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The velvet Cactus

Mexican, Southwestern
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6300 Argonne Blvd, Harrison & Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124-3902
4:30 pm - 9:00 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

Thank jthwrh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Great food, excellent staff, great atmosphere.... The oaxacan cheese ap was good but small pieces of cheese. The enchiladas & taco plates- great. Nachos with chicken... bring a big appetite. The chilies relleno.... my favorite. Chipolte cheese grits....OMG! You have got to get them.

Thank dottietb
Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We try and get together for lunch or dinner. We visited the Velvet Cactus for lunch Saturday. It was wonderful. I had the house margarita and my friend had the strawberry. Complementary chips and salsa...very good. I ordered the steak fajita and she ordered the enchilada. Both were very good.

Thank gjems5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

I love the Velvet Cactus! How could you not like a place with such a cool name and great funky decor. Lots of local art on the walls that can be purchased. The drinks are great and the food is good. I never turn down an invite to go here!

Thank nolaqueen
Hammond, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We went around 7pm on a weeknight & had a short wait for "first available" which was inside but I would recommend the patio area for the ambiance and there were lots of fans to keep the heat at bay. Tons of choices & a nightly special is sure to satisfy every palate. I had the brisket taco plate with... More 

Thank kimberly7171
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Well they have outdoor seating and they only serve appetizers and drinks in the first section and there were 15 tables that were empty. I really feel this is bad by design and honestly i have eaten here before and the food doesn't warrant a 20 minute wait. There are better options in Lakeview. If you are trying to get... More 

Thank Mafiama
Ruston, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a really neat restaurant with eclectic decor and artwork. I got the quesadillas and they were good, simple and fresh. The salsa is also great, it has a very unique flavor. But the margaritas stole the show--delicious and strong, I recommend the cactus margarita!

Thank rachel45116

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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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  • 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.