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Cactus Restaurant

$$$
Broadway / Capitol Hill
Mexican, Spanish
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4220 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3237
206-324-4140
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
WOW, WHAT A FIRST IMPRESSION

What a contrast with any Mexican restaurant I have ever attended in my life. As you enter the premises, you are being warmly greeted and situated. Water comes almost immediately. Everyone, not only your server, is doing their best to greet you provide their recommendation when asked, Guacamole is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
DanThe1Traveler
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a contrast with any Mexican restaurant I have ever attended in my life. As you enter the premises, you are being warmly greeted and situated. Water comes almost immediately. Everyone, not only your server, is doing their best to greet you provide their recommendation when asked, Guacamole is great, but salsa is absolutely out of this world. Bring your... More 

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Seattle
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Worth going for the Mexican decorations alone! This restaurant is not hesitant to emphasize flavour. Excellent food, beautifully served. Large helpings of guacamole & salsa dips while waiting for the main food. Large drinks. Great coffee. Mexican food is not one of my favorites, but I have been here five times now, because everything is so delicious. Nice area to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

When I walked into the restaurant there was an overwhelming smell of body odor. The taste of the chips and salsa were above average, however there were few unbroken tortilla chips in a bowl full of crumbs. The Menu consisted of few different plates; all tasting the same. Black beans were dry, chicken was dry and over cook. Very inattentive... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Grabbed dinner after an afternoon at the beach at nearby Madison Park. Great Mexican fare and truly the best Salsa ever! Casual atmosphere with very friendly staff. Would recommend!!

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Corvallis, Oregon
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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great Mexican food! Had the shrimp fajitas and the guacamole. Like how they included the beans and rice onto the skillet with the shrimp. Good atmosphere especially for the little ones. Most of all thanks for not gouging us for the kids menu. So sick of restaurants charging outrageous amounts for the kids menu so thanks!

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a great place to meet friends and neighbors in a section of town that is a bit of the beaten track. Right on the small strip of neighborhood commercial shops this place offers up a decent sized bar and seating area. The margaritas are tasty with out being to limey and the Baja version offers just a hint... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It was Sunday in Seattle and several restaurants had long lines so we tried Cactus since they could seat us immediately.We were pleasantly surprised. The food was great. Many interesting recipes. Everything was flavorful but spiced just right. And they were very accomodating of our tastes. My wife asked for an alternative to tortilla chips and they brought crispy, tasty,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Interesting and fun menu; clever and creative with plenty of tasty choices (and noisy enough that you can bring the fam'). Happening place; you nearly always have to wait but the buzzers enable you to walk around while you wait. Save room for their fab desserts.

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A great place for Chili Relleno and Green Enchiladas. The margarita's are also excellent. I never have any room left for desert.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The wait was worth it on a Friday night! Service was prompt and professional. Fajitas came in sizzling individual frypans. The chimichanga was a folded heavy pastry, but it was stuffed with beef brisket that was medium spicy that was superb. The fried ice cream is heavy on topping and too light on ice cream.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4220 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Broadway / Capitol Hill
  • Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: 206-324-4140

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

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