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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 - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night Food, 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

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 56
    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
Good bar for pre-drinks!

We visited the blue cactus for a few drinks at the bar and ordered a plate of nachos. The service wasn't outstanding but their attitude and knowledge made up for it! Great place for a few drinks before starting your evening!

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Tipana
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Montreal, Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We visited the blue cactus for a few drinks at the bar and ordered a plate of nachos. The service wasn't outstanding but their attitude and knowledge made up for it! Great place for a few drinks before starting your evening!

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Visited on Holiday Monday during the long weekend in May. We ordered from the kids menu for my 6 year old son and that was a win-win. The price of a kids meal is $8.00 and include a burger (or slice of pizza, or chicken fingers), plus a side of French fries or salad, plus a drink and ice cream... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Happened upon this place to watch an Ottawa Senators game while visiting Ottawa with my son. We got there just before the game was to start. Sat at the bar and learned their best appies were 50% off while sitting at the bar. Bonus! The chicken fajitas were incredible. The calamari was excellent. Todd the bartender was amazing - personable... More 

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Glasgow
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Went here on a Saturday night for dinner. Managed to get a nice table at the second request.. the first time they tried to stick us right up the back of the place. Ordered Ribs, which came out quickly and were very nice. A few beers and some cocktails, and it was all over. Staff were friendly enough, even if... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I came to Blue Cactus with my cousin for a nice dinner, unfortunately we were quite disappointed. I ordered a Cactus Cezar sold by it being made with infused bacon vodka: I like spicy, but the Cezar was so spicy i could not taste anything but the burn from the spice and had to send it back. A little while... More 

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Ogdensburg, New York
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Enjoyable dinner, but was busy so ended up seated in the bar. A bit on the loud side which made it a bit difficult to carry on a conversation.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

You should eat here just so you can have a new worst service ever story to tell. It's so bad it's good for entertainment unless you were actually hoping to eat or drink. 40 mins for a calamari and a drink on a slow Sunday afternoon. Staff seemed mostly busy socializing. The drink was actually fantastic once it arrived.

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Fort frances
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Trendy but nothing special, the Blue Cactus is a little high priced for what you get. it was a decent lunch, but $15 for pulled pork in a bun with a tiny salad side? Coffee was just palatable.

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Ottawa, Canada
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144 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Average food & service. Tacos had no distinctive flavours & rice was unmemorable. When this restaurant first opened it's doors, Mexican was new to the city but now the competition is better.

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Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Exceptional service and fun atmosphere... We ate here after our choir sang at Unison Choral Festival... Imagine 30 of us upstairs, loud and just having a great time...the food was delicious and the service was entertaining. Great waiters! I would definitely recommend this place for large groups...

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