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Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina, Lincoln, NE

Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina

4.0
4
555 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Cactus by Venue is a family oriented restaurant that combines flavors of Mexican cuisine with modern ideas and fresh ingredients with a relaxing dining room, a lively cantina bar, a private dining space and a spacious outdoor patio.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Sports Bar, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (531) 500-4444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Lamb

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln

  • Cross street

    56th and Highway 2

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 555 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nebraska

    Hot spot

  • Lincoln

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. AS

    AndreaS

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    We've eaten here several times and the food is good, but it's becoming a theme that the service is just not what it used to be. While we've all learned to lower our expectations it makes for a frustrating experience when you see your waiter when she takes your order and then not again until you are given your bill. Empty water cups and cold food made for a sad dinner date with my husband. :( I think we'll take a break from this place and try again in a couple of years.
  2. J

    Justin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and nice atmosphere. I have eaten here numerous times and every time has been awesome
  3. VL

    VisitingLincoln

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    We had a reservation for a party of 7 at 6:00. Showed up at 6 and was told it would be a 45 minute wait unless we would like to eat at the bar. Very frustrating when you made a reservation and assumed that meant you would be seated within 10 or so minutes of that. The service was wonderful, but we also waited for our food almost an hour after ordering.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    For starters Cactus is usually pretty good during the lunch hour. This was a Friday evening at 5:30. We were sat on time. Service was so slow. Ordered the Buffalo chicken dip as an appetizer, it’s a huge dish of shredded chicken loaded with cheese on top and it was cold! The cheese on top was melted, the cheese under it and the dip was cold and lacked any flavor. Ordered the cream cheese chicken enchilada - the same shredded chicken in the dip was in the enchilada, dry and no flavor. Partner ordered the black and bleu steak, it was okay, nothing to write home about. Overall it’ll be a long while before we attempt this place again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was very good! We had a late reservation and he was very patient and didn’t make us feel like we were rushed. It was much appreciated.
  6. D

    Dobbet

    Omaha

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sometimes your expectations surprise you at a dining establishment. You might be surprised when a greasy spoon not-so-classy diner gives you an amazing meal. And then there are those times when your expectations are missed based on the venue, the ambiance, and the ownership. Cactus (by Venue) was just such an experience for us. We booked a table, using the ever-so-useful Open Table app, and were seated promptly upon our arrival. The exterior and interior are nicely designed. We chose a high-top table and that decision placed us in the cantina side of the restaurant, which we were fine with. Our server was pleasant, fairly prompt, and attentive. He seemed to be well trained, which we appreciate. We had been told that a great appetizer was something called “The Hot Mess”. Our server confirmed that opinion and we went with it. It was the star item of the night. A really good dish with a really unique name. I’d call it a “must order “ for a Cactus appetizer. Their menu is uniquely varied, not your typical Mexican menu. Hamburgers, wedge salads, rice bowls, etc. But we wanted to try their Mexican, so we ordered the Cream Cheese and Cactus Chicken Enchilada and a bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup (made in house). Our entree was good, not great. For our taste, it had too much cream cheese and not enough Mexican taste, lacking heat and spice. The soup was also good, not exceptional. So the rating is average for Cactus Modern Mexican and Cantina. It’s worth a try, but our expectations were not met on the night we tried it. However, as with all experiences, it depends on what you order and your tastes, so we’d say, give it a try and see what you think. We’ll likely try Cactus again.
  7. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    If you are fine with what is specifically stated on the menu then you will like the experience.
  8. LM

    LewisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is beautiful inside and the food was amazing!
  9. PL

    PamL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I would highly recommend dining at Cactus. The hot mess dip and chicken tortilla soup are outstanding. Happy hour. Prices are not very discounted... Maybe 50 cents off of your margarita. And watch out for some other prices. Some of the happy hour prices are higher than regular prices for their dips, etc. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating.
  10. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience2
    Gone are the free chips and salsa. Prices are up and portions are down. I think their uniqueness is waning, sadly. I sure that they can turn it around.
  11. S

    Stephanie

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    It is extremely loud. The restaurant needs to warn it’s customers about music bingo. The bingo is taking place in the bar area but the noise level makes it difficult to hold a conversation. Also after the bingo was over the restaurant speakers were turned up. Again making it difficult to talk.
  12. KL

    KimL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Took forever to be greeted. We had to ask our server if we could order, ask for drinks, asked for our ticket. Dinner for 2 people took almost 2 hours. The food was not great either. Disappointed!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time ! We thought good variety of meals and very tasty We will go again
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service was awesome!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Unimpressed by having to pay for chips and salsa and not being able to order a la carte.
  16. S

