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Cactus Restaurant

67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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Cactus Restaurant in Philadelphia is a casual Tex-Mex bar and grill that specializes in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Add to that a well-stocked bar with over 50 craft beers, unique cocktails and more than 40 premium tequilas that are perfect for sipping and it is easy to see that Cactus Restaurant is a fun place to be.

Each day of the week has its own unique special with food and drink discounts. A special touch at Cactus Restaurant is the celebration thrown for your birthday. For a set fee for each guest (minimum of 20) the party includes a birthday cake, open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, chips and salsa and a host to help you get it all organized and everyone invited. With party platters and catering services you can also have the party somewhere else.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00:am - 4:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(267) 385-6249
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private parties for all occasions.
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Cross street
Rector Street
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Parking details
Public lot 1 block east
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Special events & promotions
New Years Eve Passport Party 2013
Tickets are on sale now for Manayunk Sport and Social’s NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 MANAYUNK PASSPORT PARTY hosted by The Bayou and Cactus Cantina on Main Street, Manayunk. Just $60 gives you access to 5 bars at 2 of the most popular establishments in Manayunk!

$60 From 9pm-1am Your Passport gets you:
2 DJ’s and 2 Dance Floors
2 full and completely different buffets
2 locations with 5 bars all access, all night
Champagne Toast at Midnight!

**Must be 21 or older with valid photo ID at time of entry

Manayunk Sport and Social is a proud sponsor Manayunk New Year’s Eve Passport!

Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.5  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

Good fish tacos!

vipJTward (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

Great outdoor dining with great service. The margaritas are always great and the food is always solid.

vipAlex (Miami)
1.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

The food was very basic and lacked any flavor or sauces. The service however was very nice and prompt. The tables inside seem to be positioned badly. We sat inches away from the dispense bar which was a very chaotic area for the servers. We also had an extremely loud table behind us that was so close I couldn't get in or out of my chair. If the food was better I would come back.

tinseltine (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 6, 2015

I write a food blog and I didn't find myself wanting to cover Cactus as a gem or disappointment. It's basically Mexican food a step above Taco Bell. The service was good. The atmosphere is plain, not a lot of ambiance, but by no means a turn off. Me and my girlfriends just wanted a cheap eat , a drink special, and a place where we could sit and talk , and it served all 3 purposes. I'd return for the same reasons. I would Not however recommend the spice, mango margarita.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2015

Yum!!! Great food and drinks

Nsampat (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

Do not eat here, food is horrible, cold and unsatisfactory. The food was lacking in the authentic Mexican flavor that one would hope for from a Mexican joint. I can garantee your disappointed if you eat here.

vipBCDad (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on September 19, 2014

Our son was in the mood for Mexican fare so we chose Cactus. For my 10 year old, the food was fine. However, for more sophisticated palates, the food was just okay. The menu selections looked promising but the execution was uninspired. Reminded me of a college bar back in the 80's.

vipDirkDiggler (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on September 4, 2014

Food was good , far from authentic Mexican nice place ,

clsmoov (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2014

I must say I was impressed by this bar the moment I walked in it was very crowded which is a good thing. howeverthe table that they had reserved for us was too smalland right near the bar so in the middle of us was the aisle which was about 3ft wide. So not enough space.. In my opinion they shouldn't gave tables there. My food was amazing I had the shrimp burrito with enchilada and cheese sauce. To die for. By date had shrimp fajitas which was good but was missing something. Maybe sauce it was a bit dry.. My drink was mediocre watered down mess. Taste like juice...but regardless it was only 5 bucks the cactus Rita. My food was so good it didn't even matter Lol.

vipSTLgirl (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

We had wonderful service! Food was good, beer was tasty, and the staff made us feel welcome.