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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808 (Upper Northwest)
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Ranked #311 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $15
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a typical Mexican restaurant. The food is really good and that's why we keep coming back whenever we are in the neighborhood. It's spacious so it's good for groups and it's family friendly too! We have been here with friends that had a baby in a stroller and another toddler and they were able to accommodate us immediately!... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service was OK. But the food was bad and tasteless. The salsa which they complimentary was bland and zero taste / spice. When asked for hot salsa the server said they don't have one. How can Mexican restaurants don't have hot salsa? I ordered cheese enchiladas where I only get tasteless tomato sauce on cheese enchiladas served with rice... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As someone from the Western U.S., I am always in search of a good Tex-Mex place, but even more so, as a non-drinker, I am always in search of the perfect virgin margarita. My search is over! It was AMAZING!! It was the perfect frozen lime margarita with salt on the rim. It may not sound like such a big... More 

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Alden, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is very large and has a nice outdoor section. You are seated and brought water and chips and salsa. I didn't like the salsa, my husband did. I thought it tasted like a spaghetti sauce. We ordered guacamole and it was good, but had black olives over the top of it. I don't like olives and it said nothing... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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 - 15
Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

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