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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$$
Byward Market Area
Contemporary, International
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2 Sq Byward Market | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
Transit stops in surrounding area.
+1 613-241-7061
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the...
In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill prides itself with excellence in service, dining and atmosphere.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice, but a pricey

We ended up at the Blue Cactus because we were meeting friends. We sampled some of the microbrews and grabbed some calamari before heading out to a concert. The bartender Tong (sp?) did a fabulous job of intriguing us to try different brews and some of the specialty cocktails. We ended up trying... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
canela42
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Northern, NY
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  • Large groups
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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Recently had visitors in town and we have always had good luck here decided to take them. Just after ordering drinks a waitress came along with a lovely dish with a calamari appetizer. It has a nice atmosphere and friendly waitresses. Two of us had the ribs, and raved and one had a fish dish. The only disappointment was my... More 

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Northern, NY
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146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We ended up at the Blue Cactus because we were meeting friends. We sampled some of the microbrews and grabbed some calamari before heading out to a concert. The bartender Tong (sp?) did a fabulous job of intriguing us to try different brews and some of the specialty cocktails. We ended up trying the ginger raspberry mojito and came back... More 

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Calgary
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I don't know what tequila they use for the house brand, but they should change it. Their lime bar mix is harsh /sweet / chemically. For $9 you would expect a semi-good margarita, not the florescent green bar swill they serve here. I didn't try the food, so I can't comment on it.

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Kitchener, Canada
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80 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I don't mind paying a bit more for quality and service. However the Blue Cactus does not offer the experience or quality for the prices it charges. The service is good and the ambience is fine but the drinks and food are all over priced. Definitely not worth going. There are a lot of better places in the Byward Market... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I came to Blue Cactus with a group of work colleagues visiting the city on the recommendation of our hotel concierge. We wanted to catch up and talk but it was so loud (on a Saturday night) we couldn't hear ourselves across the table! The food was very good, I had a burger which was delicious, and the steak and... More 

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Knowlton, Quebec, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The food was very good, the atmosphere is nice and the seating is comfortable. However, the service was average at best and the bill was rather expensive.

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Brampton, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We were 7 of us, 5 adults and 2 kids. Had dinner at blue cactus. Enjoyed the food - has couple of vegetarian options as well. Would recommend this place

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Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great location in Ottawa's trendy Byward Market. I liked the open feel of the restaurant and on a warm summer evening such as the time we visited, the very large glass panels open up to give the feel of open air dining. I found our waitress attentive, professional and competent. We ordered drinks and corn chips with guacamole to start.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The food is really below average and the service ordinary...and this is a Tex-Mex restaurant that was out of salsa for two days in a row... Location is really good but if they don't care why should you....

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Food is okay, but drinks are too expensive and they don't even put a lot of alcohol in it. The ambiance is pretty good tho.

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Additional Information about Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

Address: 2 Sq Byward Market | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-241-7061
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Contemporary, International

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Sq Byward Market | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
    (Clarence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Transit stops in surrounding area.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-7061

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill prides itself with excellence in service, dining and atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?