At Cañonita, Executive Chef Daniel Marquez puts a creative spin on traditional Mexican fare. His menu is inspired by the soulful cuisine of his hometown, Mexico City. Also, it incorporates dishes from various regions throughout the country. So when you’re in the mood for fresh, bold flavors, Cañonita hits the spot.
The energetic and inviting vibe at Cañonita makes the perfect setting for a casual meal with family and friends while exploring the Grand Canal Shoppes or celebrating a special occasion. Keep reading to learn about all the food and drinks this energetic yet laid-back restaurant offers.
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Scratch-Made Mexico City Soul Food
Executive Chef Daniel Marquez’s menu showcases Mexican comfort food with bold flavors and eye-catching presentations to match. With hand-pressed tortillas, signature house guacamole, sizzling Mexican favorites made from scratch, and fresh margaritas, there’s something for everyone. Take a complete look at the menu’s offerings below so you know exactly what to expect.
The Menus at Cañonita
The Aperitivos section of the menu is the best place to start your meal at Cañonita. Fresh seafood and shellfish selections with bright flavors jump-start your appetite and leave you wanting more.
The Ahi Tuna Crudo, a house specialty, is served on flatbread with blackened serrano aioli, lemon, and Mexican oregano. The Crispy Corn Flautas are another favorite. They come with either braised beef or roasted chicken and are topped with avocado-tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, and pico de gallo.
Other options include Oven-Roasted Mussels & Shrimp, Crab & Shrimp Cake, and Cancun Ahi Tuna Ceviche. Appetizers cost between $15 and $20.
Sopas y Ensaladas
The savory Pozole Verde and Mexican-inspired salads at Cañonita provide you with light yet filling dining options. The Ranchero Chicken Salad is topped with bacon, queso fresco, and a creamy buttermilk guajillo dressing packed with flavor. A Tortilla Salad and Caesar Salad also make excellent choices and give you the option to add grilled chicken or seared ahi tuna.
Para la Mesa
Cañonita has a couple of shareable starters that are a staple in any Mexican restaurant, like fresh Chips & Salsa made with roasted tomatoes and Queso Fundido. The queso is served with flour tortillas and gives you the option to add jalapenos, housemade chorizo, or roasted chicken. Enjoy these dips over cocktails or at the start of your meal.
Classic Mexican dishes packed with authentic flavors and aromas steal the show at Cañonita. From sizzling fajitas to Mexico City Enchiladas, the selections in this portion of the menu are both tasty and appealing to the eye.
One of their signature options, Tacos, allows you to build a plate with three or five tacos. Choose between carne asada, grilled fish, chicken tinga, herbed mushroom, or pork, all of which are served on flour or corn tortillas.
The Smoked Chicken Quesadilla and Cañonita Burrito are also crowd pleasers. Ranging from $19 to $32, these traditional dishes do not disappoint.
Cañonita’s menu features several sides and add-ons that complement any meal perfectly. You can enhance any dish with a Crab & Shrimp Cake, signature Guacamole, a Grilled Shrimp Skewer, Seasonal Roasted Vegetables, Mushroom Hominy, or Green Chili Potato Gratin. If you’re looking for extra protein or veggies, this portion of the menu is the perfect solution. Complimentos cost between $10 and $16.
The Platos Fuertes section of the menu at Cañonita features traditional Mexican entrees influenced by regional cuisine throughout the country. With savory meats, rich sauces, and spicy flavors, these dishes are both comforting and unique.
The signature Santa Rosa Barbacoa is a must-try. The pork is rubbed with guajillo chile, served in a banana leaf, and comes with chipotle bbq sauce, cilantro rice, black beans, and corn tortillas. Other house favorites include the Vaquero Beer-Braised Short Ribs, San Luis Chili Relleno, and the Michoacan Pork Carnitas served with an arbol-tomatillo sauce, chicharrones, queso fresco, and rice.
