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Cactus Restaurant

3.5
3.5
63 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

Menu

Tapas

  • Salsa Roja and Chips$4.00

    Bottomless basket of chips and our famous smoked salsa

    • Guacamole Fresco$8.95

      Made to order with fresh tortilla chips and our spicy salsa rojo

      • Cactus Nachos$10.00

        A true original! Recipe of creamy blended cheeses and sweet corn over freshly made tortilla chips and topped with black beans, pico de gallo, fresh jalapeno, and sour cream

        • Classic Nachos$8.25

          Our classic nachos are freshly made tortilla chips with black beans, melted monterey jack cheese, jalapenos, served with pico de gallo and fresh sour cream

          • Sampler$15.95

            Huge plate of fresh corn tortillas, homemade guacamole & salsa, snack sized taquitos, sante fe egg rolls, and firecrackers

            • Santa Fe Egg Rolls$8.00

              Smoked chicken, corn, jalapeno, jack cheese and res peppers, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Served with our avacado ranch dressing

              • Firecracker$7.25

                Five fresh cut jalapenos stuffed with a blend of 3 cheeses, coated with panko breadcrumbs and fried golden brown

                • Steak Taquitos$8.95

                  4 baked flour tortillas stuffed with our signature marinated steak, sauteed onions, melted jack cheese and lime crema

                  • Kickin' Wings$8.85

                    Ten large fried wings in our homemade mesquite flavored buffalo sauce and served with avocado ranch sauce for dipping

                    • Texas Shrimp$10.00

                      Six large shrimp sautéed in spicy butter and white wine sauce and served with dipping bread

                      Soups and Salads

                      • Spicy Caesar Salad

                        Chopped romaine, spicy cashews,parmesan cheese and garlic croutons

                        • Lunch$6.00
                        • Dinner$9.00
                      • Tortilla Soup$4.00

                        Spicy red tortilla soup with pulled chicken, dried chiles and corn tortillas

                        • Fajita Salad

                          Fajita style sizzling steak or chicken strips, green peppers and onions with chopped tomato, black beans, mixed cheeses and crispy tortilla on a bed of lettuce. Drizzled with lime crema

                          • Small$8.00
                          • Large$12.00
                        • Alamo Chicken Salad

                          Our homemade spicy chicken salad with tomato, onion, blackbeans, corn, cilantro, and lime atop a crisp bed of mixed greens

                          • Small$8.00
                          • Large$10.00

                        Enchiladas

                        Three soft corn tortillas with your choice of filling and baked with spicy enchilada sauce and cheese and drizzled with lime crema. Served with mexican rice and blackbeans

                        • Chicken$12.00

                          • Beef$12.00

                            • Pulled Pork$12.00

                              Fajitas

                              All fajitas are grilled with sizzling onions and green bell peppers, served with lettuce, pico de gallo, monterey jack cheese, sour cream, and flour tortillas. Order for one or two

                              • Portabella$12.00

                                • Two$21.00
                              • Chicken$12.00

                                • Two$21.00
                              • Steak$13.00

                                • Two$22.00
                              • Pulled Pork$13.00

                                • Two$22.00
                              • Shrimp$14.00

                                • Two$23.00

                              Quesadillas

                              Your choice of meat stuffed between two grilled flour tortillas with scallions, cilantro, plum tomatoes, monterey jack cheese, and drizzled with fresh lime crema

                              • Cheese$8.00

                                • Portabella Mushroom$9.00

                                  • Chicken$9.00

                                    • Lime Marinated Steak$10.00

                                      • Shrimp$10.00

                                        • Lobster$12.00

                                          Burritos

                                          • Veggie$8.95

                                            Grilled portabella mushrooms, rice, tomato, onion, black beans, avocado and jack cheese

                                            • Chicken Burrito$8.95

                                              Shredded marinated grilled chicken breast, rice, black beans, tomato, onions, jack cheese

                                              • 5-Alarm$8.95

                                                Caliente! Spicy marinated grilled chicken breast, rice, jack cheese, tomato, black beans and lime crema

                                                • Loaded Burrito$9.25

                                                  Our grilled chicken burrito topped with enchilada sauce and melted chihuahua cheese sauce

                                                  • Beef$8.95

                                                    Seasoned beef, mexican rice, onions, tomato, black beans, and jack cheese

                                                    • Steak Burrito$9.95

                                                      Lime marinated steak, rice, black beans, tomatos, onions, jack cheese

                                                      • Shrimp Burrito$9.25

                                                        Stuffed with seasoned grilled shrimp, mexican rice, black beans, chipotle cream sauce, jack cheese and mild green chiles

                                                        Tacos

                                                        Three soft tacos stuffed with your choice of filling then topped with sour cream, cheese, lettuce & pico de gallo, monterey jack cheese, sour cream and flour tortillas

                                                        • Chicken$11.00

                                                          • Beef$11.00

                                                            • Pulled Pork$11.00

                                                              Other Favorites

                                                              • Texas Shrimp and Pasta$15.00

                                                                Our famous shrimp cooked in a spicy butter wine sauce served over a bed of fettucini

                                                                • Sonora Pasta$14.00

                                                                  Fettucini tossed in a zesty garlic cream sauce with grilled chicken and chorizo sausage

