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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 - 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: Drinks, Breakfast, 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
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
Going down hill....fast

My husband and I recently went to the Blue Cactus and it was our first time back in a few years. Unfortunately the restaurant has gone down hill. The plates we received for our appetizer were dirty, the food was mediocre at best. My pasta was so oily I could have strained it. It was terrible and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
jellybean339
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Ottawa, Canada
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  • Large groups
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Ottawa, Canada
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great spot to go with a big group of people. It is a nice social atmosphere and the perfect spot to get your night on the town started. The drink menu here is solid, and I have never had a plate I didn't like. For an elevated but casual dining experience before hitting the bars in the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I recently went to the Blue Cactus and it was our first time back in a few years. Unfortunately the restaurant has gone down hill. The plates we received for our appetizer were dirty, the food was mediocre at best. My pasta was so oily I could have strained it. It was terrible and our appetizer looks... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

this restaurant located well,the food it is average the cactus burger and sweet potato fries was good tuna salad good.Isn't my first choice restaurants in Ottawa.Probably will not be going back

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Oakville, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My 11 yr old daughter being a nonspice gal enjoyed eating the fajitas because they were accommodating and put the spicy pineapple jalapeño sauce on the side. service was quick and efficient. I enjoyed the Cactus burger and sweet potato fries. I would go back as suitable for families.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Food was not that great neither were the drinks. One would expect the food and drinks to be exceptional for the prices but all were bland and drinks were tasteless. Will not be going back and will definitely not be reccomending.

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Whitby/Ontario
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Ran out of watermelons do they couldn't prepare one of their signature salads .. Ordered a patron margarita it was bitter, ordered a ginger ale they were out, got a sprite it was flat asked for something from a can they didn't have anything, asked for a coke was told only Pepsi n low n behold the Pepsi came and... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Four adults, a teenager and an eight year old ate here. Food was good and service was excellent and attentive.

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Recently had visitors in town and we have always had good luck here decided to take them. Just after ordering drinks a waitress came along with a lovely dish with a calamari appetizer. It has a nice atmosphere and friendly waitresses. Two of us had the ribs, and raved and one had a fish dish. The only disappointment was my... More 

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Northern, NY
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250 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We ended up at the Blue Cactus because we were meeting friends. We sampled some of the microbrews and grabbed some calamari before heading out to a concert. The bartender Tong (sp?) did a fabulous job of intriguing us to try different brews and some of the specialty cocktails. We ended up trying the ginger raspberry mojito and came back... More 

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Calgary
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I don't know what tequila they use for the house brand, but they should change it. Their lime bar mix is harsh /sweet / chemically. For $9 you would expect a semi-good margarita, not the florescent green bar swill they serve here. I didn't try the food, so I can't comment on it.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?