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Cactus Restaurant

#82 of 3,561 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: 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
Very, Very Good!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Tenlee B
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Federal Way, Washington
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Federal Way, Washington
Senior Contributor
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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339 reviews 339 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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Seattle, Washington
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167 reviews 167 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I went with a group from work for a celebration lunch and we enjoyed our experience at this location on Alki Beach. Cactus serves southwest food with a modern twist. The ingredients are fresh and reasonably spicy. Hard floors and vibrant colors lend a festive atmosphere, although it can get a bit noisy. This location overlooks Alki Beach and out... More 

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London
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

The food was ok, staff very nice and fast service. Chimichanga was nice, but not to die for, the place was very busy, so we ate at the bar and we had margaritas

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Seattle
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121 reviews 121 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A busy day, preparing for the upcoming holidays, brought us to having a late lunch which turned into looking at the Happy Hour food menu! Had the best nachos platter EVER!! Thought I would order an additional selection after noshing on the nachos but found them to be so filling, I was full. Oh, should note too, I am not... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not impressed with this place. The complimentary tortilla chips were literally rancid tasting. They clearly do not change out their oil in a timely manner. Either that or they don't store it properly. Or something. Yuck. I got the Navajo Torta which was a big ole slab of pretty tasteless dough. It was supposed to have cheese on it and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I had read reviews for Cactus before heading to Seattle and knew that I had to try it. I am a huge fan of southwestern cuisine and rarely get to indulge in it unless I make it myself. I had the eggs Benedict with green chili biscuits and the tastiest potatoes (generally I'm not a fan of home fries, but... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The drinks are amazing, but was slightly disappointed by the food. I ordered the sweet potato taco, but it was a little bland and the tacos were on the soggy side. Should have gone with the fajitas or enchiladas...definite food envy! On the plus side, the cocktails were seriously good!

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Restaurant Details

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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