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Cactus Restaurant

#126 of 3,542 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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  • 36
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  • 25
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  • 5
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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 tasty!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
AnonymousC1
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Frigate Bay
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Frigate Bay
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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333 reviews 333 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 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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Pukalani, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

In 2006, I was taken to this restaurant and had the "butternut squash enchiladas"--incredible! In fact, we went back there 2 nights later, and even though the menu had delicious sounding listings, I chose the butternut squash enchiladas again. 3 nights ago, I was in Seattle, and had the chance to go to Cactus restaurant. I wondered if they would... 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

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