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Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern, American
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328 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2141 (William)
734 930 0047
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

my husband and i just left the restaraunt and we both have been to the bathroom numerous times. the chicken fajta was not hot and the vegtables were not cooked through. oh well sitting outside was nice. will not go back.

Thank TAYLOROhio
DeWitt, Michigan
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608 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We have heard good things about this place, and it is very cute, staff very friendly, service quick. I went to lunch here with my Dad, I had the scallop/shrimp quesadilla it was very good, my dad had the beef burrito (he loves burrito's), he couldn't finish it he said it just tasted bad. The chips were a little greasy... More 

Thank SharieN_13
Farmington, MI
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81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Have heard about this place so we went in to celebrate a birthday. On the plus side, the staff is wonderful. Our waitress was very pleasant and seemed to be having fun, doing her job. On the OK side, the food was good but not great. We ordered two of the daily specials, buffalo enchilada and scallops/shrimp quesadilla. Both were... More 

Thank Drpad
Island, Lk. Superior
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We dine here about twice annually. Saturday night I chose a weekly special -- trout. Blew my mind. I am not one to eat all on the plate. Oh, yeah! While waiting for the main course I saw the line amassing at the door. Now that says much. I barely sipped my marquieta -- top notch!!-- the salsa knocked out... More 

Thank pebblepolisher
Dexter, MI
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I went with a friend for lunch. What I liked: the booths are comfortable and the wait staff are friendly; service was really quick; we were immediately served with free warm tortilla chips and salsa (!), we got our lunches pretty quickly, the food was fresh and there was a LOT of it. Food was pretty good. RE: flavorings -... More 

Thank PKFelix
Boston, Massachusetts
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264 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Prickly Pear is a gem. It's a great fresh place with a unique take on Mexican food. The atmosphere is cozy, the service was good, the prices are right, and the food was tasty. The drinks were good too. If you're feeling like south west food and a margarita hit it up! You won't regret it.

Thank jgiano
Ann Arbor MI
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Nice use of spices - many flavors, not just the hot, hot, hot of some Mexican restaurants. Soups are wonderful. Sweet potato enchilada is really yummy. If tamales are ever on the special board, order them!

1 Thank GBAnnArbor
Linden, Michigan, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I have eaten here about 3-4 times now and the service is good and they always treat us well. Excellent fajita's and they start you out with chips & salsa. The salsa is homemade and very tasty. We stop by after the U/M games. If street side parking is an issue there is a parking lot behind the building that... More 

Thank Michael S
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The location is good, right in downtown Ann Arbor. However, the food was mediocre but pretty pricey. There is many better Mexican options in the area. We would not go back.

Thank Cami Z
Houston, Texas
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139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I don't know how this isn't in the top 10 restaurants in Ann Arbor! It's one of the best restaurants in town and has some of the best and most creative food. The place is very small and does not take reservations, so try not to go at peak times or prepare for a wait. They also have the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Mexican, Southwestern, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2141
  • Public Transportation: There is a bus stop at Fourth and William Streets.
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: 734 930 0047

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