Fat Cactus

4.5
115 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 115 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place for my group of friends to have a Taco Tuesday night with some excellent drinks. Everyone was happy with their food and their drinks, and the theming is so cool. Would come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Frozen sangria was SO good. The food was great too, their menu is extensive and includes vegetarian/GF options, as well as a build your own taco option. The cocktails are strong and pretty cheap compared to what I’m used to paying in New York or Jersey City. WORTH IT. Our server was really sweet too, wish she had checked on us more, but it was Mother’s Day so I’m sure she was just really busy. Will be back :)

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VinC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Guacamole and tacos were excellent. High variety of tacos that can be customized.

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DelilahD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Frozen sangria was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good guacamole and margaritas. Their restrictions on seating till entire party is present is understandable but also prevents one from enjoying their drinks beforehand. Post Covid I see this happening. the rush will die down and you can come abs enjoy their great drinks without having a 1.5 hour limit on seating. Portions are medium with the guacamole serving very plentiful. I would come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well organized for such a busy holiday

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cinco de Mayo was my first time at Fat Cactus and it was exceptional! Our waiter Tomas was incredible and the food was absolutely delicious! Can't WAIT to go back!

RJ
RJC1
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant looks great. The build your own taco menu is amazing.

MD
MichaelD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our waiter wasn't great with attending to us. We would have gotten more alcohol drinks if he had come.by during the entree time.

MC
MichelleC
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food was not good from empan/ burrito and alcohol drinks not good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really tasty and seasoned well. Service was quick and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Fat Cactus is amazing. We’ve been here a few times now and really enjoyed ourselves. The chimichurri steak is excellent and so are all of their salsas. The restaurant has a really fun vibe and they play great music. Definitely would recommend.

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ShahadahJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was wonderful staff was very friendly and sweet. It was my first time there so our waiter was very helpful with food decisions and drink decisions. Definitely will be coming back and telling others about my wonderful experience.

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jaquelynny
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and i loved it
Unexpected great spot, good food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow. Server walked by us for 20 min after having drinks delivered until we ordered. App came out less than 5 min before food. App took a long time to come out. Timing from order to food would’ve been good if app came out in between.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

There is no COVID protocols being followed here, a group of 4 people were seated less than 3 feet away from me and my husband. I went to the host stand and told them this was not safe and they should not be seating anyone so close together, they moved our table and apologized but shortly after they sat someone else there. Unbelievable! This is horrible especially during these times, we are supposed to feel safe and try and get back to some normal life, not continue to put people at risk.

CA
CACic22
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating; delicious food; excellent staff!

CD
vipChristopherD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It's a very loud place so it will be hard to have a conversation. Food was very good with nice portions

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
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
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time , great music , food , setting

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firesubc
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
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 on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SuQu
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Long wait for service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Lene
New York Area
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
2 reviews
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
3 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
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

JM
JodieM
New York Area
2 reviews
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

CM
CharmaineM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
JoselynM
New York Area
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
2 reviews
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
New York Area
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
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent

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 115 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.