Fat Cactus

4.5
183 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 183 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food and drinks were amazing! Would def recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. DJ was fire. Good vibes all around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my husband and I first time coming here. We like the ambience and loved the frozen sangria! The only thing is that it seemed like it took along time to get our food. Other than that A O K...

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JohnL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time coming here, first time was in the summer (no Rutgers) and was great. This time while everything was great schools back in session, so crowded and very loud. Don’t understand why music has to be so loud that every patron is shouting, it’s a restaurant not a club. If you wanted to watch TVs forget it, get used to subtitles. The drinks are great, the food is great, service great. The noise ridiculous, or maybe I’m just getting old, lol.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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SARAHH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Had high expectations, unfortunately, disappointing.

The menu looked like "foodie food" the results were worse than Chipolte. The atmosphere slightly better with booze and lively music.

The guac was mediocre, the queso ugh, the server had attitude and service was slow for "fast casual".

My cauliflower tacos were shockingly poor, soggy and missing ingredients. The beef in the burito and fajita was overcooked.

The drinks were good.

Not going back anytime soon. Oh well, we tried.

JR
JoseR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing .. Oxtails fell off the bone! Great service!

MW
vipMichaelW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time. We will be back. Recommend

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vipRhea
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was freshly made, had vegan options and all was quite tasty. Latin music set the mood. An all around good time and would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and atmosphere make a very enjoyable experience

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Emma
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was very lively, the service was great. The menu had so many options it was hard for me to choose. The waitress was so fun she was helping us decide on what to get. The drinks were really good and so was the food. Everything came out so fast as well. 10 out of 10!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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vipSrikanthS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Reserved outdoor seating only to be told that it was not available and that they dont guarantee it!. Food was medicore at best.

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Allison
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

build your own taco's were amazing! the bacon and pineapple guac is something I will definitely go back for!

DM
vipDeniseM
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large menu. Drinks were fantastic too

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Kitty
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very nice atmosphere and loved the margaritas! Will definitely return as soon as possible. loved it all!!!

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DTM97
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was sort of decent. Drinks were delicious. Service was absolutely horrible to the point where we ended up tipping the staff members who helped us instead of our assigned waitress.

The waitress came to check on our table of two maybe three times during the entire time we were dining which was about two hours. We would try to flag her down and she would look at us and walk away. When we asked for ice for the table, she brought out only two cups of ice with two straws when there were four of us dining. We had to actually ask other waiters and other staff members to get us things like napkins and refills because she did not come to check on us. We would also ask her for multiple things, and she’d bring out one and forget about the others.

We sat outside and the tent is shared by another restaurant. For the second half of our meal, the music and live “singer” - more like screecher - at other restaurant was so extremely loud I couldn’t hear my fiancé sitting right next to me.

Honestly this place was better as a sushi restaurant. Will probably never go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Poor service. Food and drinks were sub-par

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BreB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! The price was a little too high in my Opinion but once everything came it was worth it.

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Devalp
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun. We enjoyed food and drinks. I love the vegetarian menu.

LC
LuciC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came to Fat Cactus for the first time on a date night and we loved it!! The food was very tasty, our waiter was very attentive and the ambiance was very energetic. We’ll be back!

AM
AlishaM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. The food was delicious. We had the roasted red pepper and garlic guacamole and Mexican ceviche to start. We had the braised Oxtails and chimichurri carne asada. Delicious!! Definitely recommend and will be returning.

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Gabrielle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and really great tacos! Many options.

LD
LizaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well portioned. Drinks were delicious but cups were a bit small compared to other Mexican spots.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our son’s 21st Birthday . Our server Christopher was excellent. The food was delicious and the desserts were amazing!! We loved when the staff sang Happy Birthday

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Sammy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun taco place that has traditional Mexican flavors as well as fusion inspired dishes as well. Great value and excellent guacamole. Will definitely be eating here again!

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Layp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, amazing service. Lively environment. Will visit soon

MA
vipMARIA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

great tacos and drinks. service is great and fast

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divA
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vegetarian options and wonderful service. The food was flavorful and creative, and I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was pretty good. Ambiance is nice. Service was also good. Will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so much fun!

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Our waitress was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I guess we went on a hot day…. We were sweating inside the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fun and great food for our daughters 22nd birthday!

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vipChris
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outdoor dining and atmosphere was a blast. Indoord was nice too, but it was a beautiful warm evening. Great food and atmosphere in the Arts District.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great time - good food and drinks !

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing food but the water is absolutely disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great atmosphere, loved the music.
SUGGESTION:
On my first visit, I let it slide.. but it happened the 2nd time as well.
If you go with a group of people, they bring out food SEPARATELY.. for example: I ordered tacos, my friends ordered steak and salmon..

They brought out the tacos while my friends had no food infront of them… doesnt seem like much until youre there sitting with food infront of you and the rest of the doesnt.. Its just a suggestion to start serving everyone at the table together…

Food also comes out cold..

Great drinks though ☺️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere! Perfect date spot.

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 183 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.