Prickly Pear

4.2
433 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southwest
The Prickly Pear Café has been an Ann Arbor favorite since first opening in 1991. The menu features many southwest inspired specialties. Mexican favorites are given a unique twist including many vegetarian options and outstanding soups and salads. The butternut squash soup is famous locally, while the buffalo meat enchiladas even merited mention in Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ autobiography.
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SG
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Excellent house-made salsa. Loved the NY strip quesadilla. Short staffed this visit so seating/service was slower than usual. We'll be back.

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A
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A very busy night and the food was EXCELLENT! One of our favorite restaurants!

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Prickly Pear Cafe!!

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CA
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food!

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've enjoyed Prickly Pear every time I've eaten there. The plating is so colorful. The restaurant is cozy.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are vegetarians and we found the menu to have many options. We do eat fish and seafood. I was disappointed in my squash Enchiladas. They were very bland and messy. Next time I would like to try the Sheimp Fajitas. Saw some being served and they looked and smelled wonderful. May even split them with my husband as they looked plentiful! Service was great and very friendly! We will be back.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck and chicken enchiladas verde were exceptional. The verde sauce was especially good and citrusy.

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Prickly Pear had for a great evening for a double date. A booth was comfortable for four of us, but overall the place is snug. We were surprised by the value of the margarita pitcher - expecting it to service ~4 drinks, it actually was 7! I really enjoyed the cheese in the quesadillas. The complimentary salsa with chips is on the sweeter side, but delicious!

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RS
Toledo
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We very much enjoyed dinner here and are very excited at how fresh and tasty the food is. It is very obvious that the chef makes everything from scratch and the are no additives in the sauces or food. Everything was seasoned well. The chips and salsa were exceptionally good as were the desserts. And we cannot leave out that the mushroom bisque soup was the best we've ever had, incorporating portabella, shiitake, and button mushrooms. The entrees were also great. We will be returning here and highly recommend it.

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D
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Margaritas!
Love that they were donating 10% of all alcoholic beverages to Food Gatherers. We've been to Prickly Pear in the past and they never disappoint. My favorite is the shrimp and scallop quesadilla.

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BD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I specifically asked the Waiter if raw onions were on the chic relleno, as I am unable to eat this w/o great discomfort. He advised No - but I felt bad all night, then looked inside the portion I brought home, to find much chopped barely-cooked onion. Unfortunate he dn follow-up w the chef! 2/4 in our party really liked their meals, the other 2 just fair. Restaurant week / birthday choice. Squash soup consistently delicious through the years.

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b
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for "Restaurant Week" when they had special 2 people dine for $28. Great value for that price. On a regular night most dishes are around $20. Overall the food was very good and the portion sizes were surprisingly large. Salsa was also fresh and tasty. My only complaint is that the flour tortillas that came with my meal were super crispy which made making fajitas a little challenging. It seems they were heated up and then just left to sit for a while. But the rest of the food itself was very good.

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BD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prickly Pear always hits a home run with the scallop and rock shrimp Quesadilla! I'd like to try something new but this dish is just so good...always.

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S
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious 😋 atmosphere is cozy. Staff is very pleasant Will be back

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r
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Scallop salad was delicious but my scallops and chicken meal had the driest chicken ever! Still love the place.

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AL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited during Restaurant Week 2019...food was delicious and margaritas were fantastic.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great. My only complaint is the with the front door. Every time it opened as new people arrived it created a very cool breeze which made you feel cold through the meal.

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SG
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had not been in several years. Had a great meal and service.

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KH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy this place - unique choices, authentic cuisine. The restaurant is small but cozy. Service was excellent. It was quiet the day we were there, but it was mid afternoon. The seared cheese appetizer is a family favorite! Everyone very happy with their meals - from a variety of roll ups (jalapeno chicken, habanero skirt steak) to burrito and chimchango, applause all around! Will definitely return!

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S
Detroit
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Little gem downtown ann arbor. Food is fantastic. Soups apps and dinners.

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WC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Drinks, Amazing menu (will have several return trips to sample more), wonderful atmosphere!

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C
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Love this little place yet it is way too cramped. Booths are tight and tables close together. That’s my only concern. Otherwise very good.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was wonderful and relaxing. Service outstanding. Fajitas delicious and most of all the margaritas were PERFECT! This is our go to place when in town. Highly recommend :)

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always amazing here. Can’t go wrong.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Reservation was not helpful- five people smashed into a table barely big enough for three. Hostess was a bit clueless. Food which used to have wonderful fusion is basic Mexican fare. Not worth the price but have to pay the rent on A2 Main Street. Go to Tios- way better in every way.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Had reservation for 7 and didn’t get seated until 7:45. Very unorganized, hostess was actually going to seat another party even though we had been waiting before them. Will not be back.

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JS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately the margaritas weren't as good this time....

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Very cold air every time the door was opened. Customers waiting we’re overlooking our table.

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b
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prickly Pear is such a great escape, especially in the winter. The margaritas are very good as is the food. We love the small, cozy, warm, intimate atmosphere. It always feels like a special occasion in Prickly Pear.

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AK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, as well as service. The prices are reasonable. The place is small and very crowded though. Became very loud when a group of students came to sit at the long table at the center. Made it hard to talk.

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a
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very cramped and noisy. Slow service. Waited 20 minutes after requesting the check. Food was average.

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SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Brunch? Not really. Our reservation was for 11:45am on Sunday, and we were given dinner menus. We asked for brunch menus and were told 2 of the 7 brunch entrees and were no longer offered. Same for 1 of the 3 small plates. The "Southwest Chicken Hash" was literally a (dry) chicken fajita with some large chunks of potatoes added to it. Disappointing experience.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food at reasonable cost with great service. Can't wait to return!

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

One of my favs. The food is always delicious and affordable. Mushroom quesadillas are excellent.

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B
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was average. The margaritas were too sweet, the chips were a little stale.

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NC
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

They have changed the menu. Used to be one of my favorites with creative and fantastic dinner items. Now seems like very basic Mexican food. Pricey for the quality. We were disappointed.

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D
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

combo fajuiata (sp.)

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RB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab Cakes are phenomenal. Ditto for the nachos. Golden margaritas are the best!!! Service is great. This is my favorite eatery in Ann Arbor!

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CC
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a last minute decision to come here. We were pleasantly surprised. The unique flavors of the food, awesome margaritas and service was outstanding.

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