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Cactus Restaurant

#56 of 3,077 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
West Seattle
Mexican, Southwestern
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2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 933-6000
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Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Another great Mexican restaurant in Seattle

When we travel to Seattle we usually dine at our favorite Mexican restaurant in the West Seattle junction. But our friends recommended Cactus, which they said is not your usual Mexican restaurant—it's more upscale. We often gauge Mexican restaurants based on their salsa: is it made onsite or is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

When we travel to Seattle we usually dine at our favorite Mexican restaurant in the West Seattle junction. But our friends recommended Cactus, which they said is not your usual Mexican restaurant—it's more upscale. We often gauge Mexican restaurants based on their salsa: is it made onsite or is it out of a can? Is it chunky with lots of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Went there to have a few after sunset cocktails, they have a good variety of tequila cocktails and seemed to manage to prepare a good fruity mixes. Look forward to come back.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I really enjoyed my meal at Cactus. I ordered a non-alcoholic Ginger Mojito which is made with house made Ginger Beer. They serve housemade chips with a tasty fresh salsa. My entree was Portobello Fajitas with insanely good housemade corn tortillas which they refilled for free. All in all, great vibe , great food and Alki sunset. Perfect.

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Beavercreek, Ohio, United States
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42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I ate at Cactus with some co-workers after a long day of meetings. Everyone enjoyed their food and drinks. The restaurant is across the street from the beach on Alki Ave and parking is hard to get. My advice is to go with friends, get there early, enjoy some drinks, and enjoy a great meal.

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Manila, Philippines
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81 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Went here for sundowner after walking on Beach drive. Lovely to be able to sit in outside area of restaurant and have great drinks served with excellent service. Recommend the grapefruit tequilla drink. Generous with chips and salsa and very nice atmosphere.

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Seattle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The best carne asada my husband and I have ever had! Great food and service. The only down side is how busy they are so you have to wait to get in.

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Federal Way, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

You cant beat the location on Alki, but parking is a bear! Once you enter the restaurant you will love the feel anywhere you sit. They have super spicy bloody marys and their shrimp tamales are to die for. They also have seasonal squash flowers deep fried, they are wonderful, oh and cant forget the homemade guac!!!!!

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Frigate Bay
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30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The ambiance was very nice and the food was very very good. Yes I used 2 verys in that sentence. Great service and views of the water to go along with great food will lead to a perfect dining experience.

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Seattle, Washington
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Don't eat here if you want run-of-the-mill Americanized Mexican food! This is Mexican kicked up a notch. Excellent cocktails and food, great service and an excellent view. Really love this place in the summer with outdoor seating and walls that open up to let the fresh air in if you choose to dine indoors. I've never been disappointed!

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Columbia, Missouri
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261 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Picked this restaurant for dinner soon after landing at SeaTac. We were staying downtown but wanted to eat someplace outside of the center city since we had a rental car for the first few days. I had never been to Alki Beach before but it seemed like a fun area. Parking was terrible. I had to drop off my companions... More 

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Address: 2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Phone Number: (206) 933-6000
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > West Seattle
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > West Seattle
  • Neighborhood: West Seattle
  • Phone Number: (206) 933-6000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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