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Fat Cactus, New Brunswick, NJ

Fat Cactus

4.4
4.4
396 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in the heart of the lively George Street area of New Brunswick, Fat Cactus Mexican Cantina, is the number one destination for both authentic and American-style Mexican food. Enjoy table-side guacamole or a variety of tacos made fresh before your eyes at our very own taco truck! Our frozen margarita menu and tequila and rum cocktails are sure to transport you to the agave fields of Central Mexico. Enjoy your favorite meal while listening to our various mariachi bands or our guest DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Our kitchen is open late everyday and all day, so there will be plenty of opportunities to come see what we are all about!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Tex-Mex
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 3:30 pm–9:15 pm Tue, Wed 3:30 pm–10:15 pm Thu 3:30 pm–11:15 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–1:15 am
  • Phone number
    (732) 543-1153
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    New Brunswick
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 396 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Middlesex

    Lively

396 Reviews
  1. JayNj

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place we enjoyed the upbeat ambiance. The food was good and the mariachi band was entertaining! Very noisy though so not good if you want a deep conversation with someone. More of a fun good time place! My mango margarita was very good!

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  2. LoriM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere! Menu has something for everyone.

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  3. Louanne

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great preshow experience. Right around corner from State Theatre and atmosphere is fun! Prices are very reasonable.

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  4. JasmineN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really good time with my sun, the waiter was friendly and accurate always gave us time but not too much time, she checked us before and after food came. service was really fast food was hot and scenery was beautiful.

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  5. pharmacyqueen1

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    we had reserved a table and had to wait about 10 minutes, otherwise the food and drinks were excellent

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  6. Janet603

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice surprise in New Brunswick. Visited before a show at State Theater. Place was lively, server very upbeat and the food was really tasty!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food wasn’t hot and fresh. Service was poor

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  8. MichaelT

    New York City

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service is chaotic. Servers need help in training. Manager had to step in to salvage a really poor experience. Noise is off the charts and not helped with a mariachi band playing on top of you. Food is barely passable for ok. Menu is too ambitious and not executed well. Place probably ok for a drinks and some apps. I would pass on it for a good Mexican dinner.

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  9. MadelineC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun, decorative Mexican restaurant. Food was served friendly and quick. Music was fun, the had a Mariachi Band! I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken taco, spicey.

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  10. kikic

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and food was great. On Fridays they have a mariachi band that strolls through the restaurant. The only thing wrong with our visit was they were out of many things we wanted to order. Other than that we were very happy with the experience.

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  11. NicoleM

    New York City

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I usually love this place but today was just horrible. They sat us upstairs which now I know never again. It took over ten minutes for anyone to come over to us. Then more time we finally got chips and salsa. We placed order as soon as waitress decided to come . The guacamole came right away still no drinks . Then our food came still no drinks and one of us only got a soda. Half way through meal drinks come . Waitress never came by to check on us . Never still upstairs . They do not have the capability to serve ppl upstairs .

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  12. ShivaG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great location and always filled with vibe. Quite crowded during evenings. Food has always been great here.

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  13. RobertM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, good drinks and great service! What’s not to love!!

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  14. wenderei

    Atlanta Metro

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food : we love the guacamoles and custom tacos . Our Sons 21st bday . told the server . He never did anything . Seemed like he’d rather be doing anything else than waiting on us or anybody . Got us our things but that was about it . Again food was great .

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  15. Nikki

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner with my daughter before a show at the State Theatre. Service was a little slow but we had enough time.

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  16. ElaineGH

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Food was wonderful. Service was great. A bit loud, but a fun vibe.

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  17. Vikki

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome delicious food, we can’t wait to go back-the salsa was the highlight!

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  18. Tmomma

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place. Food was decent but kind of bland. Not overly flavorful.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat upstairs which was nice, great view below of the restaurant. Server never introduced himself by name. Not a deal breaker but hard to request anything by describing what our server looks like to other workers. Food was decent quality and good portion size. Was in for a pre show bite before a play around the corner

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  20. LynnP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had dinner before a show at state theater. Reserved online, very easy process. Nice restaurant, fun atmosphere. Price point for food was good, but food was ok. Arrived quickly. Great service from our waitress . Had flan for dessert, was heavy and dry… was disappointed. It was cut from a sheet pan, not individual servings. A Plus was the mariachi band walking around playing, they were great!

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  21. Mina

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience is fun. The food was delicious and our server was very attentive. Highly recommend this place

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience on NYE! Very festive & live l! The food was delicious! Definitely will return…

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  23. AlishaM

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really busy but they service and food was still good. I always enjoy coming here.

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  24. mikec

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    food and service great, a little loud but otherwise enjoyable

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  25. CarolynH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great! Constructive feedback: A little cold. The server was not friendly and gave us the wrong bill. The pineapple bacon guacamole has been better.

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  26. SandyS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun vibe, great food and service! Close to State Theater, look forward to eating there again.

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  27. TomR

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good menu, food and drinks were very good as well.

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  28. JosephineF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was there for a friends birthday and it was all around great!!! Am definitely going back!!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice and quick for show at State Theatre of NJ. Creative take on Mexican dishes

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  30. SueG

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Cactus has good food and is reasonably priced. Great happy hour as well.

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  31. RobinM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fabulous and great choices. Acoustics were such it created a volume practically too loud to hear table mates. (Would be curious about volume on a non-Halloween weekend Friday)

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The place is really fun and cute, with great (loud) music. It’s almost a dine-in club. The service was alright nothing spectacular but not bad either. The food was NOT IT. There was literally no taste to any of the tacos - despite the sauce choices. The meat was not seasoned at all. The only thing that had taste was the Jarritos & salsa & chips. Probably not going back again.

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  33. NICK

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Quick and easy tacos nothing great and nothing bad just a nice sports bar with decent options

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  34. DavidH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good and the family and I enjoyed a fun night out. The service staff was friendly and accommodating. Very nice experience.

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  35. AndreaM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was ok. Reservation at 5:30 By 6:30 i couldn’t even hear myself think. Music was club loud so I was unable to communicate with people at my table. Presentation of fajitas was awkward at best - all 4 of us ordered fajitas and there was mo room to eat at the table. I ended up packing up my food and leaving.

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  36. Chickie

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun time , the DJ added a cool feel to our Sat night out!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere and vibe was good. Casual feel. Service was poor. Food delivered room temperature and one dish served cold. Possibly because they were busy but it wasn’t the best experience

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  38. SharonW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Raul was a fabulous server! Good and drinks were great!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was outstanding! Our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Loved the decorations!

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  40. sneakyjean

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lively, decent food, good service. We like this place.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Fat Cactus does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Fat Cactus also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1153.

Fat Cactus is rated 4.4 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fat Cactus

350 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    New Brunswick
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 3:30 pm–9:15 pm Tue, Wed 3:30 pm–10:15 pm Thu 3:30 pm–11:15 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–1:15 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Tex-Mex
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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