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5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1541
+1 510-658-6180
11:00 - 22:00
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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216 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basic, well-made, non-exciting, fresh, and tasty Mexican food. Not remarkable, but satisfying and affordable

Thank Mike L
Oakland, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Get the crispy tacos, my fave are the veggie. They are pretty amazing! I tried a burrito here and it was a bit mushy inside so that was a bummer, but the tacos are always a hit.

Thank Monie_Lov3
Oakland, California
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128 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Great burritos in a family friendly environment. Good for take out or eat in. Service can be slow, and orders are sometimes not correct (if ordering to go...check your bag before you leave!)

Thank Marilyn C
Walnut Creek, CA
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have been eating here for many years and love the crispy steak tacos. The salsa's are from mild to hot. Tamales and burritos are delicious. You can not go wrong eating at Cactus. It is across the street from Market Hall and the Rockridge BART station.

Thank ConnieP
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice, friendly and casual environment. Order and pickup at the counter. Menu options and presentations seem inspired, but the execution is just a little better then fast food. I tried the Chili Relleno and found it to be rather bland. But, there is a salsa bar with many options to supplement the flavors. Flan is available in little plastic tubs... More 

Thank LawPrime
Oakland, California
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820 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Food is adequate, hardly ever changes. We get take-out from Cactus, but always have to battle their deplorable service. The staff are often rude and impersonal. When you phone they put you on hold for long periods of time. The salsa bar is incredibly dirty and messy. Not an inviting place. But the food is OK.

Thank Thomas V
Berkeley, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I have eaten at Cactus dozens of times. They have a menu of simple, hearty, American/Mexican food. Very family friendly. The service is a rapid throughput-design your own dish style of restaurant. The food is not fancy, but very hearty and filling. Prices are extremely reasonable.

Thank imlieb
Berkeley, California
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106 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

cactus has been around a long time and is a family favorite...there are so many combinations that everyone is always happy. you can eat in or order and they get it right. we are big fans of the burritos which come in many sizes and combinations. don't know what do to for dinner...call cactus.

Thank janetperlman
San Francisco, California, USA
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680 reviews
450 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Every time I'm over Rockridge-way, I drop into this taqueria for a quick bite. I simply love their fish taco and at $7.50 + a $1.95 aqua fresca, it's just about the best $10 dollar meal West of FogCity. Nice to see that there are quite a few Cactus Taquerias around the Bay.

Thank HaljoHal
San Jose
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208 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is our family's favorite place for Mexican food. We now live in San Jose but made a special trip to Oakland just for the food. I like the chicken super burrito. I bury it in the cabbage salsa with a bit of the pineapple and eat it with a fork and knife. My wife likes the carnitas plate. Lots... More 

Thank Halems

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1541
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-658-6180

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