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Cactus Cantina

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Upper Northwest
Mexican, Southwestern
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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
202-686-7222
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy food in a relaxed, authentic atmosphere

Cactus Cantina, my favorite Mexican restaurant since Casa de Pico moved from it's original setting in Old Town San Diego. My recent visit to DC provided another opportunity to enjoy Cactus Cantina and, as always, was well worth it. They have made some changes to the structure in the last few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
kdmtravel
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Albany, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ate a late lunch after a day of sightseeing in Washington. The place is beautiful and with great ambiance. The food was delicious, delivered very promptly and the service was excellent. The servers were courteous and friendly.

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Pensacola, Florida
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249 reviews 249 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Every time I am in NW Washington around the Cathedral, I make it a point to eat lunch here. Great tacos and fajitas. In addition they make their own tortillas on site. However the best part is the chips and salsa and margaritas while you wait for your lunch. We have visited both with adults and with family. Either way,... More 

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Albany, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cactus Cantina, my favorite Mexican restaurant since Casa de Pico moved from it's original setting in Old Town San Diego. My recent visit to DC provided another opportunity to enjoy Cactus Cantina and, as always, was well worth it. They have made some changes to the structure in the last few months so the steep, STEEP steps to the restrooms... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My wife and I went to the Cactus Cantina restaurant on a Saturday night in January. I had the beef brisket tacos-this was a menu special. My wife had the beef flauta platter- a regular menu item. Both were very good. The beef brisket tacos were served with onions, cilantro, pico de gallo, rice, barbecue sauce and tomatillo sauce. My... More 

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Accokeek, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We wer given a quiet place of our own together. Our Server Frank was very attendtive to our every need. Food was good

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Love this place, awesome margaritas and food, i recommend the fajitas and the quesadillas! Good value for money and nice atmosphere! I always go back when in DC

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andover, ma
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80 reviews 80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Cactus Cantina is the closest Mexican restaurant to where we stay in DC, and we have often gone there for the convenience. But, this time, it was very disappointing. While the food was pretty good, the new renovations to the restaurant are terrible. The noise level in the dining room is so high that, even if you are with just... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great chips and salsa. Good margaritas, Regularly offered items are very good. Daily specials don't seem to be as good as they used to be, so have stopped ordering them. Service is great … especially if you get Paco or Alexi.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

They charge extra for sour cream. That about sums it up. Pitcher of margarita $37. The food was generally comparable but next time...guapos.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This place will always have a special place in my heart. I make a deliberate effort to eat at Cactus Cantina anytime I visit DC, regardless of the reason for visiting. The food is really good, regardless of what anyone else says, and the people who work there are some of the best people I've met. Students, immigrants, professionals from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
  • Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
  • Phone Number: 202-686-7222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?