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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$$
Byward Market Area
Contemporary, Continental
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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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Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night Food, 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

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 81
    Average
  • 58
    Poor
  • 35
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average

Dinner here was average at best. The food wasn't particularly exciting, but wasn't bad. Had the Fajitas, and found them to be under spiced. The margaritas were good

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
BigHotelGuy
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Large groups
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English first
Knowlton, Quebec, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I used to love to go to this place, and their cocktails were one of the best and the portion was huge (cactus size)

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Toronto
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Dinner here was average at best. The food wasn't particularly exciting, but wasn't bad. Had the Fajitas, and found them to be under spiced. The margaritas were good

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Blue Cactus has been around for so long now it barely needs a review however after a few years of not going I did have a chance to check it out and see if things had changed. They no longer have their amazing stacked nachos but what they do have was good. The servers were lacking in service but... More 

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Ottawa
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112 reviews 112 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Stopped in for drinks and snacks which turned into dinner. Thoroughly enjoyed nachos and assorted apps.

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A little pricy for what you get, food isn't great and service could be better. We went and it was not busy to server came to us after 10 minutes of us sitting there, we were ready to order but didn't let us, and then after we ate the server kept rushing us, brought us the bill without asking and... More 

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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, Continental

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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, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?