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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

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Byward Market Area
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2 Sq Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
Transit stops in surrounding area.
6132417061
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 76
    Average
  • 54
    Poor
  • 34
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not what we had anticipated

We were advised by two locals to go to this restaurant. The drinks were fabulous!!! The food and service however, subpar. We waited 15 minutes to be served because the front seating girl didn't tell the server that we had been seated (from the waiting area in the bar). The server was very... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Shera78
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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265 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Third Time here and food has been good each time. Good vegetarian options which is lacking in most non vegetarian restaurants in Ottawa. Wine is reasonable and pizza is good. Will definitely be aback.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were advised by two locals to go to this restaurant. The drinks were fabulous!!! The food and service however, subpar. We waited 15 minutes to be served because the front seating girl didn't tell the server that we had been seated (from the waiting area in the bar). The server was very apologetic and comped our drinks. This was... More 

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

We had been here previously a few years ago with our kids and enjoyed it then. This time around it was clear to us the restaurant food quality has declined. Additionally, the service was quite poor. When the wait staff approached our table she was anything but pleasant. Surly would be the more appropriate word. I decided to give her... More 

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Aurora, Canada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner there two years ago and the food was better then. The waitress made a huge mistake (allergy related) and was not very accodomocating. The manager had to take over, he handle the situation much better. The pizza, my family ordered tasted better than my seared tuna.

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went to Blue Cactus for lunch with my wife. It took forever to get our drinks then even longer to get our food. Everything was in slow motion. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger and asked to hold the pickles and onions and add mustard and mayo. I also carefully instructed to have it cooked to medium to whc=ich they informed... More 

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Dieppe, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We walked by this restaurant and from the outside it looked beautiful so we decided to stop in. The atmosphere was great though we found it very cold and kept our jackets on, could just be a function of sitting by the windows when it was still cold outside. The price and the menu were okay/average. We had tacos, nachos,... More 

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Acqui Terme, Italy
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I recently had dinner in this classy pub with a few colleagues. We had a quesadilla and mixed fajitas to share, and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed, having been here a few years ago and still recalling a rich and savory meal. The steak and chicken were edible, but dry and pretty flavorless. They were... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I like the Margarita here, especially the fish bowl size "Cactus Bowl". They seem to be quite busy, and happening. Didn't try any food besides the nacho and pop corn. But we weren't here for food. Drink selection was limited, but location was great, and starts the evening off nicely.

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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visited Blue Cactus for dinner on a Saturday night and found the atmosphere to be pleasant. The food was quite good and the service was friendly and prompt.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Sq Byward Market, 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: 6132417061

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: 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

Questions & Answers

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