Additional entree options consist of Carne Ranchera, Pollo Con Mole Poblano, Arbol-Glazed Salmon, Mahi-Mahi Veracruz, Mushroom Enchiladas, and Cazuela De Mariscos. You can expect to pay between $25 and $34 for these dishes.
Cañonita serves brunch Friday through Sunday until 2 PM. While you can experience the full menu during these hours, they also offer a handful of Mexican breakfast favorites, including Churros, Steak and Eggs, and a Breakfast Burrito.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, the Levantate Enchiladas and Braised Short Rib Chilaquiles are spicy, saucy, and packed with bold flavors. For $28, you can enjoy bottomless mimosas or bloody marys from 10 AM until Noon.
Chef Daniel Marquez’s dessert menu pays homage to classic Mexican sweet treats and flavors. The house favorite, Churros Con Cajeta, is dusted in cinnamon and sugar and comes with caramel sauce. You can also choose between the Ancho-Chocolate Brownie, Margarita Tart, or Nieves, a mango and passion fruit coulis with toasted pepita brittle. Each dessert costs $11.
Bebidas y Cócteles
As you might expect, the bar menu at Cañonita is heavily influenced by tequila. However, in addition to a lengthy tequila menu, they also offer a collection of margaritas made with fresh lime and flavors infused in-house. Try a tequila or margarita flight to get the full experience.
Suppose you aren’t in the mood for tequila. In that case, you can also enjoy imported and domestic beers, wine, and handcrafted specialty cocktails. The Coco Pina, which comes in a coconut shell, is a guest favorite.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, Cañonita offers aguas frescas, jarritos, and iced teas in various fruity flavors.
If you are looking for a fast-casual or take-out option, Cañonita’s Street Taqueria is just the place. Located in a food truck, it offers a variety of street foods and house-infused margaritas. The food truck makes it easy to quickly grab a snack or drink without making a complete stop.
Reservations at Cañonita Restaurant
Cañonita Mexican Restaurant in the Venetian uses the Opentable restaurant reservation platform, making it easy for diners to find availability, make a reservation, receive confirmation, and edit/cancel a reservation if plans change.
Opentable doesn’t require you to create an account, but if you do, you can earn points each time you make a reservation and complete your dining experience. Points can be redeemed for various perks including Amazon Gift Cards!
A Lively and Comfortable Atmosphere
Cañonita has a laid-back, casual vibe and a lively atmosphere. The main dining room features festive, colorful decor with warm wood and leather furnishings. Cañonita also has a large patio space along the canal that provides you with a view of the gondolas and the bustling shops nearby.
The ambiance is versatile and accommodating. You can enjoy a relaxing meal by the water or choose to turn up the party with delicious drinks. Either way, you’ll fit right in.
Things To Know About Cañonita in the Venetian Hotel
Location: Cañonita Mexican Restaurant is located on level two of the Grand Canal Shoppes along the canal front between Breathe and Wyland Signature Galleries. From the casino floor, take the escalator or elevator closest to the Front Desk up, and it’s on the right near the end of the canal.
Hours of Operation:
- Daily 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Brunch Fri – Sun 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Happy Hour Mon – Thurs 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Hours subject to change
Dress Code: Casual dress is allowed, but feel free to dress up if you like.
Price: For couples, expect lunch or dinner to cost between $70 and $125, including an appetizer. With cocktails, expect to pay about $30 to $60 more. At brunch, couples can anticipate spending between $40 and $50 without cocktails.
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Cañonita in Summary
The authentic Mexican dishes served at Cañonita are overflowing with fresh, bold flavors. Make sure to try their signature guacamole, hand-pressed tortillas, and one of their house-infused margaritas to get the full experience. Whether you choose to sit along the canal or grab a seat in the main dining room, The lively and inviting setting is a great place to enjoy lunch, dinner, or brunch. I hope this in-depth review was helpful, and thanks for checking us out here at the Las Vegas Report!
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