Our History

The Nachos family welcomes you to modern Mexican with Nachos Cantina. Our aim is to provide high-quality food and beverages paired with friendly service and good value. We have kept these ideals alive for over three decades whilst constantly striving for new innovative new approaches to Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Each item on our menu is pre-pared to order and created using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. All of our Cantinas adhere to our guide-lines of service and food standards, ensuring the greatest attention to detail is provided in each meal and throughout service.

Our Awards

1998 Australian Chili Cookoff Champions

2001 Australian Chili Cookoff Champions

2001 World Championship “Open Salsa” Winner

2001 World Salsa Championship Finalist

Experience south east Melbourne’s favourite Mexican restaurants

nc-food-2There are two of our Nachos Cantina Mexican restaurants in the south east of Melbourne, providing you with even more options to dine with us. Nothing pleases us more than creating a visit that is memorable for each of our guests. We are an award winning establishment providing outstanding salsa and cooking skills that have been recognized by our peers. When you select to dine in one of our Mexican restaurants you truly are dining with the best.

Make a booking at one of our south east Melbourne locations

Contact our Aspendale or Mt Waverley establishments directly by calling us, or request a booking via our online reservations form. One of our friendly staff will be in touch shortly to confirm a time for you and your family. From the entire family, we look forward to serving you time and time again.


Isn't Mexican Food all hot stuff? +

No, this is a common misconception. We do use some Chillies in certain dishes, but generally we temper our menu to suit the majority of tastes thus tend to go lightly. Also, because we cook to order, if you let us know when ordering, we simply will leave out the spicy ingredient. We also have a wide variety of Tex-Mex entrees and mains that are mild yet very tasty.

Do I need to book? +

It is essential you pre-book to ensure your table will be available when required at all Cantinas. You can just walk in but we cannot guarantee getting you table right away although we will certainly do our best to accommodate.

Aspendale | Mt. Waverley
Friday & Saturdays - 2 seating times - 6pm & 8pm Bookings necessary all groups. Other nights - Bookings required to avoid disappointment.

How much alcohol is in your Margaritas? +

Our Fruit Margaritas have about 1.25 Shots of combined spirits. Liqueur Margaritas around 1.5 Shots.

Do you have Vegetarian meals? +

Yes, we have a large variety. Vegetarian options are noted with a "V" symbol in our menus. We also regularly substitute suitable vegetarian options into many dishes. You can have Nachos, Frijole Potato Skins, Bean Enchiladas & Tacos etc.. Just ask and we will do our utmost to please.

What Specials do you have? +

Please subscribe to our Monthly Coupons for this month's specials. We also have an in-house Frequent Customer Card. Ask your staff member for details.

Where are you located & what time do you open? +

We currently have to Cantinas, One in Mt.Waverley and one in Aspendale. You can see our opening times on the contact page.

Are you Licensed or Bring Your Own (BYO)? +

We are fully licensed in all our Cantinas and carry a wide variety of Margaritas, Beers, Wine & Spirits. You can however, BYO your favourite Bottled wine at a charge of $3 per person.

Do you have Take-away and Home delivery? +

All our Cantinas can fill your Take-Away orders at a reduced price from our dine-in Menu. Just phone ahead (to minimize waiting time) or come in and place your order (& order a drink at the Bar while waiting). Call the Cantina direct for details. Home delivery is not available at present.

I'm allergic to Gluten. Do you have "Wheat Flour-free" meals? +

Yes we do. Nachos, Dips, most Tacos, Fajitas with Corn Tortillas, most Burritos made with Corn Tortillas etc. Our menu uses symbols to connote "Gluten Free" meals (GF) or where we can make the meal gluten free upon request (GFA). Please ask our friendly waitstaff for assistance, and to double check that you are ordering a gluten-free meal.


I Love Nachos Cantina, every time I crave a Mexican experience, this place is where I go. I don't try any other so called "Mexican" places anymore cause they just disappoint. Again and again Cantina hits the spot.

Samantha - visited Aspendale & Mt Waverley

Our most wonderful Mexican food experience since Loyola's on Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bill - visited Mt Waverley

Nachos Cantina is my all time favorite restaurant.. I love the food & especially the margaritas & Mexican punch.. cant beat the service & price for good Mexican

Mary - visited Oakleigh

The food is always great! The nachos are always perfect and I keep going back for the chicken fajitas. Unfortunately I rarely have room left for dessert but even they are delicious. I can always count on a great night out and a great meal at our local Nachos Cantina in Aspendale.


My wife and I fell in love with Nachos the very first time we went there. We've travelled from the Gold Coast on two occasions just to enjoy the pleasure of eating their Buffalo Wings and Tex Mex Ribs, not to mention their large range of Margaritas. We live in Japan now and are waiting in anticipation for the day when Nachos Cantina opens a store in Osaka. I guarantee you it would take off!! This x'mas we'll be going back to the Gold Coast but will make a stop-over in Melbourne just to experience the pleasure once again. If you do ever decide to open a store in Osaka, it'll be the best decision you will ever make. We can't wait!!

Paul Galea

I have eaten Nachos at many many cafes/restaurants around Melbourne. so many I have lost count. I have not once come across Nachos like the way that u do. They ARE the best. Cheese on every chip, equal serving of guacamole, sour cream and salsa. No soggy chips and everything tastes fantastic!! I have recommended all of my friends and family to try your Nachos and all of them have tried your Nachos. They agree that no where else does better. I'm a Nacho critic if u like....lol but nothing to criticize about your Nachos. The salsa has no lumps (yay), the cheese is to die for, the guacamole is smooth and zesty and the sour cream is smooth and creamy. I will continue to encourage people to try your Nachos.


Until Nachos Cantina in Oakleigh I did not like Mexican food. I LOVE the fajitas and the potato skins. I even like the nachos and I have never been a fan of corn chips. The service and staff are great and we LOVE the Tuesday night waitress....you know who you are!!