Cactus Restaurant
Cactus Restaurant

Cactus Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cactusphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2673856249x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00:am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties for all occasions.
  • Special Events: New Years Eve Passport Party 2013
    Tickets are on sale now for Manayunk Sport and Social’s NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 MANAYUNK PASSPORT PARTY hosted by The Bayou and Cactus Cantina on Main Street, Manayunk. Just $60 gives you access to 5 bars at 2 of the most popular establishments in Manayunk!

    $60 From 9pm-1am Your Passport gets you:
    2 DJ’s and 2 Dance Floors
    2 full and completely different buffets
    2 locations with 5 bars all access, all night
    Champagne Toast at Midnight!

    **Must be 21 or older with valid photo ID at time of entry

    Manayunk Sport and Social is a proud sponsor Manayunk New Year’s Eve Passport!

    Tickets: http://shop.philly-manayunksportandsocial.com/category.sc?categoryId=5

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rector Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot 1 block east
A word from Cactus Restaurant
Manayunk Restaurant Week April13th-25th
$25 for 3 Courses
-Flight of Premium Tequila
-One of our Signature chili or House Salad
-Any Entree or Specialty Item

A fun, Tex-Mex bar & grill with good times and good friends! One of Manayunks casual eateries we are located in the heart of Main Street. Our specialty is southwestern and Mexican influenced cuisine. We serve the finest fresh ingredients in all of our dishes. Think fresh made guacamole and our signature salsa, gourmet quesadillas, enchiladas and a southwestern infused Sunday brunch. We pride ourselves in offering a complete dining and relaxing experience, so our bar is stocked with over 40 premium sipping tequilas, innovative margaritas and cocktails, and over 50 craft beers!

