This was the first time I had been to Prickly Pear for dinner and it was amazing! The view from the deck is of Lake Norman and is great for dining outside. The food is Mexican but the dishes are so unique and not something you would get at a standard Mexican a la carte restaurant. It's not a huge place so plan to grab a drink at the bar if you don't have a reservation! I highly recommend this restaurant!
8/23/2012 4:00:00 PM
One of the finest places to eat in the entire area. Excellent service, great food, and the best Margarita in the world.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Mexican Food
This is the best, and most creative, Mexican food I have found in the area. It was delicious, beautifully presented, and "outside the box" of the usual Mexican fare. I will definitely come again and recommend it to my friends.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the view was surreal. Ladies who lunch, this is a great place to visit.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great experience. Very hospitable
Great experience. Very hospitable staff. Tamale's are authentic just like ones made in southern Texas withe the corn husk
Wrapped around them. Awesome fajitas with mouth watering flavors. The creme brule topped of the wonderful meal.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love the creativity of the
I love the creativity of the food here--a fresh take on Mexican food--that is very refreshing and very tasty. The presentation is lovely, too.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall a great place to eat. Love their 'modern' Mexican food. Everyone in our party loved what they ordered. The cucumber margarita was all world, highly suggest it. Our waiter was a bit stuffy and was somewhat attentive but was just going through the motions with us. Also he didn't let us know the specials, only after we ordered did we hear another waiter give the specials to his table. No worries though the food was excellent and we will be going back soon.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, the service was
Great food, the service was better than expected. We all loved every item we ate.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed our evening and will definitely be back. Great place.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was a little slow, but the food was quite good.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
mothers day brunch
great bunch menu..food was very tasty and hot...great selection..staff kept buffet full at all times!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
Crowded as expected since it was Mother's Day. Quite extensive buffet with chicken, beef and fish all available.
We enjoyed the event and the service was prompt and supportive.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for our anniversary dinner, is back to being great! When they had first moved to their new location and we dined with them, they had a few hiccups with service but our dinner on Tuesday was awesome! We sat outside since it was beautiful and had a great meal. We will definitely not wait as long to return.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table side guacamole was very
Table side guacamole was very good. The fajitas had mainly onions, not a good mix with peppers. The pork osso buco (known in German restaurants as pig's knuckle) was tasty but somewhat tough. Charro beans were excellent. Unlike most Mexican restaurants, you are charged for simple chips and salsa. Lakeside setting was beautiful.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Orleans Move Over!
The Cravings section of the menu includes a Ravioli that can be put up against any of the great New Orleans recipes for tangy seafood dishes. Let this one be your starter.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the first time dining
This is the first time dining here for us since the move. The food was wonderful as always. The spot on the water is nice, but I do miss the unique atmosphere of the previous location.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love coming to Prickly Pear, especially when we can dine outside. The ambiance is wonderful, and the food is creative and beautifully presented. It's our favorite place to take guests, and they're always impressed!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and the service was great. This was our first visit and the waitress was very helpful. I thought the food was going to be really spicy but it wasn't. It just had the right kick. It was a great experience and we will definitely be going back.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
True Mexican cuisine
Great classic Mexican food with a twist of up-scale flare.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable as always
Food was delicious, service was great, nice music, very enjoyable.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated at 7 on a Saturday in a booth next to a large table of 20. The booth was a bit cramped but the noise and behavior of the kids at the next table was intolerable- yelling, shooting spitwads, food on floor. After politely asking our waiter to help we were greeted by a manager who re-seated us in an outside table. Our party found that much nicer. After some delay, our food arrived and was excellent. Filet steaks cooked to perfection, shrimp and fajita dishes were excellent too. It was a very good dining experience once we moved tables. Service was excellent.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Great view!
My wife and I had our 15 year anniversary dinner at Prickly Pear. The food was fabulous, service was excellent, and the view was beautiful. It was a great night!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have loved the Prickly Pear for many years and this was our first visit to their new location. All I can say is WOW! The interior is beautiful and every table has an awesome view of the lake. The service here is always top notch. The staff is very professional and knowledgeable. But the real star here is the food. The pork dish I had is one of the best dishes I've ever had IN MY LIFE. I can't say enough about how much I love this place.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
I have been to Prickly Pear numerous times, at both the old downtown and the current lakeside locations, and never been disappointed. Once again, at the end of June 2013, we had a meal on the patio featuring two of their off-menu special dishes (scorpion fish and the filet/shrimp surf and turf) and was reminded of how good a restaurant can be. Some highlights:
* The table side guacamole made to your taste
* Every dish has great flavor.
* The service is always top notched
* Their drink menu is excellent
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 2 in our party. We celebrated a birthday. All the food, from the guacomole made at our table to the sea bass was excellent. It was very memorable, and making our reservations through Open Table made it extremely easy. Loved it!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visitor
Food was awesome. Our server was great, she gave us time to look over the menu, time to enjoy appetizers without pushing for an entree order, even had a good suggestion on an after dinner drink to go with our desserts. Only knock would be that I didn't think the price of the pitcher of prickly pear margarita matched the price. Otherwise it was a 5 star evening.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patio dining on the Lake
Overall had a good experience with an out-of-state guest along with me. Some of the Wait Staff were not very friendly. However, our server was nice and was amenable to our requests. Overall, some of the Staff did not seem to care whether customers were there or not. We ate the special (sea bass), and it was excellent.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent and food to match. We were there for our 29th Wedding Anniversary and was perfect!!!!!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
The food and service are always above expectations, every time. Each mouthful is delicious, and I've never had a bad meal here.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prickly Pear Perfection
Mango Margarita and Marbella (shrimp entre') were beautifully done.
