Classic Albondigas $4.95
Beef broth with vegetables, rice, cilantro, and homemade beef meatballs

Fresh Ceviche Tostada $11.95
Shrimp, rockfish, and bay scallops, marinated in citrus, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and red onion, served on crispy corn tortillas with avocado and relish

Tacos

Street tacos
Mini Corn tortillas filled with house salsa, cilantro, and onion
Choice of chicken, steak or carnitas
2 per order $4.95 3 per order $5.95

Baja Shrimp Tacos $8.95
Sauteed shrimp in flour tortillas, shredded cabbage, fresh mango salsa, crema fresco
2 per order

Cripsy Beef Shortrib $7.95
Tender beef and mashed potato in deep-fried flour tortillas, topped with roasted tomato salsa, and shredded lettuce
2 per order

Burritos

Straight-Up Bean and Cheese $4.95

Suprema $6.95
Rice, refried beans, jack, cheddar, queso fresco, choice of steak, chicken, or shrimp

Ranchero $ 7.95
Suprema with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and lettuce, topped with cheese and housemade tomatillo

Spicy Pork Chorizo and Egg $6.95

Chili Relleno $7.95
Topped with red sauce and queso fresco

Quesadillas
3-cheese $5.95
Jack, cheddar, and queso fresco, served with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo

Roasted Green Chili and Chicken $6.95
W/ Sweet roasted pasilla, marinated chicken, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and roasted tomato salsa

Enchiladas
Red Chili $10.95
Choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp with red chili enchilada sauce

Vegetarian Tomatillo $7.95
With sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and cheese

Entrees

Playa Cantina Chili Relleno Burger $11.95
8 Oz. ground sirloin topped with fried chili relleno and chipotle mayo on a fresh talera roll, with fries

Fajitas $11.95
Choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp

Grilled Carne Asada $15.95
Marinated steak topped with pico de gallo, served with flour tortillas, beans and rice

Chili Relleno $7.95
Battered and fried pasilla stuffed with Jack

Pan Roasted Catch of the Day $15.95
Sauteed filet, fresh mango salsa, rice and beans

Chicken Mole $13.95
Sauteed boneless chicken breast, Oaxacan mole, flour tortillas, rice and beans

Pork Carnitas Platillo $13.95
Slow-roasted pork, flour tortillas, rice and beans