Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

3.7
30 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
In the Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers excellence in contemporary cuisine.
Enjoy a quiet lunch or join us for dinner and drinks. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy listening to the DJ spinning.
We specialize in large groups and private and semi-private parties!
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.5
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3.8
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3.4
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3.3
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Too loud and no areas for quieter settings.

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TR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service - my food was literally cold and my boyfriend's dish was clearly not fully cooked. Extremely disappointed with this restaurant it should not even be on Open Table. Awful experience overall.

Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
Responded on January 14, 2019

Dear Taneisha, I am so sorry to hear about the poor dining experience you had on New Years Eve. Blue Cactus strives for excellence in service, food quality and atmosphere and I apologize that we did not attain these goals during your visit. It must have been very disappointing! If possible please contact me at ida@bluecactusbarandgrillcom or 613.866.9189 in order for me to make it up to you. Thank you very much for your valuable comments. Ida Firestone

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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service. Enjoyed our experience.

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CG
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The three of us enjoyed our meals, 2 had bacon cheeseburger + Caesar salad and one had chicken lettuce wraps. Service was efficient and friendly. Would recommend..

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Called to increase the number of people. Restaurant did not know we were coming. I made the reservations three days before. Got confirmation from open table. Waitress was very nice but never brought the wine 8 ordered. Kitchen was very slow. Quite disappointed. Sorry for the negative review.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was fairly good and I like the ambience, but the food was quite disappointing. I ordered a burger on a gluten free bun. The bun was very very crumbly, which is common with gf so I don't often expect much, but I have had a lot better. The patty was also super super dry and my friend's burger was also dry who is not gf, so this is not a gf thing. This is unfortunate, since it has been quite some time since I had last been here and remember the food being a lot better. Maybe it was just an off night.

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LS
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Why would vegetarian fajitas ever include broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts? Why wouldn’t the menu mention that? Why wouldn’t the vegetables be red /green peppers and onion, which are the vegetables of the beef and chicken fajitas?

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

When ready to order, they decided to tell us the kitchen was closed. Food was coming out the the kitchen all around us.
Drinks were just ok

Got free popcorn

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M
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Just wish the portion size was a bit more based on what it costs.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well, here it was Christmas Eve in Ottawa. My sweetie and I were looking for a nice place to have a romantic holiday dinner. We book this restaurant because it was in walking distance and looked like a nice place. Sadly, although we booked our reservation through open table, the restaurant was closed! I might not be exaggerating if I said that it ruined our entire holiday. OK, I am exaggerating. But what a bummer, Right?

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KL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Server was friendly. Fettuccine Alfredo was excellent. Chicken Fajitas sadly were dry. Paella only adequate. PB&Chocolate dessert was rich and decadent - 3 of us ate it - could have shared with more. Yummy.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Table non nettoyé à notre arrivé à celle-ci.
Musique très forte pour heure de repas.
Menu cocktail WOW ! But for food.... ;-(
Super serveuse !!

Vos employés ne semblent pas heureux ! Nous pouvons le ressentir en tant que client !

Bref je retournerai pour cocktail mais pas pour manger !!

HA oui !!! Les toilettes étaient infectent !!!! Vous savez que nous pouvons présumer que si les toilettes sont ainsi les cuisines ne sont pas mieux !!!

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MM
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I was really disappointed in my dinner at Blue Cactus. We met out of town friends for a Sunday dinner, but the music was so loud that we couldn't really visit. The server agreed to turn the volume down a notch, but either he forgot or one notch was not enough. In any event, we still couldn't hear each other or the server. Why do restaurants think ultra loud music qualifies as "buzz" ? Given the noise and the indifferent food, I would never go again.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I reserved using open table 3 hours in advance and when I arrived they had no reservations for me. Guess they don't keep updated lists. Was not impressed. They should not be using open table if not live.

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Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accomodating -excellent waiter (Mike) and efficient service on a busy evening. Loved the tuna salad!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crazy busy weekend in Ottawa where other restaurants lacked blue cactus picked up in service quality and price!

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OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Used to love this place years back when I went to school in Ottawa. But seems to have changed over the years. Felt like we were at chain restaurant like Kelseys. Service was lacking and food was just fine. Probably chose somewhere else before returning.

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ML
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated promptly even if they didn't have our reservation (system issues) staff was great. Waitress was patient and did not rush us even if we were taking up a big table. Will definitely go back.

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A
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Amazing food! Great price great service!
The only thing lacking was decor could be updated!

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M
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked the food, and the drinks. The location is great too.
The only thing is that it was extremely loud. It was difficult to talk/listen at a table of 6.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, not amazing. Wait staff was great. Prices very reasonable for the area.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Server was great! Kitchen didn't live up to expectations though. Four in our party ordered steaks. Each one was overdone by at least one level.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. We had lots of time to get to our concert at the NAC.

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RL
Ottawa
41 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It has been a very long time since we last visited Blue Cactus. Gone are the rustic Tex-Mex vibes and peanut shells...now a modern, chic bar and grill with a wide variety of food choices (although this kind of made it lose some of its character and charm and more like another Moxie's or Milestone).

Classic fajita is still available and it is ok. Nothing spectacular but not bad...

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my son up to Ottawa for a hockey tournament. Me and three other hockey moms decided to enjoy a night out.. No regrets
Service and food were really awesome.. No complaints at all. I would totally recommend Blue Cactus.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Lack luster food, like something I would whip up myself. Competent, clean but meh...Service was fine, but not outstanding. Fusion Mexican doesn't really work. It was quiet when we got there at 6pm - we pick it because we were told it was quite. At 7pm they turned the music up an it was too loud.

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GC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Second visit within a week. We arrived shortly after making the booking and the greeter seemed to be amused that we wanted our booking through Opentable acknowledged, so we wouldn't be recorded as no-shows. We had to ask her again when we left and she said it would be taken care of. I asked how that was possible since she didn't have our name, and at that point she let us write down our name and reservation time, which seems to have been recorded.

The rest of the experience was good but this was a slight damper.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place in the Bayard Market. Loved the white Sangria and kale salad.

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OT
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All food very good. Service excellent.

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S
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great as always however, they were out of a number of red wines which took away from the whole dining experience

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