Fresh guacamole at the table was superb. I was disturbed seeing a tip jar on the prep cart.
View of the lake is lovely. Restaurant exemplifies the restaurant quality we need on the lake.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistently great food, excellent
Consistently great food, excellent spot to relax and dine
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monday night treat
We had a delightful dining experience that included not only delicious food but great service! We will return often.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prickly Pear is a gem!
So happy someone recommended The Prickly Pear to us. Easy drive there and what a beautiful setting on Lake Norman. We were welcomed before we even arrived at the front door. We had fresh guacamole made at our table which was so fresh and delish. Both entrees were freshly prepared and terrific, not packaged like a chain. Menu is terrific. We were already talking about what we were going to have on our next visit. Great place, give it a try!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had not been
My wife and I had not been to the PP in quite a while - definitely not since its Mooresville location had changed. Our lives had been hectic, and we were looking for a special "date" location. Deciding on the PP, I went online for a reservation. Here I read some of the reviews and almost reconsidered. I'm glad that we followed through. The appetizer was prepared tableside and was great. My wife and I each had a different chicken dish. Both were superb. The service was very personable, prompt, and attentive - without being "too much". I observed this same approach with other diners. The view of the lake added to the experience.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just an excellent experience. Reminded us of Rick Bayless' Frontera in Chicago. The food is high-end Mexican that is as good to look at as it is to eat. Overlooking Lake Norman... yeah, piece of heaven. Coming back, for sure!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed an anniversary dinner on the deck overlooking the lake. The staff is friendly and efficient and the food was superb.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Goo Mexican Cuisine
The restaurant has a great location on Lake Norman. Very nice décor and view. The food is good but not spectacular. We ordered chips and salsa for appetizer. The chips tasted like they came out of a bag and probably did. The salsa was nothing to write home about and they are very stingy on salsa, serving it in tiny dishes. But at least you can ask for refills. I ordered the veggie enchilada with rice and beans. It was good but not what I would expect from a more upscale Mexican restaurant. The service could use some improvement. Our waiter didn't seem very happy to be serving us. Quite frankly, I expected more from a place called Prickly Pear.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff at Prickly Pear were excellent in helping us celebrate three family birthdays.
We will be back.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Prickly Pear for my wife's birthday dinner. There were 12 of us but everything went smoothly. The table was ready when we arrived and it was in the ideal location next to the window with the great lake view. We had a wonderful dinner and the service was perfect. We had the chef bake us a Tres Leche birthday cake and it was wonderful.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some girlfriends and I got together for lunch. The food was great. The lake view was lovely. I'd been to Pricky Pear years ago at the old location. I knew I wanted to visit again. This experience got me points with the girls since I suggested the restaurant this time.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing groundbreaking on the menu but lots of comfort. It's Mexican with a continental twist. They have a nice before 6, after 9 appetizer menu that is reminiscent of a tapas bar. Highlights: the Sangria was very tasty. Next time I'll try the white. The Bloody Mary I had there was one of the better ones I've had. That's coming from a Bloody Mary snob. Don't miss the Calamari steak. The squid they cut these from must be huge but they are very tender. This is the only place I've been to that serves them this way. Pricing falls in the middle, not cheap but reasonable. There is a nice balance between portion size and quality. I'm planning on trying the Sunday brunch next. Give this place a shot.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always
I love this place. The ambiance is great, service is excellent and the menu is inventive. The table side guacamole was fabulous and my meal was fabulous. This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Love it!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great chips and salsa.
We are repeated customers.
LOVED the tres-leche cake. It was not served at freezing cold temperature (unlike other restaurants), which was a huge plus. Tilapia was a bit spicy for me, but our sons thought it was just right spiciness, and we all loved the cilantro rice. My husband's brisket was very tender with nice sauce. But the best part was the chips and salsa. Wish we can buy the chips in a bag.
Wish the big screen TV was not there above the bar counter. It ruins the atmosphere.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
For Good Food & Service, Dine Here
This was our second time dining at Prickly Pear and we were not disappointed. The service couldn't be any better and our entrees (the special, red snapper) were attractive and flavorful. We shall return!!!!!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time here
Rating was lower than before due to being seated beside a large probably twenty person group which raised the noise level pretty high. If offered booth or table, we will choose the table in the future as they are larger.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food - adequate service
We went here for me daughter's 17th birthday - she loves Mexican food. We had been to Prickly Pear at it's former location and now the one on Lake Norman. We preferred the former location - much better ambience. However, the food is of the same quality and very good "high-end" Mexican. The house-made guacamole and chips are outstanding. Also, we always get the corn chowder - very tasty. Some issues - we sat at a four-top table and it is very tight. Our waiter kept trying to remove dishes before we were done to make room for more dishes. Also, he seemed very confused about special requests - i.e. my younger daughter likes her food very plain (chicken, tortillas, and cheese) and it took us several tries to explain that is all she wanted.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was really good, the service was excellent, and with a table of six, we could still all hear each other and have a conversation. What a great experience!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM