Prickly Pear - Mooresville

4.2
844 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about Prickly Pear: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members. The creative menu features a wide array of great selections, always made from the highest quality ingredients. Be sure to ask your server about daily specials and other notable menu selections. The staff at Prickly Pear are friendly and professional and will ensure that your dining experience is a pleasant one. Please stop in soon!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Californian
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Hours of operation
Open Monday thru Friday for Lunch from 11 am to 2:30pm and for dinner from 5pm to 9pm.
Saturday 11am to 10pm. Sunday 11am to 9pm.
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Phone number
(704) 799-0875
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eddie Chavez
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Private party contact
Eddie Chavez: (704) 799-0875
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harbor Point Village
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Parking details
Private Lot and Street parking available.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem!! We travel at least an hour to get here and the food is fantastic, the service is even better!!!

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1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! Nice staff! We now have a favorite restaurant when we visit our Davidson college student.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal here! Will be back again.

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

First and last meal there. Service was slow and very poor. Took 20 minutes just for a "Hello" and Is anyone waiting on you? 1 step away from waking out. Don't think about dinning outside after dark, you'll never be able to see what your eating... Or make sure your phone is fully charged so you have some light to even see the menu. I travel several times each year through Mooresville, too many better options, Skip this one!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was nice, service good, food was tasty and Margaritas were good. Prices were a little high. Overall it was a nice evening for our anniversary.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view on the lake. Freshly made guacamole at the table- yum! Drink special wasn't the greatest but waiter quickly replaced without hesitation. Great evening overall. Will return!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long time fans but once we moved away we seldom get the chance to eat here now.
The food is always beautiful and delicious. You have to get the guacamole made right at the table. We are outside -- a beautiful setting in good weather. We all shared a bite among our party of 6 and every dish was great.
Can't go wrong.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, will go again. Especially different for special occasions.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice patio seating near the water and an attendant staff who were very friendly and professional.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food , fresh & seasoned perfectly. Gave 4 stars instead of 5 for Ambiance because there are some construction materials very near the outside seating area , detracting slightly from the view of the lake.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to Prickly Pear. Food was very good and so was the service. We sat outside on the deck, and that was nice except for the table of children who were very noisy, and sitting beside us. Their parents were sitting at a table next to them, but didn't supervise them.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Worst service ever. This place keeps on going downhill. It was amazing when it was in the old mooresville church. Many famous dishes (blackbeen soup, spicy cheese dip, rolls with prickly pear butter, etc) are now gone.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Always a favorite spot for lunch and dinner.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is marvelous! You won't be disappointed in any way! We can't say enough nice things about The Prickly Pear!

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a perfect dining experience here! Great service blended with unique flavors! We'll be back!

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been to the Prickly Pear twice in the last month and have enjoyed dining there both times. Each visit was a for a different occasion and with different people and everyone enjoyed the meals we had. The food, drinks and atmosphere were very good as is the location that provides a very nice view of Lake Norman, all of which combine for a wonderful place for dinner!

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Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious meal, exceptional service, and a great view! Great wine, appetizers (queso fundido & guacamole), & entrees (fajitas & seafood enchiladas 😋). Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert, which, no doubt, would have been delicious!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good. The customer service was good. The view was great. The price however was very high. A good place occassionally but not every week.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great appetizers! Love the view from the patio.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were so disappointed... our server told us the chef had left for a little bit... would get us more if the regular salsa when he got back... we ordered and the food took at least 45 mins .... our service was decent... food was average... but there might have only been 5 tables while we were there. We had guest from out of town and we asked to eat outside... thinking lakeside dining would be a nice option for our guests....however... it looks like a construction site outside...and a couple of dogs without their owner just came meandering thru and using the bathroom in the grass on the other side of some rickity fencing they have around the dining area..... BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Will not recommend or return...I am an event planner... had heard good things but we obviously missed the good.....SORRY !

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Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Food was fantastic. Furniture outside is somewhat worn, but it's clean and the view makes up for it. Inside is very nice as well

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our first time at Prickly Pair for Father's Day. The weather was beautiful and we all enjoyed the food. We will be back.

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CW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location, great drinks! I highly recommend this for great Mexican food.

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Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love it there... sometimes dont think to go... but very very good...

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Staff very nice! We went on a Saturday night and didn't have to wait long for an outside table. View was lovely - worth the 40 min drive from South Charlotte. Menu was interesting - something for everyone. I had the Manchamanteles and my husband had the Osso Bucco, both were delicious. We will definitely be back this summer!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had an outstanding meal, from the guacamole prepared table-side to the flan and coffee for dessert! Everything was more than expected. We will continue to return!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, enjoyable atmosphere, and a comfortable waterfront seating on a beautiful spring evening. They were well versed in gluten free options and were very willing to accommodate to avoid cross contamination. I brought my own chips, and they were understanding and helpful. The guacamole prepared table-side and the classic margarita were delicious. Although they were flexible in adapting menu items, the menu should include specific vegetarian options. Adding vegetarian entrees would significantly enhance the menu. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend and look forward to returning in the future.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ordered the filet atop a potato pancake with shrimp diablo. I ordered the lamb shank in a ancho-chocolate mole. Both were very good, but have to say I liked my husband's dish better. Next time I'll order that.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome place to eat ! Food was delicious and loved sitting right on the water!

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JE
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great Ambiance! Great Service!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend came for prom and we loved it, though it did seem like our waiter couldn't have the multiple tables that were given to him. It took him a very long time to do one task for one table when it could've been done at once! Other than that it was great!!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service but ran out of avocados for guacamole. It's a Mexican restaurant.....kind of a staple for Mexican dishes. 😕

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great service!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went there for a special occasion. Experienced incredibly slow service and mediocre food. For at least 15 minutes upon arrival, we weren't even introduced to our waiter.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The staff was professional but it was obvious they were struggling to keep pace with the volume. We weren't in a rush and had an excellent time.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Service is wonderful as well as the meal :)

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mother's Day Brunch Buffet! The food was fresh, authentic and delicious! Especially the marinated roast. The dessert bar could have had more options, skip the petit fours next time.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The patio is lovely. I wish they had things a little more organized for Mother's Day brunch. They only had a buffet option, which is not ideal since we eat very small portions, but we were okay with it. The waiter told us it was $19.95 per person, but the bill reflected $26.95 per person. We had their special mango mimosa which neither of us cared for so we asked for regular ones. I assumed the waiter would be proactive and take off the bill because of the other error with the buffet prices but he did not. I did not even mention the higher buffet price but did ask for them to take off the first round of mimosas, and he acted like it was such an inconvenience. Was not a good experience for my mother and I on her special day; $80 for a less than par brunch seemed like a waste of my money. I could have taken her out to our favorite restaurant on any other day and spent that for great martinis and shared a salmon meal.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mothers Day!!

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JR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It's just ok. Not a place I crave to go back to weekly.

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