Prickly Pear - Mooresville
Prickly Pear - Mooresville

Prickly Pear - Mooresville

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pricklypear.net/
  • Phone: 7047990875
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Sunday thru Thursday 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm. Lunch Monday thru Saturday 11am to 3pm. Sunday Brunch 11am to 3pm. Dinner daily from 4pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Californian, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Eddie Chavez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Chavez 704-799-0875

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harbor Point Village
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot and Street parking available.
A word from Prickly Pear - Mooresville
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about Prickly Pear: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members. The creative menu features a wide array of great selections, always made from the highest quality ingredients. Be sure to ask your server about daily specials and other notable menu selections. The staff at Prickly Pear are friendly and professional and will ensure that your dining experience is a pleasant one. Please stop in soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Prickly Pear - Mooresville reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (55)great for outdoor dining (49)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (23)great for lunch (16)good for groups (16)romantic (13)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our first visit (occasion was my wife's birthday). We were seated promptly and the service was excellent. We sat on the outdoor patio, which was nice for an evening visit. Our fresh guacamole (made at the table) was outstanding. We were not offered or served complimentary chips and salsa, however, which seems like a notable omission, perhaps intended to promote ordering appetizers (which is what we did). Our food was served in a timely fashion, but the reaction amongst our group of five was decidedly mixed, from "don't really care for it" or "it wasn't what I was expecting" to "pretty good but rather pricey for what was served." On balance, I'd say to try it, but expect to spend more than at a 'typical' Mexican restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening on Lake Norman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had not been to the Prickly Pear since it's move from the renovated Church in historic Mooresville to the new location on Williams Road. To our surprise, the restaurant sits on the edge of Lake Norman. It was a stormy evening and nature was putting on a light show for us! Had it been a clear evening there are tables where you can dine outside and have the lake as your view. The restaurant has a wall that is floor to ceiling windows that provides just about every table with a view of the lake. Of course we had to have our favorite appitizer, the guacamole that is made to order at your table. Superb!! The Prickly Pear Margarita is a must have. The menu is modern Mexican, but the food is fresh and authentic with a twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improved Food Quality, Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal at Prickly Pear. The quality and presentation of the food was better than our prior visits in their old location. The servers were very friend and professional, but slow. We waited a long time to order and get our food. On a positive, we had a issue with on of the meals and the staff handled it very well and professionally. We'll definitely be back to Prickly Pear.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something was different
    EatwellVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I frequent PP for special occasions at work and home. I've been a loyal fan for many years. Not sure what was going on last Friday at lunch but it wasn't the same PP. Lunch took nearly 2 hours and several burritos were made with taco shells. There was a new menu so maybe that was the problem. I will be back and write this off as a one time issue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place, food mostly good
    ExplorerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My hubby and I have been here several times and everything is great but the food is a bit hit or miss. I'd recommend the lamb and the ossobucco but last night we had the mar y tierra (surf and turf) and we asked for it mild, the shrimp and filet were cooked to order and tender but with little flavor, didn't feel even salt. We also had the special, red snapper, which was good but no $30 worth. We had the hazelnut chocolate tres leches, stay with the regular, its better. After a coupon the meal, not so fantastic, was still a bit over $100, tip included, that was calculated including the discount, good, but including taxes also, not cool.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is always prepared so well. The menu is short which alliws them to perfect each dish. By far, my favorite restaurant in Mooresville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed patron
    Steve
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was slow and the server was not very knowledgable on the menu items. The beer was servered warm and the one plate of food was cold. Very disappointed in the experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robykin
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The guacamole that is made fresh at your table was amazing. I could have made a meal off of it. I will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Skiowa
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoy coming to the Prickly Pear! Friendly staff, great food, and you can't beat the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    GingerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My friend and I ordered their salad with mango. When the meal arrived the server said that she was sorry but the produce person didn't show up with the mango so there wasn't any mango on it. So basically we had a grilled chicken salad presented to us. After I was almost finished she came out with a plate of unripe sliced mango and said whoops...they found the mango. Not the first time there has been a problem with this restaurant's food and service. It does have a nice location though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality lunch time experience
    VoraciousDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was a great mid-afternoon restaurant. Service was excellent. Food very good. Reservation was on-time and recognized. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Experience
    Tonga
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed another great weeknight dining experience at Prickly Pear. This new location on Lake Norman is much better than the old downtown location. You can get a great outside table, but also have good views of the water from inside. We also appreciate that the owner takes a personal role in taking care of all diners. The guacamole appetizer was delicious and prepared tableside. The seafood stuffed enchiladas, scallops and "Catch of the Day" were prepared flawlessly and the wine list contains many reasonably priced choices. Top shelf service by the wait staff was the icing on the cake for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Dontliketocook
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We took a pretty large group here to celebrate my daughters sixteenth birthday. The food was delicious and the whole staff went out of there way to accommodate us. Also, the view was beautiful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fair, prices exceed the qu
    Njoyfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Overall not impressed, nice atmosphere can easily get loud. Server was not efficient in providing basic info. Left hungry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Europeanfoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have eaten here twice, once for dinner and the other time for lunch, and both times the food was amazing. The nice view over the lake is also a great bonus when sitting down to eat. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A treat
    applemc55VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great place to treat yourself or friends. Good food. Reasonable prices. Fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, food and service
    Onthefarm
