About Cactus

Cactus is "a celebration of the cuisines of the new Americas with Aloha," transporting the flavors, culinary traditions and techniques from Central and South America as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Offering the cuisines of the sun, land and sea, Cactus menu selections focuses on:

* Local produce from the islands
* Shinsato Farms pork from Kahalu'u
* Kulana and Kuahiwi beef, veal, wild boar from the Big Island
* Sustainably caught or farmed seafood from the island chain

Drop-in or reserve a table in our casual, lively environment with warm, engaging, professional service.

767 Kailua Rd. #106
Kailua, HI 96734
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Sat & Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:30pm
Happy Hour: Daily 3:30pm-5:30pm (walk-ins only)
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:30pm
Last Reservation @ 9:15pm, close at 10:00pm nightly

Cross Street:
Hamakua Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 261-1000

Website:
http://www.cactusbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Reserved stalls are available after 6pm for CACTUS guest parking.

Public Transit:
Bus 57

Executive Chef:
Chef Thomas Borges

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cactus Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (5)
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Special Occasion (5)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always delicious food!!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for brunch here for the first time their breakfast menu on Sundays goes till 2 p.m. and is delicious. I'm not sure if I like it more than the regular dinner menu. The swirl drinks are always spot-on. The only problem with today was that there was only two servers for the entire place and one was doubling as the bartender. The kitchen was also very slow and it took us a long time to get our food we were late for our movie. We came in at 12:15 and our movie was at 2... this is not our usual experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pinchos - squash & goat cheese coquettes, local fish tacos and turkey chorizo tacos - instead of dinner, were our choices for celebrating National Beer Day! Two weeks earlier for a dinner date we enjoyed the Chilean clambake and the melt-in-your mouth Cuban style short ribs. We love this restaurant and it's the first one in Kailua that we recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service was a little slow, but it could have been during a busy time. Took 10 minutes for the kids scoop of ice cream. However, servers kept bussing empty plates and checking on us so it was pleasant. They seem to turn tables quickly so if you walk in and they're booked it shouldn't be a long wait.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The guacamole appetizer with tortilla chips is so delicious!!
The Farmers salad is so fresh and yummy and it had the Peruvian tear drop peppers! First time to ever taste those yummy little things and they were so sweet! They have a great selection of wines and tequilas to quench your thirst!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great food! Good drinks! Casual atmosphere. Bit pricey.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Not as crowded ; had a few vegetarian options wait staff was very responsive to
our needs ; food was ok but the last dish of stacked enchildas really blew us away

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Imaginative menu and bar with a South American flair. The appetizers are great, including the best guacamole and fresh-made chips in town. You can't miss on the daily specials, but regular menu's nearly as good. It's a good place to hang out in the afternoon if you like ono pupu and cocktails.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The empanadas are so flavorful and the wait staff was super helpful and personable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I made a reservation and the only thing that was available was two high top tables of different heights pushed together. That didn't work very well for us. My son ordered a fish taco, the fish was dry and it was tiny. Because the portions seemed tiny we ordered a large order of the fried peppers, to our surprise we got a lot of them but they were not good. My husbands enchiladas were more like a tostada and had a weird flavor. I ordered a salad and that wasn't very good either, large pieces of uncut greens that were hard to eat, with potatoes on top instead of croutons. For the price, the ambiance isn't very good. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and we won't return. I've had plenty of other Latin food and this doesn't measure up.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Cactus is a favorite of mine! I've probably eaten there three dozen times. The food is different, locally sourced, and yummy. Get the Argentine Fry bread with pepper jelly for sure! My favorite meal currently is the Chilean 'Clam Bake', but I've had many faves. Also, while I stay away from Sangria, typically, their house-made frozen red sangria is delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 22, 2017

As always great dining experience. Sat outside on the patio and it was quite and beautiful. Enjoyed our drinks and appetizers without feeling rushed before our meals. Food was amazing as usual. Always fresh and locally food. Our server was very pleasant and took great care of us. Cactus is a must go to in Kailua!! You will leave with a smile on your face . FYI best happy hour in Kailua!! Must order the sliders and croquettes.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Cactus. The service is always excellent the food is stellar. The menu doesn't really explain the food terribly well and I am usually a bit surprised...but pleasantly so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Amazing food and nice service...Ambiance needs a little improvement to match the high end food. Maybe at least some candles on the tables?

