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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

Byward Market Area
Contemporary, American, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free
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2 Sq Byward Market | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
+1 613-241-7061
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cactus size Margarita is their thing! Food and other drinks are standard, but appealing presentation. Great location, good staff service.

Thank JamesHoganJR
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"Rib Rack & Mac" need I say more? I think not. The meat just glided off the bones, they were the best ribs I have ever had, that can't be taken lightly. And the Mac & Cheese was great too, absolutely no resemblance to Kraft Dinner lol. Five cheese dip is a classic and held up here, served with chips... More 

Thank Madelyne L
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Burgers are really good. The Atmosphere is a bit confusing. I was denied a gravy dip for my fries...??

Thank Bayshore S
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As family arrived from across the country, we (30 people from ages 2- 87) first met at the Blue Cactus for a welcome dinner. Food was varied so everyone was pleased and the service was exceptional.

Thank Eileencblair
Calgary, ab
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a good lunch with a pint. nice open to the street concept. The décor could use some work to make this restaurant better. The location was great and the service was good.

Thank Mexcal
New York
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first thoughts walking in that the atmosphere's were a little mixed. The restaurant looks like it is very fancy, but then you go in and it is labeled as a bar and grill, and they don't really serve "bar & grill" food. I ended up getting the chicken alfredo. It wasn't terrible but it also wasn't spectacular either. I... More 

Thank dlc0717
Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in for some drinks. The white wine sangria is good. I liked that they fill the liter with just sangria and garnish the glass with lots of fruit! The wings were good but would be nicer if they were bigger. The cheese dip was very good and the sweet potato fries were great!

Thank jwilliams874
Montreal, Canada
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159 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for drinks and appetizers on Canada day. We ordered their lettuce wraps and fried spicy calamari. Both were different from the usual and excellent! One order of lettuce wraps arrived with wilted Romaine lettuce. After we pointed it out, the server quickly took it away, apologized and returned with fresh crisp lettuce. Mistakes can happen, but if you... More 

Thank Canadians_who_travel
Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was there for a Margarita and maybe a bite. Drink was so watered down and popcorn was so salty that I decide it was likely better for my health to go eat somewhere else. Than I remembered having been here before and it being just as crappy...will not come here again and neither should you!!

Thank Perrault29
Ottawa, Canada
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142 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a staff lunch. We were 26 and everyone was happy with the restaurant selection. Some ordered burgers, pizzas, salads and seafood. All were very pleased with the service, food quality and very reasonable pricing. The wine and beer list also pleased the group. They also have and good selection gluten-free food. Highly recommended - great location. We... More 

Thank Pat D

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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, Canadian, International, Gluten Free
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 Sq Byward Market | 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?