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Review of Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe
Ranked #65 of 3,868 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Robson Street
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Rob Feenie's Cactus Club restaurants are numerous in Vancouver. The food is typically ok, predictable, to pretty good, but kinda pricey. The newest locale at English Bay (at the end of Denman St at Beach St) has wonderful views. The lower beach level with outdoor seating typically has long waits during lovely sunny days/evenings (no reservations). Reservations are available upstairs/inside as is the somewhat delicate valet parking (one has to cross very busy bikeways & pedestrian walks). There is also a takeout accessible at the lower level / beachside. Lots of young, pretty, mostly scantily female clad servers milling about. Wine selections are not bad and typically twice retail. Some examples of the food: the rocket salad is good; so is the duck clubhouse sandwich; tuna takati is very good; fish tacos could have more fish (lingcod) & less shredded cabbage so average at best; won ton soup ($9) plus add shrimp/prawns ($9) is tasty but a bit expensive; and the flatbread is good. The menu is varied so has something for all tastes and ages. Patrons are usually a younger crowd. Downtown locations are typically very busy at lunch and during cocktail hour.

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Thank JULOfrVan
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Was taken to the Cactus Club whilst visiting Vancouver on business. The location is right on the shore line and the full length windows give a great vista over the bay. As the sun goes down the window blinds shade the glare and the atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing dining experience. The staff were welcoming, friendly without being familiar. The menu offers a good selection for all tastes and as you might expect being on the sea edge sea food dominates. I had the sable fish which was cooked to perfection and served with an asparagus and mushroom broth. It really was delicious. I dined with a large group and every dish was nicely presented and was well received by all. I suspect if you are local or a visitor this is a great place to eat the sort of quality food you might expect in more formal restaurants but in a modern relaxed and beautiful setting. As I didn't pick up the tab my score on value is a bit of a guess

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Thank Neil W
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Well, I've been to various locations over a few year's period and everywhere it's the same experience.

The food is mediocre, the prices are high, the staff is ridiculously unprofessional and unfriendly. I wonder why people still go there considering you have so many attractive options close by.

When you walk in, the hostess behaves like she is doing you a favour. Whenever you say 'thank you', you get 'no problem' as a reply. Well, that's all okay if I"m in some dump in a back alley ordering a hotdog but not when I'm expecting to pay around $20 bucks for the average meal.
I think the owner needs to send his staff to a 'how-to-behave' seminar where they can learn basic manners. Then, we can talk about the food that needs improvement as well.

Conclusion: I'm spending my money else where.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Interesting decor, good food and service. You can count on getting your favorite dishes in all Cactus Club restaurants. However, I find it very noisy and try to get a table as far from a speaker as possible. If we cannot, we leave to find another place to eat.

Thank Wanttotravelsoon
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Excellent food overlooking Sunset Beach. the hip, young wait-folks provided excellent and friendly service.

Thank TWalls_11
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