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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
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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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 4 days ago NEW

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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173 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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173 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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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57 reviews
38 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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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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
Hanover, New Hampshire
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168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Visited here over lunchtime from nearby meeting, so the place was packed. The salad was fine and service excellent for so many people. I can't comment on other menu options but those who did thought the meal was excellent. Not sure I would walk here alone off hours or in dark.

Thank DartSkiDoc
Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

I had a Pear Salad . It was very good. Very pricey for lunch. My bill was $ 15 with a tip. They don't have a lunch menu. When they do I would go back.

Thank bob60993
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

This is a gem of a restaurant, owned by one of the nicest people that I have ever met. He is interested in learning all about his guests and strives to make everyone feel welcome.

Thank Jane S

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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, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
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?