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About Cactus Restaurant

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.

4243 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest

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

Cross Street:
Rector Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 385-6249

Website:
http://www.cactusphilly.com/

Parking Details:
Public lot 1 block east

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties for all occasions.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

Tickets: http://shop.philly-manayunksportandsocial.com/category.sc?categoryId=5

Cactus Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.4

service

3.7

ambience

3.2

value

5.0

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for Groups (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Late-night Find (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Hot Spot (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Great for Brunch (4)
Romantic (3)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2015

Good fish tacos!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 7, 2015

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (Miami)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 12, 2015

Yum!!! Great food and drinks

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2014

Food was good , far from authentic Mexican nice place ,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 23, 2014

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2014

We love Mexican/Southwestern food but didn't like this place at all. $10 margarita pitchers for happy hour but they were horrible and we sent them back. Guacamole was below average and my friend's chicken tacos were stale. The server was apologetic and had management make adjustments to our bill. It would have been nice for management to come to our table but they didn't.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2014

The employees are cordial and pleasant. They made us feel as if we were the only customers in the room. Drinks were made exactly as ordered by the bartender. The waitress had clearly taken pride before our arrival. The table was spotless.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2014

Overall very good. The food was excellent! I would come here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 1, 2014

Great seat for bike race. Service was great - super friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2014

This was a horrible experience. The good was absolutely the worst Mexican I have had. The fajitas came out cold, the beans had no seasoning, the rice was hard with no flavor or seasoning. I literally had one bite of my food, as did my boyfriend and we asked for the check. The manager was a jerk and stated "this is how they make their food". I would never recommend this place for anyone to eat. I wouldn't even feed this food to my dog.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2014

tomato sauce for salsa and way too much of sour cream and way tooooo little avocado in your guacamole. the chips were excelant but ruined on the tomato sauce and what you call guacamole..... $2 tacos were worth it

very loud most folks must eat after getting drunk

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 26, 2014

Food was very good and a good price. Drinks were expensive, not filled all the way and not the best tasting.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2014

I took my two children (aged 10 and 14) to an early dinner after Easter service. The service was excellent. The host was nice and personable. He had a genuine smile. The waitress was on point with coming to our table at the appropriate time. She was very perky and nice as well. There were only a few patrons seated and a few at the bar but the atmosphere was peaceful. The food was ok and the portions were large for the price, but it didn't taste very authentic. Also the menu was small. I was craving Mexican food but it tasted very "American". The beer selection is interesting. I got a special blend of Blue Moon which was delicious. I would come back though for drinks and nachos with my friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 3, 2014

There aren't very many experiences in my life that I would describe as religious. But Cactus's chorizo burger is transcendently good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 22, 2014

The food was bad. Over cooked, flavorless...and not very Mexican.

If you want beer you'll be fine, but don't go for a margarita.

The music was metal - Black Sabbath, Def Leopard.

And the drama...
Sitting at our table I could hear the manager swearing and complaining, "I don't care if he's my f'in brother...I'll never schedule him again if he ... somebody go after him".

Our server was very nice and attentive - she could find a better place to work.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Great food and service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Manager was very nice. Some patrons were using loud profanity, and he asked them to leave since there were families with children in the restaurant. Gave us his card when we asked about a recipe for a particular dish.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Great substitute for your basic chain tex mex restaurants. Great happy hour options and margaritas were delicious. I am a big appetizers lover, so I would definitely recommend the Texas shrimp and Cactus Nachos; they were awesome!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Jalapeno Poppers were excellent -- crunchy outside and gooey rich inside. My Spicy Ceasar Salad was just okay. Hubby's Burrito very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2013

Stake corn tortillas, worst guacamole ever tasted like a jar of mayo. Service slow and not very friendly. Never again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2013

TUNA DISH WAS OUTSTANDING, PERSONABLE CREW, GREAT BEER/MARGUARITAS, AWESOME
GUACAMOLE.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 4, 2013

The owner/host sets the tone of this fun, friendly, noisy. casual eatery. Our experience was very enjoyable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2013

Margaritas were great. Service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2013

Wonderful friendly service but very bland and unoriginal food. No corn tortillas in a mexican restaurant???
We them assumed this was more of a bar then a restaurant but apparently that did not pan out either..
Drinks were not particularly good. The margaritas tasted like they were made with a mix from Costco with cheap tequila added.
Didn't dare stay for dessert.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2013

Enjoyed the food and margaritas were great. Limited menu due to the art festival so I wasn't able to get my primary choice of the fish tacos. Will definitely go back again

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 7, 2013

Our waitress was genuinely nice!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 30, 2013

I had the Texas Shrimp, best shrimp I've eaten in a very long time...loved them !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2013

Burritos really good! Interesting beer selection. Ordered and did not care for the enchiladas & they replaced it with another item - very nice!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2013

I love mexican food, and the two times I've been here I've enjoyed the cuisine immensely. I'm not much of a drinker, but I loved my margaritas as well. Overall great dining experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2013

Great food, good beer, fun spot, good experience

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Great beer selection, great nightly specials, and afforable prices!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Just average, food and service were adequate. Went on Valentine's Day, restaurant was not that busy, wanted a four top for two, they would not seat us there. Tables were not used the time we were there.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2013

Amazing as always. The food is wonderful and the staff is great. Very reasonably prices
Specifically, the salsa has a chipotle flavor that is unique and oh so tasty, and I love the pulled pork.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2013

This was my second time visiting Cactus. I brought my son here just for the chips and salsa. The salsa is probably the best I've ever eaten. My son was not disappointed. My kids are 5 and 14 and both were happy with their food choices. My husband too was pretty happy with his meal. The service was pretty good this time. The shrimp burrito is really amazing. This is not a place that presents food well though. You get what you order on a plate, no presentation what so ever. But, the food is really good. The first time I went here was with some friends, and their drinks were really bad. My friend ordered a skinny girl margarita and it was not what she expected. It was so strong, she couldn't even drink it. Surprising for Philly

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2012

Casual bar setting with Tex Mex food. Fine for what it is.

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