Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
Enjoy a quiet lunch or join us for dinner and drinks. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy listening to the DJ spinning.
We specialize in large groups and private and semi-private parties!
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This may have been the worst meal I have ever eaten in Ottawa. We booked as a last minute reservation. Instant mashed potatoes, the rice tasted like uncle ben's. The chicken was greasy and hard to keep down. The old fashioned was made with a bunch of ice cubes like a soft drink. Bill was $94. Don't waste your money honestly. It just tasted like frozen and prepackaged food from the 90s.
Dear RayCam, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments regarding your meal at Blue Cactus. Please understand we do not serve frozen prepackaged food. We strive for excellence in food and drink quality however it sounds like we did not attain our goal with you. If you have a moment can you please email me at ida@bluecactusbarandgrill. I would very much appreciate getting more details from you. Again, thank you for your comments. Regards, Ida Firestone
Blue Cactus was a great place for a nice Valentine's Day dinner. Food was tasty and well portioned, as were the drinks. Seating was a bit disappointing - there appeared to be plenty available with desirable views of the Byward Market, but we ended up tucked away near the kitchen, despite having a reservation. Steak was cooked well, but a little cold by the time it came to us. Overall, 4/5, good experience and will return.
Girls night in Ottawa, found Blue Cactus on Trip Advisor. Waitress Jasmine was fantastic !!
The steak was on point and the drinks were delicious. Would recommend the Lime margarita.
waiter was horrible and getting drunk with the people behind me. ribs were bones, i had to send back my food. waiter took forever to take my order, bring the drinks, etcc. He offered free dessert for but never gave it. Honestly used to love this place and now im never going back.
Food was definitely not great and not value for money. I felt ill when I got home and for the rest of the evening. Likely will not return :(
Delicious steak salad
Unfortunately, the reservation did not take place. OpenTable confirmed the reservation but upon arrival, the restaurant stated they did not have any record of the reservation. Very disappointing.
Too loud and no areas for quieter settings.
Horrible service - my food was literally cold and my boyfriend's dish was clearly not fully cooked. Extremely disappointed with this restaurant it should not even be on Open Table. Awful experience overall.
Dear Taneisha, I am so sorry to hear about the poor dining experience you had on New Years Eve. Blue Cactus strives for excellence in service, food quality and atmosphere and I apologize that we did not attain these goals during your visit. It must have been very disappointing! If possible please contact me at ida@bluecactusbarandgrillcom or 613.866.9189 in order for me to make it up to you. Thank you very much for your valuable comments. Ida Firestone
Great food, good service. Enjoyed our experience.
The three of us enjoyed our meals, 2 had bacon cheeseburger + Caesar salad and one had chicken lettuce wraps. Service was efficient and friendly. Would recommend..
Called to increase the number of people. Restaurant did not know we were coming. I made the reservations three days before. Got confirmation from open table. Waitress was very nice but never brought the wine 8 ordered. Kitchen was very slow. Quite disappointed. Sorry for the negative review.
The service was fairly good and I like the ambience, but the food was quite disappointing. I ordered a burger on a gluten free bun. The bun was very very crumbly, which is common with gf so I don't often expect much, but I have had a lot better. The patty was also super super dry and my friend's burger was also dry who is not gf, so this is not a gf thing. This is unfortunate, since it has been quite some time since I had last been here and remember the food being a lot better. Maybe it was just an off night.
Why would vegetarian fajitas ever include broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts? Why wouldn’t the menu mention that? Why wouldn’t the vegetables be red /green peppers and onion, which are the vegetables of the beef and chicken fajitas?
When ready to order, they decided to tell us the kitchen was closed. Food was coming out the the kitchen all around us.
Drinks were just ok
Got free popcorn
Great food. Great service. Just wish the portion size was a bit more based on what it costs.
