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Cactus Cantina

3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808 (Upper Northwest)
202-686-7222
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Ranked #224 of 2,649 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This food was great! And the margaritas were decent as well. Large menu with tons of different options. The chile relleno dish is huge. Would definitely come back. They have a nice outdoor patio setup.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Been going to the Cantina for 20+ years and it is consistently excellent. Fresh chips and salsa, very good margaritas (frozen for me), and the best fajitas I've ever had (and I've had a lot). They make everything fresh including tortillas from their machine right on the dining room floor. Great for groups, families, multi-generations, etc. Never disappointing.

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Arlington, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I have been to this restaurant since I was in high school. Now that we don't live so close, we still make an effort to make it here. The food is fresh, especially their fajitas. The meats are flavorful and delicious. The chips and salsa are freshly made at the restaurant. None of that bottled salsa other Mexican restaurants give... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm not an expert on Tex-Mex, so I have little to compare with this neighborhood eatery. But I found the food bland and uninspiring. Complementary nachos and salsa were put on the table, helping to build up a thirst for a large margarita. But the salsa was watery and tasteless, and begged for more spice. I was not alone in... More

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durham, nc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I had a cheese enchilada. The plate was hotter than the food. Everyone at my table loved the pinto beans and raved about them. I really wanted some but they had meat in them so I had the black beans instead. The black beans were very bland - like out of a can, no salt, no pepper - and I... More

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Amman, Jordan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

As a college student used to love this place, but know took the whole family and yes they are in love with it high standards , quality and everything (Food and drinks) miss it

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We popped in as a group of five during a hot summer's day, and we're easily accomodated. Corn chips and salsa for the table were delicious and morish, and meant that we all struggled to finish our meals. Great value and great food. Would definitely return.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great chips and salsa. Steak dinner is the best. Steak very tender and flavorful. Flautas very good. Nachos not so great. Hard to find parking in the area. We parked at the National Cathedral a couple blocks away. Very nice neighborhood.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our family loves Cactus Cantina! We love sitting outside! My husband and I always order the frozen margaritas. The kids LOVE the steak fajitas. My favorite are the shrimp fajitas and my husband loves the Lomo Assado or Chile Relenos. Authentic food, good price, great atmosphere!

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Lunch was a real hit for two hungry tourists. The salsa was fresh and the flour tortillas were homemade. The regular menu prices were higher than the specials so we chose two specials and were very pleased with the quality of the food.

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