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Cactus Cantina

Upper Northwest
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What really makes the Cactus Cantina experience is the very sweet outside seating. They are on the corner and they have 20+ tables along Wisconsin and Macomb Ave. The seating is separated from the pedestrians by planters, there is an awning with overhead fans (space heaters in the Fall) and the are properly staffed for outside dining. This is a... More 

Thank Fred T
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dine inside or out. This place was packed when we visited, but the service was fast and the meals were large. If you like Margaritas, share a pitcher as you work your way through your meal.

Thank BaileyC_21
Arlington, Virginia
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I became aware of Cactus Cantina from an ad in one of the DC tourist maps. Although we are not tourists, my wife and I were looking to try additional Mexican restaurants in our area. I love the restaurant's decor, which includes old black & white photos of the Southwest. The overall vibe reminds me of Mexican restaurants I used... More 

Thank jpm0703
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch after visiting the National Cathedral just two blocks away. Lots of outdoor seating. We elected to sit inside to cool off. Was a bit loud. Our server was astonishing. He kept coming back to the table with refills and made sure we had a second round of nice thin chips and their amazing salsa! They were... More 

Thank Dawn W
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ceviche was the best. nice chips and salsa quick service great drinks perfect for lunch…other places had a longer line get the tacos

Thank Laurie F
New Jersey
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Good chips with salsa, friendly staff and fresh food. Very crowded at lunch in a residential area speaks highly of what regulars think and has an outdoor space.

Thank Michelle B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch on a Saturday after a busy day of moving. Food was filling - typical Tex Mex fare, decently prepared but not anything special. Sangria really hit the spot! Service was friendly. Place was fairly full and loud. This was a good and convenient choice for lunch.

Thank bubb
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302 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

It was a lovely afternoon and we came for a late lunch / early dinner. We sat outside. Our waiter Matt was the best. He gave us great advice, at our request, about the menu and was terrific! We enjoyed the salsa and chips on the table and swirl (lime / strawberry) margaritas. They were frivolous! It was a lovely... More 

Thank DrKatieRN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This restaurant offers indoor as well as outdoor seating. The restaurant is quite large and was very busy. We had fabulous service but thought the food was average. We ordered enchiladas, salads, and tacos. It might have been better to taste some fresh cilantro on some of the food. The portions were large and the chips and salsa were delicious.... More 

Thank Susan S
washington dc
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187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Great chips and dip. Hot, salty and fresh. Enchiladas were very tasty and flavorful. I haven't eaten here for a while but everything was as I remember. This was a weekly dinner several years ago. The place has been updated inside and the food has stayed the same. Still great. Drinks looked good Nice size. Give it a try for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
  • Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
  • Phone Number: 202-686-7222

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