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We dined here to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and once again were very pleased with our meal. I had the Big Belly Empanadas and my wife had the local fish special (cobia). Both were excellent, and we capped off the meal with a luscious dessert. I highly recommend Cactus for their imaginative dishes, fine service and their extra attention to details!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Slow start on service with water and cocktails but Cindy turned it around. She knows the menu well and everything was back on track. Food was hot an very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

My huevos rancheros was a mess. It was nothing like a real Mexican huevos rancheros dish. It was soupy, overly liquidy and with a strange spice that I did not like. It only came with 4 tiny tortillas that was nowhere near enough for the rest of the dish. The stuffed fried bread was very good, like a malasadas with a fruity cream cheese spread on top. The torta was tasty but the filling was sparse, could have used more filling.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2017

We were 4 people and all were happy with their meal. Our food seemed fresh and was tasty, plus the ambiance was on the quiet side, so that we could have a conversation without straining to hear one another. This is important to me.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Clean, friendly. Great waitress (Kendra). Kendra was knowledgeable about the food, she informed us about happy hour, friendly and so patient.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Lovely interior and music was at a low level so one could converse easily and we were grateful for that. We will return soon!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was wonderful and the staff was great and super friendly. We had the french toast and the breakfast tort (like an awesome big breakfast sandwich) and both were amazing. Meals are a little pricey but worth it. Only drawback was it took our food over 40 minutes to come out after we ordered it.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Food was very good as was the service. Prices are on the high side. When it was full, it was rather noisy but by the time we left it had emptied out and was very nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Good food. Friendly and attentive wait help. Great drinks. Reasonably priced wine list.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food is a little expensive. Caesar salad is tasty but overdressed with the dressing. Horchata is just average. Feojada soup is delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Great food! And service‼️Great hometown eatery! Not fancy just good food‼️

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We had reservations and arrived quite early. No problems though, the staff was very understanding and had us seated within 5 minutes, and, even took our drink order while we were waiting.
The food was absolutely awesome! My wife and I both had the Clam bake for our entrée and chips, guacamole, and the triple salsa for an appetizer. The guacamole appeared to be a whole avocado, which we thought to be a very generous amount!
The service was great! We were very pleased with everyone who came around to check on us and to just say "hello."
Whether visiting or living in Hawaii, my wife and both highly recommend Cactus as place for dinner.

To Cactus - thank you for a great evening on our 39th anniversary!!! You're a five out five!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I really liked that I was able to make a reservation on the same day which was super convenient! We had the Ceviché with fish and Dungeness crab which was excellent along with the pork picadillo empanadas for appetizers. My entrees we had the braised short ribs and Jidori chicken breast; the risotto was outstanding. My only con: the tightness of the spaces between the tables which had a diner literally at my back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The Cuban sandwich was outstanding. Their selection of deserts is awesome. Its not your usual choices as found in most places.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 17, 2017

I LOVE, love Cactus! One of my favorite restaurants. My fav dish is the Chilean clam bake, though I also love the salads. Brunch is ridiculously good, too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Great food but overpriced and verrrrrrry slow kitchen.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Awesome food, great service & overall wonderful dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Spicy, Outstanding Value
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 23, 2017

ハワイに来ると必ず立ち寄るお気に入りのお店です。
毎回最高の料理を食べれます

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Always a great meal! Service was on point. Excellent wine recommendations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The bartender was great! She was very friendly and gave us great service and delicious cocktails. I don't recall her name, she had very short brown/blonde hair. The manager was very helpful as well. The food was delicious. Dinner service was very slow.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Good food..they try to get local ingredients whenever they can. I like the interesting flavors! Good service and friendly atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2017

We dined specifically to try Chef Thomas' pincho pairings with three Beckmen wines and we were t thrilled. Syrah was paired with smoked veal shank on aa caramelized onion crustini, Niihau lamb chorizo in a gondola pepper was served with a Grenache rose, and the tempura snow crab was accompanied by Le Bec Blanc. Perfect pairings and melt-in-the-mouth food. Of course, we had to share the Big Belly Empanadas, which are always exceptional, especially with the Syrah. Mahalo, Chef Thomas and crew!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2017

I had "Da Gringo" burger and it was excellent, very tasty, I liked the flavor of the burger a lot. The wait staff was very friendly and informative. I would definitely recommend Cactus and I will return there to try other menu items.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Interesting and delicious food, great service. A bit pricy, even for Hawaii. Nicely complex flavors and some unusual items. It's a small restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and I suspect it could be noisy indoors when it's busy. Only complaint was that the starch and vegetables came out cold (meat was hot). Good enough to eat anyway, but still.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Service was very good, attentive without being annoying. Saffron gelato was super delicious for dessert. Our third time eating here and satisfied with food and service every time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We've been here for lunch many times and I think I like the lunch menu much better than dinner. The portions at dinner were a little smaller than I hoped for the cost. The guacamole and chips is always a winner. I had the dinner fish tacos but love the lunch version better. Overall it was okay but I'll just stick to lunch here.

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