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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: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Good for: Large groups
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
Just ok

This is an expedient place to have lunch on the market. There were enough offerings to satisfy everyone but there was nothing spectacular. The staple at the bar is popcorn which they were preparing while we waited for lunch. The smell of burnt popcorn was pervasive. The service was very nice .

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
EPottawa
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited with 3 friends, and was left entirely underwhelmed. Food was hot and edible, which is the most that can be said for this place. One of us ordered a hamburger, and was told that well-done was the only option...evidently cooking to temperature is not a thing here. Another ordered a steak which was bland and not tender. I ordered... More 

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Thank Jeannie B
Gatineau, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in on a Saturday afternoon (around 2:30) We had never been here and wanted to try something new, we waited to be seated, nobody came so we picked a spot. The waitress (short blonde girl) took our order at 2:37 and the wait started.....at around 3:00, the waitress came by and told us it wouldn't be too long... More 

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Thank Healey70
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 8 of us visited blue cactus to celebrate a friends birthday. We had 8 o'clock reservations and only left at 10:30. The drinks were good, the service was ok (when our server was there), 5/8 of our meals were cold. Cold steaks, cold fries, cold burgers. They did comp the birthday girls meal because of our complaints.... More 

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Thank Anchors-xo
Ottawa, Canada
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120 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit in a long time. Wauter was new but trainer did a good job of keeping him on track. Main dishes were OK, but ceasar salad was outstanding.

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Thank excobra_driver
Gatineau, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service, incredible. Ambiance, great. Drinks, good. Food... how to put it... heavenly! I asked the waiter for his suggestion and he recommended the paella. It was so good that I had to try something else to see if they could deliver twice in a row; I asked for the ravioli... I had tears of joy. Next time I will be... More 

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Thank sleeplessmaster
Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to this restaurant the last 2 times I was in Ottawa and the food is very delicious and the service is excellent. They have a nice variety of food and the taste is pretty authentic. I've traveled to Mexico 10 times from coast to coast and the food is genuine. Being a Mexican cuisine fanatic I can't say it's... More 

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Thank Oakley514
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was terrible. It is trying to be a fancy place but the food does not deliver. Prices are beyond, 13.00 for a caesar, 8.00 beers. I had the jalapeno and pineapple wings. Ive seen more meat on a pigeon. I also had the chicken tacos. They used flakes of chicken from a can on it. I could see... More 

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Thank A-ron B
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Birdbrained waiter had a hard time understanding what being in earshot of people means. One point in the dinner he came out with a burnt steak and when we asked to replace it he didn't hesitate share his disgruntlement. He was swearing knowing full well we could hear it. It's minus ten degrees outside and this restaurant thinks its wise... More 

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Thank AubreyG93
Ottawa, Canada
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184 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is an expedient place to have lunch on the market. There were enough offerings to satisfy everyone but there was nothing spectacular. The staple at the bar is popcorn which they were preparing while we waited for lunch. The smell of burnt popcorn was pervasive. The service was very nice .

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Thank EPottawa
North Bay
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

so many restaurants to choose from in this trendy area, we made the mistake of going to this one. it looked really busy so we were hoping that it meant the food was good, the food was tasteless, the only thing i could taste was salt. the wings were dry and my special of the day.. risotto was so salty... More 

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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?