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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

#450 of 2,255 Restaurants in Ottawa}
$$ - $$$, ,
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%
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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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I recently wen to Ottawa for business and our group of 10 ate at the Blue Cactus for dinner. The menu had something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the Blue Cactus pizza - Tuesday special for $12. The service was great and the food was...More

Thank Margie S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The atmosphere is okay - a sports bar feel. For $26 the rib dinner was well portioned and decent flavour, although the coleslaw served with was in a large thimble. Unfortunately they had no beer on tap other than pale ale, and not even anything...More

Thank gddown
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Went there for a group lunch. They always assign enough staff to look after large groups. The menu is varied enough and offers gluten free options, so everyone was pleased. I ordered the calamari with deep fried jalapeños. The calamari batter was nice and crisp,...More

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We were walking around the area and it was a very hot afternoon so decided to drop in for some lunch. Our server was great and very attentive and friendly. Beer was cold and we both had a salad each which were both very good....More

Thank T-Pev
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

A friend and I were in Ottawa for the Army Run. We decided to explore the Byward Market area for dinner after our run. Blue Cactus' menu was great. Being gluten intolerant it had a ton of options for me and they also had substitutions...More

Thank Mokuska
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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
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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