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The Fat Cactus

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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47 Durban Road, Cape Town Central 7800, South Africa
+27 21 685 1920
11:00 - 00:00
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Cape Town
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186 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot for a really tasty and reasonably priced lunch. We enjoyed large portions of mexican food (and a burger and calamari salad) all of which were delicious. The frozen margaritas were also every bit as good as I remembered from coming here years ago. The service was friendly but a bit slow, and the decor is unchanged so don't... More 

Thank Thunderboltz
Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant as a group of 5. There were no tables available but the waiter asked two girls if we could share their very large booth table and we did. We ordered Icebergs which are frozen margaritas floating in beer. I have never seen or heard of this before but it wen down very well. We also ordered... More 

Thank DMThorn
L'Agulhas, South Africa
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114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Great frozen marguerites and nice food. Just a pity one must walk through the clouds of cigarette smoke from the outdoor area to get in and out the restaurant.

Thank Weary_of_Work_Travel
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Being going here for quite a few years and it was a favorite! However our visit on the 31 st was disappointing. Service was lackluster, whole place seemed grimy and tacky, flies everywhere and food was okay! Not up to the normal standards we look forward to on our visits. This might drop of our list of must visit when... More 

Thank gkwright
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Good mecican food. Cheaply prepared and oily nonetheless good. Place is very dirty though. If you want a bar good. Not a great family spot

Thank Lloyd29
Cape Town, South Africa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Fat Cactus is always a treat. The service is great and the food will satisfy your mexican craving. Worth visiting again

Thank Chrissie H
South Africa
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The Fat Cactus in Mowbray never disappoints! Always a fun evening out whether on a date night or girls night on the town! The service can be a bit iffy sometimes but the food is always great and so is the vibe. Mix up your margaritas and be SURE to try the GINGERBREAD TEQUILA! Even if tequila is not your... More 

Thank Jess O
Bellville, South Africa
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This was one of our late stops hehe quite nice, the atmosphere was good and the service was stunning, we had nachos and it was to die for.

Thank ErikThiart
East London, South Africa
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104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I will start by saying that the service was good; drinks arrived quickly, as did the food, and the waitress was very friendly. I would say that this is a great place to visit if you're already drunk and wanting something to soak up the alcohol, but otherwise it's hard to excuse the grimy tables and overly greasy food. All... More 

Thank CoastalLivingSA
Mowbray, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The Fat Cactus has some decent pub food, reasonably priced drinks and a good atmosphere. Would recommend their cocktails.

Thank Benjamin S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Durban Road, Cape Town Central 7800, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 685 1920

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