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Cactus Cantina

$$ - $$$
Upper Northwest
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
+1 202-686-7222
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Missoula, Montana
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1,044 reviews
750 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Cactus Cantina is almost always crowded with seating both indoors and out. Food is spicy, fresh and delicious. Try the Queso with their homemade tortilla chips and frozen lemonade. Ole!

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Thank elaine s
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite spots for fajitas! The dining room is huge and they have a few spaces that are great for groups. Also lots of outdoor seating. Overall a solid and fun Mexican spot!

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Thank BIGenDDa
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is without a doubt my family's favorite restaurant in the entire world. We've been coming for at least 18 years and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives. Our love for Cactus Cantina is so great that any excuse is good enough to come here: birthdays, graduations, family in town (although they actually wind up... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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186 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Cactus Cantina is a fun hangout for Mexican bar food in the NW DC neighborhood of Cathedral Commons. We stopped in to enjoy the patio on a summer night with margaritas and nachos. This place was packed, but we got a table right away. The service was quick and pleasant. The drinks and appetizers were both good. The prices were... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

It was St. Patrick's Day, so it was quite busy, but only waited for 30 minutes and were sat down immediately. We ordered drinks, then ordered dinner and it was delicious!

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Toronto, Canada
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86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Our group waited for 45 minutes because this place does not take reservations. After we ordered, they brought us some guacamole as a first course. It was good, but that was the highlight of my meal. The vegetarian combination platter I ordered was just a lot of food on a plate with no particular taste. I could not eat all... More 

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New York
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We've eaten here almost every time we come to D.C. We have not been disappointed once! Their homemade chips and salsa are endless and delicious. The quesadilla is at least a half inch thick with cheese and every ingredient is fresh. I highly recommend the bistec cubano which was amazing. The sangria is flavorful and not too sweet. Service was... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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315 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We arrived at 6.30pm and the place was packed.....40 minute wait. Once we were seated a waiter came by and took our orders...fish tacos, vegetarian fajitas, pollo asado, ceviche, and fried calamari. I have to rave about the ceviche which was very fresh and tasty. The calamari I'll skip next time as it was greasy and a little chewy. For... More 

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Thank corkscrewd
Indianapolis
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We ate here on a Saturday afternoon after getting a recommendation from a friend. The margaritas, chips, salsa, guacamole, tacos, etc are delicious! The atmosphere is fun in a unique setting. The patio looks to be a wonderful spot, but we were there on a rainy day. I wish there were one in my city!

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Washington, DC
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467 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I've reviewed Cactus Cantina a few times before and I feel compelled to give it praise every time I go there. This is a family friendly place, as well as just a nice, casual spot with friends or solo for a meal that is filling and well prepared. The menu is classic Tex-Mex fare, but they do have specials that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$15
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3808
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
  • Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
  • Phone Number: +1 202-686-7222

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