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Cactus Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (3)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (2)good for groups (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I must say I was impressed by this bar the moment I walked in it was very crowded which is a good thing. howeverthe table that they had reserved for us was too smalland right near the bar so in the middle of us was the aisle which was about 3ft wide. So not enough space.. In my opinion they shouldn't gave tables there. My food was amazing I had the shrimp burrito with enchilada and cheese sauce. To die for. By date had shrimp fajitas which was good but was missing something. Maybe sauce it was a bit dry.. My drink was mediocre watered down mess. Taste like juice...but regardless it was only 5 bucks the cactus Rita. My food was so good it didn't even matter Lol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly
    STLgirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had wonderful service! Food was good, beer was tasty, and the staff made us feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back
    BarbaraR
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We love Mexican/Southwestern food but didn't like this place at all. $10 margarita pitchers for happy hour but they were horrible and we sent them back. Guacamole was below average and my friend's chicken tacos were stale. The server was apologetic and had management make adjustments to our bill. It would have been nice for management to come to our table but they didn't.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    restauranteur
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The employees are cordial and pleasant. They made us feel as if we were the only customers in the room. Drinks were made exactly as ordered by the bartender. The waitress had clearly taken pride before our arrival. The table was spotless.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodieq
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Overall very good. The food was excellent! I would come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual option
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great seat for bike race. Service was great - super friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst food I have ever tasted
    Mk36
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was a horrible experience. The good was absolutely the worst Mexican I have had. The fajitas came out cold, the beans had no seasoning, the rice was hard with no flavor or seasoning. I literally had one bite of my food, as did my boyfriend and we asked for the check. The manager was a jerk and stated "this is how they make their food". I would never recommend this place for anyone to eat. I wouldn't even feed this food to my dog.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • guacamole ???? tomato sauce
    Wallyish
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    tomato sauce for salsa and way too much of sour cream and way tooooo little avocado in your guacamole. the chips were excelant but ruined on the tomato sauce and what you call guacamole..... $2 tacos were worth it very loud most folks must eat after getting drunk
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Cactus Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was very good and a good price. Drinks were expensive, not filled all the way and not the best tasting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service!
    Niya
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I took my two children (aged 10 and 14) to an early dinner after Easter service. The service was excellent. The host was nice and personable. He had a genuine smile. The waitress was on point with coming to our table at the appropriate time. She was very perky and nice as well. There were only a few patrons seated and a few at the bar but the atmosphere was peaceful. The food was ok and the portions were large for the price, but it didn't taste very authentic. Also the menu was small. I was craving Mexican food but it tasted very "American". The beer selection is interesting. I got a special blend of Blue Moon which was delicious. I would come back though for drinks and nachos with my friends.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place
    Chad
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    There aren't very many experiences in my life that I would describe as religious. But Cactus's chorizo burger is transcendently good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was like a reality show
    JRands
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was bad. Over cooked, flavorless...and not very Mexican. If you want beer you'll be fine, but don't go for a margarita. The music was metal - Black Sabbath, Def Leopard. And the drama... Sitting at our table I could hear the manager swearing and complaining, "I don't care if he's my f'in brother...I'll never schedule him again if he ... somebody go after him". Our server was very nice and attentive - she could find a better place to work.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Manager was very nice. Some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Manager was very nice. Some patrons were using loud profanity, and he asked them to leave since there were families with children in the restaurant. Gave us his card when we asked about a recipe for a particular dish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than chain Tex Mex
    Shelly
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Great substitute for your basic chain tex mex restaurants. Great happy hour options and margaritas were delicious. I am a big appetizers lover, so I would definitely recommend the Texas shrimp and Cactus Nachos; they were awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - Fantastic Service
    Linnie
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Jalapeno Poppers were excellent -- crunchy outside and gooey rich inside. My Spicy Ceasar Salad was just okay. Hubby's Burrito very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Stake corn tortillas, worst guacamole ever tasted like a jar of mayo. Service slow and not very friendly. Never again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT PRE-RACE FOOD
    LOLA
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    TUNA DISH WAS OUTSTANDING, PERSONABLE CREW, GREAT BEER/MARGUARITAS, AWESOME GUACAMOLE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, $$, casual setting
    karen
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The owner/host sets the tone of this fun, friendly, noisy. casual eatery. Our experience was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Wonderful friendly service but very bland and unoriginal food. No corn tortillas in a mexican restaurant??? We them assumed this was more of a bar then a restaurant but apparently that did not pan out either.. Drinks were not particularly good. The margaritas tasted like they were made with a mix from Costco with cheap tequila added. Didn't dare stay for dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Enjoyed the food and margaritas were great. Limited menu due to the art festival so I wasn't able to get my primary choice of the fish tacos. Will definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp
    kindafoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I had the Texas Shrimp, best shrimp I've eaten in a very long time...loved them !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burritos really good! Interesting
    FjasonVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Burritos really good! Interesting beer selection. Ordered and did not care for the enchiladas & they replaced it with another item - very nice!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Glothefoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    I love mexican food, and the two times I've been here I've enjoyed the cuisine immensely. I'm not much of a drinker, but I loved my margaritas as well. Overall great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer selection, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Great beer selection, great nightly specials, and afforable prices!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just average, food and service
    GMAN
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Just average, food and service were adequate. Went on Valentine's Day, restaurant was not that busy, wanted a four top for two, they would not seat us there. Tables were not used the time we were there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find, low price, super food.
    LeeN
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Amazing as always. The food is wonderful and the staff is great. Very reasonably prices Specifically, the salsa has a chipotle flavor that is unique and oh so tasty, and I love the pulled pork.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    This was my second time visiting Cactus. I brought my son here just for the chips and salsa. The salsa is probably the best I've ever eaten. My son was not disappointed. My kids are 5 and 14 and both were happy with their food choices. My husband too was pretty happy with his meal. The service was pretty good this time. The shrimp burrito is really amazing. This is not a place that presents food well though. You get what you order on a plate, no presentation what so ever. But, the food is really good. The first time I went here was with some friends, and their drinks were really bad. My friend ordered a skinny girl margarita and it was not what she expected. It was so strong, she couldn't even drink it. Surprising for Philly
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual bar setting with Tex
    IslandGuy
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Casual bar setting with Tex Mex food. Fine for what it is.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    service was very good and very friendly! Many varied food choices for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FIRECRACKERS!
    BYOBUP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Go here and get the Firecrackers! Jalapeno Poppers, but poppers like you have never ever had. They are real huge whole jalapenos that are fried and filled with a 3-Cheese concoction. I have had about 15 batches of these Firecrackers on different occasions and they have never let me down. Sometimes there are hotter batches than other times and it really depends on the cook and if they leave more seeds in the pepper. Awesome appetizer and I have eaten a whole batch as my entree more than once. I used to love the Chicken Quesadilla, but now the chix is in chunks and not shredded or seasoned as before. I do not recommend the quesadilla. There are good drink specials and a solid selection of beers. Go for the poppers and a good
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They need to improve their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    They need to improve their menu and keeping it consistent. We found outside skin of avocado in our guacamole. Awful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to Cactus for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    We went to Cactus for the first time on Saturday, September 29, 2012 for the first time. We had a group of 6 people with an age range of late 30 somethings. Our reservation was for 7 PM and they were ready for us promptly at 7 PM. The service was very good. The food came pretty quickly and was very, very good. The protions sizes were on the larger side too. A couple of us took doggie bags. About 10 PM they start lowering the lights and playing more club music. We would definitely go again and recommend to freinds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a college student and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    I am a college student and went to Cactus for my birthday dinner. Except for the host being rude about my reservation and almost not allowing me in because I was under 21 it was pretty good. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average food..waitress never
    Nana
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Average food..waitress never asked if we wanted coffee dessert..we went elsewhere...drinks good..outside seating great..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The mushroom burritos were
    happy2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    The mushroom burritos were fabulous and that was enough for me!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at best
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    The food was mediocre, as was the service. What was abysmal were the drinks. You would think that ordering a pitcher would be more economical. But at Cactus, ordering a pitcher actually cost more than ordering single drinks. The pitcher was the same price as it would be for four margaritas, but only equated to 3.5 drinks. I would not go back.
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  • Food is average. The appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Food is average. The appetizer sampler is pretty bad, just a big old plate of over fried junk. Very limited selection if you want anything remotely healthy. Good beer selection, cocktails were good (avg about 8-10 dollars each). Service was terrible. We were the only group upstairs, and it took a good 20 minutes to get our drinks after we ordered, which the waitress said "the bartender is backed up." Not shocking on a Friday night except we could see him clearly and he didn't look all that busy! Overall- good to go with a group for drinks in Manayunk, not a place to go to eat good Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good beer selection. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Good beer selection. Food was good. Liked the free hips and salsa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    AWESOME!!!!!! This placed kicks butt! I love it everytime I go. It doesn't get better then Cactus!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with a large group.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Went with a large group. Service was excellent and the food was good. This is not quite authentic Mexican, but it is pretty close. The margaritas, chips, salsa, and guacamole were great, and the desserts were very good. It was also really affordable too. Great place to get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate