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Cactus Cafe

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Southwestern, Mexican
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2160 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-4766
802 253 7770
Website
Today
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Let Down At Cactus Cafe

Living in Stowe, we have eaten here many times in the past and been fairly happy. Last night, though, was a different story. As always, the Margaritas were great. However the enchiladas were not at all acceptable. (Our friends liked their fajitas, though.) The enchiladas, the Californian and... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
RwithS
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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236 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Living in Stowe, we have eaten here many times in the past and been fairly happy. Last night, though, was a different story. As always, the Margaritas were great. However the enchiladas were not at all acceptable. (Our friends liked their fajitas, though.) The enchiladas, the Californian and the pulled pork types, were not remotely enchiladas. They were more like... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had a great meal here..wait staff very friendly. Sat next to patio doors in the back room..must have been the coldest seat in the house..had to eat with my jacket on!

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queensbury
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Stopped for a cocktail and had a nice experience. The owner was the bar tender and couldn't have been nicer. Good conversation, great margaritas and funky decor. She offered us help with the drink menu and a delicious basket of chips and salsa! We are planning atrip back in the summer and will definitely stop for dinner!!

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Farmington, Connecticut
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

eat at Cactus Cafe. Colorful, cozy and friendly. Nachos, beers, margaritas. if you are up for a Mexican menu in a cute place, what's not to like?

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New England
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Recently ate here. Convenient location and plenty of parking. Friendly wait staff. Margaritas were served in Pilsner sized glasses and were average quality. Fajitas were good. Beef is not finely sliced, more like 1" sized pieces sliced from a larger steak. Cut 'em smaller to fit in your tortillas. You are served 2 tortillas with your meal. I didn't ask... More 

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Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had a very pleasant family meal at the Cactus. Was surprised at the quality of the food and the excellent service on the heels of a crazy busy holiday week. Server was polite and attentive but not overly so. Food was solid. My only complaint was that the habanero sauce/wings and jalapeno poppers were "toned down" from the glorious "fire"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were vacationing in Stowe and we were very hungry after a long day of snowboarding, so we tried the Cactus cafe. We didn't have a reservation, and they were extremely packed. The owner was extremely hospitable and asked us if we could wait a few minutes to get a table together. The salsa was delicious, the poppers were extremely... More 

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Millstone, New Jersey
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Family and I needed a night out from the Stowe Mtn Lodge. Mexicano was the graving. The place is located on the mountain access road. Very pleasant atmosphere. Salsa was very good. Watch out for the poppers they were extremely hot. I mean ghost pepper hot. The burrito's were very good, and nice size. Service was also good. In Stowe... More 

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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Fantastic food with very homemade flavors and an abundance of taste. Small restaurant so book early but very worth it!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Me and my family took a ski trip to Stowe last week and there are so many better restaurants in Stowe we were in Stowe for 4 days and went to dinner at 4 different restaurants and this was by far the worst. Terrible food, terrible service, tacky.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2160 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-4766
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Stowe
  • Phone Number: 802 253 7770

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 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?