Linda's La Cantina Steak House-
4721 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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One of the best Steak's in town I went there with my group. The best steak's we ever had. The quality of food is superb and the price range is not high. Their service is very great and fast.
They took only 25 minutes to bring the order on our table. Staff is very kind, nice and helpful.
The environment is very comfortable!! Thanks to Linda's that made our day!! You should also visit there.
I was introduced to Linda's La Cantina through a business associate many years ago. The steak is undoubtedly the best I have ever had. I live in NC and have actually gotten up very early on a Saturday morning and driven to Orlando, just to have dinner at La Cantina...it really is that good. I have recommended La Cantina to many of my friends, and they agree. Try it, you won't be sorry.
05/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Wow! How unfortunate. This place had a good reputation for decades. It's actually hard to believe they're still in business. It's hands-down the worst dining experience I've had in years. The food was undercooked, but tasted charred or burned as if the grill wasn't clean. Going with extended family, we were able to share the meals and try out other dishes. It was a toss-up as to who got the worst meal. The steaks were bad, the seafood was bad, everyone was groaning with disappointment. Simply not worth eating. Forget the price tags, you wouln't make food this poorly in your own home. Sorry, but I can't think of anything positive about this place.
09/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This ""steak house"" falls short.
Food is fair. Dinner consists of a steak and a potato with a little salad. Every thing else is optional. Good service is also optional.
Steaks are over seasoned and over grilled.
They got the restaurant name right. It is a ""LA CANTINA"" and not a ""Steak House"". The atmosphere is dark and damp. The place has a stale moldy aroma. Family atmosphere it is NOT.
My wife commented she could not wait to get home to shower!
The regulars comment on ""it is the best"". They may want to experience something else.
I would NOT recommend Linda's La Cantina.
10/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife's parents loved to eat here, and though I've never been overly impressed with the food for the the prices (steaks often over or undercooked), and a very hit and miss wait staff (often found waitresses to be somewhat rude and even once had a young lady who reiked of marijauna and was clearly under the influence of it to my wife and I), the amazing ambiance always kept me from objecting when it came time for one of our family meetups.
In the last year however I have met two separate individuals, with no link to one another, who have both been involved with the family for different reasons. For two people who don't know each other at all their stories of the family and what they know of the restaurant are apallingly similar, too much so to be coincidence.
The family is allegedly made up of pill popping coke users, the daughters work as waitresses and show up for work under the influence of drugs with the parents/owners knowledge (which goes along with our experience, though I must admit that was only one time of many and I don't know which waitresses are the daughters), a my one friend even made mention of one of the daughters throwing a plate at someone while under the influence. The worst is yet to come, both of my aquaintances (again not linked at all) both say they know of occasions where food was spit in or intentionally poorly or incorrectly cooked for unliked customers.
I've gotten similar enough stories to convince me to not go back. They paint the picture of a white trash family who would have amounted to nothing had they not lucked out in inheriting this business and I'd no longer like to support it.
10/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Looked forward to our visit with friends and the food that I remembered. Everything was mediocre for such high prices. The shirmp cocktail was small and unappealing. House salad was not much. My steak was gristle---of course---no one from the restaurant would admit that. And, my steak was cool---not temp. hot even though I ordered ""medium"".
Our waiter was unattentive and we had to track him down for everything---bread, tea, everything. He NEVER attended to our needs and he got the beverage orders wrong. 2 teas--2 waters---how hard was that?
I was SO disappointed as we spent $110 plus $20 tip for a party of 4. Again, the shrimp cocktail was small and not much and our steaks were OK--except for mine.
We won't go back at those prices and quality.
I think this is the one and only steak house that I know of (seeing as I grew up in the Orlando area) that is great for a birthday party young and old with excellent steak, just a nicesit down dinner with excellent steak and/or a romantic dinner with excellent steak. Did I happen to mention the excellent steak?!?!? Othere then that, I don't think I have been to any restaurant in Orlando that I went to when I was 5 and then again when I was 30 and half of the staff is still there and just as friendly now as they were when I was 5. Yes, I have been going to Linda's since I was about 5. My entire family (Grandfather, grandmother, 4 uncles, my mother, and about 4 friends of the family with their family members) and I have been going there every year at least 2xs a year if not more. There are not the perfect and complete words to explain how much my family and my self love Linda's LaCantina. I think that everyone should try it at least once!
Thank you to the family and the staff at Linda's
11/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I returned to Lindas after about a 10 year period and found nothing had changed! Great food, nice atmosphere and good prices. You do kinda step back in time, the sketches of the area from 50 years ago really take you back. We decided to become regulars!