    Shane

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good waiter. Good atmosphere. Will be back again!
  17. d

    doc26

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good solid Americanized Mexican food
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable!
  19. P

    Peacemaker

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service & great atmosphere. Would definitely return. The quieter dining side is fantastic. If you want more, there is the bar area where you can eat also. Both are wonderful - provide different atmospheres under the same roof!
  20. MT

    MacyT

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food! Only minor complaint was sitting outside on the patio was very hot…could have used fans to circulate some air. I will be back but will request an indoor seat.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I reserved outdoor seating as it was a nice day out. Unfortunately, we ended up sitting directly in the Sun. We were the only table in direct sunlight. Not Cactus' fault, though. I ordered the fajitas with chicken and steak. I was very disappointed with the quality of the steak. It was tough. The chicken was dry. I must admit that this was my least favorite Mexican experience in Lincoln in recent memory.
  22. JF

    JFthanks

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Staff was confused on seating at checkin, and the service was slow (not as many servers as needed). The food was good though.
  23. TM

    TravisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table of four sat on the shaded patio. Our server was excellent and he didn’t rush us (we were there almost two hours.) The food was fresh, seasoned well & tasted great!
  24. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service and server were outstanding. Great food and appetizers for the value. Love the setting, very upbeat and comfortable.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was great. Good customer service with fun food options and a relaxing fun environment with my toddler in the booth.
  26. DA

    DiningAtACertainAge

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Very, very loud… deafening. Server was excellent, food was cold, soggy & took an hour to arrive. Chips & dips were excellent & prompt but it was not a great Mothers Day experience
  27. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    new menu bad idea cactus should of kept it the way it was
  28. MR

    MarylandRoots

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We made reservations for lunch on Mother's Day, which was a good idea since they filled up. The restaurant didn't appear too busy; patrons were generously distanced. Our server was super and the food was really fresh and delicious. We started with the dip sampler and the kids ate it as fast as the adults. The Caribbean Shrimp bowl lasted for 2 meals and the fajitas were devoured. We were disappointed that there was no special for Mother's Day... No mimosas, no flowers, no buffet, no special menu items or dessert... That was too bad for us mommies.
  29. CR

    CurtisR

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The girlfriend loves the Pork rice bowls!
  30. S

    Shell

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    None of the tables around us had been cleaned. Food was good but took a really long time to get. Great server.
  31. m

    mjhowes

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Very odd menu for a Mexican restaurant the food was mediocre at best
  32. R

    Robyn

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as always, as was the service. Appreciated the ability to make a reservation on Easter. Thanks!!
  33. S

    Stephanie

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, and server. The food took awhile to come out but worth the wait.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    The food and service at Cactus was outstanding, but the noise level was ridiculously high. We were totally unable to talk with our dining companions and ended up unsure if we would be back. This was even though we were seated on the dining room side rather than the bar side. The noise level is a shame, because certainly the owners have worked hard to try to develop a good product and have succeeded as far as food and service goes. It doesn’t take rocket science to adjust a restaurant’s surroundings to decrease the noise level and allow for a reasonably civilized experience. I find interesting that the preset in the review termed a high noise level “energetic“. I would term it obnoxious and aversive. If I want an “energetic” experience, I would go to a sports bar, not a restaurant trying to be a bit more upscale.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was our server and did an amazing job of making us feel welcome. The tacos were amazing and the drinks were delicious! Will definitely come back for another girls night!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for all ages!!
  37. BD

    BarbraD

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had 2 server's. Took 20 mins to take out drinks 20 minutes to get our drink and appetizers. 1 hour before we had to ask to place our food order. Food timing was good. Had to hunt down the waiter for our checks. Waiters had a great attitude and friendly just believe poor time management and checking in guest. Over would come back
  38. SW

    ShelleyW

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    8 of us met for a birthday dinner and to play Music Bingo. We had a hard time hearing the music because we were not sitting in the bar area. A very fun time and the BINGO was outstanding!!!
  39. CD

    CoryD

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic and impressed by the service.
  40. m

    mexicanfoodfoody

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The rice was not good. Why is basmati rice used at a Tex/Mex restaurant? Guac was delicious. I enjoyed the pleasing dining area with nice decor.

FAQs

Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (531) 500-4444.

Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina is rated 4 stars by 555 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina

5500 S 56th St Ste 115, Lincoln, NE 68516-1834

Additional information

  • Cross street

    56th and Highway 2

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Sports Bar, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Lamb

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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