Sunset Cantina | Boston, Massachusetts
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Sunset Cantina
Good based on 17 ratings
Type: Restaurant

916 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts United States 02215 [ print map ]
617 731 8646

Hours: M-F 1130-2am, Sa 1130-100am, Su 11-2am.

Taps: about 30 | Bottles: many

Sunset Cantina

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17 reviews for Sunset Cantina
 Ambiance  68%
 Service  62%
 Selection  73%
 Food  63%
 Value  61%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  73%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork  (321) , New Jersey | May 11, 2014
Restaurant/bar near BU. Decent selection, though they used to be known more for margaritas. Food is solid. For beer, you are much better off at the Sunset Bar and Grille though. Itís not that far away and worth the extra trip.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy  (53) Burlington, Vermont | April 13, 2012
Plenty of taps and a quality selection. Lots of size options for those wanting a good sampling. Prices seem on par with the area. Lots of local offerings which I find spectacular.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
bmerz  (122) Brooklyn, New York | February 28, 2012
Classic college bar with better beer. Typical and mediocre bar food. I went to BU.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
halfonit  (86) Fall River, Massachusetts | January 11, 2012
Canít believe I havenít rated this yet! Parking isnít the best, but thatís to be expected for Boston. Selection is pretty decent for beer, and the food is average. Service was pleasant and kept up with our needs. Even though this is cleaner than the original Sunset, I think that Iíll stick to driving out there for the selection.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 2/20
mkgrenwel  (113) North Shore, Massachusetts | November 15, 2011
Sunset Grillís sister restaurant. The menu is technically different, but with lots of the same or very similar items, and the same overall feel. The decor is pretty much exactly the same. The place is in better shape, since itís newer (with a brand new addition), but itís probably a matter of time before it finds the same state of disrepair as the original. The beer is given the same lack of respect as the Grill, but thereís less of it. They do have a huge selection of tequilas, if youíre into that. Since itís on BUís campus, the clientele is even younger and less beer interested than the Grill, which also isnít a good thing. I recommend you avoid the Grill, and this has less going for it than the Grill.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito  (115) Nueva York, New York | January 21, 2011
The little brother of Sunset Grille. Same kind of thing except for less of it. Much smaller selection than at the Grille and a beer person might find that he or she had either already had all the beers they have available on that day or that all the beers are mediocre at best. The food is all tex-mex and will likely make you quite sick. The ambiance is ok, with a whole lot of tacky decorations (which some of my friends hate, but I donít mind).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
jjhayesd  (1) Brookline, Massachusetts | May 9, 2010
Rodenbach served in tulip that completely killed its head. Kind of expensive at 8 for 13oz. The shipyard notch session tasted like the line was dirty, which was too bad because I was interested in this beer. The chili was not quite warm enough and a little on the sweet side. Service was good at 2pm on a Sunday. Bar was comfortable and overall ambiance was okay but Iíve seen it full of BU kids and itís way worse. Nice to have a bar with a decent selection close to my house but itís hit or miss on if the beer will be enjoyable as served.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | January 17, 2010
A short bike ride (medium about 20 minutes walk) from the mother place Sunset Grill. A smaller version of Sunset Grill. Similar in spirit, style, food and everything. Just smaller. ďonlyĒ about 40 taps with a limited bottle list. Despite the ďlimitedĒ tap-list I found that the beer were carefully selected. Very few big beer but still a few nice brews that you cannot find everywhere. Food menu is similar to Sunset Grill. Affordable varied greasy pub food. Full kitchen until 1am (nice!). Dťcor is a bit similar to Sunset Grill but with more fluorescent signs and also with louder pop music. On the plus side there is a very small patio in the front (something Sunset Grill doesnít have) but it fits only 12 people or so.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb  (69) Marblehead, Massachusetts | June 25, 2009
Very convenient to the Paradise and BU arena if you are in-town for a show or game. Large bar and plenty of seating. Rather random placement of the waiter/ess station makes getting to the head a confusing adventure. Table service is usually fast, but you may have to wait a while at the bar to get the bartenderís attention. While not as extensive a selection as the Sunset Grille down the street, the Cantina still has 35+ taps and many bottles available. There is usually at least one rare beer on-tap at any given time. Food is standard pub fare - they steam their burgers if you are interested in trying something a little different.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Beese  (64) Watford, England | July 4, 2008| Updated September 5, 2008
Quite a cool place to try some beers, they definitely have an extensive list with some nice choices, there was more than enough to tide me over. Some nice decor on the walls, although more of a ínot-so-fancyí restaurant vibe to it than a bar one. The service was acceptable, not very fast, but I just learned to order my beers in advance. You can buy a selection of four taster glasses (I think they were 8oz), which I liked as it meant I could try far more beers. Worth going to even though it is a bit out of the way.

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