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Prickly Pear Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pricklypearcafe.com/
  • Email: pricklypearaa@gmail.com
  • Phone: (734) 930-0047
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm.
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Gary Pearce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Prickly Pear can cater your off site party or event. We can provide for weddings, meetings and our back patio is available through October 15 for private rental. Please call 517-403-7857 or email us at pricklypearaa@gmail.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: William
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop at Fourth and William Streets.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in an open parking lot on the corner of Ashley and William. Metered parking is also available on Main Street which is located behind the Prickly Pear.
A word from Prickly Pear
The Prickly Pear Café has been an Ann Arbor favorite since first opening in 1991. The menu features many southwest inspired specialties. Mexican favorites are given a unique twist including many vegetarian options and outstanding soups and salads. The butternut squash soup is famous locally, while the buffalo meat enchiladas even merited mention in Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ autobiography.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This place is not one of my favorites in Ann Arbor. We have been here several time, and when ordering the same dish, you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes it is good - sometimes it is not. The food is very inconsistent. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Every single dish is filled with the most amazing flavors. They also have the best margaritas in the state!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It was a great evening out in downtown ann arbor. Prickly pear has great drinks and the food was good. Tables are a little close together but patio seating is also limited so that is understandable."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I used to lve your food, I have not been for about 2 years. This time I didn't fine the food as good as it used to be, it was just fair at best. Our waite person was kind of a snob. I brought my office manager for dinner, she had never been before. She heard me rave about the resturand food service. I didn't have heart to tell her it used to much better. We have taken many people to your resturant. Our tip showed how much we liked the service 10%, I usually tip really good if the service is good. He treated us like we were just women and would not tip much anyway, well got what he asked for."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is always great and the service is always top notch. They always deliver. You can't go wrong with the Prickly Pear."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We visit Ann Arbor every spring and always spend at least two of those dinners at the Prickly Pear -- good value and excellent food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I used to live in Ann Arbor, but have since moved out of the country. Prickly Pear was top on our list of places we wanted to dine while in town. We booked a birthday celebration for 6 on a Friday night. I was thankful we were able to get a reservation for a large party, at the last minute, because it was impossible to book anywhere else. My friends hadn't been before, but they have heard me raving about it for years. We were seated in the back tent area. Everything was as good as I remembered; everyone had a delicious meal and enjoyed their food. However, the back area was full of large parties, and the noise was overwhelming. It was a really unsatisfactory experience, and I would not recommend taking a large party."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Another good meal. This restaurant has never disappointed in the quality of food and preparation. Notable marq's as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Delicious food! I ordered one of the small options, but it was on the small side of small... Especially for the price. Next time (because I hope there will be a next time!) I plan to spend a bit more, get the bigger meal and perhaps have a little bit to take home. :)"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Best meal I've had in a long time! I LOVED the frozen lemonade :)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is great, salsa is fresh, seafood is better than anywhere I can think of. The service is polite and timely. Dessert was average yet free because a birthday."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very tasty Southwestern food - spicy and flavorful. The margaritas are delicious, too. Restaurant is narrow - one storefront - but has booths along one wall with very high, decorative wooden dividers. Gives good sense of privacy. Also has an original tin ceiling. This place has been here for ever, but for some reason I have never tried it before. Will be back many times."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had wanted to stop in for years as it's across the street from Real Seafood where we frequent. The food was very good. I can definitely recommend and will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Just love this place. Nothing negative. Food, drink and service is all really good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Honestly, there are quite a few dishes at Prickly Pear that compete with - and are better than - those found at the best, most pricey restaurants in Ann Arbor (and other metropolitan areas). The kitchen here really does strive for excellence. Sure, there are some dishes I don't care for but I can say that about any restaurant. There isn't an extensive wine menu. It's not "posh". But the service is great, the food is really outstanding, and the price is quite affordable even for their most expensive dishes. The difference between Prickly Pear and, say, Chop House / Gratzi is simple and as follows: you save $200 per couple at Prickly Pear, get better food, the service is only slightly less "customized", and the wine list is only "OK"."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Prickly Pear is a long time favorite of mine. The last several times that I've tried to eat there, there were long wait times. It definitely makes sense to make reservations here. The portions are large, especially with the included side dishes."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Was terribly disappointed & we will never go back. First, the place stinks from the cooking. My coat still smells 3 days after being in there from grease. There is no ventilation. If you like smelling like a greasy spoon after being in a place, this is for you. Secondly, for some ungodly reason, they were working in the basement during the dinner hour! Drills, saws & noise like you wouldn't believe! We were told the only time the repair could be done was during dinner on a Sunday night!!! Really? The reverberation made the floor shake so not only did you hear the awful noise, but you were constantly on edge with the reverberation. The food and the prices in no way could make up for the smell and the noise. Steer clear of this place!