Baja Cantina Mai Bar
Region: Oceanfront Central (11-25), Virginia Beach
Cuisines: Mexican & Southwest
Great little bar with tables and a huge pool table with amazing tacos and food service until 2:00AM. Also offering a wide variety of music. And the local's rave about the fish tacos! It is just one-of-a-kind.
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Beware--not sure the reviews are real as the menus you will find online don't match anything offered in the restaurant. The photo of the front of it is correct. While the online menu looks good (that's why we went there), the real menu offers nothing that is really Mexican--its a small menu that is simply bar food with a slight Mexican twist. Service was good--we simply got a beer and then left to find real Mexican food. Since the menu is not correct, I'm not sure any of the reviews are real. If you want Mexican food, don't go here. I'd love to find the restaurant that matches the menu...looks really interesting...
We are locals who have not been there in about 2 months but been going for 20 years was surprised at the lack of customer service. We have always had a great time there however today not so much! However the bartender today with only 2 other people in the bar told us she needs to finish cleaning her glasses before she could take care of us! LITERALLY! SO WE LEFT NO TIP FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS!
Stopped in at opening time for a quick lunch and beer. Sat at the bar directly near the cooks line and flat top. First thing I noticed was the uncleanliness of the cook area. The flat top had left over food drippings, melted cheese runoff, and crumbs. As I watched the cook, I thought he would scrape the flat top grill off and clean as he went along. Granted it was opening time and we were the customers in the restaurant.
I ordered the grilled shrimp and a steak tacos. The tacos were served on large flour tortillas and were big tacos. I found the shrimp tacos were excellent and were delicious. The steak tacos had some sort of a teriyaki style marinade that the cook squirted on during the cooking process. I found it to be all right but not Mexican tasting more of an Asian style taco. I would rather had another shrimp taco.
Again I noticed the flat top grill was still not cleaned off and wondered what it would be like by the end of the day.
Tacos were good, beers were cold.
The overall interior of the beach side cantina is in need of some serious cleaning.
I was traveling for business and was referred to this place. I'm not going to lie at first sight the exterior of the building didn't look to appealing, the interior wasn't much better. HOWEVER!!!!!! This is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. I was greeted by a bartender who was very friendly and helpful, I also spoke with the cooks and they were very friendly as well. But when I first tried the lobster taco, I fell in love with this place. I would certainly consider this place a dive, But it will also certainly be a dive I Frequent. THIS IS A MUST TRY PLACE!!!!
Great Mexican place at the oceanfront. Specials almost every day of the week. So be prepared to wait for a seat on dollar taco Mondays, especially in the tourist season.