Fat Cactus

4.5
81 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 81 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It’s definitely the new hot spot on Rutgers campus. Food is excellent! Love the ambiance.

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vipErikaT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service received by our waitress was very poor. We placed our drink and appetizer order first and asked she come back as my sister was undecided. Our appetizers and drinks came we finished our appetizers and our waitress had and still come back to take our entrée order we had to flag her down I think that a waiter should come back promptly and check on you or she should’ve came back when she saw that the appetizers has been served the fact that so much time had passed to me was really unacceptable

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firesubc
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, even the cactus was great with the fajitas. Margaritas are really good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i loved this restaurant! good food for a good price. the virgin mojitos are so good! i would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Way to loud for lunch. It’s not a club.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Will definitely frequent often. Lots of options for vegetarians and vegans. Drinks were delicious!

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SuQu
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoors doesn't open until 3pm even though we requested outdoors for lunch and it came back as outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Long wait for service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Lene
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I’ve never had bland salsa! Wow! Everything lacked flavor. Even the beans and rice. I had the oxtail tacos. They were below average. Not the fresh “taco” taste. This place has potential as it’s in a good location, looks inviting inside with a fully stocked bar but they need a new cook. The frozen sangria was good but that’s about it. Can’t even recommend for drinks and snacks because the salsa was not even good! Pity....

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good reception on check in. Prompt service on food order since we were in a hurry

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christineo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my top favorite mexican restaurants! The atmosphere is so different and colorful. It’s chill but lively at the same time. The food every time has been delicious. And the drinks.. so good!

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MaryV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday was our first time at Fat Cactus, and surely won’t be our last. Delicious food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend the nachos to start as well as the guacamole to go with your chips. Frozen Sangria was a nice treat as well.

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Chris
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, ambience and vibe were 👌🏽

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StephanieW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, waitress super nice and attentive, prices pretty decent. Would definitely go again.

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JodieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was good and were sat at our seats rather quickly. Even though I did not enjoy what I ordered but boyfriend enjoyed his

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CharmaineM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ! Great vibes ! Would go back and my drink was good too !

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JoselynM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The first waitress who took care of us denied us a request we made but the second waitress was very friendly and helped us. It took a long time to get us some tacos, but the food was fine.

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BriAl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is good here. Great options. I’ve been here a few times and usually order the tacos. I tried the rice and beans once and didnt care for that. I usually enjoy what I order though.

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Akash
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Would recommend. Amazing cocktails and build your own tacos

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience, I would come back. The only thing is they’re super strict about the 90 minutes even if the place isn’t full or anyone’s waiting. They put a paper on the table with the time you have to leave by. Although it was plenty of time we felt rushed with the paper. Besides that everything was perfect, I’d definitely come back.

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vipOCNJ
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre celebration for my sister’s new job, had a great time!

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Meshieee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and the vibe was great! Drinks we good and strong.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice restaurant. Food was great. Everything is cleaned extremely well. Hygiene is their upmost priority, which I think we can all appreciate nowadays!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place and people!

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Hungrygirl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Table was too small to fit food for 2 people/ service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall not a bad place to eat, the prices were a bit high, and the table wasn't exactly big enough for two people

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. It’s so clean and the service is excellent. The food is great and the portions are generous. The atmosphere is really fun. Give it a try!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great ambiance, food was good, service could of been better

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HaroldS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had 3 different waitresses they completely forgot about my table and never brought drinks to me I believe the waitress name was Kayla she took my order and never came back to serve me. She was serving other tables and not mine. The other waitress came to 3 different times to ask what I was drinking and never returned back to my table either she disappeared and never came back. The last waitress rushed me and my girlfriend out of area and said we had to leave because her shift was over but in reality she wanted to close the section so all the tips could go to her all she had to do was move us to another section and keep the tab open with someone else but clearly she didn’t want to share tips . The crazy thing is her shift never ended either because she was then in another section serving

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SergeyK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Reservation was at 5 for the 4 of us. 2 people from out group were late and the hostess stated that we have exactly an hour and a half from the time we sit down at the table. So we chose to wait for our friends. Once we were seated the waitress dropped off a little card stating what time we had to be done by, 6:19, and it also stated when we sat down which was 5:24. One of my friends pointed that out so I chose to address it w the waitress. She tried her hardest to convince me that the time adds up to an hour and a half. I told her that it wasn’t even an hour. As she stood there trying to prove her point I just told her whatever it’s fine will be out by the time indicated. Yes we were “late” but don’t tell me that’s it better to wait for the rest of our group if you’re gonna just end up trying to kick us out anyway and even if we sat at our table at 5, 6:19 still is NOT an hour and half. The waitress should spend her weekends learning basic math not working at a restaraunt

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service

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GauravP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and Great Food

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TomC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

There were plenty of people working to serve the groups at the restaurant and that part was fine. The main meal did take a long time to come out and frankly it wasn’t that great when I did. We don’t like to complain because it makes everyone uncomfortable but the food was really marginal for all of us. Dessert was good. Including tip we spent $200 I certainly didn’t feel like we got a $200 meal for four people. That’s a lot of money for the food to be mediocre

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SherryS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was great . Went on a busy night and the bar needed extra help the drinks were not coming out quick waited 20mins for a cocktail but the manger was great and helped and gave us a free shot . But overall the place is nice and food is excellent and service.

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Tessa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fat Cactus was really good. Our server was super attentive, we got our food and dessert right away, the food was good, and the ambiance was really good (trendy, hip restaurant/bar). I especially loved, loved, loved the dessert that we got, the Panchicano. Highly recommend. The only thing that I was a little miffed about was that I repeatedly asked whether it was possible to turn the heat down (the heat was right above our table), and my requests largely went unheard. Both my friend and I were sweating through our shirts. But still, good place, and I would go back (but I would insist on sitting on the bottom floor haha compared to the top level).

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vipKimberley
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service (Savannah) was top notch. I had the pork belly tacos, & my friend had the revolution burrito. Both were so good. So nice to have a fancy Mexican place so close to home.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and drinks

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DinahP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome food music was great there was no wait service was outstanding

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fat Cactus using the Order Online button. Fat Cactus also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1153.

Fat Cactus is rated 4.5 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.