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Cactus Restaurant

#143 of 3,525 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
West Seattle
Southwestern, Mexican
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2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 933-6000
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Chimichanga

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
vasodesidra
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London
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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London
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

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
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Senior Contributor
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I stopped here for lunch and had a spa chicken. Not sure if the spa refers to the chicken's provenance or to the fact that the charred breast is laid out on spinach and julienned vegetables. In any event it was really quite good and savory if maybe just a touch too salty. My table mates also seemed to like... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It's really good. I like the food here but it feels like it is fancy american version of mexican food. More a hybrid. The Guacamole is pretty great. The tacos are very good. Nothing here is bad. It is all quite good. A younger hipster crowd. Trendy atmosphere. This is a "go to" place for a lot of people in... More 

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Bartlesville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stopped at Cactus for a few drinks and appetizers after an afternoon food tour in Seattle. What a pleasant surprise to find a quality Mexican Food restaurant in West Seattle. The bar tender was fun and mixed a great Margarita. Even though we weren't real hungry we still managed to put away several baskets of chips and salsa. The... More 

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Seattle
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great venue with superb Puget Sound view. Modern style Mexican. Good waiters. Always busy! Simple cuisine done very well.

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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: Southwestern, Mexican

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