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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 72
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  • 77
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch spot

Very big lunch menu from the vegan to meat eater. The only thing missing are the onions in the black beans!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Miguel H
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los Angeles, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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English first
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The host was quite rude - he was obviously very busy trying to seat tables, but he was not polite or welcoming at all. I met a friend, and she got a peach margarita that clearly did not have any tequila in it. Our server was friendly about it, and she was able to get another without additional charge. The... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were so excited to stumble across this place after a long day of sight seeing. We were able to get seated right away. Service was slow and not very good. Food was not good. I'm not a huge tex mex fan but my son and husband both are. We all got something different and everyone left disappointed.

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los Angeles, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very big lunch menu from the vegan to meat eater. The only thing missing are the onions in the black beans!

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

They told us there would be a wait of at least 55 minutes BUT wouldn't start us on the 'waiting list' despite having a reservation as some of our party were to arrive in 25 minutes! Couldn't understand the logic of this but actually couldn't understand much as the noise inside was insanely loud and echoed round and round! Needless... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a Tex-Mex restaurant with an extensive menu, but average food. The Margherita's are regrettable, but the service is excellent. It works as a place to go to for lots of people and families, but nothing special

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Recommend reservations. Food was very good, a great wait staff. I had the veggie fajitas: lots and lots of veggies, really enough for two. The tortillas were fresh made. The place was crowded but the tables weren't squashed together, enough room between to walk. Overall a great family place.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This place has been their for years. The food is very good. The Prices are very Reasonable for DC It is where the locals go. It is where the Families Go for informal dining. The sidewalk café is popular. Some of the Best Waiters in DC want to work here because of the good tips and high table turnover rate.... More 

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Davidsonville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The food was abundant, and very good. I would definitely go back. Sometimes parking can be a problem in the area. The last time we went, we used a nearby grocery store lot.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were told about this place from a friend that lived in the area. It was so good! If they had a meal of tortillas I would have ordered that, they were incredible. We split the beef fajitas and they were so good. I would recommend if you are visiting the national cathedral, its 5 mins down the street and... More 

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london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The food is average. I keep going back because I want it to be better than mediocre but it never is. Mexican food in DC in general isn't great, but this place is such a let down and kind of grimy. The bathrooms need some love. Go there for margaritas (upgrad, the standard aren't that great), chips and salsa (which... More 

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Additional Information about Cactus Cantina

Address: 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
Phone Number: 202-686-7222
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
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
Average Prices: USD $15 to $15
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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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 to $15
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
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?