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Ranked #26 of 150 Restaurants in Kailua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Brazilian, Chilean, Latin, Mexican
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hamakua Drive
Transit: Bus 57
Description: Cactus is "a celebration of the cuisines of the new Americas with Aloha," transporting the flavors, culinary traditions and techniques from Central and South America as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico.Offering the cuisines of the sun, land and sea, Cactus menu selections focuses on:•Local produce from the islands•Shinsato Farms pork from Kahalu’u•Kulana and Kuahiwi beef, veal, wild boar from the Big Island•Sustainably caught or farmed seafood from the island chainDrop-in or reserve a table in our casual, convivial environment with warm, engaging, professional service.
Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

A mix of local fresh foods and Latin American favorites, this place is a tad pricey but a welcomed alternative to the beaten path. You can't really go wrong with the specials, service is excellent (for lunch especially when it's not as busy), and they have a plethora of tequilas (no pinatas) and cocktails. Not especially vegetarian friendly but there are excellent meat and seafood appetizers and main dishes.

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were disappointed after reading the excellent reviews, we have an average experience of dining there. The waitress is friendly but my meal was disappointing. I ordered the roast pork shoulder and it was very fatty and hardly much meat on the plate. The prices of the meal are not cheap. The restaurant is nicely decorated but that's about it.

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1  Thank Madaboutleo
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

My friend and I throughly enjoyed this place. We are from the Big Island taking a little vacation to another island. The staff was exceptionally friendly including Cindy who was our server. The manager even dropped by to see how we liked everything. We tried several different pupus which I would call Mexican modern fusion, using traditional mexican dishes but adding modern pizazz. The cocktails were unusual. I tried one with Canton which is a Ginger Liquor.
I highly recommend Cactus!

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1  Thank Cindi M
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Found out about Cactus prior to visiting Kailua to house/dog-sit. So glad we decided to go here! My friend and I were driving in circles in downtown Kailua trying to find it (no fault of theirs, obvious location just on the right when entering town from the Pali). I Googled them, got the hostess (Jessica) on the phone, gave her our location and she most kindly talked us in and was standing outside the door waving as we drove up.... she really went above and beyond... thanks again Jessica :) The atmosphere was open & welcoming. We sat at a high-top in the bar area. Super service in every way... Cindy was our waitress and she was awesome! We had 2 of their signature cocktails - both delicious - then shared 3 tapas.... Wow... soooo good! Every bite, every sauce devoured completely. Then my friend had a hankering for corn on the cob and she saw some go by on another plate so we asked if we could get some and... again wow... super good fresh, grilled served with the husk pulled back to use as a handle - excellent! Then the manager - Kristen - stopped by our table and we had a nice chat - she was not actually working that night but had popped in for some other reason. Super friendly and was very glad to know how well all her staff had been taking care of us.... she loves her staff and rightly so! Get into Cactus.... you will be glad you did :)

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Thank TravelingTina54
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We have eaten at Cactus dozens of times and it has never failed to delight. The food is always delicious and varied. The staff superb and the ambiance perfect for a couple or a party. We are delighted after 22 years living in our wonderful Kailua community to finally have a place we call home! And we love the happy hour too!

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Thank kbturner2014
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