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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 #842 of 2,163 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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English first
Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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Gatineau, Canada
1 review
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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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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Casselman
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Senior Reviewer
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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Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Top Contributor
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

Punta Cana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This restaurant is in the heart of the Byward Market. Given its great location, it has the potential to provide an excellent eating experience, but the food is just average and the service, while friendly, is slow. Appetizers come in at around $8 to $10 and most of the entrees come in at $13 to $18. The place is clean... More

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

Dear BillaBong Traveller, I apologize that we did not reach the level of service we strive for. Food served should be extremely tasty and all service provided in a timely fashion. Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Blue Cactus and providing your valuable comments. With them, we are able to continue to improve all aspects of the... More

Slingerlands, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Food was really fresh. Service was excellent. It is a bit noisy though. Located in the Byward market area. We were looking for something that wasn't too heavy and too expensive. This fit the bill perfectly

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

Dear Shari R, Thank you very much for dining with us at Blue Cactus and sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased that you were happy with your dinner experience. We hope you enjoyed your visit in Ottawa and hope to see you again soon. Best Regards, Ida More

Brooklin, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Average restaurant. Wasn't particularity impressed with the friendliness of the staff or the food. Was nice to sit next to the open windows on a sunny Saturday afternoon but with the variety of restaurants in the market I would likely go elsewhere before going back.

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

Dear CanadianCK, Thank you for choosing Blue Cactus as your place to dine. We strive for a level of excellence in food quality and service and I apologize for not reaching our goal with you. If you have a moment, please email me directly at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill.com so I may get details of staff from you. Again, thank you for choosing... More

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