Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro - Clifton
Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro - Clifton
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Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro - Clifton

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cactuspearcincy.com/
  • Phone: 5139617400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Lunch and special event catering available. Contact Sally Sunkara or Rohan Dighe at 513-961-7400.
  • Private Party Facilities: Seating for 20-25 available in party room. Weather permitting, outdoor courtyard available for parties of up to 30.
  • Private Party Contact: Sally Sunkara 513-961-7400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nixon
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Attached private lot and street parking available.
A word from Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro - Clifton
Craving a taste of the Southwest and one of the best Margaritas in town? Cactus Pear has just what you need. Situated in Clifton, near the University of Cincinnati's main campus, you'll be able to enjoy whatever your mood dictates. From our handcrafted southwest and Mexican inspired specialties that include pastas, salads, fish, steaks, fajitas and sandwiches, to our full line of tequilas and Margaritas. You can't go wrong. You'll love our roasted tomato salsa, made in house daily. Whatever you crave, I'm sure we can make you happy. Outdoor dining is available in season. Private parking lot and street parking available.
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Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro - Clifton reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Expected more
    UCparent
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We drove up and parked and were not sure what to expect from the outside, but we were pleasantly surprised on the inside. The service was good, the margarita selection was expansive. But when the (I presume) owner came around and made meal suggestions, he lingered too long and was to overbearing. Besides the fact that the suggestion of the best dish on the menu turned out to be a dud. And no one else at the table had any rave reviews to give. Good ambiance, good service, disappointing food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place! Terrific food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Great place! Terrific food and really friendly atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cactus Pear Lover.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I was in a group of 6 people and I was the only one who had been there before that evening. They all loved it. It was so nice, we were in the back room and felt so special to be able to hangout without feeling rushed. Thanks Michelle Thomason
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were able to fit 15 people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We were able to fit 15 people in a private area, which worked out very well. We had a very good waitress who managed a large group with ease. The food was good and everyone had an enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our lunch took 2 hours for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    Our lunch took 2 hours for this visit! Typically I am able to leave work and return within 1 1/2 hours. This visit the service was a little on the slow side.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will be back again and again
    ecclecticeaters
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Still love it. Need to take Pork Loin OFF of the menu since they don't have it anymore! Also there was a sign on the table saying to text to a number to get a free chips and salsa. We jumped through all the hoops to do this, told the waiter and he said don't worry about it he would take care of it, and it still showed up on our bill. Not worth quabbling over a $1.95 charge, but don't offer it if you're not going to honor the discount! (ALWAYS get the chips and salsa! They're the BOMB!) Our waiter was as cute as a button too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Donny Ray likes it!
    ecclecticeaters
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    I have always liked the pear. Sally and Swami are wonderful. Everyone working there obviously likes their jobs. ALWAYS GET THE CHIPS AND SALSA!!! Really wanted to get the pork loin, but were told it was no longer available! Well then, take it OFF the menu if you don't offer it anymore!!! Always a consistant high quality meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Always great food and service! A gem in the neighborhood for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hadn't been to Cactus Pear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    I hadn't been to Cactus Pear in 10+ years. The ambiance is poor. The lighting dim and the tables so close together that you can't get up without asking someone to move. The food was ok, a little one-note on the spices. The shredded beef in the enchiladas was tasty and moist. The green tomatillo sauce was piquant, but the beans and rice (especially the rice) were throw-aways. Desserts were tasty. Prices were adequate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the Cactus Pear in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    We love the Cactus Pear in Clifton. The service is great and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The food is consistently good and comes to your table really fast! Iit is one of our favorites for Friday night dinner. This time we brought our family wihich includes 3 grandkids 4 and under and the choices for them were excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We met for lunch - one person
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    We met for lunch - one person was late, the rest had chips & salsa while waiting. The salsa is unique, not the same old fare, and very good. One companion noted this is one of the few places that have plain cheese enchiladas. Portion sizes were good but not crazy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casual dining in an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Great casual dining in an area of Cinci that doesn't have many options...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Poor Service
    Jeanette
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    I met two good friends at the Cactus Pear for dinner, and we very much enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the server was not the least pleased that we stayed for some time talking after we had finished eating, even though the restaurant was not full and there was no one waiting for a table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was good. We got better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    it was good. We got better time by call the restaurant. Your times did not match theres.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a group of 10 on Saturday
    Rusty
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    We had a group of 10 on Saturday night and had fantastic food and service. Excellent menu, fair prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soft tacos that our friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Soft tacos that our friend got seemed to be the favorite, ordering it veggie, its almost like mini-fajitas
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had 4 adults and a baby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    We had 4 adults and a baby (highchair) and we were placed at a table for 3-4. Could not easily get the food on the table--very crowed conditions to eat in. Table was right by the service station and the pathway from the kitchen. Constant movement around us, loud noise all the time. That table should be removed or if you place people in that space there should be a huge discount for the discomfort. Food was fine, but difficult to enjoy because of the above. I probably won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like that Cactus Pear has
