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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

Byward Market Area
Contemporary, American, Bar, International, Canadian
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2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
+1 613-241-7061
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Greater Toronto
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76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Second visit to restaurant and fifth meal out on this visit to Ottawa. All agreed that it was the best meal this week. Tandoori chicken, calamari, salad, burger all fresh and delicious. Wine and beer cold. Had a table near the street and enjoyed the passing crowd.

Thank GeoRoadWarriors
Montreal, Canada
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106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best place if you want to start you re evening. Service is excellent good location and like a terrace well it s almost if you are outside. Go for the the food and if dont go drink its excellent

Thank Bert G
Waterloo, Canada
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281 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived about 1:00 pm and paid at 3:00 pm. We ordered a club, a burger and a salad. It took forever for the food to arrive. The lunch was good but nothing to rave about.

Thank Love2travelGuelph
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I decided to check out this restaurant on a Sunday evening. Being a Sunday the restaurant was not busy at all. We entered and were seated immediately. This was the only service we received! After being seated, we waited nearly 15 minutes for a server to acknowledge us and come to our table. Once the server finally... More 

Thank Rahim3
Guelph, Canada
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall, we enjoyed our meal at Blue Cactus. For my wife and I it was a bit of a trip down memory lane as we had eaten here years and years ago. Food was good. My wife said it was her best meal in Ottawa! Service was pretty good. It was busy so it wasn't the quickest but that was... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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406 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for frozen strawberry daiquiris and were pleasantly surprised that they come in two sizes and do not contain additional sugar! They were fab! Highly recommend.

1 Thank foodie_wanderlust
Iqaluit, Canada
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138 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have never been disappointed with the Blue Cactus. They now have a patio which is really great! I love eating outside.

Thank NewSouth2410
Windsor, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the price, the portions and quality just wasn't there. The Hunter Chicken breast was smaller than a burger with a couple of potatoes and broccoli with BBQ sauce dumped on it. The service was awful when we ask for vinegar for fries. They had none due to a mix up. Huh, with the Windex the guy was using to... More 

Thank WalterA61
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family of 4 everyone really enjoyed our meals. We ordered southern burger (YUM!) Pizza, lobster roll, calamari and kids burger. Everyone was happy with the food. The brioche buns were the biggest hit. Price was decent was around 90 dollars total. They have a good selection of draft on tap and staff were very pleasant.

1 Thank Jason543
Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank JamesHoganJR

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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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?