Located in the heart of the Circle C area, Santa Rita Cantina is where I have spent countless hours doing homework, drinking Dos XX and margaritas, watching TV and waiting for my girlfriend to get off work. With quite a few great waiters/waitresses and lower management, Santa Rita has almost always been warm and inviting to me when studying.
Santa Rita’s interior is bright and fun. They have a three-section dining area that is partitioned off with a wall of shoe trees along with other types of funky art. The interior has a sort of Chuy’s vibe with wall murals done by Federico Archuleta, a local Austin artist. The bar seats around 12 people and has booths, tables and high top tables. Each area of the restaurant has TVs always tuned in on sports channels. They have a large outside patio that is equipped with tables, picnic benches and a TV. There is even a large party room to rent for that special event.
Food and Beer
Santa Rita’s food is made-from-scratch Tex-Mex. My personal favorite items are the quesadillas and the queso, but hey, I am an easy man. They have award winning hot sauce that is made fresh daily and may or may not burn your mouth.
The beer selection is not the biggest I have ever seen but gets the job done. They have a few Texas beers and your typical Mexican beer selection. They have frozen margaritas (which I drink there more than anything) and a pretty decent selection of liquors and wine.
The happy hour prices have recently gone up but you can still get a nice margarita for a few a few bucks and Tecate is $2.00. Outside of happy hour you can get a Lone Star bottle for $3.00. There is also quite a bit of food on the happy hour menu to hold you over until dinner.
Santa Rita has password protected WiFi and it isn’t the greatest. Ask an employee for help with the password. The best place for WiFi is in the bar. There are a few plugs scattered throughout the establishment and there is a plug conveniently located on the left side of the bar. Other than that, make sure you are fully charged and you are not taking any important exams.
Santa Rita Cantina is a pretty good place to go. It is the only mexican restaurant in the Circle C area and it is pretty tasty. The recent price increase on some of the drinks is a real bummer. Otherwise, Santa Rita is a nice get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
5900 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin, Texas, 78749
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.