About Prickly Pear - Mooresville

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!

637 Williamson Road
Suite 100
Mooresville, NC 28115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Californian

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.

Cross Street:
Harbor Point Village

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 799-0875

Website:
http://www.pricklypear.net/

Parking Details:
Private Lot and Street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Eddie Chavez

Private Party Contact:
Eddie Chavez: (704) 799-0875

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Prickly Pear - Mooresville Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.3

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4.4

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4.2

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86% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy, Scenic View, Waterfront, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great food! Great Ambiance! Great Service!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun, Waterfront
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 15, 2017

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)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place, great food, great service!

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Mothers Day!!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Both entrees were great. Loved the sauces. Kids options are pretty good as well.

Tags: Scenic View
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