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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
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was strolling around the market as a and bumped into the bar. At first wasn't very appealing but soon after I was feeling very comfortable. Service was awesome, waiters were there for you, suggesting and checking everything was OK. It was a bit noisy, but hey, it's a sports bar, kinda of expected right? I had a great time, and... More 

Thank Mauricio M
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554 reviews
377 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After strolling in the ByWard Market, we decided on the Blue Cactus Bar and Grill for an early dinner. We sat at a high top in the front area of the restaurant, in a window looking out at the Market. We had a very casual relaxing dinner, while watching an interesting golf event (Ryder Cup) on one of their TVs.... More 

Thank Golferboy18
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and prices but it's always busy, and very noisy when we've been. This results in slow service and difficult to hear conversations.

Thank CdnBlossom
Plymouth, New Hampshire
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

We went to the Blue Cactus on Saturday night for dinner and I'm truly glad we did! We were a party of 6 with no reservations at 7:30pm and we got in quickly. The rain certainly helped- not many people ventured out. It's usually quite busy so we were shocked to get right in. The service was wonderful and our... More 

Thank Molly0429
Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Food is great, ambiance is good, service is amazing! Make sure you try the lemon tiramisu! There was a DJ playing music, but was not great! Songs were good, but mixing was really bad!!

Thank bisch_in_yeg
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

The place is located in the heart of the Byward Market, the environment is nice. The meal I had was somewhere in between mediocre/average. The drink I ordered was really good but for some reason the glass was just half filled (I don't know if that is how it supposed to be) and then my friend's drink was spilled all... More 

Thank dzachrisson
Bracebridge, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

In town with a friend for the evening so based on a previous visit to the Blue Cactus with my family, I decided to take him here and we weren't disappointed. Our server was friendly and my friend got his free wi-fi. We ended up ordering a couple of different dishes and shared them and both were very tasty. Restaurant... More 

Thank MuskokaMan
Labrador City, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

My wife and I love this place. We went there back in 2013 and when we returned this year, we went there for our "nice dinner" instead of trying something new. Really great atmosphere here. The staff are unreal. Really friendly. Excellent food here no matter what you have. It's a dress up or casual place. Great vibe. Awesome wine... More 

Thank Steve M
Kingston, Canada
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Had a serving of nachos which were good, and a steak which was excellent as well. Enjoyable experience. Nice location, great ambiance.

Thank Sean O
Antony, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Went there without checking on the Internet and it was a good surprise. The service was nice and the food was simple and modern a the same time even if not really perfect. The menu was not huge but really sufficient to stick to all people preferences. Price was correct.

Thank schuminou

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, 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?