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The service was horrible, they did not seem to care that we were there. We only ate the chips and salsa then left. I would not recomend."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My top choice for downtown dining. Food is superb."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Prickly Pear. I got the shrimp and scallop quesadilla, and it was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "had a great meal at Prickly Pear. honestly I don't know a better place for mexican food in Michigan - never a bad meal"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is great and the service is great, every time!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived to find that our table was not ready and spend the next ten minutes waiting. There isn't much of a waiting area: just a cramped little place near the front door. Given that it was below freezing outside, we frequently shuffled about to get out of the way of wait staff and guests going in-and-out. (There's apparently a waiting area downstairs near the bathroom, but this was something we figured out ourselves later.) No coat racks mean that booths with more than 2 people become quite cramped. But that's okay, because the waiters are exceptionally friendly and personable! Food was good albeit pricey. As for portion size... everyone took home leftovers."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We're never disappointed by the food and service at this restaurant. It's become a staple of the town and it's no wonder why. Unless something changes there, you'll always here good things about Prickly Pear."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We wanted a quick dinner at a fair price. What we got was a very good meal, with very good service at a more than fair price. Our waiter was friendly and explained the specials. He was attentive without hovering over us and the overall experience was very very good. I would certainly recommend the Prickly Pear!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great margaritas and the shrimp and scallop quesadilla is to die for!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The attentive wait staff and outstanding food makes this South Main Street eatery a real favorite. Pray that the place isn't packed with large parties or the decibel level will leave you with ringing ears but that should never deter foodies who have a Southwest menu hankering."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The service was excellent, even though the restaurant was filled to capacity. Our food was excellent. We also appreciated the chips and salsa brought to the table as starters, and the drinks were good. Very nice ambience."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "although it was the very busy restaurant week, the staff was very friendly and attentive and we were treated like regulars. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Loved the seafood quesadilla (seafood + cheese + guacamole & sour cream on the side?? Perfection) but there didn't seem to be too much space to move around and. Pretty cramped inside"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "If you want Southwestern style with a twist, not your run-of-the-mill vegetarian, or just kicked-up flavor, Prickly Pear has a profusion of options for you to try. Our party had a mix of tastes and proclivities, and everybody left satisfied and satiated. Pricing was moderate, leaning toward pricy, but not unexpected for the location. The ambience was a bit noisy and crowded, but more of a mood maker than breaker."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Went there, margaritas are unreal good and very generous! Got the shrimp and scallop quesadilla and it was some of the best food I've had! Had constant attention from our servers which was great!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I started with the mushroom bisque which was rich, creamy and savory. My friend had the butternut squash soup which was really good too but we enjoyed the mushroom bisque more. For an entree I had the crab cakes. They were HUGE, fresh and scrumptious. I was full from my cup of soup so I ate almost half there and the rest for lunch the following day and it was even better on day two! Even though I was full I am a crème brûlée nut so I ordered that. It was gorgeous! Simply mouthwatering goodness lol. And there was a sweet surprise at the bottom!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Tuesday of Restaurant Week and every table full whole time we were there. Had reservation so seated fast. Service fast too, food excellent and interesting, very loud because of many people in small space. Expand seating into that back patio for year-round? I will be back!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Just love Prickly Pear.. We've been going here for at least 9 years and it's a wonderful place to dine..the food is always fresh and hot...the golden margaritas are a fantastic added touch to any meal...and don't forget to end your meal with the most scrumptious piece of cheese cake in the world..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I always enjoy the Prickly Pear. Food is always really good and the Margaritas are terrific. Service is also really good. If your water glass is running low they fill it without you having to ask."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We ate dinner early & it was quiet and service was great. Loved the chips & salsa. Mushroom soup was awesome. Will come again."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "I met a friend for lunch in hopes of catching up and having a nice conversation. Prickly Pear ended up being the perfect spot for us to meet. The restaurant is small with a friendly staff and a homie feel. The booths were conducive for some privacy and quiet conversation. There is a lot of spicy Mexican food on the menu, but I was in the mood for a non-spicy salad. The San Antonio Pecan Chicken Salad was what I was looking for. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Haven't been there in a while. Great to be able to make a reservation via open table! Margaritas were good but weak. Pretty much the same options as always...but they are good options."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We have dined @ Prickly Pear twice with at least 6 years in between. The quality and style of the food was still outstanding, employees/wait staff were marvelous, pricing was incredibly reasonable and we rave about it to any who will listen. Thank you again for such a great experience. If we lived closer to the area, it would become a regular dining destination."
    Dined on 12/18/2013