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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 #874 of 2,170 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Continental
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Cross street: Clarence Street
Transit: Transit stops in surrounding area.
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Ottawa Canada
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were out to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday and were very disappointed by our experience. Food was okay but we were so frustrated by our waitress's lack of interest in our requests and downright rudeness that it clouded our view. The entire staff acted like they were doing us a favour by providing us with what we ordered-from the... More

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Was recommended by a friend - in the Byward Market area - easy to find - easy to park - really good all around Tex-Mex menu - loved the fajitas

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Shari F, Thank you very much for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus during your stay in Ottawa. I was so pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. As well, thank you for sharing your comments and enthusiasm on Trip Advisor. We appreciate it very much. We hope to see you again the next time you... More

Lund
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

In Ottawa restaurants hold quite a high standard merely because competition is so tough; if you are not good enough you will be out of business very fast. That makes me wonder why Blue Cactus is still going strong. It has a nice location, but the service and food does not quite live up to that of the close competition.... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear ChristineJHM, While I was pleased to read you enjoyed your drinks at Blue Cactus I was sorry to read your comments regarding your food. For the past 25 years Blue Cactus has been one of Ottawa's most popular restaurants in our community and as a tourist destination. We work very hard at ensuring a level of excellence in food... More

Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It's been several weeks since our visit, but I wanted to make sure to express my disappointment with this restaurant. We were looking for something with a vibe, and an open-ness to the street on a beautiful summer's eve. This place looks great. Regrettably, almost every dish and beverage was disappointing, including the ribs, the fajita that tasted (seriously) like... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Brent C, I apologize that your experience at Blue Cactus was not a perfect one. We strive for an level of excellence in food, service and atmosphere. It seems we did not reach our goal during your visit. Firstly, your server should have made you feel very welcome and the meals and drinks should have been impressive and tasty.... More

Gatineau, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I'ts been a while that we did'n go at Blue Cactus and unfortunately, we won't go back.... There Nacho was one of the best meal over there. DELUXE nacho...lol salsa, guacamole, cheese and jalapeno....for 14$ WHAT.... before they had chili, and all kind a vegetable on it :( The staff was nice but except her waitress, she wasn't smiley, I... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Melanie L, We appreciate you choosing Blue Cactus to dine and for sharing your valuable comments on Trip Advisor. As we are famous for our nacho's I am sorry you did not find them satisfactory. If you have a few moments, please contact me directly at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill.com so I can apologize to you directly and ensure your next visit... More

Villa Park, Illinois
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great Byward Market location with bar open to sidewalk. Went in to have a drink but enticed by the happy hour menu on the table-$8 nachos,wings,fajitas,etc and drink specials all day every day. Regular menu is quite extensive as is the drink list. We were mid afternoon so service was quick and server was helpful with local info. Wish we'd... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Donna H, Thank you very much for dropping into Blue Cactus during your stay in Ottawa. As well, we appreciate you taking the time to share your comments on Trip Advisor. It is always nice to hear that that we have done our job well! I hope you enjoyed your stay in Ottawa and we hope to see you... More

Casselman
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The food was good, the place is loud, and open to the street so a "homeless person" (who had nicer shoes on than me) kept asking us for money. The staff shooed him away but he kept returning. The staff were great, the atmosphere and food was good as well, just too loud on that day (soccer). Overall, very good... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Randi S, Thank you very much coming to Blue Cactus before meeting with your friends and for sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. Unfortunately, at times we have problems with homeless people. Security in the Byward Market diligently try to stay on top of the situation, but unfortunately... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had a group of 12 people for dinner and none of us enjoyed it. The food was cold, not very tasty, and the service was slow for everything. There really is special about this place.

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Juni L, Thank you very much for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus with your group. I was very sorry to read about your experience. We strive to have an excellent level of food and service and I apologize for not reaching these goals. If you have a few moments please email me at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill.com so I may get... More

Ottawa, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Shared a ravioli and Blue Cactus pizza. We were trying to decide if the ravioli was overcooked or undercooked as the pasta was quite hard. Too bad because the filling and sauce was tasty but the actual ravioli was too chewy. Pizza toppings were good but again - seemed kind of dry - too long in the oven? A little... More

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Cowsonthefarm, We are pleased to have had you as our guests at Blue Cactus. Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We strive to have each of our meals served perfectly to be enjoyed by all our customers. I will certainly share your comments with our Chef in order to allow us to reach our goal. We... More

Winnipeg
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went here with our son after visiting Rideau Hall. The real drawing card was having a table near the open window on a beautiful afternoon. We found the service to be good and it was decent food for a bar. I would try something different in the Bymarket area next time for variety sake.

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Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear PaulTing, Thank you for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus with your family and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. While I am very pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, I apologize if you found the food only "decent". We strive to have our customers find their meals "delicious". I hope you enjoyed your visit... More

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