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Fat Cactus, New Brunswick, NJ

Fat Cactus

4.3
4.3
277 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 3:30 pm–9:15 pm Tue, Wed 3:30 pm–10:15 pm Thu 3:30 pm–11:15 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–1:15 am

  • Phone number

    (732) 543-1153

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 277 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Kid Friendly

  • New Jersey - Central

    Late Night Find

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly and attentive staff. Mariachi band was a nice surprise. Great margaritas and food. Staff surprised us with birthday song and props. Great experience!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was good
  3. TP

    ThomasP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great finding a good Mexican place to have nice sit down meal.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! The only complaint I have is that it was pretty hot inside.
  5. R

    Rachel

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great drinks and food! The coronrita and spicy margarita were amazing
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Pretty OK experience, the service was a little bit slow and the food was semi good, nothing special.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The guacamole Is so bad at this time I don’t know what happened The last three months the food is changed a lot is not like before…. Before the food was so really good The hot sauce with the nachos is taste like nothing….. They starting loose quality to the food too sad
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Horrific service from beginning to end. Literally everything we ordered was wrong. Service was just so poor, I didn’t even notice if the food was any good.
  9. r

    randalino

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Service was good mariachis we’re good. But the overall noise of the speakers was way to loud, had to yell across table to talk
  10. JB

    JBoss

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food. Friendly staff. Parking garage nearby as street parking a little tough. I would definitely go back
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food not the best service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great! It was my first time, and I will be back without question. I recommended it.
  13. JS

    JeffS

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    very nice looking Mexican joint, lots of space inside. It was a great early evening so we decided to sit outside. The Outdoor section was well spaced. No biggie, but we had to ask the staff to please remove the pigeon droppings from our table. The cocktails were delicious, especially the frozen marguerita, they had some kick. Food was good and not trerribly expensive. Would return.
  14. AR

    AmberR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. I could eat the barbacoa quesadilla forever. The chicken empanadas and creamy jalapeño sauce were delicious. The pineapple jalapeño margarita was insanely refreshing. We will definitely be back. Every recommendation our server made was on point. We just wished outside was open but it was no problem at all. What a nice day we had at fat cactus. Thank you !
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always. Asked for a booth and they actually delivered!
  16. BD

    BrianD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The food and drinks were ok. One of the frozen margaritas was not good and we had to send it back. The service was atrocious. Our server spilled an entire margarita on one of our party's shoes. She then proceeded to get a towel and offer straight up bleach to wipe it off with. She struggled with taking our orders and following up with items we asked for. It was my birthday and I ordered a dessert that had caramelized bananas and tres leches, but it came out with no bananas. With all the issues we had and spilling the drink she never offered to comp anything. We actually paid for the drink she spilled! Also we had reservations at 8:45 but only an hour after being there they turned up the lights and pretty much told us they were closing. Why accept reservations that late if you have no intention of letting people enjoy their meal?
  17. L

    Lee2498

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time here! Even though we were 15 minutes late to our reservation we were able to be seated right away! Amelia was great!! Her energy was very welcoming & I would definitely be coming back!! 10/10 recommend.
  18. VB

    VictoriaB

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pretty good. I'd go back. Food was good. Definitely recommend to others.
  19. FM

    FaMiller

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lot of fun, great music and good food options
  20. AT

    AnshumiT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. This is my 10th visit all 9 times bring different friends and family from in town , out of town as well as out of country everyone enjoying food service and ambiance 💯👌
  21. IL

    IselinLocal

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food service were excellent. Price reasonable. Overall very good. Noise is a bit too much.
  22. A

    Albert

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Don’t like the 2 hour limit. Dessert menu needs to improve. Other than that the Tacos are awesome.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Went on Cinco de Mayo and reserved a table. Service was quick, even with a busy bar, drinks came fairly quick. Food was amazing. For sure on he pricier side.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Cinco de Mayo. Wasn’t so busy, but you would have thought otherwise from the subpar service, wait time and poor execution of the orders, quantity and quality of the food. We have been going to the Fat Cactus in New Brunswick quite regularly since we found it last year on Cinco de Mayo. The quality of the food and service had always been excellent, even last Cinco de Mayo when they seemed much busier. The last couple of visits there the service and quality of food seems to have fallen off. We waited at least a half hour just to get water the other day. Used to be water, tortilla chips and salsa we basically an immediate after seating. Chips came eventually, and the beers that we ordered when we first sat maybe 20 minutes later, and the water 30-45 minutes later. The tacos did not come as ordered missing about half of the “build your own” ingredients. Guacamole was about half as much as normal. When they finally served it, we had to ask for chips and wait. After the last couple of visits, we are now looking for a new consistent go to for our Mexican cuisine.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was good. We enjoyed ourselves
  26. k

    kauaisummergirl

    Phoenix

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Quesadilla was tasty and large.
  27. JV

    JasonV

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Only negative we put our order in and all of the food came out at once instead of letting us enjoy our appetizers. By the time I got to my entree the food was colder and I felt rushed.
  28. FS

    FranS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was good. Waiter very attentive. Good size servings. Very loud, difficult to hear the person across the table from you. Not a place to go if you want to carry out a conversation.
  29. f

    freeciab

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, drinks, and pricing. Would dine again
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food, very nice place
  31. CW

    CarressaW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Staff rushed us and wasn’t very attentive.
  32. S

    Seafood

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    A DJ was playing super loud music after 9 pm. So, don’t go if you want to hear your dining companion talk.
  33. J

    Joanne

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great strong drinks. Phenomenal guacs. Korean bbq tacos are unreal. Fun vibe for everyone.
  34. HC

    HappyCustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, great vibe. Definitely coming back again in the near future!
  35. BD

    BethanyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Noise level: super loud Drinks: crazy strong Chips and salsa: not as good as Jose Tejas but good All the other food was great. Flauntas and barbacoa quesadilla was super yum. Service was fine. Didn’t get flatware and napkins until halfway through the apps. Drinks were backed up despite the place being only 3/4 full.
  36. w

    wenderei

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very pleasant surprise! Having over 6 guacamole choices and make your own tacos was awesome! The drinks were good, the ambiance wonderful, and the mariachi band so cool! It was energetic and a fun vibe. Highly recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    This was my second time dining here. The drinks are great and the atmosphere is live. The second experience was terrible the food was cold, overly salty, and the shrimp taco was disgusting. I was suggest they use the Cajun garlic shrimp that they have as an appetizer for the taco. Our waiter was great. He was nice and accommodated our every need.
  38. GP

    GaryP

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is my third time! Great vibe, awesome food, service on point, however the drinks are so not complement the food, strong and not enjoyable
  39. S

    Sophia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in New Brunswick! Food and drinks are always amazing. The service is great and the staff is kind.
  40. J

    Jennifer

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I love this restaurant but last night was not stellar. The service was poor, we didn't not get the right food, the bill was wrong, music was super loud and club-like. I felt like I was at a college party vs. the experiences in the past prior to happy hour.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Fat Cactus does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Fat Cactus also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 543-1153.

Fat Cactus is rated 4.3 stars by 277 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Fat Cactus

350 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 3:30 pm–9:15 pm Tue, Wed 3:30 pm–10:15 pm Thu 3:30 pm–11:15 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–1:15 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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