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Cactus Taqueria

5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 658-6180
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Ranked #131 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great place for a reasonably-priced lunch. The house salad is fresh, and you can order it with meat and/or avocados. The dressing is citrusy (light and good), but you can add some of the salsas from the condiment bar. The serve-yourself approach works when you are pressed for time. The tacos are also quite good. My recent salad with extras... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Castus' crispy tacos are to die for. We only get to eat here when visiting our family. We really should visit more often. They have lots of choices but I always get the same thing. Prices are super for the Bay Area too

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California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

One of the best places to get a reasonably priced meal fast but freshly made. I always order the house salad with citrus vinaigrette and some kind of chicken. Here's an insider tip: the menu says you can order it with grilled chicken, which is very good, but you can also order it with any meat filling they serve. I... More

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Fremont, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Homemade hard shell tacos, overflowing with fresh, delicious fillings. Favorites are the shrimp tacos and grilled chicken tacos. Salsa bar has a lot of variety. Prices are reasonable and the quality is consistently great. Highly recommend.

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California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

very yummy crispy tacos. very loud though...but great flavors, great food. nice pricing as well. lots of options for salsa as well which is great.

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Los Osos, CA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have had several good meals here in the past -- quick, inexpensive, and tasty. But this latest one was a disappointment. My wife's taco meat was cold, like it had just come out of the refrigerator. And I ordered the daily special, was was just ok. The salsa bar is nice.

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Oakland, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Cactus' food is always deliciously fresh and inexpensive. It's probably the best deal on College Avenue for really good food at a really good price. It's very casual - not at all fancy. But the food is great. The fresh salsas are all great. I love the empanadillas. And the fish tacos. And the tostadas. And the burritos. And the... More

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Oakland, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The food is cafeteria style, prepared to order and varied. The salsas are outstanding. Not a place for a leisurely meal, but fits the pace of young children, of whom many are present. Try the pork verde burrito. Or the chile relleno plate. But don't miss the salsa bar.

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Oakland, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

My kids love this place. Best burritos in town. Great sauces too.

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Monterey, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

This place is quite popular. The food they serve is good and it comes very fast. However it can get very loud.

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