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Cactus Restaurant

#104 of 3,354 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: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
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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 good...

No hesitation, food is great, service is great, location is perfect by the water and you have fantastic view of downtown Seattle from there

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
fano71
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Nice, France
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Nice, France
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No hesitation, food is great, service is great, location is perfect by the water and you have fantastic view of downtown Seattle from there

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Thank fano71
Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cactus offers something to please everyone in our family. My sister is able to order vegan, her mother-in-law can go gluten free, her husband has his choice of good tequila, and I have my choice of margaritas. The endless basket of chips, the unique main dishes and specialty drinks, the lively decor, all combine to make this our more frequently... More 

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Thank Laurel Z
Arizona
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154 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't see a children's menu but our server arranged for a plate of rice, black beans and avocado for our little eater. The rest of us shared wonderful tacos with corn tortillas, the best tortilla soup I've ever had and sweet potato enchiladas. The sweet potatoes had a great char on them. Even though Sunday brunch is busy, we... More 

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Thank LindaAZ2
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cactus has a great menu with some traditional Mexican choices and some less common options. I enjoyed the shrimp fajitas which came with an ample serving of sides. The margaritas are excellent, and again, varied. The location is fun being on Alki. Definitely a terrific choice for southwestern food.

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Thank Heather M
Adairsville, Georgia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We ate here when visiting Seattle before leaving on a cruise. The food and price was great. I can not wait to return to Seattle, and eat here again.

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Thank Jill3976
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in West Seattle for 5 days and this was our favorite restaurant by far. All of us were happy with our meals and the service was excellent. We would return in a heartbeat.

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Thank Susan I
Seattle, Washington
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227 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The food is just darn good. Having spent 50 years in the southwest, this comes pretty dam close, and is better in other ways. The staff is great and on their game. The location can't be beat, I mean its on the Beach! The diversity of the food is just fun to figure out what will I eat next! thanks... More 

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Thank ebcnaz
Richardson, Texas
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Went for dinner on a weekend night. Seated within 30 minutes. Good food and wait staff friendly. Chips and salsa were delicious. Location great if staying in the area. We walked to the restaurant. Would recommend as prices and food were good.

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Thank Favoritern
Seattle, Washington
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227 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

What a fun place to come for a weekend brunch. Saturday and Sunday, Oh Boy! The food for the most part is more cutting edge modern than traditional, and tasty. The service is very good for the most part, the waiter disappeared after the food was delivered not to be seen until the meal was finished. They have big windows... More 

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Thank ebcnaz
Toronto
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The lighting of the restaurant in the evening is intimate as is the surrounding street. Located on a semi quiet street, the patio is ideal on a summers night in Seattle. Our server was attentive and very helpful with making recommendations. Food quality was wonderful and fresh. No greasy items were presented and everything was delicious! Highly recommend pretty much... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?