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Cactus Pear Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, American
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3215 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220-2216 (Nixon)
+1 513-961-7400
10:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the typical menu for a Mexican place. No ground beef. We were worried but the steak burrito, quesadilla and fajitas were absolutely delicious!! The rice isn't typical either but also good. Slightly sweet finish to it. The roasted tomato salsa took a little getting used to as it is very different from the traditional salsa we are used to... More 

Thank Amy W
Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group was looking for a place convenient to US EPA in Cincinnati. Cactus Pear was recommended. They accommodated us with a table in a private area. The food was good - especially enjoyed trying the Queso Blanco as an appetizer. Service was very good and accommodating to a group requesting separate checks.

Thank Harry S
Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Had a pretty good meal at Cactus Pear. We were told to order the fajitas, which we did, and they were quite good. Margaritas were excellent. Cannot speak to anything else on the menu, though. Ambiance was nice and the server was attentive.

Thank jtfman
Villa Hills, KY
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We had lunch at the Cactus Pear. The place was not crowded so we had very fast service and the food was done quickly and was good.

Thank Denmars
Durham, NC
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179 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I had the cheese enchilada plate. It was okay - in the great average for cheese enchiladas served half a continent from its culinary home. Service was friendly and quick. The margarita was above average (had the "half and half", which mixes frozen and on the rocks). Cactus Pear is a pleasant, cheerful place, with a nice mix of students... More 

Thank NCDoc
Dillsboro, Indiana
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Had a blast! Got there before they were actually open, but were immediately seated outside and served drinks. Amazing selection of margaritas and the beer was cold. A hidden gem!

Thank Don M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

My first visit, even though I've lived in Cincinnati for 19 years. Shame on me! This is a very decent restaurant with Tex-Mex style food. Attentive, genuinely nice servers. Chips and salsa. Excellent fish tacos and chicken enchiladas. There are some interesting vegetarian options on the menu, as well (Kale & Mushroom Enchilada is one that I remember). Within a... More 

Thank Ecospan
Athens, Greece
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181 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

A longtime Clifton hangout ironically started by the owner of the nearby Mayura Indian restaurant, which has long since shut its doors and burnt down, as I remember. But Cactus Pear lives on. Why I am not entirely certain although it has become a tradition. If you haven't been there for a while you will find that nothing has changed.... More 

Thank Visitor_from_Athens
Mason, Ohio
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

My sister and I chose Cactus Pear following movie at the Esquire. It had been a few years since I was last here. A beautiful early evening, we were offered to sit on the patio and gladly accepted after being told we'd have shade. She absolutely loved her margarita and entree with a mole sauce. Draft beer for me and... More 

Thank pscarey
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Just a nick above average. Entrees for three (All different) were each better than average. Appetizers were below average. Blue nachos were severely lacking in size, chips and chicken. C'mon guys chips, cheese and sauce are cheap even if the chicken isn't...serve a bigger portion. Ambience is not good, but not bad either. Just across the street from UC.

Thank JABaseball

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3215 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220-2216
  • Public Transportation: Metro Bus
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati>  > Clifton
  • Neighbourhood: Clifton
  • Phone Number: +1 513-961-7400

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?