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Cactus Taqueria

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Mexican, Vegetarian
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5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 658-6180
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Easy and reliable, good for families

Great spot for taking kids on the fly when you need something quick and easy. Fresh ingredients, very friendly staff, plenty of seating. Quintessential family-friendly place when you want something quick, healthy, good tasting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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McLean, Virginia
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

excellent tacos, especially the fish tacos. good selection. beverage choice good. Order at the taco bar then go to toppings table. Wonderful salsas with all degrees of heat. No table service. Very popular, especially in summer. Near Rockridge Bart

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CA
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great spot for taking kids on the fly when you need something quick and easy. Fresh ingredients, very friendly staff, plenty of seating. Quintessential family-friendly place when you want something quick, healthy, good tasting.

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Oakland, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Easy to get to and the food is fresh, self service bar let's you add your own salsa. Love pineapple salsa

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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Some friends recommended this place and we were not disappointed!! I had the fish taco... It's huge and delicious. My husband had a chicken burrito and quickly devoured it. We also ended up ordering 3 crispy shrimp tacos... Heaven!! The salsa bar had lots of options... Don't miss the pineapple salsa. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Oakland.... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, USA
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107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We were on our way to San Francisco for an event. Instead of having a long wait and walk to a restaurant before the theatre, we decided to hop off/on at Rockridge station and walk across the street to Cactus. The price and food are pretty authentic.

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love (what we call) Mexican food and Cactus uses quality ingredients without gourmet prices. You can really mix it up here, lots of choices available to design how you want your food, and the self-service bar offers additions that are varied and delicious too including a cabbage 'salad' and fresh or roasted jalapeños. Sometimes the line is out the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Cactus Taqueria

Address: 5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Phone Number: (510) 658-6180
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: (510) 658-6180

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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