The Prickly Pear Cantina
The Prickly Pear Cantina

The Prickly Pear Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 9259842363
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Prickly Pear Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (10)good for groups (9)hot spot (7)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Just Missed
    californiamark
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Maybe we are holding to too high a standard, but compared to the consistent quality of the food at the Peasant & the Pear, this falls short. The grilled fish tacos were bland, and the meat in the enchiladas was dry. Service was great, the location at Blackhawk Plaza was great, and the tequilas and margaritas were fantastic, but with so many fantastic Mexican restaurants around, would choose a different spot for a meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have eaten here for years
    BobMVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Quality good, but didn't taste as good as previously remembered. Maybe just our age. Didn't notice if "California nachos" only available choice on Happy Hour menu. Much prefer Mexican nachos. Will return to see if review warrants updating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the jalapeño chimichangas!
    Rayne
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place is my favorite place to go. You must get the jalapeño chimichanga appetizer! During the summer, the staff is friendly and on point. However, once the college kids go back to school service can sometimes be on the slow side, but the food is always amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good experience
    ADinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Yuck! Bad food, horrible service, nice outdoor setting. Great margaritas.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining room=yes. Bar=NO WAY
    formerfan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I get that it was a busy Friday night but this was off the charts bad: after waiting more than ten minutes I had to ask someone to clean off the table from the previous customers, I had to ask twice for a menu, I had to ask twice if we could order a drink, he brought one glass of water for a table of two, when our third friend came in we waited a bit and then had to ask if she could order a drink, and when our table was ready for dinner we had to carry everything into the dining room. For the most part the food was really good but that place is deafeningly loud so overall not enjoyable. Kids in the bar and kids in the restaurant and nothing to absorb any noise.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of potential
    magallagh
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dined on a Blackhawk activity night ( western night ) was loud. Although we had a great server, there were other issues. Great location and outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great after a stress day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great Fajitas. Rice was a bit bland. Nice sitting outside with a good drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mom's night out
    busymom
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something has Changed for the Worse
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food/Drinks to die for
    yummy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great chili rellenos
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a great dinner with great service. One of my favorite places in the Blackhawk Plaza.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed.
    finicky444
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Gathering Spot~
    eveningonthetown
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 199 reviews are from the The Prickly Pear Cantina reviews archive.
  • New kitchen staff
    ChiefVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good ingredients, Good Food!
    Peter
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prickly Pear
    hb2me
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Delicious, locally owned, friendly staff. My go-to special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nocooking4me
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All very good except for food
    FoodMuch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was delicious and fresh tasting. Would come again with family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guinea pig diner
    Sugarlilly
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AshK
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummy Tacos for Taco Tuesday!
    ReneeMVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great and our server
    Terry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was great and our server was exceptionally great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Prickly Cantina Food
    Buckle
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected surprise.
    Therese
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food poor service
    lovechampagne
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing.
    jorscoVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good times
    Dean
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've eaten here a few times. Always had really good food and drinks. Indoor and outdoor seating. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience
    NummVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We waited an hour, then it wasLOUD!
    KPeatsVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYE YUM!
    BirthdayGirls
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWFUL Margaritas @ $8.50 a piece!
    rdonna
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service, decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Mexican Fare
    StensVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    NummVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican With a Kick!
    Franco
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate