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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
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2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada (Clarence Street)
+1 613-241-7061
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

calamari was greasy and covered in a tasteless sauce. lime tart had a burnt crust the filling was inedible. service was slow and unthoughtful and the place was empty. no wonder. on top of that it was expensive.

Thank heartgirl2017
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have wandered by this many times and never stopped in. Not sure why. Last Saturday night we stopped in and I sampled their fish taco's. What a great meal. Kent tried the Fajita's and was not disappointed. Two very filling meals. WE had a marquarita and it was limealicious of course.

Thank cassidl
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Used to love the calamari here years ago so when my husband and I moved to Ottawa we were excited to revisit. Found it average... Our service was excellent but he didn't leave us his name - a nice gentleman with short black hair and glasses. Had the nachos, they were okay but the toppings could have been spread better... More 

Thank Saema S
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Blue Cactus used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I was extremely disappointed this evening. They had a DJ and the volume of the music was so excessive that I was screaming to my best friend to be able to speak to her and she to me. The music was at such a high decibel level that it... More 

Thank varodrigue
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5 reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Scallop arugula salad was really bad - five greasy scallops on a huge bed of arugula. My husbands seafood linguine was like some leftover that was pulled out of the back of the fridge tasteless over priced - seriously disappointed.

Thank Rhonda D
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106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

The drinks are still amazing and everyone was happy with their meals. It's been around for a while but it still does some things really well. The kids' spaghetti looked a little sketchy, like it had been sitting somewhere for a while, but otherwise, everything was very fresh. The server was great too.

Thank Joy H
Barrie, Canada
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went there on business on a Tuesday night. Food was very good, but service was really slow. We waited over an hour for our food to come, and took awhile for water refills. Would try it again since the food was so good, could of been a bad night for service.

Thank webb88434
Ottawa, Canada
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It has been a very long time since we last visited Blue Cactus. Gone are the rustic Tex-Mex vibes and peanut shells...now a modern, chic bar and grill with a wide variety of food choices (although this kind of made it lose some of its character and charm and more like another Moxie's or Milestone). Classic fajita is still available... More 

Thank Richard L
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Big portions and great service, i had the burger and that was really good and the sweet potato fries were some of the best i've had

Thank Tamara L
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Service could be better on busy nights. Takes a long time to get a drink! Other than that, I love coming to socialize with my friends and meet new people.

Thank Tiara J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?