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Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

#131 of 3,195 Restaurants in Austin
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#131 of 3,195 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 - 2019 Winner

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Ahi Tuna Ceviche
ahi tuna, fresh avocado, blanco tequila, pico de gallo, lime juice
Crab-Stuffed Jalapeños
panko-crusted fresh jalapeños, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster cream sauce
Lobster Tacos
lobster, Monterey Jack, jalapeños, spinach, lobster cream sauce
Smoked Chicken Quesadilla
black beans, caramelized onions, lime crema
Brisket Quesadilla
roasted poblanos, caramelized onions, serrano raspberry bbq sauce
Grilled Chicken Flatbread
grilled chicken, salsa verde, pico de gallo, cotija cheese
Tableside Guacamole
avocados, onions, peppers, tomatoes, citrus, cilantro, hand-tossed tableside
Picadillo Purses
crispy phyllo, seasoned ground sirloin, roasted corn, carrots, pepper jack
Pork Tamale Pops
moist pork, flavorful tamale masa, pepper jack; a unique, fun twist on a classic
Fresh Mussels
caramelized onions, charred tomato butter sauce, serranos, grilled flatbread
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Ahi Tuna Salad
pepper-crusted tuna, spring mix, avocado, citrus, grape tomatoes, cucumber, basil pesto
Grilled Romaine Salad
grilled romaine hearts, thick bacon, candied pecans, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, jalapeño-cheese croutons, cilantro aioli; add ·steak 5 ·salmon 6 ·chicken 4 ·shrimp 6 ·pepper-crusted tuna 6
Citrus Baby Spinach Salad
baby spinach, seasonal berries, citrus segments, Texas goat cheese, toasted almonds, citrus vinaigrette; add ·steak 5 ·salmon 6 ·chicken 4 ·shrimp 6 ·pepper-crusted tuna 6
Hickory Salmon Salad
aged blue cheese, thick bacon, candied pecans, sun-dried cranberries, seasonal greens, balsamic vinaigrette
Mazatlán Chicken Salad
achiote-marinated chicken, slaw, pepitas, seasonal greens, citrus vinaigrette
Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Salad
seared jumbo shrimp, roasted corn and tomatillo relish, tortilla strips, cilantro-lime vinaigrette
Iron Salad
seasonal greens, roasted corn and tomatillo relish, cotija cheese, tortilla strips
Small 5.00
Large 8.00
Tortilla Soup
chicken, vegetables, spicy chicken stock, avocado, cheese, tortilla strips
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Ahi Tuna Sandwich
pepper-crusted tuna, spring mix, tomato, red onion, basil pesto, cilantro aioli, toasted jalapeño-cheese sourdough bun, house fries
Cabo Chicken Sandwich
achiote-marinated chicken, avocado, pico de gallo, crispy bacon, pepper jack, cilantro aioli, toasted bun, house fries
Travis Burger
Texas custom-blended beef, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, toasted bun, house fries
Stuffed Iron Burger
Texas custom-blended beef, roasted jalapeños, natural cheddar, cilantro aioli, toasted bun, house fries
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The Cactus Filet
8 oz. cut, jumbo lump crabmeat, green chile bacon mash, seasonal veg
Pescado Veracruz
atlantic cod, tomatoes, olives, green chiles, red onions, cilantro-lime rice, seasonal veg
Hickory Grilled Salmon
roasted corn-crab relish, citrus butter, cilantro-lime rice, seasonal veg
Camarones a la Parrilla
jumbo shrimp, jalapeño, Panela, bacon, Mexican rice, choice of beans
Three Chile Pork Loin
three chile demi-glace, green chile bacon mash, seasonal veg
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1 20.00
2 38.00
Certified Angus Beef® Skirt Steak
1 20.00
2 38.00
Combination Steak and Chicken
1 22.00
2 40.00
Tequila Adobo-Marinated Shrimp
1 15.00
2 28.00
Herb-Grilled Vegetables
1 18.00
2 34.00
Tequila-Marinated Chicken Breast
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Mexican Meatloaf
angus sirloin, chorizo, bacon, ranchero sauce, green chile bacon mash, Mexican street corn
Pollo Relleno
chicken breast stuffed with roasted corn, poblano peppers, onions, and cornbread; jalapeño cream sauce, Mexican rice, seasonal veg
Pescado del Mar
seared atlantic cod, gulf shrimp, bay scallops, citrus butter sauce, sauteed spinach, cilantro-lime rice
Southwest Paella
jumbo shrimp, mussels, bay scallops, roasted poblanos, jalapeño Texas sausage, lobster cream, cilantro-lime rice
Shrimp Tacos
lightly blackened, wild caught gulf shrimp, slaw, lime crema, cotija cheese, Mexican rice, choice of beans
Baja Fish Tacos
atlantic cod, seared and lightly blackened or fried, slaw, lime crema, cotija cheese, Mexican rice, choice of beans
Chile Relleno Rústico specials
chicken, sun-dried cranberries, pepitas, pepper jack, toasted pecans, verde sauce, Mexican rice, choice of beans
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Veggie Enchiladas
charred tomato butter sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro-lime rice, black beans
Cheese Enchiladas
red chile sauce, blended cheeses, Mexican rice, choice of beans
Shrimp Enchiladas
lobster cream sauce, Monterey Jack, cilantro-lime rice, choice of beans
Brisket Enchiladas
smoked brisket, chocolate chipotle sauce, Mexican rice, choice of beans
Chicken Enchiladas
hatch green chiles, Monterey Jack, verde sauce, Mexican rice, choice of beans
*A 7% packaging fee is applied to all To-Go orders
Margarita Key Lime Tartlet
our twist on this classic dessert, served with mango coulis
Vanilla Bean Espresso Creme Brulee
infused cream custard, fresh whipped cream, seasonal berries
Mexican Chocolate Torte
chocolate ganache, Mexican caramel, candied pecans, vanilla bean ice cream
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
cheesecake, Mexican caramel, buñuelo crust
Mexican Chocolate Mousse
Ibarra chocolate, housemade whipped cream
Tres Leches
traditional Mexican cake, three milks, seasonal fruit, whipped cream
Established in 1996 on historic Sixth Street the Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant, Grill and Margarita Bar has been serving contemporary Mexican food for over 20 years. We draw our inspiration for our cuisine from various regions in Mexico. The Iron Cactus can be found in 3 locations across Texas. Named one of the top 10 tequila bars in the country, we feature over 100 different types of tequila. With a deep passion for creating bold, unique and flavorful mexican dishes the Iron Cactus stands apart as a premier Mexican restaurant and drinking destination.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Iron Cactus! The pizza was delicious and the decor is very pleasing and rather up-scale. The wait staff were very attentive!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite being on noisy and crowded Sixth Street on a Saturday night, we were seated within moments on the rooftop dining area. It was hot and humid, but the fans were a nice surprise and really helped keep us comfortable. Service was very good, and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank HighTravelExpects
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard great things about this restaurant so chose it for Sunday brunch. It was hotel food at best-in fact, the Hilton food is WAY better. Perhaps it's better at supper time, but go elsewhere for brunch. plus, the staff was less than excited to...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 633leighb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

