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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

Byward Market Area
Contemporary, American, Bar, International, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
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2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
+1 613-241-7061
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Open now
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Edmonton, Alberta
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped into the Cactus Club for a few beers after a few hours of sightseeing in Ottawa. Loved being able to sit outside on their patio and watch people walk by. We did not have anything to eat but the table beside us were having burgers and they looked absolutely amazing. Service was attentive and pleasant. Great spot to... More 

Thank aliceb5
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are soo many choices for food in the Byward Market. My wife and decided to try the Blue Cactus and we were not disappointed. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious and very well presented. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank Fabiano M
Winnipeg, Canada
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of many food establishments in the Byward Market. Decided on Blue Cactus and we were not disappointed. Good service, vast selection of menu items both food & beverage. We had the Mediterranean salad and the lobster Cobb salad and enjoyed both dishes. Very popular establishment, several groups on the night of our visit.

Thank recentRetiredGuy
Palo Alto, California
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88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened into this restaurant in the festive part of Ottawa. Being from California, we are always a little intrepid trying Mexican food so far from Mexico, but we had a really nice lunch! Loved the quesadilla stacks, although they are very different from quesadillas in California. Guacamole was the best we had in Canada though not excellent. (Wrong variety... More 

Thank califbikegal
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across this by accident while walking around ByWard Market. We were so impressed with our experience we went back the following evening for another meal. Great food reasonably priced.. Normal pub fare with a Mexican spin. The only slight complaint is that they put onion in their guacamole .. Why would you do that? Anyway, try the chopped... More 

Thank Richard_Diane
Halifax, NS
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118 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The waitress was terrible and unfriendly and didn't know how to recommend a beer. The food was so pleasantly surprising. I thought this place would be unoriginal. It was fantastic flavour and great quality.

Thank wendywalters
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an appetizer before dinner: the chicken lettuce wraps & they were delicious. For dinner I had fillet mignon with veggies & potato. Hubby had the club sandwich with salad. My fillet mignon was good & so was the BBQ sauce that went with it. Our waitress was training a new waitress who was showing her so that was... More 

Thank Hazel P
Moncton, Canada
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat down and ordered. Waiter was great. Then a large group came and we were totally ignored. Had to ask another server for help. He didn't come once to see if we were OK, not even once. We asked for the bill and he dropped them on the table. No thank you or how was everything or even a... More 

Thank djs262a
Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I promised I wouldn't come back here after my last review, but I was part of a group that made the booking. While my meal was OK, the young lady next to me was served a plate of cold nachos. When the waitress took it back to warm up, she brought it back only slightly warmer. She also told us... More 

Thank ouadad
Kansas City, Kansas
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We entered on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend. Downtown was buzzing with people. We went to Blue Cactus for dinner with friends. As we entered by the bar there was a cocktail table open Sony friend sat there while I went to talk to hostess. While I was talking to the hostess the second head hostess came over and... More 

Thank Liz L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Contemporary, American, Bar, International, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
    (Clarence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Transit stops in surrounding area.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-7061
In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill prides itself with excellence in service, dining and atmosphere.

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