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is the second time we have been here with friends. Once outside and once inside. Both were very nice, and service was excellent in both settings. There were a few children at other tables, in both settings and they were well behaved and happy, so hardly noticed, and there is food they would enjoy. The noise level was ok. We are older and some of us have hearing aids so we are sensitive to this. The crowd was 30s and up, not loud or rowdy and it could be a lovely romantic place due to the fabulous view of Lake Norman. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The food is very good, with a variety of choices. We will be back-soon and often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go during the world cup!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Servers were watching the game and not their tables. disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Foodequalslove
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We made a reservation for 8:30 and got sat as soon as we got there. That part was nice. However, we got our water and then didn't see a wait or for 30 minutes. People around us (who were sat after us) got their food before we ever got to order ours. I would have left if it weren't for the company I was keeping that night. If I go back, I'll make sure to sit at the bar and be seen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mexican with a twist
    Cltgirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All four of us had very good meals, from fish to pork, and a vegan; everything was done well. Excellent appetizer recommended by our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We chose to eat on the patio outside and the view was beautiful. Overlooking the lake and eating a delicious meal with loved ones made it a truly wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice view but loud!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I really liked the new location but a very large, loud and obnoxious group were seated next to our two-top table. We could barely hear each other talk. Other than that, the table side guacamole was fantastic and the meals were superb! Would definitely go again but would consider asking to be reseated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food is delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    my husband and I have had lunch and this time dinner both times it was wonderful. I had the fish special a little dry but very tasty. my husband had the pork and four people tried it and said they would have that next time. three of us had the tamarind margaritas they were delicious the best I have ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good food, good service, overall a very pleasant experience. Outside dining was very nice. Food portion was just right. Very satisfying.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Service was impecable and the food, was beautiful. A wonderful experience, a true dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was very good. We will go back. I want to try lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Mexican Cuisine
    CarolinaDreamer1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We love PP and visit often for the great menu items, vistas and friendly service. Yum! Kids menu available....very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but needs some tweaks
    KywildcatsVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I really like the more upscale and modern menu here. We sat outside - they have a lovely patio setting (which could be made better with some outdoor decorations, plants, lights, etc.). Our food was good, but it was served lukewarm at best. My suspicion is that it sat in the kitchen for a number of minutes before being served. We didn't say anything because it was looking like it might storm and we thought we might not have much time. While the service was friendly, they were really inefficient. Our server made numerous trips to our table but would do only one thing, like ask if the food was OK but not take the numerous dirty plates and glasses away or ask if we wanted another drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem at LKN
    Silvia
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Prickly Pear's new location. We loved the ambience of the old spot and the food was always superb. However, you cannot beat the great lake view of the new location, so glad they found this spot! We had an early dinner on Father's Day, the staff were welcoming and attentive. We sat outside at a table with a view of the lake (no table in between us and the water). The food was simply delicious, unusual mix of flavors and wonderful presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience
    Mexfan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very nice experience, but for the flies bothering us. Hard to control with an outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was mediocre and a little pricey for the quality. The service was good but I do not see myself going there again. We enjoyed the view of the lake, which basically made up for the poor food.I would not recommend the prickly pear .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food
    summertime
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My husband and I had a gift certificate for the Prickly Pear. We'd been to the former location in downtown Mooresville several times and enjoyed the food but not the noise. Much quieter here--but the inside was cold!! We sat outside and it was lovely. The food was tasty and beautiful. Definitely not traditional Mexican offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor patio dining
    Dbholler
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food although service was a little slow. Great night on back patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is one of the single best dining experiences I have ever had. My husband and I came with our 10 month old son. When bringing a child into a restaurant, we frequently get a look of horror...."Oh, no ...a child!" They could have not been more attentive & polite. We ate outside overlooking the water & our son had a blast watching the boats go by. When his sippy cup fell to the ground, a waiter had grabbed it up and offered to wash it before I could even get up from my chair. They also offered to fill his sippy cup for us, even though we had already brought him some juice. Everything was delicious and our son devoured the guacamole! We consider ourselves to be somewhat foodies and were very impressed. OVERALL OUTSTANDING!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Bad service!
    Notahappycustomer
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    First off the food was great even though it was a little pricey compared to a normal Mexican restaurant. We did have a group of 10 but service was terrible. If 18% gratuity is included than I expect great service. The restaurant was not very busy and we were there for 2 and a half hours!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pushy Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The service was extremely pushy assuming we wanted a first course , we were asked repeatedly to order appetizers. We had a round of drinks and they wanted to bring a second round while our glasses were still 2/3 full. Constantly asking us to order more than we wanted was a drag.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    NCYums
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Service was not as good as usual...we had two different people and when we needed something neither was around, but...the food was delicious as usual. Overall, a nice experience and will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for big birthday celebration
    NCshoegirl
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We hosted a 40th birthday party at Prickly Pear, and were pleasantly surprised by how well the service, space and food was, for such a large group. We were 15 people. Our server, Joanna, was attentive but never intrusive, and the food was great, fresh and flavorful. We picked a rainy day, so didn't get to enjoy the outside dining, but indoors was plenty. Thanks for a good night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blase
    FoolMeOnceVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nothing really negative, just dull food and dull service. I don't think my dish had even a touch of seasoning. The "side" of black beans was literally a single spoonful, and that was the tastiest spoonful on my plate. And despite the ordinariness of the service and the food and the setting, which is in the middle of lakefront condos, they do, as other reviews say, expect you to pay $4 for chips and salsa, they expect you to tip the individual that serves you your guacamole, etc. I can't really recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing all around!
    tmoore
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. We sat out on the patio overlooking the lake and it was a great atmosphere. The food was great, the service was spectacular, the whole evening was very memorable!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 538 reviews are from the Prickly Pear - Mooresville reviews archive.