Taco Bell Cantina Hits Jackpot on Las Vegas Strip

Taco Bell Cantina has opened on the Las Vegas Strip, and the place has been blowing up since day one. In the “slaying” way, not the Homeland Security way. Don’t make it awkward.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

Taco Bell restaurants serve more than two billion customers a year, and boy are their brazos tired.

The new restaurant is the fourth Taco Bell Cantina, and the 7,000th Taco Bell. The opening of the restaurant coincided with the company’s launch of a new logo, the first time the logo has been revamped in 25 years. In other words, longer than the entire lifetime of its average customer.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

The new Taco Bell is prominently featured on the restaurant’s second floor, home to lots of young people discussing the importance of being on fleek.

The Las Vegas Taco Bell Cantina is located at Harmon Corner, home to one of the best restaurants in the world, Twin Peaks, as well as Rainforest Cafe. It’s across the street from Cosmopolitan. The location is a little tricky, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring the massive crowds.

Taco Bell Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip features tapas-style plates (exclusive to Cantinas) meant to be shared with your crew. Or, alternatively, your squad.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

All Tex-Mex food is some combination of tortillas, meat, cheese and lettuce. So, throw a dart.

During our visit, the place was absolutely packed, mostly with millennials. We asked an employee about the crowds, and she said, “It’s been like this since we opened, all day and night, and we never close.”

Translation: Taco Bell Cantina is printing money, and a big part of that relates to the hooch.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

We are not making this up. It’s crushing it.

A centerpiece to the restaurant is a “Freeze” wall offering up a variety of slushies.

The eight flavors are margarita, cola, pina colada, lemonade, orange, Baja blast, cherry and blue raspberry.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

Hooch, with a twist.

Once you choose your flavor, you choose a liquor to add: tequila, rum, vodka, whiskey or spiced rum.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

Drinking a slushie is like catching an Uber to our happy place.

The Freezes, with liquor, run $9.99 for regular and $14.99 for a Souvenir Twisted Yard. That’s significantly less expensive than other slushie offerings nearby, so the price point, in combination with cheap, familiar food, has quickly made Taco Bell Cantina a go-to spot for satisfying, and fueling, one’s drunchies.

There’s also beer, if that’s more your speed. The beer glasses fill up from the bottom. It’s fun.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

How do beer glasses fill from the bottom? Fridge magnets. Consider it a free keepsake after you down your brew.

Taco Bell Cantina is a big space, including a patio and upper floor which has a DJ booth. Because in Las Vegas, it’s the law.

There’s a patio with ample space to Netflix or chill or whatever the kids are doing now. Smashing. That’s a thing, right? Hey, the news release said “Taco Bell is going all in,” so, the kids are obviously not the only ones smashing.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

The two-story Taco Bell Cantina is a Taco Bell on steroids. Sorry, “esteroides.”

Taco Bell Cantina may just hit the spot during your Las Vegas Strip adventures, and casino owners would do well to observe the legions of young customer flocking to the establishment.

Taco Bell Cantina Las Vegas

These pub-inspired soda taps make it so children can pretend they’re about to embark on a Las Vegas escapade.

In Vegas, it’s not always about winning a James Beard Award, it’s about winning hearts and dollars.

Taco Bell Cantina

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  • FYMYAWF

    I’m fully aware that Taco Bell is about 1 rung up the food ladder from Dog Chow, but there are two things at work here for me.

    1) I wouldn’t go OUT OF MY WAY to eat at a Taco Bell, and in general try to avoid chains while in Vegas because, I mean, you’re in Vegas, but I’m staying at Planet Hollywood in 10 days, from which you could throw a rock and hit this place.

    2) When it’s late and I’m drunk (in other words, every night I’m in Vegas) I crave comfort food and food that I know exactly what I’m getting when I order. True story, I once during an Excalibur stay ate at McDonald’s in the food court (when it was still there) 3 drunken late nights in a row. In Vegas. One of the food capitals of the world. I’m not proud.

    So I’m going to make a conscious effort NOT to go down the Cheesy Gordita Crunch road during my stay (especially with Earl of Sandwich RIGHT THERE), but I will make no promises.

    • Parker

      You stayed at that toxic dump the Excalibur. Nuf said! Twin Peaks and Earl would be my only choices at the PH.
      Taco Bell is on pace to be the only restaurant in the country by 2032.

  • Photoncounter

    Well written article. The fact that it is attractive to millennials and serves fake food should be enough warning for everyone to stay away, even when drunk.

    • RustyHammer

      Am I the only person who gets horny, not hungry, when I’m drunk. Taco Hell is the last thing I’m thinking about when I’ve had 13-14 cocktails.

  • Wally Marshall

    I actually made a visit to the Cantina and the food was good and we actually had a nice experience. It cost more to park at an MGM property then it was for one meal and a drink.

    • Scott Roeben

      So true. Love the secret parking lot behind Harmon Corner. Just tell them you’re going to the Cantina and it’s free!

  • rich__b

    This post made me think of the movie “Demolition Man”for some reason, where all the restaurants are called taco bell.

  • Mako10

    Millennials + fake mexican food + a gallon of sugary alcohol…i can almost smell the vomit from the East Coast.

  • RustyHammer

    A joint selling familiar food, and alcohol, on the Vegas strip… not exactly rocket science at work.

    I’m anti-strip, so I have no idea if any of the fast food joints along the strip sell booze. Does White Castle? Will In/Out?

    Look for Burger King and Wendy’s “pubs” to emerge. There are plenty of people who don’t come to Vegas to spend a lot of money on big and/or fancy meals, clearly, and Taco Hell is wagging its finger in the face of every Gordon Ramsay food orgy on the strip. Personally I wag my middle finger at Ramsay’s restaurants.

    • Bouldersteve

      White Castle does not sell booze but its inside the Casino Royale about 20 feet from the bar so i

  • Rebecca Kennedy

    I think its Fantastic! Food is SO Expensive in Vegas!! It’s good to have a place to go that is familiar and inexpensive. I don’t care for authentic Mexican food, but I do like the non authentic Mexican food. AND the fact that you can get alcohol and it is less expensive is Fantastic!!! I think we have a winner. You can’t eat ever meal at a restaurant. You’d be broke in no time. And they have a DJ….I’m loving it!!! Whoops! That’s McDonald’s tag line…LOL