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Cactus Cafe

26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
+1 575-785-2291
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good15%
  • Average30%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible27%
1 week ago
19 Aug 2017
Closed Now
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Mexican, American
$$ - $$$
26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast.The waitress was still half asleep.! The eggs were ok.The hash browns were frozen patties. Are you kidding me.This place needs work too. Just like the rest of the place.

Thank ANNE R
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We went early afternoon around 2pm and both ordered the chicken fried steak meal. It came with mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. It was delicious! I was worried after reading the reviews but the food and service were both great!

Thank arkiekat2017
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We had lunch at Carsbad Caverns Resturant. It was OK but a little pricy for the quality of the food. No other place to eat at the caverns so you could eat before you go or have a light meal at a lower price.

Thank James K
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Well on the good side, they really do seem to be trying their best, and the food is edible,err and that's it. So on the minus side, they are understaffed, when we showed up no tables were available, not that they were full but all...More

Thank Ashley R
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Restaurant empty. Horrible service. 15 minutes to get drinks. All food was frozen or from a box. Flautas were boxed taquitos. $50 for $5 worth of food. I've been in restaurant business for 18 years. This place all round deserves a -10. Restaurant empty for...More

Thank JillFranco
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The food was blah, the service wasn't any better and the prices were high. I guess you can survive like that when you are the only game in town. Not a lot of dining choices in the area. $17 for 12 chicken wings.

1  Thank djwillis07
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The food was excellent and service was very good. Please be aware this restaurant is not open several days a week so call ahead because there is not anywhere else to eat in Whites City. The visitors center at Carlsbad Caverns does have a cafe...More

Thank Momokidsncats
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Service was basically non-existent. Basic food choices took 30+ minutes to appear and even then were missing key things like sauce and sour cream that were supposed to be included. Things were so bad they comped one of our meals without us even asking. The...More

Thank From_Dallas2
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We were confused until we saw Cactus Cafe on the menus. Service was good, people were friendly. Food was ok. Very convenient for those visiting the canyons. No competition.

Thank 2014psr
Reviewed 6 July 2017

My wife and I just visited the Carlsbad Caverns and were hungry for lunch before he got back on the road. So we are greeted with a cool alien statue outside of the restaurant. We ordered a lunch consisting of fresh soft shell tacos with...More

Thank Ray-Harrison
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Mel C
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Response from Dasibeth | Reviewed this property |
Same as above. Eat anywhere else.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Whites City
  • Phone Number: +1 575-785-2291
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