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The velvet Cactus

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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6300 Argonne Blvd, Harrison & Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124-3902
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Tue 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Birmingham, Alabama
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place for good food, drinks and atmosphere at very reasonable prices. I was introduced to it by a local a couple of years ago, and I stop in for one meal every time I visit New Orleans! If it's cool enough to enjoy the patio I recommend that.

Thank Derek M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am fortunate to have a very tight-knit neighborhood and this is our "go-to" restaurant to celebrate birthdays! We are all part of the rewards club and get a free dessert or margarita on our birthday and/or anniversary. They also have a great happy hour and drink specials! I've never had a bad meal here and am impressed with the... More 

Thank Julie L
Alexandria, Louisiana
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The margaritas are very good and high quality. We went on a Friday evening and it was very busy. Food was good and fresh.

Thank Myra P
New Orleans, Louisiana
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Sorry, but this food was not good. It tasted straight out of a can. I was hoping it had great mexican food but everything we ordered was not good.

Thank Lucydog53
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

My friends, my husband and I decided to try this restaurant, on Sunday. The atmosphere is fun, the decor is really neat. We all had different types of margaritas, none of us really enjoyed the drinks they were either too sweet or just too many flavors going on. My friend order the chicken tacos with grits and loved it, her... More 

Thank Chris P
Seattle, Washington
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Place is always packed so I thought it must be good well I was wrong bartender girl was very friendly and cute but the bar was full of college kids and the enchiladas were a little dry and not that great.The refried beans were a little weird the rice was good.So far i have been to every recommended Mexican joint... More 

Thank diceman13
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited on Saturday night, the wait was about 30 minutes. The server was friendly, she was quite with refill chips and beverages. The kitchen was a little long getting the appetizer to the table. The shrimp and chorizo cheesecake was delicious presentation was a little sloppy. The entrees were great everything was hot and delicious. The restaurant is very busy... More 

Thank James N M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We recently celebrated a friend's birthday on a Friday evening for dinner with a group of 8. Luckily one of us was available to go early to get a table. When we left, it was very busy with many people waiting. The service was good. They were helpful with holding a birthday cake for us until the end of the... More 

Thank ACLA30
Southaven, Mississippi, United States
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were heading out of NOLA this past weekend and were craving some Mexican food. We were so glad we stopped here! First of all, the patio seating was absolutely lovely. Unfortunately, it was raining, so we didn't get to enjoy it. However, the decor inside was just as eclectic and fun! The gave us complimentary salsa and chips which... More 

Thank RNMommyAudra
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369 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a very eclectic restaurant and interestingly decorated my family likes this place a whole lunch but it's on my been there the food is just been OK at best I had for he does and it had for shrimp on it and the steak only had three pieces of steak was so tons of onions and bell peppers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6300 Argonne Blvd, Harrison & Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124-3902
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Lakeview
  • Neighborhood: Lakeview
  • Phone Number: 504-301-2083

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

Staying in Lakeview

Neighborhood Profile
Lakeview extends inland from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with much of the area reserved for family-friendly City Park. Home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and the city’s own lush Botanical Gardens, City Park is a New Orleans gem and the perfect spot for outdoor fun with as much of a mix of culture and/or amusement as you would like. Beyond City Park more great excuses to stay outside beckon, whether on land or by boat. Developed a good deal later than most other New Orleans neighborhoods, Lakeview has a distinctively different look and feel compared to other parts of the city. Fans of mid century modern design and contemporary architecture particularly enjoy leisurely drives around the residential streets of Lake Vista, Park Island and along Lakeshore Drive.
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