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Cactus Restaurant

3.5
3.5
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Cactus Restaurant in Philadelphia is a casual Tex-Mex bar and grill that specializes in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Add to that a well-stocked bar with over 50 craft beers, unique cocktails and more than 40 premium tequilas that are perfect for sipping and it is easy to see that Cactus Restaurant is a fun place to be. Each day of the week has its own unique special with food and drink discounts. A special touch at Cactus Restaurant is the celebration thrown for your birthday. For a set fee for each guest (minimum of 20) the party includes a birthday cake, open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, chips and salsa and a host to help you get it all organized and everyone invited. With party platters and catering services you can also have the party somewhere else.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00:am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am

  • Phone number

    (267) 385-6249

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private parties for all occasions.

  • Neighborhood

    Manayunk

  • Cross street

    Rector Street

  • Parking details

    Public lot 1 block east

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.5
3.5 based on all time ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.2Ambience
  • 2.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good fish tacos!
  2. JT

    JTward

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining with great service. The margaritas are always great and the food is always solid.
  3. A

    Alex

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2015

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was very basic and lacked any flavor or sauces. The service however was very nice and prompt. The tables inside seem to be positioned badly. We sat inches away from the dispense bar which was a very chaotic area for the servers. We also had an extremely loud table behind us that was so close I couldn't get in or out of my chair. If the food was better I would come back.
  4. t

    tinseltine

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I write a food blog and I didn't find myself wanting to cover Cactus as a gem or disappointment. It's basically Mexican food a step above Taco Bell. The service was good. The atmosphere is plain, not a lot of ambiance, but by no means a turn off. Me and my girlfriends just wanted a cheap eat , a drink special, and a place where we could sit and talk , and it served all 3 purposes. I'd return for the same reasons. I would Not however recommend the spice, mango margarita.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum!!! Great food and drinks
  6. N

    Nsampat

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2015

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Do not eat here, food is horrible, cold and unsatisfactory. The food was lacking in the authentic Mexican flavor that one would hope for from a Mexican joint. I can garantee your disappointed if you eat here.
  7. BC

    BCDad

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Our son was in the mood for Mexican fare so we chose Cactus. For my 10 year old, the food was fine. However, for more sophisticated palates, the food was just okay. The menu selections looked promising but the execution was uninspired. Reminded me of a college bar back in the 80's.
  8. DD

    DirkDiggler

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was good , far from authentic Mexican nice place ,
  9. c

    clsmoov

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I must say I was impressed by this bar the moment I walked in it was very crowded which is a good thing. howeverthe table that they had reserved for us was too smalland right near the bar so in the middle of us was the aisle which was about 3ft wide. So not enough space.. In my opinion they shouldn't gave tables there. My food was amazing I had the shrimp burrito with enchilada and cheese sauce. To die for. By date had shrimp fajitas which was good but was missing something. Maybe sauce it was a bit dry.. My drink was mediocre watered down mess. Taste like juice...but regardless it was only 5 bucks the cactus Rita. My food was so good it didn't even matter Lol.
  10. ST

    STLgirl

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had wonderful service! Food was good, beer was tasty, and the staff made us feel welcome.
  11. BR

    BarbaraR

    Philadelphia

    136 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2014

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We love Mexican/Southwestern food but didn't like this place at all. $10 margarita pitchers for happy hour but they were horrible and we sent them back. Guacamole was below average and my friend's chicken tacos were stale. The server was apologetic and had management make adjustments to our bill. It would have been nice for management to come to our table but they didn't.
  12. r

    restauranteur

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The employees are cordial and pleasant. They made us feel as if we were the only customers in the room. Drinks were made exactly as ordered by the bartender. The waitress had clearly taken pride before our arrival. The table was spotless.
  13. DD

    DiningDiva

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Great seat for bike race. Service was great - super friendly.
  14. M

    Mk36

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was a horrible experience. The good was absolutely the worst Mexican I have had. The fajitas came out cold, the beans had no seasoning, the rice was hard with no flavor or seasoning. I literally had one bite of my food, as did my boyfriend and we asked for the check. The manager was a jerk and stated "this is how they make their food". I would never recommend this place for anyone to eat. I wouldn't even feed this food to my dog.
  15. W

    Wallyish

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2014

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    tomato sauce for salsa and way too much of sour cream and way tooooo little avocado in your guacamole. the chips were excelant but ruined on the tomato sauce and what you call guacamole..... $2 tacos were worth it very loud most folks must eat after getting drunk
  16. SW

    StephW

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was very good and a good price. Drinks were expensive, not filled all the way and not the best tasting.
  17. N

    Niya

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2014

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I took my two children (aged 10 and 14) to an early dinner after Easter service. The service was excellent. The host was nice and personable. He had a genuine smile. The waitress was on point with coming to our table at the appropriate time. She was very perky and nice as well. There were only a few patrons seated and a few at the bar but the atmosphere was peaceful. The food was ok and the portions were large for the price, but it didn't taste very authentic. Also the menu was small. I was craving Mexican food but it tasted very "American". The beer selection is interesting. I got a special blend of Blue Moon which was delicious. I would come back though for drinks and nachos with my friends.
  18. JR

