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“Delicious Mexican food!! Great Margaritas!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe
2160 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-4766
802 253 7770
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Ranked #18 of 78 Restaurants in Stowe
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Delicious Mexican food!! Great Margaritas!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

If you are in the Stowe VT area and love Mexican food, you should definitley try this place!! Really good food and great margartias, we have have been there twice, both times were great. Enjoy!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Mexican food not made by Mexicans”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

Our family stopped at the restaurant after skiing at Stowe. We had a variety of entrees -- fajitas, enchiladas, tacos. The general consensus was they were bland, not made with the normal seasonings and flavors one would expect at a good Mexican restaurant. The portions were also small.

On the plus side, the service was very good.

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Portland, Maine
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123 restaurant reviews
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“Not what we thought”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2008

On our recent get a way to Vermont, we decided to try the Cactus Cafe for some Mexican food. We arrived about 6pm and was seated right away in a booth that happened to be right on top of the Cafe's heater. Within seconds we were sweating. We each ordered a glass of ice water while we looked over the menu. We thought the ice had melted rather quickly because water was dripping all over the table only to discover a small crack in the bottom of one of the plastic glasses. We were served complimentary chips and salsa which the menu indicated was a one time deal and if you asked for more chips or salsa you would be charged. But fortunatly, after tasting the salsa we knew right away that we would not order anymore anyway. The waitress was very nice and polite and when we asked if the heat could be turned down we were told that it could be but it never seemed to get any cooler. Now on to the main course. I ordered a sausage enchilada plate which came with rice and beans. It was quite good but not really worth the high price I was charged for it. My wife ordered a chalupa with chicken chili. This is where they tried to turn Mexican into gormet. The plate was piled with a spring mix of leafy greens with sliced cucumber, grated carrot, and red cabbage about 4 inches deep. It came with sour cream but no guacamole, therefore, leaving you no alternative but to eat a head of mixed dry lettuce for 80% of the meal. The plate it was served on was so small that the lettuce kept falling onto the table. When she finally got down to the chicken chili, I asked her if it was good and she said that she was so happy to finally get to some real food that it didn't taste all that bad. And the finishing touch to our dining experience was the bad classic rock that was playing over the musac creating a bar that served nachos atmosphere.

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Tewksbury, MA
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“Great Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2008

Whenever we are in Stowe we always stop here. Great drinks and food. The owner and bartender gave us dinner recommendations for a romantic restaurant. Their recommendations were excellent!! We will be back!!

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Sterling, Virginia
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“Very good food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

We ate here for the first time and must say it was excellent! The salsa was very good although they could have made it hotter for us southern folk. The servers were attentive and they were really busy with a couple of large groups to serve. We found the prices to be average. I would eat there again.

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