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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar

#29 of 3,005 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown Dallas
Mexican
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1520 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201-4801 (Akard St.)
214-749-4766
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar serves delectable Mexican...
Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar serves delectable Mexican dishes and award-winning margaritas. Its trendy yet cozy atmosphere combined with its delicious food, variety of margaritas and cocktails, and friendly service, makes it one of the popular places to visit in Dallas. It was listed by USA Today 10 Best List as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas in 2014.
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  • 188
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  • 211
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good Authentic Mexican!

Texas is full of Mexican places, but the food here really tasted authentic and was very flavorful and well prepared. Presentation was also great and the servers were friendly and attentive. Nice clean place, not too long of a wait especially for a Friday. There's also a bar area too to hang out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bernardo F
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Woodside
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San Jose, California
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96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Order the tableside guacamole, which is made with fresh lime and orange juice. It was delicious. The fajitas were a generous portion, and both the chicken and beef were juicy.

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Thank kerwin0959
Horace, North Dakota
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We just luckily wondered into this restaurant. All the dishes on the buffet had great flavor. We stayed a very long time because we kept finding a new item on the buffet that we had to try again and again. Gabe provided fantastic service to our table. We felt special eating a flavorful meal.

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Thank Thor1412
Woodside
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1,563 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Texas is full of Mexican places, but the food here really tasted authentic and was very flavorful and well prepared. Presentation was also great and the servers were friendly and attentive. Nice clean place, not too long of a wait especially for a Friday. There's also a bar area too to hang out in.

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Thank Bernardo F
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just needed a small lunch after arriving in Dallas, perfection mahi mahi tacos were delicious and make sure to get the warm salsa to start!!

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Thank Stephen C
Irving, Texas
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I personally cook traditional Mexican food, so it is very rare to find a place who comes close to the traditional taste. But this place definitely hits the spot. They also have great drinks specials during the week!

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Thank Isela L
Columbia SC
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113 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great choice for a casual Sunday brunch, paired with Mexican food and traditional brunch offerings. Sat at the bar and had great service from the bartender. Very friendly and efficient.

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Thank GamecockGirl
Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waited ten minutes after being seated. Flagged down several people. Still no one to offer a drink or take an order. I left without being noticed. Won't try this place again.

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Thank jacesings
USA
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1,007 reviews
600 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 541 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place exceeded my expectations, it is not just another Mexican place, they really go out of the way when they cook their fajitas and their customer service was exceptional. It was a little noisy because of all the people but it did not stop us from enjoying this food and the ambience of the place. I recommend the chicken... More 

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Thank bryanmantezoni
Angel Fire, New Mexico
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never a disappointment going to any one of the Iron Cactus locations. This trip was no exception! The smoked salsa is my favorite.

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Thank Greg D
Dallas, Texas
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never had a bad experience here. I mainly visit with coworkers and it's in walking distance of my office so I don't know about parking but can say it has a great location and great food. I'm sure the area hotels give it a strong reference to visitors. They also have a large area on the second floor which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1520 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201-4801
    (Akard St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Downtown Dallas
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Dallas
  • Phone Number: 214-749-4766

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 19
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar serves delectable Mexican dishes and award-winning margaritas. Its trendy yet cozy atmosphere combined with its delicious food, variety of margaritas and cocktails, and friendly service, makes it one of the popular places to visit in Dallas. It was listed by USA Today 10 Best List as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas in 2014.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?