    HubertHumphrey
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    I like that Cactus Pear has a good selection of vegetarian options. I had the tofu and eggplant fajitas, which were very good, except for the fact that the tofu was a little overdone in my option. The chips and salsa are really good and the beer selection is a cut above, with craft beers on draght. The service was very good also.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The food was wonderful and our service was excellent. Our waitress was more than accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apparently they were out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Apparently they were out of tamales so they threw some shedded beef on a corn husk and served it anyway. No corm meal, just meat. Actually, one of the things did have some sort of runny, uncooked batter on the bottom. At least I hope that is what it was. On my wife's dish they substituted a little lettuce for pico de gallo. I guess they were out of the pico de gallo also. We have dined frequently over the years at this place but have noticed a deterioration in the last year or so. It used to be a local favorite of ours.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm modern atmosphere. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Warm modern atmosphere. Very friendly server. Will definitely go back!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and the mango
    Jenn
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The service and the mango margarita's were great. The food was okay. Of the 5 people, 2 were completely satisfied with their order. The Cuban Melt was not as how as it should have been for 2 people and the other person just thought their burrito could have been better. Overall, a good place for a quick bite. Perfect for lunch and/or after work margaritas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Craig was great --- kept checking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Craig was great --- kept checking and was always there when we needed refills! Great food and fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good southwestern / Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Very good southwestern / Mexican style food (fajitas, burritos, etc.). Not upscale at all and very family friendly. Service was typical of this type of restaurant ... adequate but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would classify Cactus Pear
    EJXD2VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    I would classify Cactus Pear as one of two things: "Just OK" or "Good in a pinch." I've been twice and haven't been blown away either time, but it's servicable. It's not typical American-style Mex, which is good, and the Tex-Mex flare is fun, but everything seems to fall just short of a truly enjoyable experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We all had a great time, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    We all had a great time, the private dining area was superb!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great experience
    amoaventura
    Dined on 9/23/2011
    Went with 5 friends, drinks were weak and tasted weird (mainly the margaritas, but the beer was also very flat) and only half the table liked their food. Salsa is goofy tasting. Waiter didn't really respond to the questions we asked about taste. Would probably not choose this again for a while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    It was our first visit to Cactus Pear and it was delicious. We'll be back!! We really appreciated being seated (table of 8) in the back room. It gave our group plenty of space and a chance to catch up without being in the way of other restaurant patrons. Thank you!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    The food was very good with a wide selection for almost any taste. The servers were all very attentive, helping with all the tables, not just their own. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cactus Pear a sweet treat
    CollierCulinaryCritiqueaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2011
    I am not normally not a fan of mexican food but this place made me change my mind. The food was fresh, quickly made, and fairly priced. This place will be on the repeat list. The drink options were amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A late need for a reservation
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    A late need for a reservation resulted in a wonderful group/family experience for 15. They were able to put the tables in a box formation so that we could all talk together. Food was very good; service great. Nice find.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place. Servers were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2011
    nice place. Servers were friendly. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was perfect for our occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2011
    It was perfect for our occasion (going away party), staff was very accommodating to our needs. Room fit perfectly for what we needed. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went to Cactus Pear with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I went to Cactus Pear with a last minute reservation on Valentines Day. It was fantastic! The seating was comfortable, service was excellent, and the food was phenomenal. I would recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but not outstanding,
    bp57
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    Food was good but not outstanding, it was a bit pricey for upscale Mexican. Chips/salsa were brought to table with no mention of the additional charge, $2.99 I think. Should have been given the option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what we ordered!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2011
    I called ahead to let them know we were running about 5-10 minutes late. It was a very crowded night and our table was reserved and ready when we arrived! The food was great and the portions were hearty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    A group of my friends went out for my birthday. Cactus Pear is a favorite of ours. The food and drinks were good. THe service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A little noisy due to children
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2011
    A little noisy due to children in the same area. Salsa was good, Caribbean Fajatas as well as Shrimp Fajatas were great. Requested a second beer when meal came. Nearly finished with meal before it was recieved. We had a Groupon. We were informed that because we were using a Groupn, the tip was 18%, which the server automatically added on, for two of us. We have never had this before using a Groupon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • About the best thing they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/11/2010
    About the best thing they have is good Mexican beer. The food was below average with very few patrons. Order something simple like fajitas.
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  • Good food, quite, nearly empty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    Good food, quite, nearly empty restaurant, not sure why. Love their tofu sandwich! Still find it a bit odd they charge for salsa and chips at a mexican place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate