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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful for a Large Group

We were a group of 40 people and had pre booked. The staff were wonderful and very fast with our food and drink. Real Mexican food and beers. They even make the tortillas in house! I can see why the restaurant is so popular.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
GuinnessBoy1950
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Trent Hills, Canada
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best of everything. Best family place with margaritas. Taste did not change since the first time i tried, which is almost 20 years, i guess.

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Thank Tezeroglu
Trent Hills, Canada
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237 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 40 people and had pre booked. The staff were wonderful and very fast with our food and drink. Real Mexican food and beers. They even make the tortillas in house! I can see why the restaurant is so popular.

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Thank GuinnessBoy1950
Ashburn, VA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best Mexican food in the area. Best guacamole, awesome quality of meat in their fajitas which I always order. Their tres leches, flan and churros are a great recommendation for desert. The Plato Gordo is also great if you wanna try different food and share with some people. This will give you the ability to see how... More 

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Thank LoveMMA11
Centreville, Virginia
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417 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

We've been going to Cactus Cantina for years and even though it has changed from a small place to a huge restaurant, the quality of the food and service has never changed. We will not get fajitas anywhere else, the Cantina fajitas are the absolute best. There are so many good Mexican dishes, you can't go wrong with anything you... More 

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Thank RYC88
Bristow, Virginia
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The meal we had at the Cactus Cantina was wonderful. The food was very fresh, cooked perfectly and served nice an hot. If you are looking for a great Tex-Mex meal I recommend this restaurant. We have only been here for lunch. It is a nice place but not fine dining. There were lots of families with children. It seemed... More 

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Thank Gregg B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Typical Mexican cuisine served in a busy locale, with Mexican beers and cocktails. The selection of Mexican food is extensive and all the dishes are usually very high quality

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Thank Enrico M
Arlington, Virginia
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396 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Cactus Cantina is a pretty standard Mexican restaurant - chips and salsa, large and tasty margaritas, huge menu. I had the tacos and enjoyed them. The restaurant is spacious and was good for our large group. The service was fine, maybe a bit slow. It's a little pricier than similar Mexican places, but it's DC, so that's typical. I'd definitely... More 

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Thank Brendan S
Lexington, Virginia
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174 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I have provided a review on this Cactus Cantina in the past (well over a year ago I believe) but had to provide another as this was one of the best meals my wife and I have had in quite some time. She had the carne asada and I had chicken/beef fajitas. Everything was outstanding from the chips and salsa... More 

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Thank BobH22
Jerusalem, Israel
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154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is our go-to Mexican Restaurant whenever we are in DC. The menu has many, many choices. There is something for everyone and so far it has all been tasty. I opted for something less heavy this time and ordered the Grilled Shrimp. They were delicious and plenty of them. Others had the fajitas, loved them, and a variety of... More 

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Thank Ellyn G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't pleased with their service, regardless if it was busy or not a restaurant with experience should know how to take care of their customers. I've been there before and know for a fact they can do better. The food was not but bad but really wasn't what I expected. Not sure if it's under new management but they... More 

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Thank Robert E

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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
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?