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The Prickly Pear Cantina
The Prickly Pear Cantina

The Prickly Pear Cantina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (925) 984-2363
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Worth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our Banquet and Catering Manager at the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details on Private Parties or Banquets.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Camino Tassajara and Blackhawk Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Prickly Pear Cantina
Traditional Mexican food with a Southern Calilfornia flair. Top shelf tequila bar, cocktails, beer and wine.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Our table of 6 moms had a fabulous time. Our waiter was wonderful and went the extra mile to keep us ladies happy. Food and margaritas were great too."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I have reviewed The Prickly Pear Cantina favorably before but the quality of the food has since gone down hill. The beef in the Chile Colorado was tough and dried out. On the plus side the drinks were still good and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I am motivated by the Prickly Pear margarita as not too many Mexican restaurants have it, the food was delicious, I ordered the Chile vedre and it was excellent and the portions are huge, I recommend to share or come on a very empty stomach. Great service and lively scene, in the heart of Blackhawk Plaza."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with great service. One of my favorite places in the Blackhawk Plaza."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food lived up to the chef's reputation, but the décor and noise level were more like a Taco Bell. Maybe my expectations were off, but it was in Balckhawk. I will give it another try though."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've had better tacos, but everything was fresh. The enchilda with mole sauce was tasty as was the guacamole. I would definitely go back for the service, if nothing else."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful gathering for a girls lunch at the Prickly Pear Cantina. The salads, which most ordered without the taco shell were very large and tasty. The one, two or three choice lunches offered a good variety to choose from. Choosing the one item was plenty with rice and beans and the prices were good. Our server was attentive and very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was noticeably better. I asked the server if they hired a new chef and she said they have a completely new kitchen staff. Very apparent as the food was very good. Give it another try."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food is always consistent and good. Service is prompt and quick. Portions are big. I understand they use locally sourced or organic veggies, and grass fed meat, which is a huge plus. Hard to find restaurants that do that. Have been back 4 times and service and food great every time!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Delicious, locally owned, friendly staff. My go-to special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nice outdoor space next to pond with lots of shade. They were very accommodating by moving tables and umbrellas for our party. We have been here many times before and this server was the spottiest we've had. The food was fresh. We all had salads, some with and some without the flour tortilla shell. I wasn't a fan of the shell but others seemed to enjoy it."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Ambience and staff were fantastic, margarita was delicious, an price is reasonable. Entrees were okay; my cazuela was too salty, and Mexiacan flag enchiladas were decent but nothing memorable. Tortillas were warm, salsa was spicy, and chips are good. I would eat here again, but wouldn't be my first choice."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was delicious and fresh tasting. Would come again with family. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place has the worst service. Even tho we had booked reservations over a week in advance, we were given a make shift table in middle of walkway. The table itself was the size of a dime! 30 minutes before we were offered water. 45 minutes before the waiter came for our order....never offering drinks. Food arrived cold and cheese was limp and oily. Never ever again."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food was great, although the fajita's veggies were a little over-cooked. We had the pleasure of being a brand new server's first ever table - she told us so. We were very patient, but she many mistakes that were difficult to ignore, like getting two orders wrong, handing straws to us bare-handed, asking about dessert when we weren't even halfway through our meal, etc. She was very pleasant and always very sorry, but we felt that she could have benefited from more training, and that management through her out into the dining room a little too soon."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were seated quickly, and when we changed our mind and asked for outdoor seating, it was immediately attended to, and a new waitress was at our table in a flash. Half of our party was vegetarian, the waitress patiently explained the menu, went back to check on a couple of items to ensre they were indeed vegetarian and told us the rice was not. Enchiladas were oustanding. we will definetely be back. WWould be great if you could offer some type of rice that is vegetarian (w/o chicken broth)."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Love this place for $2 tacos! The only thing this week was that it was super loud; more than what we usually remember. But service and food were great!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was great and our server was exceptionally great!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Unfortunately I found the food to be very disappointing. I ordered a tamale and street taco and it appeared they just microwaved the food as it was very dry and overcooked. Based on the pricing of the food I expected a much better meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice but loud. The margarita was very good but they need to work on the food preparation."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I am visiting my sister and wanted to explore Mexican restaurants. Found this on Open Table, liked the reviews and now they will be returning with my other sister for her birthday!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "everytime we have gone here we have had poor service. they bring out all the food and then tell one person they no longer have the food they ordered. why tell that person when everyone else was given their food? We all wait and then everyone's food is cold. It doesn't make sense. We had to ask for refills, water, utensils, salsa etc. Food is good but just bad service."