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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

2 Sq Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Byward Market Area)
6132417061
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Ranked #880 of 2,169 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Continental
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Clarence Street
Transit: Transit stops in surrounding area.
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Burnt chicken, cold fries and warm beer. Seems the presentation is more important than the quality, unlike what it was in the restaurants early days.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Blue cactus seems to be a bar and grill with an identity crisis. I would say up scale atmosphere with reasonable prices. Service staff tell me that blue cactus is known for its Mexican, but the menu tells me otherwise. Nice restaurant with excellent service.

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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I'm still asking myself that question... I ate here last year and enjoyed the festive ambiance, youthful vibe, eclectic menu, and great drinks. I stopped by for lunch the other day and am wondering if I walked in on an off day. We ordered two hamburgers and two daiquiris. The drinks were excellent and huge. Then came the wait. Our... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Hiriza33, I was sorry to read that you experienced slow service during your last visit to Blue Cactus, but was happy you enjoyed the food quality. Our burgers are not pre-cooked and as a result take a longer to serve, however not 40 minutes. Your server should have informed you and apologized if she recognized your food service was... More

Orebro, Sweden
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It is good food in this restaurant, the service was OK. I eat a chicken marsala and it was delicate.

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Jörgen H, Thank you for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. I hope you experienced excellent Ottawa and Canadian hospitality during your entire visit! Best Regards, and we hope to see you again soon! Ida Owner More

Top Contributor
297 reviews 297 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

There are still a fairly large number of panhandlers outside in this area, which is a little off putting for the experience. The bar itself is nice, but it was about average to grab a drink or some bar food. Nothing special, but clean and had the "beautiful people" in it - the clientele really seemed to enjoying dressing up... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear PW0867, Thank you for continuing to choose Blue Cactus as your place to have a drink and snacks. As well, thank you for sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. We do strive for a level of food and service excellence that surpasses average. I trust during your next visit you will experience this. We look forward to having you... More

Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We rarely miss the Blue Cactus when we're in town. The restaurant can be crowded but the service is always very good. They're also very attentive to our kid's special demand. The food is always good and my wife is a big fan of the nachos plate.

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Alain T, Thank you so much for continuing to visit Blue Cactus when you are in Ottawa and for taking the time to post your remarks on Trip Advisor. We appreciate both very much. I hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful city, and look forward to seeing you again soon! Best Regards, Ida More

Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I was looking for somewhere different to go for dinner on the market. We decided to go to Blue Cactus for fajitas. I was very disappointed, the chicken was dry and the onions were burned. The fajitas were served with corn, carrots and no peppers! :( I'm not a picky eater but when i eat out i expect a great... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Chantal396, Thank you very much for choosing Blue Cactus Bar and Grill for dinner. We are famous for our fajitas and I was sorry to read that they were not up to par during your visit. Definitely there should have been a plentiful amount of mixed red and green peppers. If you have a few moments please contact me... More

Ottawa, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It is a very nice restaurant. The quality of the service is very high and so are the prices. I would not go there again!

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear QrtfmDK, Thank you very much for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus. I was pleased to read that your experience was a positive one. With excellent quality of food, large portion size and superior service we have done our best to price our meals fairly. I am sorry you found the pricing high. If you would like to discuss... More

Ontario, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I have never been to a bar where the staff was so honest and funny. Definitely a must go to if looking fir great sangria and a place where you will feel welcome. Thanks fir everything! The bartender made my day.

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Sierralima0, Thank you very much for choosing to come to the Blue Cactus. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us at the bar. I will be sure to pass on your comments to our bartender! We hope to see you again soon! Regards, Ida Firestone More

Ottawa Canada
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We were out to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday and were very disappointed by our experience. Food was okay but we were so frustrated by our waitress's lack of interest in our requests and downright rudeness that it clouded our view. The entire staff acted like they were doing us a favour by providing us with what we ordered-from the... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Stewartsix, I was very dismayed to read about your experience at Blue Cactus. Can you please contact me directly at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill.com. I would like apologize to you directly as well as get some details so I may ensure this type of service does not occur in the future. Thank you, Ida More

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