Caña Latin Kitchen & Bar

— Originally posted on Yelp on 2/14/10 —

I’m a sucker for tapas (or bocadillos in this case — although I used to think bocadillos were sandwiches, which shows you how much I know, but I digress…). So, when I saw this place in Town Square I had to check it out.

First of all, there are 2 entries for Caña on yelp. Both refer to the same place but one has the address wrong. The correct address is 6599 Las Vegas Blvd. I’m posting my review under both.

Now for the review… Caña is located in the spot vacated by Louis’s Fish Camp and they did a great job of remodeling the space. Louis’s had a small bar and the entry way was a little odd — kinda felt like you were walking in through the back door to get into the restaurant because of the small door, walking by the bathrooms and getting a glimpse of the “behind the bar” area before getting to the dining area. With Caña, the doorway is larger and more inviting and the bar is pushed back, adjoining the patio areas. The interior of the place is much darker and intimate as well. The bathrooms are in the same location but are not as pronounced.

As for the food… ehh… it was ok but not great.  Not even “really good” either.

– Hamachi ceviche — as other reviews have mentioned they are not traditional ceviches. They’re more like sashimi slices laying on a streak of citrus sauce. Hardly enough citrus to ‘cook’ the hamachi. It didn’t taste all that fresh and lacked flavor.

– Short ribs — one large short rib in a deep pool of guava glaze. The meat was very tender but didn’t have much depth in flavor. A few more spices would have given it some kick and made this a great dish, but the meat all on its own was a little dull.

– Piggy back dates — It seems like every tapas/bocadillos place HAS to have bacon wrapped dates. I guess I should be glad that this place did, because it was the best dish of the night. Great textures (although the amount of goat cheese mousse was overkill) and great flavors.

– Beef empanadas — the outside of the empanadas was flaky and a little crispy. The inside could have used more beef. Almost every bite was pastry with a hint of beef. The beef tasted pretty good, I just wanted more of it.

– Crispy shrimp — decent flavor, not as crispy as I would have liked.

– Sangria — while it did taste good, it wasn’t strong enough and was too sweet. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

We sat at the bar on a Saturday night and didn’t have any trouble finding seats. The service was very good. Our bartender was on top of things and we didn’t have to wait long for drinks or food even though he and the other bartenders were very busy (all those mojitos take a while to make). Our bill came out to about $88 including tip for two people… not bad. However, I doubt I’ll be back for the food. Caña might be a cool/chill place for happy hour but there are better places around town for tapas. I’d give them 2.5 stars if I could, but ‘m rounding up.

3 Stars

6605 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 722-6060