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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

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#623 of 2,263 Restaurants in Ottawa
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2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
+1 613-241-7061
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good34%
  • Average26%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible12%
Travellers talk about
“ravioli” (5 reviews)
“club sandwich” (4 reviews)
“tex mex” (6 reviews)
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Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to the Jigsaw Escape Rooms in the Market. We were a large group of 10. Service and Meals were good. Really good option if you are doing the Escape Adventure. Lots of space and privacy to discuss it afterward.

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We went here as a group and I have to admit, I was expecting average. Service was great and my dish of ravioli was amazing. Others at the table were slightly underwhelmed with their burgers but everyone else was happy. I would definitely go back...More

Thank Luvsalaugh
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

I went as a group of 5 adults, each of us ordered a drink and a light entree. I went with the chicken and cheese chimichanga, which was delicious. However we had to wait over an hour to get our food. Some of us even...More

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Undercooked food and slow, poor service. The chicken breast was raw (red in the middle). When we complained we were told that the kitchen used a sous vide cooking process and therefore it must be fully cooked. Don’t think so - the chicken had grill...More

Thank Gardntravlr
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Stopped at Blue Cactus during a nice hot weekend last summer. We wanted to eat on the patio, so Blue Cactus hit the spot. The Nachos here are awesome! It took a while for our server to come outside, it was crazy busy. Food is...More

Thank SylvieFrancois444
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their meals. I’d recommend the short rib Mac & Cheese. Even though it’s an appetizer, I couldn’t eat it all. Service was friendly but it take too long to take out orders and to get our food. Fortunately, we were on a leisurely...More

Thank tshep42
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch and had been craving steak. Had the most wonderful steak salad! I think it was the best I’ve ever had in my life. Had the giant banana Baileys colada and it also, did not disappoint. Everything was absolute yumminess and explains why...More

Thank mahalia1980
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We went to Blue Cactus partly because of found memories as this restaurant has been there forever. What a deception! They do not even have a bilingual menu! This is a total lack of respect for their significant French speaking clientele. I had the paella....More

Thank RMarois
Reviewed 28 October 2017

......but a bit over priced. I had the veg fajitas......some of the veg were a wee bit under cooked even for me. But a decent portion and the service was ok Went mid week but very busy at the weekend

1  Thank Cate019
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is really just an addition to my last review. I wish I could give it a 3.5. I really like the food and drinks, and the servers are always nice and attentive, but the apps are definitely not worth it. Quite over priced for...More

Thank Meaghan P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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
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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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