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Cactus Charly

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6 Highland Pl, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2508
+1 973-763-5150
11:00 - 23:00
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Stable, traditional Mexican fare off the main strip in Maplewood Village. Reasonable service and large servings.

Thank oldboy8
New Jersey
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347 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We have 4 people who wanted VEGGIE Mexican. This place has some interesting, if not authentic Mexican entrees, such as an Avocado Burrito. Most of the food was bland. They have added some wall murals that look wonderful. The service was very good.

Thank Annelyse C
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608 reviews
451 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

we had a spicy prawn, or shrimp meal, and a Mexican salad with grilled chicken, doused in white vinegar. both tasted delicious. service was friendly, and attentive. highly recommend. will return.

Thank BuddhistNYC
Maplewood, New Jersey
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

I lived in So California for years and have had my fill of Tiajuana and this restaurant reminds me of those days. The food is filling and plentiful, but it lacks creativity and punch. Ive given them a try several times, but the final visit was the last. The salsa had turned, service horrid and we didn't feel particularly welcomed... More 

Thank Chris E
West Orange, New Jersey
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292 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Let me preface my review with the fact that my husband is Mexican. His parents are both from Mexico. We're in Mexico 1-2 times per year and eat........A LOT. If you're serving chimichangas, it's not authentic Mexican. They don't make chimichangas in Mexico. If you're serving burritos, it's not authentic Mexican. You won't find those in Mexico either. And if... More 

Thank crapschick
Maplewood, New Jersey
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

My partner spent time in Mexico and when we went to Cactus Charley's he pronounced it the most authentic Mexican food he had since his visit to Mexico. We have eaten at Charley's a number of times and have always found the food to be delicious and generous. The staff is very attentive and most helpful with any questions the... More 

Thank pop3upman
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Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Just an easy, informal place to bring friends or kids to. It kind of has that 'hole in the wall' atmosphere.The food is fresh, and staff is nice. Prices are reasonable and its BYOB. We definitely prefer going here over toro loco any.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
West Orange, New Jersey
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Its just poor Tex Mex food... many people just don't know the difference, that's why Olive Garden is so popular... fake Italian. The food has the taste of being canned. I'll pass but to each his own. I hope they do well but its not for me.

Thank Tony E
Hilliard, Ohio
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199 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

The service was great. The portions are huge and my wife and I split what we had, and our friends did not. There was more than enough food for everybody. The salsa is fine, and so is the guacamole, because, well, if you're at a Mexican restaurant, you're stupid if you don't have these. They do serve the guacamole in... More 

Thank Knot_my_reel_name
Plainfield, New Jersey
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 December 2015

Delicious authentic Mexican dishes to satisfy those looking something different. The margaritas were really good, and we were even allowed to bring out own alcohol to that they used. The staff is very friends and treats everyone like family. they are also very willing to cater to the personal taste of their customers. My friends and I have expressed our... More 

Thank Steve S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery
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Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Highland Pl, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2508
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Maplewood
  • Phone Number: +1 973-763-5150

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