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About Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

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. The eleven large screen TV’s make Blue Cactus a perfect place to watch the game!

2 Byward Market
Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Canadian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri-Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Clarence Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 241-7061

Website:
http://www.bluecactusbarandgrill.com/

Entertainment:
DJs play every Friday and Saturday Night starting at 8:30pm

Parking Details:
Plentiful street and public lots in surrounding area.

Public Transit:
Transit stops in surrounding area.

Executive Chef:
Mark Esguerra

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you are celebrating with a small cocktail party, corporate party, or wedding, take advantage of the superior quality of Blue Cactus. Our event planner will eliminate your questions and stress while comfortably walking you through the process of planning your gathering.

Private Party Contact:
Ida Firestone: (613) 866-9189

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Blue Cactus Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.8

ambience

3.5

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on September 5, 2017

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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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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 !!!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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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·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Healthy
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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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 (Ottawa)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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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 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 18, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

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

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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 15, 2016

All food very good. Service excellent.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on April 5, 2016

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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