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767 Kailua Rd Ste 106, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2842 (Hamakua Drive)
+1 808-261-1000
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Kailua, Hawaii
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I debated a while before posting this--Cactus is an untouristed uncrowded treasure. Can't understand why folks line up for blocks at other establishments. Maybe the food there is easier to pronounce. Strongly advise: do NOT sit outside, especially in the area near the parking lot. There is a powerful sewage odor; been there for months. They do drinks well--I love... More 

Thank Lilinoeofthekoolaus
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's rare to find a restaurant that really stands above the rest - Cactus does this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Torrejas ("French Toast") is remarkable, the Torta Ahogada should be a favorite for almost anyone, and pretty much any dinner menu item will be a treat. The setting is handy, the decor pleasing, the service is great, and... More 

Thank Rich V
Portland, Oregon
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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for happy hour and enjoyed margaritas and their home made sangria. Both drinks were good. While we sipped our drinks and noshed on some chips and guacamole we watched several dinners coming out of the kitchen. They seemed to be hefty portions with a pleasing presentation. In a community where Asian restaurants rule, Cactus stands out. Next time... More 

Thank ZenDark30
Level Contributor
109 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the frozen sangria. The food is all so fresh and well seasoned. I have not had a bad dish yet. This is by far one of the best restaurants in Kailua for foodies. Very different menu than the run of the mill steak and seafood places.

Thank GeoT
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I, regularly go to Cactus, usually for Happy Hour, also for lunch and dinner. Our favorite item on the menu is the "Chilean Clam Bake" it is fantastic! And big enough to share! their empanadas are also great and anything we have ordered has been great! Fresh ingredients, a great chef and they greet you like family!... More 

Thank Patty D
Level Contributor
54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This place look like it may have potential but I was a little disappointed. The service was good and the food was okay. I had a salad which was nothing special. Not many good restaurants in this town.

Thank 299michaele
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172 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I seldom review a restaurant a second time unless it has changed a lot. I visited - and loved - Cactus in 2015, so invited my hosts for lunch there on my most recent visit. It was helpful to me to explore elements of their menu I had not tried on my first visit and to assure myself that the... More 

Thank AfricaAsiaTraveller
Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

After spending the day in Kailua my family and I drove around looking for a nice place to eat. Cactus had nice outdoor appeal, customer parking and nice indoor ambience. The menu is written like art and the prices reflect that. The child menu is average $9 for a plate and the chicken tenders were pitiful and super dry. We... More 

Thank 111Rolo
Kailua, Hawaii
Level Contributor
160 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I met a girlfriend to catch up and the happy hour starts at 3:30. We had a wonderful Malbec with the Shinsato farms Chicharonne crisps and sauce, the turkey chorizo tacos and a fish taco with the fish done just right, which is rare. Their homemade chips and sauces and guac are delightful, everything was fresh and spot on, and... More 

Thank kalamakid
Honolulu, Hawaii
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This restaurant rarely disappoints, occasionally the service is slow but the great food makes up for it. The menu seems to change regularly to keep you guessing..

Thank Sue M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Chilean, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 767 Kailua Rd Ste 106, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2842
    (Hamakua Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Bus 57
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: +1 808-261-1000

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