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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 #807 of 2,158 restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Continental
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Restaurant details
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
Ottawa, Canada
Contributor
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
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
Senior Reviewer
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
36 helpful votes 36 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

UK
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

When I walked in on a Thursday night, they were busy but not packed. I asked for a table for one & was offered the bar. When I said id prefer a table the front of house woman almost scowled at me. She showed me to a table almost reluctantly. The food arrive fairly promptly and was tasty, the cocktail... More

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

Dear JaneMUK, I am sorry that the server who greeted you did not do so in an appropriate manner. There is no doubt she should have been pleasant while greeting and seating you. If you don't mind, and you have a few moments please contact me at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill.com so I may get further details. I appreciate you choosing to dine... More

Holmdel, New Jersey
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is the first time we are here on Byward market and here in Ottawa since 1983. It's Saturday night, after we walked for 30 mins, we found the price here were reasonable and no waiting. The seating was good, next to a open windows watching the sidewalk. The food portion was large but the taste just slightly above average,... More

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

Dear Castle 88, I was sorry to read that the service you received with us was slow and you found the taste of your food average. We strive for excellent service, food quality and atmosphere. Unfortunately, we did not attain our goals during your visit. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Ottawa, and hope you can visit again soon!... More

Bonne Bay, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I had lunch at the Blue Cactus early July, 2014. I started with a cocktail... they had monthly specials so I left it up to my server, Eric, to choose one. He made a great choice -- so yummy!! I had the Smoked Tomato Bisque and a Quinoa salad for lunch, both of which were absolutely delicious. Several of the... More

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

Dear 13Sharon, Thank you very much for choosing to have lunch at Blue Cactus....and for sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. I will definitely share your remarks with our team and specifically Eric. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Ottawa and look forward to seeing you next time you visit. With Best Regards, Ida Firestone More

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A group of us (22) ventured to this restaurant Monday afternoon to celebrate an event. We were served promptly and with a smile. Every one liked what they ordered and every plate was served warm which can be a challenge for a large group. Kudos to the kitchen folks and the servers.

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

Dear Eric M, Thank you very much for allowing us to host your group at Blue Cactus and for sharing your wonderful remarks on Trip Advisor. I will certainly forward your comments to our kitchen and serving staff. We hope to have you as our guest again soon, perhaps celebrating another event, or just a casual evening out. Sincere thanks... More

Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We randomly stopped in here on canada day. They were able to accommodate approximately 16 of us. The food was great. They were prompt and very attentive.

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

Dear East Coast 1979, Thanks very much for choosing to dine with us at Blue Cactus on Canada Day and for sharing your remarks regarding your experience. I was pleased to read that we were able to accommodate your large group on such a busy day and that we reached our goals with regard to the food and service! I... More

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