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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
Contemporary, 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
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Blue Cactus used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I was extremely disappointed this evening. They had a DJ and the volume of the music was so excessive that I was screaming to my best friend to be able to speak to her and she to me. The music was at such a high decibel level that it... More 

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Thank varodrigue
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Scallop arugula salad was really bad - five greasy scallops on a huge bed of arugula. My husbands seafood linguine was like some leftover that was pulled out of the back of the fridge tasteless over priced - seriously disappointed.

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Thank Rhonda D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drinks are still amazing and everyone was happy with their meals. It's been around for a while but it still does some things really well. The kids' spaghetti looked a little sketchy, like it had been sitting somewhere for a while, but otherwise, everything was very fresh. The server was great too.

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Thank Joy H
Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there on business on a Tuesday night. Food was very good, but service was really slow. We waited over an hour for our food to come, and took awhile for water refills. Would try it again since the food was so good, could of been a bad night for service.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been a very long time since we last visited Blue Cactus. Gone are the rustic Tex-Mex vibes and peanut shells...now a modern, chic bar and grill with a wide variety of food choices (although this kind of made it lose some of its character and charm and more like another Moxie's or Milestone). Classic fajita is still available... More 

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Thank Richard L
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Big portions and great service, i had the burger and that was really good and the sweet potato fries were some of the best i've had

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Thank Tamara L
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service could be better on busy nights. Takes a long time to get a drink! Other than that, I love coming to socialize with my friends and meet new people.

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Thank Tiara J
Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Great selection for both food and drinks. Love the fajitas and nachos. Nice place to relax and enjoy yourself whether it's just for drinks or having a meal.

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Thank NathalieMondoux
Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Came for business dinner with a group. Food was good/plentiful. Chicken lettuce wraps were delicious as a main meal with side soup. Good beer selection.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant! Menu items varied -- I had the Lobster Roll -- good but not the best I've had -- taken back with the Chipole Sauce!! Others in party were satisfied with their offerings! Service was ok!! We ate at better place while on our visit at Ottawa/Montreal.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
Contemporary, Bar, International, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
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
Description
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?