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“Sneaky Salsa”

Cactus Pear Restaurant
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Ranked #217 of 2,278 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Clifton
Cross street: Nixon
Transit: Metro Bus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really not a great experience. First off the food was pretty so so for the 13.99+ cost of most of the entrees. Staff wasn't all that bad but they seemed pretty rush and absent minded for a Tuesday evening with a mostly empty restaurant, no asks for refills or "hows your food".
The real issue was with the CHIPS AND SALSA. Now I'm a reasonable person I get that this is a bit of an upscale tex-mex restaurant (with a noodle section on their menu IDK). The chips and salsa (C&S) reflected that, the salsa was very good and the chips above average. Now to the bull-honky.
We got to the restaurant and saw every other table had C&S so when none came we figured our waitress maybe forgot so we asked if we could get some, our mistake. Normally when you are going to add something that is not on the menu under a price or is an up-cost your waitress/waiter might say something (just keep you in the know) nothing is said. NBD we get the bill and see that C&S are not on there, awesome we think, wrong. We put our cards down, she takes them and when we get them back suddenly there is another charge for... you guessed it C&S. Now normally I wouldn't care but that is some sneaky salsa if you are going to add a charge you forgot, say something don't try to pull one over on the customer. That was weak (unlike the margaritas which were pretty bomb).

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank 557reedg
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Reviewed March 22, 2019

I agree with other reviews that the prices are higher than other local Mexican restaurants but the menu offers more than the usual tacos and burritos. Service was very good and we enjoyed our lunch there. Decor is modestly upscale. A separate bar area is available for after work drinks, etc. This is a pretty small place so getting seated on a busy night could be a problem and their parking lot is limited but on-street parking is available. It's on Jefferson, several blocks from the central Clifton area.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Thank Bob S
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Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

The spinach dip I ordered was really good, and the free chips and salsa were fresh, warm and wonderful. The chicken shrimp fajitas were a little pricy and I expected them to be as good as te spinach dip. The chicken was a little dry and the beans were tasteless. The seasoned onions and peppers were very good and the homemade corn tortillas made the dish a little better.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank spoonsofgoodness
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

We have passed the Cactus Pear for years and we're glad we finally tried it. It's a nice place to eat if you're in the University of Cincinnati Area. The service and food was great. The atmosphere was cozy. We tried several things on the menu - our favorite was the Caribbean Fajitas.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank kb397
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

I order from here often...this was my first time ordering the steak and cheese with avacado and it was amazing..the host was kind of wierd but the food was great!-

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lakisha R
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