                                                                  • Blackened Chicken Fettucini$12.00

                                                                    Blackened chicken served over a bed of our homemade, creamy fettucini alfredo

                                                                    • Baja Tuna$14.00

                                                                      Yellowfin tuna marinated in a balsamic vinegarette, grilled then topped with artichokes and served with sweet mashed carrots and black bean salsa

                                                                      • Fish Tacos$14.00

                                                                        Three soft tacos stuffed with our beer battered fried tilapia, chipotle infused cole slaw, pico de gallo and mixed cheeses

                                                                        • Longhorn Combo$15.00

                                                                          Grilled strips of tender lime marinated steak. A grilled bbq chicken breast with smoked bacon and jack cheese. Served with rice and sweet mashed carrots

                                                                          • Pulled Pork$13.00

                                                                            Seasoned and slow roasted to a sweet-smoky perfection. Served with sweet mashed carrots and black bean salsa

                                                                            • Citrus Grilled Chicken$13.00

                                                                              Citrus marinated chicken breast over a bed of mexican rice. Served with our loaded garlic mashed potatoes

                                                                              • Chicken Chorizo$14.00

                                                                                Grilled chicken breast topped with crumbled chorizo sausage and melted chihuahua cheese served with rice

                                                                                • Mexican Pizza$8.95

                                                                                  Toasted torilla crust topped with fresh salsa, grilled chicken, and melted cheese

                                                                                  Sandwiches

                                                                                  • Chicken Club Wrap$6.99

                                                                                    Grilled chicken ,smoked bacon,jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing. Served with fresh tortilla chips

                                                                                    • Portobello Veggie Wrap$6.99

                                                                                      Sauteed portobellos, onions, green peppers, tomato, lettuce, black beans, jack cheese and avocado ranch dressing. Served with freshly fried corn tortillas

                                                                                      • Pulled Pork Sandwich$6.99

                                                                                        Our chipotle roasted pulled pork on a roll served with fresh fried corn tortillas and bbq on the side

                                                                                        • Chipotle Chicken Sandwich$7.95

                                                                                          Grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, fresh avocado,melted jack cheese and chipotle dressing on a fresh baguette roll

                                                                                          • Santa Fe Steak Sandwich$8.95

                                                                                            Tender lime marinated steak strips carmelized onions, jalapeno jack cheese, horseradish dressing on a fresh baguette roll

                                                                                            • Chorizo Burger$7.95

                                                                                              Hand made burger with chorizo sausage, carmelized onions, sauteed jalapenos, jalapeno jack cheese and chipotle mayo

                                                                                              • Bacon,egg & Cheese Sandwich$6.99

                                                                                                Two fried eggs with bacon and melted american on a challah roll and served with freshly fried chips

                                                                                                • Breakfast Burrito$7.99

                                                                                                  Flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, jack cheese, onions,black beans, tomato and salsa roja

                                                                                                  Kids Menu

                                                                                                  • Peanut Butter & Jelly with Tortilla Chips$4.00

                                                                                                    • Grilled Cheese with Tortilla Chip$4.00

                                                                                                      • 1 Soft Beef Taco with Rice$4.00

                                                                                                        • Small Cheese Quesadilla with Tortilla Chips$5.00

                                                                                                          • Fettucini Pasta with Butter$5.00

                                                                                                            Desserts

                                                                                                            • Brownie a La Mode$4.95

                                                                                                              A thick, warm chocolate chip brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce

                                                                                                              • Strawberry Funnel Cake Sundae$5.75

                                                                                                                Fresh made funnel cake topped with vanilla ice cream sliced banana and fresh strawberry sauce

                                                                                                                • Chocolate Quesadilla$6.00

                                                                                                                  Our famous warm quesadilla made with melted chocolate, bananas and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Enough to share

                                                                                                                  What 63 people are saying

                                                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                  3.5
                                                                                                                  3.5 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                  • 3.4Food
                                                                                                                  • 3.7Service
                                                                                                                  • 3.2Ambience
                                                                                                                  • 5Value

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                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on September 7, 2015

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    Good fish tacos!

                                                                                                                  2. JT

                                                                                                                    JTward

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    43 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    43 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

                                                                                                                    129 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                    129 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

                                                                                                                    35 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    35 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

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    7 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

                                                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    24 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. C

                                                                                                                    Chad

                                                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 3, 2014

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    There aren't very many experiences in my life that I would describe as religious. But Cactus's chorizo burger is transcendently good.

                                                                                                                  19. 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.

                                                                                                                  20. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on January 25, 2014

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food and service!

                                                                                                                  21. 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.

                                                                                                                  22. 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!!!

                                                                                                                  23. 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.

                                                                                                                  24. 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.

                                                                                                                  25. 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.

                                                                                                                  26. 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.

                                                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on August 9, 2013

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                                    Margaritas were great. Service was excellent.

                                                                                                                  28. 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.

                                                                                                                  29. 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

                                                                                                                  30. L

                                                                                                                    Lissy

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on June 7, 2013

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                                    Our waitress was genuinely nice!!

                                                                                                                  31. 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 !!

                                                                                                                  32. F

                                                                                                                    Fjason

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    231 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    231 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!

                                                                                                                  33. 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!

                                                                                                                  34. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 20, 2013

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food, good beer, fun spot, good experience

                                                                                                                  35. 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.

                                                                                                                  36. 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.

                                                                                                                  37. 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

                                                                                                                  38. 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.

                                                                                                                  39. 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

                                                                                                                  40. 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.

                                                                                                                  FAQs

                                                                                                                  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 63 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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