    JRands

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2014

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food was bad. Over cooked, flavorless...and not very Mexican. If you want beer you'll be fine, but don't go for a margarita. The music was metal - Black Sabbath, Def Leopard. And the drama... Sitting at our table I could hear the manager swearing and complaining, "I don't care if he's my f'in brother...I'll never schedule him again if he ... somebody go after him". Our server was very nice and attentive - she could find a better place to work.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Manager was very nice. Some patrons were using loud profanity, and he asked them to leave since there were families with children in the restaurant. Gave us his card when we asked about a recipe for a particular dish.
  21. S

    Shelly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Great substitute for your basic chain tex mex restaurants. Great happy hour options and margaritas were delicious. I am a big appetizers lover, so I would definitely recommend the Texas shrimp and Cactus Nachos; they were awesome!!!
  22. L

    Linnie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Jalapeno Poppers were excellent -- crunchy outside and gooey rich inside. My Spicy Ceasar Salad was just okay. Hubby's Burrito very good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2013

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Stake corn tortillas, worst guacamole ever tasted like a jar of mayo. Service slow and not very friendly. Never again.
  24. LO

    LOLA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2013

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    TUNA DISH WAS OUTSTANDING, PERSONABLE CREW, GREAT BEER/MARGUARITAS, AWESOME GUACAMOLE.
  25. k

    karen

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2013

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The owner/host sets the tone of this fun, friendly, noisy. casual eatery. Our experience was very enjoyable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2013

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Margaritas were great. Service was excellent.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2013

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Wonderful friendly service but very bland and unoriginal food. No corn tortillas in a mexican restaurant??? We them assumed this was more of a bar then a restaurant but apparently that did not pan out either.. Drinks were not particularly good. The margaritas tasted like they were made with a mix from Costco with cheap tequila added. Didn't dare stay for dessert.
  28. JA

    JAMMIEM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2013

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Enjoyed the food and margaritas were great. Limited menu due to the art festival so I wasn't able to get my primary choice of the fish tacos. Will definitely go back again
  29. L

    Lissy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our waitress was genuinely nice!!
  30. k

    kindafoodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I had the Texas Shrimp, best shrimp I've eaten in a very long time...loved them !!
  31. F

    Fjason

    Philadelphia

    237 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    237 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Burritos really good! Interesting beer selection. Ordered and did not care for the enchiladas & they replaced it with another item - very nice!
  32. G

    Glothefoodie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I love mexican food, and the two times I've been here I've enjoyed the cuisine immensely. I'm not much of a drinker, but I loved my margaritas as well. Overall great dining experience!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good beer, fun spot, good experience
  34. GM

    GMAN

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Just average, food and service were adequate. Went on Valentine's Day, restaurant was not that busy, wanted a four top for two, they would not seat us there. Tables were not used the time we were there.
  35. LN

    LeeN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. The food is wonderful and the staff is great. Very reasonably prices Specifically, the salsa has a chipotle flavor that is unique and oh so tasty, and I love the pulled pork.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was my second time visiting Cactus. I brought my son here just for the chips and salsa. The salsa is probably the best I've ever eaten. My son was not disappointed. My kids are 5 and 14 and both were happy with their food choices. My husband too was pretty happy with his meal. The service was pretty good this time. The shrimp burrito is really amazing. This is not a place that presents food well though. You get what you order on a plate, no presentation what so ever. But, the food is really good. The first time I went here was with some friends, and their drinks were really bad. My friend ordered a skinny girl margarita and it was not what she expected. It was so strong, she couldn't even drink it. Surprising for Philly
  37. IG

    IslandGuy

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Casual bar setting with Tex Mex food. Fine for what it is.
  38. BY

    BYOBUP

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2012

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Go here and get the Firecrackers! Jalapeno Poppers, but poppers like you have never ever had. They are real huge whole jalapenos that are fried and filled with a 3-Cheese concoction. I have had about 15 batches of these Firecrackers on different occasions and they have never let me down. Sometimes there are hotter batches than other times and it really depends on the cook and if they leave more seeds in the pepper. Awesome appetizer and I have eaten a whole batch as my entree more than once. I used to love the Chicken Quesadilla, but now the chix is in chunks and not shredded or seasoned as before. I do not recommend the quesadilla. There are good drink specials and a solid selection of beers. Go for the poppers and a good
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2012

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    They need to improve their menu and keeping it consistent. We found outside skin of avocado in our guacamole. Awful.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went to Cactus for the first time on Saturday, September 29, 2012 for the first time. We had a group of 6 people with an age range of late 30 somethings. Our reservation was for 7 PM and they were ready for us promptly at 7 PM. The service was very good. The food came pretty quickly and was very, very good. The protions sizes were on the larger side too. A couple of us took doggie bags. About 10 PM they start lowering the lights and playing more club music. We would definitely go again and recommend to freinds.

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Cactus Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cactus Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 385-6249.

Cactus Restaurant is rated 3.5 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rector Street

  • Neighborhood

    Manayunk

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00:am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public lot 1 block east

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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