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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
Contemporary, Bar, American, International, Canadian
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2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
+1 613-241-7061
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Gatineau, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great selection for both food and drinks. Love the fajitas and nachos. Nice place to relax and enjoy yourself whether it's just for drinks or having a meal.

Thank NathalieMondoux
Thunder Bay, Canada
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came for business dinner with a group. Food was good/plentiful. Chicken lettuce wraps were delicious as a main meal with side soup. Good beer selection.

Thank cdnfirechick
Sarasota, Florida
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285 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant! Menu items varied -- I had the Lobster Roll -- good but not the best I've had -- taken back with the Chipole Sauce!! Others in party were satisfied with their offerings! Service was ok!! We ate at better place while on our visit at Ottawa/Montreal.

Thank Dr Tim T
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined at the Blue Cactus on my last trip to Ottawa. Blue Cactus is basically a Sports bar located in Byward Market. The service was the best feature going for this restaurant. Very friendly servers, eager to please. The food was ok, but just ok. Nothing remarkable or notable about the menu items to entice us to return to... More 

Thank happercamper
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

My friends went there once before, and they decided they wanted to bring me because apparently it was just so good. It was okay. The food was good but not something I'd really eat again. We got the spinach dip, it was good, but if you're not a big fan of mushrooms, you won't like it. The Sangria was basically... More 

Thank Emilie R
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Was strolling around the market as a and bumped into the bar. At first wasn't very appealing but soon after I was feeling very comfortable. Service was awesome, waiters were there for you, suggesting and checking everything was OK. It was a bit noisy, but hey, it's a sports bar, kinda of expected right? I had a great time, and... More 

Thank Mauricio M
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397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

After strolling in the ByWard Market, we decided on the Blue Cactus Bar and Grill for an early dinner. We sat at a high top in the front area of the restaurant, in a window looking out at the Market. We had a very casual relaxing dinner, while watching an interesting golf event (Ryder Cup) on one of their TVs.... More 

Thank Golferboy18
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Great food and prices but it's always busy, and very noisy when we've been. This results in slow service and difficult to hear conversations.

Thank CdnBlossom
Plymouth, New Hampshire
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We went to the Blue Cactus on Saturday night for dinner and I'm truly glad we did! We were a party of 6 with no reservations at 7:30pm and we got in quickly. The rain certainly helped- not many people ventured out. It's usually quite busy so we were shocked to get right in. The service was wonderful and our... More 

Thank Molly0429
Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Food is great, ambiance is good, service is amazing! Make sure you try the lemon tiramisu! There was a DJ playing music, but was not great! Songs were good, but mixing was really bad!!

Thank bisch_in_yeg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Contemporary, Bar, American, International, Canadian
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
    (Clarence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Transit stops in surrounding area.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-7061
In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill prides itself with excellence in service, dining and atmosphere.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?