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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$$
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 - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 71
    Average
  • 53
    Poor
  • 33
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good meal in a nice restaurant

We were just looking for a nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere, and we couldn't have been more happy with the food and prompt service. Would definitely return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Richard M
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were just looking for a nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere, and we couldn't have been more happy with the food and prompt service. Would definitely return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Went to Blue Cactus last weekend for a couple of drinks.... There for the 10$ triples mostly...had a great time! Bar was packed, bartenders were pumping out drinks and were still friendly and quick, great service! Everyone around the bar seemed to be having a great time too, it was a ton of fun and the mojitos were delicious. Bartenders... More 

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Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The Blue Cactus has been in the Market for a long time and I cannot say I remember eating there. I mean, I ate there a couple of times, but the meals have always been so entirely forgettable that you wonder what you spent all that money on. It's the place where you will go for a work lunch that... More 

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Clyde River, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Showed up just after 7pm on a saturday night. As expected the place was packed. I wanted a seat at the bar and was willing to wait. Three different staff asked me if I had been helped while I was waiting, off to a good start. That was where it ended. Eventually I went to stand at the end of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I rarely write reviews on restaurants, but simply had to in this case! I scheduled a Christmas lunch for my office at the last minute in 2014, and the Blue Cactus staff managed to find a place for our booking during a very busy time of year (for 20 people). Our food was excellent, the server extremely efficient and unflappable,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The drinks I tried were excellent, I ordered the banana baileys, and the blue cactus and they were great. The food was average, we ordered Calamari which was very oily and didn't taste great, and Crab cakes which tasted average. I would definitely go again for drinks, but I won't order food unless I am super hungry.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Maybe I am a person who is easily impressed... but in the Byward market it is a bit difficult to find something that both myself and my kid want to eat that doesn't come off a paper plate. This restaurant is a great exception because KIDS EAT FREE ON SUNDAYS, there is a large selection of kids menu items, they... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Nice location and this is a nice bar to visit but the food was a little pricey for the standard & quantity served. That being said it does offer choices that are not readily available elsewhere (eg Paella). Not sure why the serving girls have to wear so short skirts though, tends to objectify them

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

New Years Eve with another couple. Went early for a few drinks and settled down for dinner. While we were presented with a New Years "menu" we chose to go a la carte. The food was served hot, well presented, most of all tasty and quite ample. Nothing was wasted. The price was excellent. We have been there numerous time... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I like that its spacious and accommodated a big group even without reservation. I ordered seared tuna sandwich and I love it. My co-workers enjoyed there dinner as well and did not hear bad comment. Our server was awesome .

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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?