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Terrible acoustics; I could not even hear my wife on the other side of table. Unattentive service; had to ask for water several times. Got two out of four orders wrong. Didn't bring drinks until we were half way through meal. Have dined here since their opening, but this was the worst ever experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very kid friendly- the noise level was so high you have to almost shout. This was Saturday night, the waitress said it is always very loud Sat night. Wait staff was excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've eaten here a few times. Always had really good food and drinks. Indoor and outdoor seating. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been too PP many times and really enjoyed each experience. This last time we went we were ignored for almost 15 minutes before we were served. The food has also slipped and was not up to par. We will likely go back but if this pattern continues, it will be the last visit."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Good food, good price ... sums it up well. Our drinks did not arrive until we were half finished our food, but the server was apologetic and otherwise very nice and helpful. We were sitting a little too close to the next table and their conversation was a bit distracting. I would love to go back in warm weather and sit outside as the patio looks fantastic. We'll definitely go there again. I do appreciate the opportunity to reserve online."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 5:45. We were on time. The hostess said it'd be a half hour wait, & waved around a paper with a wait-list of handwritten names. Okay. We went to the bar for a drink & waited. An hour later we re-approached the desk. She looked bewildered, then pointed to her computer screen like "oh yeah, you're over here on *this* list...", then said it'd be another 5 minutes. Right. She said she'd transfer our bar tab to the dining room, then sent over the bar waitress, telling her that we needed something? Huh? Everything this hostess touched went sideways... In other news, the waitstaff were friendly & efficient, even though they were very busy. The food was tasty, if not super special. And it was ridiculously loud. Too loud."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The Prickly Pear is a really good Mexican Restaurant. My "test" dish for Mexican food is Chile Relleno--if that is good, it's a good Mexican Restaurant! This one was delicious! Crispy batter, soft tasty pepper and creamy cheese. Excellent! I also had the Prickly Pear Margarita, which was wonderful. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "House margaritas at $8.50 a piece were awful. There were four of us for dinner and three of us ordered them. We all agreed that they were the "worst ever." If they tasted decent, we would have had another round but the three of us didn't even finish our first ones due to the poor taste. Costco margarita mix is 150 times better tasting than these were. We were very disappointed although the food was average as expected due to New Years Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is a pretty jumping mexican spot in Blackhawk. The service was great, but food sort of average. I'd go again knowing what to expect"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This restaurant has never disappointed! The decor is nice but the back patio is beautiful, it is right on the water and there are swan, ducks, and other birds swimming in the large pond as we'll. the Carnitas are the best ever here. All around great food at a fair price!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We always go to Prickly Pair for a great family meal. The portions and price are fair, and the food is always great. Our service at the most recent experience was not the best, but we will go back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Really enjoyed the food at this restaurant. Casual dining environment, but a nice romantic atmosphere and excellent outdoor seating with pleasant views of duck filled canals. The best, were the Margaritas! If all you do is come for the drinks, you won't be disappointed. My favorite is the "Escalade" margarita. Excellent way to impress a date!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We went to the Prickly Pear on a warm fall evening and had a great meal, as well as music. The drinks were really good and all the food we ordered was really good. This is not your traditional Mexican food, however, it is special and unique, all in a great atmosphere. If it's a warm evening, make sure you request a table outside."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "We came here with our two young kids at 6:30. They were VERY accommodating and made an already difficult thing (dining with kids) pretty easy. They have a kids menu and space for our stroller next to the table. Only advice is don't try to do this during prime dining hours. It's not fair to them, the other customers, or easy for the parents either."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We enjoyed celebrating birthday for 2 people at lunch; as a group of six, the staff set up the best table outside next to the water which was great, as the sound of waterfalls and occasional quacking of ducks was a nice background to our conversation. Excellent for kids; the wait staff treated the kids nicely and overall a great experience."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Delicious food, served attractively by friendly wait staff. Patio seating spacious and relaxing. Chicken nachos outstanding, portions huge. Noticed that restaurant is dog friendly!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Very attentive. Made sure we had every thing we needed without being overbearing. Menu was your average Mexican offerings."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Ordered combo plate taco & enchilada it was delicious. Prickly Pear margarita was to die for, and also tried a blueberry margarita which was also fantastic. The server was very attentive and the food came out fresh and fast which was very impressive as this was a concert night and we expected a longer wait."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "On a warm summer evening we enjoyed dining outside, along the edge of the water pool with the occasional quacking duck. Nice. Margaritas and food portions were generous and delicious all around. Relaxing, though I think the place gets pretty lively if you dine during the busier hours. We'd been before, they offer live music now and then."
    Dined on 8/18/2013