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Cactus Cafe

26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
+1 575-785-2291
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  • Excellent9%
  • Very good16%
  • Average30%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible27%
1 week ago
“Very weird dining experience”
4 weeks ago
“Limited dining options, but good service”
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Mexican, American
$$ - $$$
26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose cactus cafe because we were staying in a hotel and it's pretty much the only option to eat at near the caverns. This was by far the strangest environment we have ever ate in. The service was terrible, and the food was not...More

Thank Leah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love me some Mexican food. This place by far has the best food I've ever had. Price is a little high but I gladly pay for that high quality of food

Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Positives: scenic viewing of the surrounding Chiuahuan Desert, staff is friendly and nice, prices are good (given the lack of competition), and the menu variety and number of options are good Negatives: food quality If you're not expecting great food and need a quick bite...More

Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Pancakes, eggs, bacon were great. Service was excellent, the exterior and interior could use some updates. Opens late at 7 AM. Good pit stop.

Thank KyReserve
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Food was okay, ambience non-existent. It seems to be pretty much the only option in White's City - and only until 7pm. Staff was friendly, service quick.

Thank atlanticus2017
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We arrived at Carlsbad Caverns on a Friday late morning and drove past the row of what appeared to be closed shops and this restaurant. We wanted to eat something before going down to the cave entrance so we stopped at the restaurant. I was...More

Thank MarcoSanDiego
Reviewed 21 April 2017

I had the enchiladas, with green sauce. Very good, the way I like them a little spicy. The atmosphere was great. Been years since I had been there, but I plan on going back.

Thank Diveplan
Reviewed 22 January 2017

When we first arrived it was about 11:15 and we were the first customers. The server brought the coffee we ordered and we decided on the taco plate. Three Ground beef tacos, rice, beans, lettuce and tomato on each plate. The food was brought promptly....More

Thank seeker1866
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The food here is basic Mexican fare - taco, burrito, etc., but it is at restaurant prices. Atmosphere is nice, and the staff is very friendly. Sunday's they have a buffet breakfast, but we were not there for that. I would eat there again, because...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 4 October 2016

we had enchiladas, very good , very filling ., they are only open certain hours but service was good and food plentiful.

Thank jag328
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Mel C
Are you open Thanksgiving day? What hours?
16 November 2015|
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
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
  • E-mail
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