Well, here it was Christmas Eve in Ottawa. My sweetie and I were looking for a nice place to have a romantic holiday dinner. We book this restaurant because it was in walking distance and looked like a nice place. Sadly, although we booked our reservation through open table, the restaurant was closed! I might not be exaggerating if I said that it ruined our entire holiday. OK, I am exaggerating. But what a bummer, Right?
Server was friendly. Fettuccine Alfredo was excellent. Chicken Fajitas sadly were dry. Paella only adequate. PB&Chocolate dessert was rich and decadent - 3 of us ate it - could have shared with more. Yummy.
Table non nettoyé à notre arrivé à celle-ci.
Musique très forte pour heure de repas.
Menu cocktail WOW ! But for food.... ;-(
Super serveuse !!
Vos employés ne semblent pas heureux ! Nous pouvons le ressentir en tant que client !
Bref je retournerai pour cocktail mais pas pour manger !!
HA oui !!! Les toilettes étaient infectent !!!! Vous savez que nous pouvons présumer que si les toilettes sont ainsi les cuisines ne sont pas mieux !!!
I was really disappointed in my dinner at Blue Cactus. We met out of town friends for a Sunday dinner, but the music was so loud that we couldn't really visit. The server agreed to turn the volume down a notch, but either he forgot or one notch was not enough. In any event, we still couldn't hear each other or the server. Why do restaurants think ultra loud music qualifies as "buzz" ? Given the noise and the indifferent food, I would never go again.
I reserved using open table 3 hours in advance and when I arrived they had no reservations for me. Guess they don't keep updated lists. Was not impressed. They should not be using open table if not live.
Very accomodating -excellent waiter (Mike) and efficient service on a busy evening. Loved the tuna salad!
Crazy busy weekend in Ottawa where other restaurants lacked blue cactus picked up in service quality and price!
Used to love this place years back when I went to school in Ottawa. But seems to have changed over the years. Felt like we were at chain restaurant like Kelseys. Service was lacking and food was just fine. Probably chose somewhere else before returning.
We were treated promptly even if they didn't have our reservation (system issues) staff was great. Waitress was patient and did not rush us even if we were taking up a big table. Will definitely go back.
Amazing food! Great price great service!
The only thing lacking was decor could be updated!
I really liked the food, and the drinks. The location is great too.
The only thing is that it was extremely loud. It was difficult to talk/listen at a table of 6.
Good food, not amazing. Wait staff was great. Prices very reasonable for the area.
Server was great! Kitchen didn't live up to expectations though. Four in our party ordered steaks. Each one was overdone by at least one level.
Great dinner. We had lots of time to get to our concert at the NAC.
It has been a very long time since we last visited Blue Cactus. Gone are the rustic Tex-Mex vibes and peanut shells...now a modern, chic bar and grill with a wide variety of food choices (although this kind of made it lose some of its character and charm and more like another Moxie's or Milestone).
Classic fajita is still available and it is ok. Nothing spectacular but not bad...
Brought my son up to Ottawa for a hockey tournament. Me and three other hockey moms decided to enjoy a night out.. No regrets
Service and food were really awesome.. No complaints at all. I would totally recommend Blue Cactus.
Lack luster food, like something I would whip up myself. Competent, clean but meh...Service was fine, but not outstanding. Fusion Mexican doesn't really work. It was quiet when we got there at 6pm - we pick it because we were told it was quite. At 7pm they turned the music up an it was too loud.
Second visit within a week. We arrived shortly after making the booking and the greeter seemed to be amused that we wanted our booking through Opentable acknowledged, so we wouldn't be recorded as no-shows. We had to ask her again when we left and she said it would be taken care of. I asked how that was possible since she didn't have our name, and at that point she let us write down our name and reservation time, which seems to have been recorded.
The rest of the experience was good but this was a slight damper.
Nice place in the Bayard Market. Loved the white Sangria and kale salad.
All food very good. Service excellent.
Food and service were great as always however, they were out of a number of red wines which took away from the whole dining experience