JD was our server and he was great. I don’t come to Austin often, but when I do I visit the Iron Cactus. The ownership has maintained the quality of property just like it was when I first visited almost 20 years ago. Food and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank ajeffries29a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’d arrived in Austin and asked my hotel staff what restaurants they recommended. This was one of them so we knew we couldn’t go wrong and we were super pleased! Super location and with large windows to people-watch, we had a great time! We ordered...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank duranduran99
Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

After checking into my hotel, I ventured out to get lunch. Went to the popular 6th Street area. Lots of food and beverage options. I came across Iron Cactus, only place that had a line. I sat right away because I was alone. I immediately...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank robertwB7087ZN
Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

6th Street vibe, warm service, happy hours until 6pm weekdays. Above average sauces. Thumbs up in happy hour margaritas with default tequila herradura.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank brianCLE2017
Reviewed June 6, 2019

We stopped here for a quick lunch before a tour. Service was fast, food was great, large selection and moderately priced. We are on the 3rd floor terrace. Great lunch!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Joan S
Reviewed June 1, 2019 via mobile

We got to meet there for a bite and drinks when we got to Austin, we sat outside and got some tacos, I believe they were the worst Fish tacos I ever had, but margaritas were good and the service was fast and nice. I’ll...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Lilianitax
Reviewed May 28, 2019

Stopped here on two occasions last week while in Austin on business. A welcome and welcoming quiet respite from the chaos and heat of 6th street. The food is good to very good, the tequila list long and strong, and the lobster tacos were good...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Response from 505janp | Reviewed this property |
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August 23, 2016|
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Response from TaxMel | Reviewed this property |
We parked at a garage parking at the building behind Iron Cactus, apologies I'm not sure what building was it.
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January 30, 2015|
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Response from FloridagirlP-cola | Reviewed this property |
Based on the website for the Truluck's Austin Arboretum showing open from 5-9 or 10pm I would guess no. You posted this question on the Iron Cactus question area.
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