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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 #903 of 2,237 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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
Clyde River, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Showed up just after 7pm on a saturday night. As expected the place was packed. I wanted a seat at the bar and was willing to wait. Three different staff asked me if I had been helped while I was waiting, off to a good start. That was where it ended. Eventually I went to stand at the end of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I rarely write reviews on restaurants, but simply had to in this case! I scheduled a Christmas lunch for my office at the last minute in 2014, and the Blue Cactus staff managed to find a place for our booking during a very busy time of year (for 20 people). Our food was excellent, the server extremely efficient and unflappable,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The drinks I tried were excellent, I ordered the banana baileys, and the blue cactus and they were great. The food was average, we ordered Calamari which was very oily and didn't taste great, and Crab cakes which tasted average. I would definitely go again for drinks, but I won't order food unless I am super hungry.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Maybe I am a person who is easily impressed... but in the Byward market it is a bit difficult to find something that both myself and my kid want to eat that doesn't come off a paper plate. This restaurant is a great exception because KIDS EAT FREE ON SUNDAYS, there is a large selection of kids menu items, they... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Nice location and this is a nice bar to visit but the food was a little pricey for the standard & quantity served. That being said it does offer choices that are not readily available elsewhere (eg Paella). Not sure why the serving girls have to wear so short skirts though, tends to objectify them

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

New Years Eve with another couple. Went early for a few drinks and settled down for dinner. While we were presented with a New Years "menu" we chose to go a la carte. The food was served hot, well presented, most of all tasty and quite ample. Nothing was wasted. The price was excellent. We have been there numerous time... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I like that its spacious and accommodated a big group even without reservation. I ordered seared tuna sandwich and I love it. My co-workers enjoyed there dinner as well and did not hear bad comment. Our server was awesome .

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Blue Cactus in mid-November. We were seated promptly, but after we were seated sat for almost 10 minutes without anyone even asking us if we wanted a drink. Finally a server came and asked us what we wanted to drink, but she informed us that she was not our server and ours would come shortly.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The restaurant has a good menu with enough variety to please any patron. We were there on a busy night. Food was slow in coming out and that would have been fine had the server been a bit more pleasant and caring about the situation. Instead she was put out by it all and we knew it.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was walking around downtown looking for alittle atmosphere on a Monday night. There wasn't much of anything going on to be honest but this place was the busiest spot I had bumped into. The margaritas were good and I had the Paella, based on the recommend sip from Brian the bartender. It was actually really good. I was expecting... More 

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Additional Information about Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

Address: 2 Sq Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
Phone Number: 6132417061
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 30 - 30
Cuisine: Continental

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