09/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Although I wasn't impressed with my first visit a few years ago, my dad convinced me to give Linda's another try--this time with two kids in tow. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and the ambience, as well as how accomodating they were with the 3 kids in our large-ish party. While I wouldn't recommend Linda's for families with restless kids (it's too crowded and busy for running around), ours managed to stay seated--and they liked the food. We'll definitely be going again.
07/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This place is great! My husband and I live for the food and have always had an excellent dining experience!! We would recommend to everyone and have taken visitors here as well and they adore the service, atmosphere and most of all the steaks. I must say that people who had a bad dining experience must always be very hard to please and rude at all restaurants. Most of the people I know and have sent here for dinner have always had such a wonderful time! :)
06/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I lived less than a mile away from Linda's La Cantina all my life, and had never even been inside. Finally, one day while I was job hunting I stopped in to check it out, see if it was something I'd like. Well, the dining room set up was adorable, and the people were all friendly. I decided to apply and got the job. After months, and months of working there I still had yet to come in and eat, so while my boyfriend was visiting from the Marine Corp we decided to have dinner there. Sitting at the adorable booth right about the fountain with the fire in the middle, we enjoyed a delicious and romatic meal. Some might assume that my opinion is biased, because at that time I worked there, however my boyfriend had traveled all over the world, trying all types of restaurants, it was one of his very favorites. I still enjoy eating at the charming little restaurant, and recommend to all.
05/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My Brother and I took my Mother out to dinner at Linda?s La Cantina. The service was excruciatingly slow to begin with. Our steaks finally came out and my Mother cut into her?s eagerly only to find that her $26 fillet mignon was half gristle. My Mom spoke to the waitress about it and she offered to cook her another one. My Mom said that would be fine. A few minutes later, the waitress emerged from the kitchen and told my Mother that they wouldn?t cook her another one because ?All our meat is guaranteed to have no fat?. My Mother asked to speak to the manager. The manager came out and reiterated and REFUSED to cook another steak. She said ?I?ll take it off your bill, but I?m NOT cooking another one!?. We were dismayed! We got up and left. The manager followed me to my car with a clipboard and wrote down my tag number. Within a few minutes two police cars showed up. We wound up paying for our appetizers, drinks and salads. The restaurant then proceeded to fill out a trespass order on my entire family.
I would not have fed that steak to my dog. I wouldn?t recommend the crappy place to anyone! It was by far the WORST restaurant experience of my life!
05/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
BORN AND RAISED IN FLORIDA, AND WANTED TO TRY LINDA'S LA CANTINAS FOR MY
51ST BIRTHDAY. MANAGER RUDE WHEN WE WALKED UP TO THE HOSTESS STAND,
BAD SERVICE, EMPTY DRINK GLASSES THRU THE WHOLE DINNER, RAW STEAK THAT WAS SENT BACK , ONLY TO BE RETURNED BURNED SO BAD THAT YOU COULD NOT EVEN EAT IT. MANAGER NEVER CAME OVER TO OUR TABLE, WE HAD TO TRACK HER DOWN. I WILL NOT RECOMMEND
OR WILL I EVER GO BACK. EMPLOYEES AND MANAGEMENT COULD CARE LESS!! HOW THEY HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE 1947 IS MY QUESTION???
04/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Although I agree that the parking and atmosphere are too crowded, the steaks are the best, and at the best prices. My husband and I enjoy the table just above the fireplace, and have luckily managed to reserve it each time we've visited. The salads are fresh, the sides are DEEEE-LISH, and we've always had fun with our server. (Although our regular is gone now). We're going again tomorrow night, and taking my parents from Texas - which is a state known for their steaks. Should tell you something right there.
02/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had the pleasure of eating at Linda's about 2 months ago for a retirement party. Great food, service and atmosphere. I liked it so much I convinced my wife to drive up from our home in Tampa for my birthday dinner last night. Ooops, don't know what happened but it was not what I remembered.
We ordered the flagship T Bones, and got something less than a perfect steak for sure. Asked for a medium, it was raw. The provided knife would not cut the meat and about a third of the meat is still on that bone someplace. Basically my wife and I sat there laughing our collective you know what's off trying to figure out why we would drive 186 miles round trip for it. The bread was great though.
At best, with a great meal and a not so great meal it comes out to average dining experience. I'll eat here one more time as a test of my memory, but then again I work in Orlando and commute daily. I would not ask my wife to join me for what is at best a mediocre cut of meat.
I have eaten at steak houses all over the country. Delmonico's in NYC, The Range in Vegas, the Steakhouse 46 at the Hilton in Las Vegas too. Ruth's, Seltzers and many many others. Linda's came highly recommended, and like I said before it was great, one time. I want to be fair here, so I will try it again and hope we just had a bad night.
I will continue my quest for the perfect steak I suppose. I was so close there for awhile.