This inspired eatery takes the flavors of Old Mexico and serves them with an exciting, New American ambiance– all beside the gracefully flowing Grand Canal. Experience true "south of the border" taste and tradition with authentic Mexican offerings like chile rellenos, tacos al carbon or shrimp quesadillas.
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Donna Willey

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Lunch & Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Phone: 702.414.3773

The taste of their hand-made corn tortillas alone is enough to transport you to another world. The décor is as vivid as the menu with casual ambiance, high ceilings and bright, bold colors. Cañonita's lively exhibition kitchen is the restaurant's centerpiece. Enjoy your meal amidst the sculpted steel and wrought-iron gates, colorful Mexican tiles and authentic Mexican folk art. Even better, Cañonita's patio is set beside the Grand Canal, offering terrific views of our Venetian streetscapes and passing gondolas.

For restaurant reservation, please call 702.414.3773.

Canonita available for breakfast, lunch and dinner large group events. Please call 702.414.3776 or email Valerie Taylor at

Donna Willey
Executive Chef

With more than 15 years of professional culinary experience, Donna Willey brings culinary creativity, a commitment to quality, and passion for food to her role as executive chef.
Born in Lawrence Mass., Willey credits her New England upbringing for her love of food enjoying access to fresh seafood and her family’s homemade cooking. Willey enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute in 1991 before following her passion to France for an internship at the Michelin-starred Le Jardin de Sens restaurant.

In 2001, she made the move out west to Las Vegas were she accepted an executive chef position at the Westward Ho Casino.  Transitioning from traditional American cuisine to upscale Latin dining, Willey’s next role was with the Border Grill restaurant at Mandalay Bay.  

She joined Canonita in 2012 as executive chef where her flavor-forward style influences the restaurant’s signature Mexico City soul food menu.