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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
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Ithaca, New York, United States
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A group of six of us dined here on a Saturday evening. We showed up without reservations, and were seated with almost no wait at all. The restaurant is large, with several sections. We were served chips and salsa. The chips were warm and tasty. The service all evening was excellent. I ordered the chicken fajitas, which were quite good.... More 

Thank Andrew W
Arlington, Virginia
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99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice staff, great food, and cocktails. Staff was friendly and patient as I waited at my table for lunch mates to appear. The house salad was huge and tasty with chicken, avacado, pepperonicini, and hearts of palm. The chips and salsa were too delicious!

Thank Warren S
Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a late lunch here. Ambiance was loud, but service was good and they validated parking in the structure in the same building. Hubby had chicken enchiladas, which were very bland. Salad on the plate was little more than a pile of cabbage. Beans were good but might have had pork in them. I had a "Brazilian" salad. Nothing... More 

Thank GAgirlzmom
Irvington, New York
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is on Wisconsin Avenue north of Georgetown, a largely residential area that does not seem to cater to tourists. We really enjoyed our meal. The food was really good. We stuck to the classic American Mexican restaurant dishes (tacos, enchiladas, etc.), but there were more interesting things on the menu, too. We felt like a local eating there.... More 

Thank NY_Guy_Traveling
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always enjoy eating at Cactus Cantina--and do so often. Food is consistently high quality--and tasty. Enchiladas are really good. I'm ready to go back! Service is generally good too.

Thank textrav58
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tortillas served upon arrival were so light and crispy accompanied with a slightly spicy salsa. Margarita was refreshingly delicious. I ordered asada ranchera which was on the special menu. It was grilled chicken with mushrooms peppers and cheese served with beans, guacamole and pico de gallo. Flautas made fresh in front of your eyes were served with it. Absolutely... More 

Thank Tracy V
Silver Spring, Maryland
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent TexMex place that offers good portions of tasty food. We were looking for a place to eat that would accommodate our dog, and the patio was perfect. The dog has to sit outside the fence, but is easily accessible to us to keep him happy and under control. The food and service were excellent and we... More 

Thank msdebra007
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been my go-to place for Mexican food for many years. Food has been consistently good: lomo saltado, beef fajtas, great margaritas. The place gets full by 6pm every night and it is is hard to get a table on Friday and Saturday nights. Very popular place for families with small kids, hence the very noisy atmosphere.

Thank JustMi
Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have previously been at this great location, just down the road from The National Shine Cathedral. Great food, fast service. My only complain for not giving five starts, is because this past weekend when we enter and got "greeted" by possibly the RUDEST hostess I have ever encounter with "HOW MAY I HELP YOU" ????.... uhh ... We kind... More 

Thank nahutb
Bellmawr, New Jersey, USA
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105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such a pleasant surprise in the middle of DC. It's much bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside! They have outdoor seating, but we chose to sit indoors. The menu is extremely varied and if you don't see what you want, just ask if they have it. Our waitress was so helpful. We had a... 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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?